• Animal cruelty law has governor’s signature, dog’s paw print

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and a Boston terrier found emaciated and diseased at an animal breeding operation have signed legislation strengthening laws against animal cruelty and neglect.
    The Democratic governor signed the bill with a pen before a crowd on the state Capitol lawn Wednesday before helping dip Libre’s paw in ink and stamping it on the bill. Libre was a puppy when he was found last year in Lancaster County.
    Humane Society of the United States state
  • Medina High School star Jalin Cooper heading to Toledo for football

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Section VI star athlete Jalin Cooper made his college decision on Wednesday, choosing to attend University of Toledo.
    Cooper, who finished his junior season as the 15th ranked recruit in the state of New York, will play wide receiver for Jason Candle’s program.
    “I think it is the best fit for me in the long run as a person and as a football player,” Cooper said in an exclusive interview with News 4 Sports.
    The Medina Mustang chose the Rockets o
  • Man spends three months in jail after false positive on police drug test

    (CNN) – A Florida police department is reviewing its drug test kits after a man spent 90 days in jail when a white powder in his car wrongly tested positive for cocaine.Karlos Cashe was initially pulled over for driving without headlights in March. The situation took an unexpected turn when an officer with the Oviedo Police Department ran Cashe’s information. After court records showed Cashe was on probation for possession of marijuana and cocaine and out past his court-or
  • DMV approves Lyft and Uber in upstate New York

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday afternoon, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced their approval for Lyft and Uber to start offering ride sharing services in upstate New York.
    The services will be allowed starting Thursday.
    “New Yorkers have long demanded statewide ride sharing services and I’m pleased that these services will now be available in time for the July 4th weekend,” DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said. &ldquo
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  • Local leaders hopeful ridesharing will reduce DWI-related incidents

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In a short while, ridesharing will be a reality in Western New York. Some officials are hoping it’ll have a major impact right away as they want to see a decrease in drinking and driving related incidents.
    “There is clearly no reason for anyone to drink and drive,” said John Flynn, the Erie County District Attorney.
    Yet, numbers reflect that people are still getting behind the wheel and driving after having too many drinks.
    “When s
  • Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

    LONDON (AP) — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.
    Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in print, on screens and as countless stuffed toys before his death at age 91.
    His publisher, HarperCollins, said Wednesday that the author died at his home a day earlier after a short illness.
  • Community Garden project helping Somali Bantu refugees feed families, share culture

    EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New York is home to refugees from all over the world who left their home countries to find better lives here. For many, that means adapting to a whole new way of life.
    A new Community Garden project in East Aurora is helping hundreds of Somali Bantu refugees reconnect with the agricultural roots of their native country to feed their families.
    “This is the first opportunity we get and we have to use it, because if you look at our background, we were
  • Former West Seneca councilman admits to stealing $12,500

    WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former Town of West Seneca councilman has admitted to Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records.
    In 2000, Craig Hicks, 60, was appointed to fill out his father’s term as a councilman following his passing. He continued serving until 2007.
    The Erie County District Attorney’s office says that between February 2014 and April 2015, Hicks stole money while serving as treasurer of the Carriager’s Social Club in West Seneca.
    He admitted to t
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  • Survey: New York has the rudest drivers in the nation

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A survey from Kars 4 Kids says that New York has the rudest drivers in the country.
    Ranking at number 50, “New York drivers live up to their reputation,” the survey says. “They are least likely to let others merge, the second most likely to slow down when tailgated and to use the turning lane to beat traffic.”
    New York’s driving score, according to the survey, was an F.
    Our neighbor to the south, Pennsylvania, did not fare much better, c
  • UPDATES: Closing arguments in Paladino hearing

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — News 4’s Dave Greber is in Albany for the fifth day of the hearing on a petition to get Carl Paladino kicked off of Buffalo’s school board.
    See updates on the day below:Good morning from the state ed building in Albany. Closing arguments set to begin shortly in the #PaladinoHearing. @news4buffalo pic.twitter.com/lCqznBKjsX
    — Dave Greber (@DaveGreber4) June 28, 2017'If we can't get him for that, we can get him for this.' Dennis Vacco quoting bd member
  • Gowanda man charged with possessing crack, Suboxone

    COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Members of the Erie County Sheriff’s office say they found crack and Suboxone after pulling over a man in the Town of Collins.
    Robert Mingle, 47, of Gowanda, was pulled over by Sheriff’s deputies for alleged traffic violations, when the officers say they noticed Suboxone on the center console. A search of the car then turned up crack paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s office says.
    Mingle was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Possession
  • Sheriff: Drunk driver attacks deputy during traffic stop

    COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s office says that a drunk driver attacked a deputy during a Tuesday night traffic stop.
    A deputy pulled Collins resident Todd Edwards, 34, over on Taylor Hollow Rd. shortly before Midnight.
    After pulling him over, the deputy claimed to immediately smell alcohol.
    Edwards was ordered to get out of the vehicle and take sobriety tests.
    The deputy said the Edwards failed them and started shouting obscenities at the officer.
    The deputy t
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  • Police do not think Kirk Jones’ Niagara Falls plunge was a suicide

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Park Police do not think that Kirk Jones’ recent death in Niagara Falls was a suicide.
    Jones was known for making national headlines back in 2003 when he plunged over Niagara Falls without any protection, only wearing his clothes.
    He was the first person to survive doing this.
    Initially, Jones’ family told media outlets that going over the falls in 2003 was a stunt, but Jones later claimed he was trying to commit suicide.
    Jones most r
  • Residents fighting plan for roundabout in Town of Tonawanda

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some people in the Town of Tonawanda want to put the brakes on part of a plan to improve traffic flow.
    The town engineer wants to put a roundabout at one intersection. He said it’s a better option than a four-way stop or a traffic light.
    This is just one part of the Park Blvd. Complete Street initiative.
    The plan includes a roundabout being placed at the corner of Parker and Decatur Rd. The speed limit would be 15 miles per hour, and traffic coul
  • Wake Up! Birthdays: June 28

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Here are the people who are celebrating a birthday on Wednesday, June 28.
    Dennis – 6
    Jemiah – 14
    Stuart – 46
    Tacara – 20
    MORE | Send in your birthday photos, at least two weeks in advance, here.
  • TV, films turning to young girls for their new action stars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the murderous Laura in “Logan” to the mysterious Eleven in “Stranger Things” to the audacious determination of Mija in “Okja,” opening Wednesday, powerful young girls are starring in mainstream action fare like never before.
    Though Nancy Drew was solving mysteries in the 1930s and Buffy slayed vampires all through high school in the late 1990s, young girls are rarely shown as heroes in programs aimed at general audiences, said Mar
  • Company wants to make special lanes for self-driving cars

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A company called  “Hyperlane” thinks self-driving vehicles should have their own lanes.
    The creators would like for the hyperlanes to run along existing highways.
    Those special lanes would be monitored and tracked by a central computer.
    That technological oversight might mean the cars could go up to 100 MPH, free from traffic jams. That is a lot faster than what we saw when a News 4 crew recently rode in a self-driving Cadillac around the UB campus.
  • Uber holds launch party ahead of ride sharing debut in WNY

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — We are in the final countdown until ride sharing officially comes to western New York.
    The new state law goes into effect on Thursday.
    Uber put on a ride sharing launch party Tuesday night at the EXPO Market in downtown Buffalo.
    State lawmakers debated ride sharing expansion for years.
    It was finally included in the state budget that was approved in April.
    Drivers are excited about the opportunities this can offer them.
    Uber driver Jerry Pomplun said “I li
  • River Rd. in Town of Tonawanda reopens after fuel spill

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fuel spill temporarily closed down River Rd. between Grand Island Blvd. and Sheridan Dr. in the Town of Tonawanda.
    The incident happened early Wednesday morning.
    The road reopened shortly before 7:30 a.m.
    TRAFFIC | See our live traffic map here.
  • Fuel spill closes part of River Rd. in Town of Tonawanda

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fuel spill has closed down River Rd. between Grand Island Blvd. and Sheridan Dr. in the Town of Tonawanda.
    The incident happened early Wednesday morning.
    News 4 will provide more information as soon as it is available.
    TRAFFIC | See our live traffic map here.
  • Paladino takes stand in his own defense

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — In a day featuring intense testimony and rapid-fire questions, Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino contended he was informing his constituents about a “rigged” teacher contract, and not illegally disclosing confidential information.
    He also took the opportunity during direct questioning by his attorney Dennis Vacco to apologize for his comments about the Barack and Michelle Obama, saying he wished he could take them back.
    “I think some of the m
  • Man rescued from ravine near New Era Field

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Orchard Park Police rescued a 59-year-old man from a ravine near New Area Field Tuesday after he fell down a 20 to 30 ft. muddy embankment while riding on a four-wheeler.
    According to police reports, Buffalo Bills’ security contacted police around 7 p.m. stating that they heard a male voice yelling for help.
    The voice was coming from a heavily wooded ravine area (South Branch Smokes Creek) east of the stadium complex in the wooded area between the stadium
  • Tennis legend John McEnroe says he doesn’t want to apologize for Serena Williams comments

    (CBS NEWS) – Tennis legend John McEnroe told “CBS This Morning” Tuesday that he will not apologize for his controversial comments about Serena Williams.
     During an interview on NPR about his new book, “But Seriously,” McEnroe said Williams was the “best female player ever — no question,” but when asked why he qualifies it as “female,” McEnroe said “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 i
  • Live Más: Taco Bell weddings are headed to Vegas this summer

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (CBS) – From the company that brought you “fourth meal,” get ready for Taco Bell weddings.
    Yes, you read that right.
    Beginning this summer, if you’re a Crunchwrap Supreme enthusiast and you happen to find yourself in Sin City, you can walk into Taco Bell’s flagship store on the Vegas strip and order a wedding right off the menu. There is now a chapel on the second floor just for that purpose.
    Just bring a wedding license up to the counter and, with
  • New “Snap Map” feature raises privacy concerns on Snapchat

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — “I think it’s horrifying. I don’t really want everybody to know where I am at all times,” said Ally Costanza of Buffalo.
    When Snapchat users zoom out on the camera screen, a map will pop up. It’s a new feature called “Snap Map” that constantly tracks your location and shares it with your friends, if you allow it.
    “There are people on my list that I don’t want them to know exactly where I am,” said Beth Sharr
  • Unsealed court documents in Cellino and Barnes dissolution case paint picture of firm divided

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Differences of opinion between law firm partners Ross Cellino and Stephen  Barnes in the conduct and management of the Cellino and Barnes Corporation have lead to “an immediate danger of irreparable impairment of the business”, documents in the case unsealed Tuesday state.
    The documents, dated May 10, were ordered unsealed by State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes Tuesday.
    A representative for the firm said that neither Ross M. Cellino Jr.
  • All indictments against Sen. Robert Ortt dropped

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The indictments against NYS Sen. Robert Ortt have been dropped due to insufficient evidence.
    Judge Peter Lynch dropped all of the indictments made by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman against Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) Tuesday.
    The indictments alleged that Ortt had used campaign funds to pay for a job for his wife, which she never worked. Ortt was charged with three counts of offering a false instrument for filing. A grand jury decided to indict Ortt.
  • New charge for Quebec man arrested in connection to Lancaster hit and run

    LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB)- 32-year-old Sebastien Lavertu is facing a new charge after being arrested in connection to a fatal hit and run in Lancaster.
    Lavertu is charged with Tampering with Evidence in addition to Leaving the Scene of an Accident that resulted in death.
    “There was hair on the grill. And he removed that hair in the States,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.
    Flynn said there’s evidence Lavertu burned that hair while in Toronto, but he is only bein
  • Third defendant in Buffalo cocaine operation case pleads guilty

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Puerto Rican man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine from a Dearborn Street apartment.
    Alberto Rosado-Leon, 36, of Puerto Rico, faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when he is sentenced Oct. 18.
    According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, Rosado-Leon along with two co-defendants conspired to distribute cocaine from an apartment on Dearborn Street in Buffalo. On Ma
  • Jamestown woman charged with using electronic device while driving following accident

    CAROLL, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 23-year-old Jamestown woman was charged with using an electronic device while driving following a Tuesday afternoon accident on Falconer Frewsburg Road.
    Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident. Upon investigation, they determined that the driver, Brittany A. Smith, had been using an electronic device which distracted her and caused her to leave the eastside of the roadway, resulting in the car overturning onto its roof.
    Smith’s thr
  • Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation, two sources said Tuesday.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. The decisi
  • Possibly endangered woman missing from Lockport area

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Niagara County Sheriff’s office is looking for help finding a missing, possibly endangered woman.
    Anna Niles, 23, was last seen in Niagara Falls this past Wednesday. She is known to live in the Lockport area.
    Anna is 5’2″ and 120 lbs. She has brown hair and blue eyes.
    Anyone who has seen her is asked to call the Niagara County Sheriff’s office at (716) 438-3393 or Inv. Amanda Irons at (716) 438-3338 during normal business hours.
  • Man charged with Tonawanda arson

    TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — City of Tonawanda Police have made an arrest in connection to a garage fire that occurred on June 16.
    John E. Smith, 46, was arrested after an investigation conducted by City of Tonawanda Detectives and Tonawanda City Fire investigators into a fire in a garage behind the apartment that Smith resides in on Broad Street, according to police.
    The fire reportedly caused $35,000 in damage to the garage and its contents.
    Smith will face multiple charges including:
  • PHOTOS: Waterspout seen Tuesday on Lake Erie

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A rare sight was spotted by a number of people near Lake Erie Tuesday — a waterspout. Check out these viewer photos of the weather phenomenon: Waterspout on Lake Erie (Photo courtesy of Tom at Sturgeon Point)(Photo courtesy of Kayla in Sunset Bay)(Photo courtesy of Herman in Silver Creek)(Photo courtesy of Cathy at Point Breeze)(Photo courtesy of Cathy at Point Breeze)
  • GALLERY: Morning hail in WNY

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hail came down hard on Tuesday morning. Take a look at these viewer photos from across western New York: Morning hail in WNY (Photo courtesy of Christine)(Photo courtesy of Daryl in Hamburg)(Photo courtesy of Dawn on the Thruway near the Eden/Angola exit)(Photo courtesy of Ellie in Snyder)(Photo courtesy of Flecha at Hertel Ave. and Military Rd.)(Photo courtesy of Joe)(Photo courtesy of Kim in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo)(Photo courtesy of Martha in C
  • Possible active shooter prompts lockdown at U.S. Army post in Alabama

    MOBILE, Ala. (WIAT) – A possible active shooter forced Redstone Arsenal, a U.S. Army Post in Alabama, to go into lockdown Tuesday morning.
    According to a tweet from the base, there is a possible active shooter on the arsenal. No other information about the incident was made available.
    Redstone Arsenal is located in Madison County, Ala., which is south of Huntsville near the Huntsville International Airport.Possible active shooter on the Arsenal. Installation is locked down. Run hide fight.
  • Lockdown at U.S. Army post in Alabama lifted

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A lockdown has been lifted at an Alabama military installation, though officials say they are still investigating a possible active shooter incident there.
    Christopher Colster, a spokesman for Redstone Arsenal in Hunstville, said Tuesday that officials do not believe there is an ongoing threat. No injuries or arrests have been reported.
    Colster says a training exercise was ongoing that was supposed to end Wednesday. Officials had said on Facebook that an active shoo
  • Labatt USA partnering with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper to restore local waterways

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Labatt USA and the non-profit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper organization have announced a new partnership to help make the Buffalo River and surrounding waterways cleaner and better for everyone.
    Labatt plans to host community events throughout the summer and into the fall to help Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper maintain and restore the river. Additionally, Labatt employees will be hitting the waterways to help with the restoration efforts.
    MORE | Click here to register fo
  • Judge agrees to unseal court documents related to Cellino & Barnes dissolution

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A representative of the Cellino & Barnes law firm has confirmed that State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes has agreed to unseal court documents related to their pending dissolution.
    The representative also stated that neither Ross M. Cellino Jr. nor Stephen E. Barnes opposed to the documents being released.
    The firm filed to dissolve last month.
    Although the duo are battling it out in court, the law firm states that the day-to-day operations continue to go
  • UPDATES: Board member Larry Quinn testifies in Paladino hearing

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — The fourth day of a hearing calling for the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education began Tuesday.
    See our previous coverage of the hearing:
    Accusations fly in third day of hearing to remove Paladino
    Three school board members testify during day two of Paladino’s state hearing
    Buffalo school board president takes stand in first day of Paladino hearing
    Paladino and fellow board member Larry Quinn were expected to take
  • Recalled chicken products for toddlers could contain bone

    WASHINGTON (WFLA) — About 54,630 pounds of chicken bite products for toddlers are being recalled because they could contain bone.
    California-based company Overhill Farms, Inc. issued the recall after getting complaints from customers about bone found in the products.
    These are the products affected by the recall:
    3-oz. boxes containing “yummy spoonfuls chicken carrot bites,” with “Best Before” dates of 02/01/18, 02/09/18 and 4/26/2018
    3-oz. boxes containing “y
  • Wake Up! Birthdays: June 27

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Here are the people who are celebrating a birthday on Tuesday, June 27.
    Amiah – 9
    Bob – 50
    Connor – 10
    Desi’a – 1
    Dollie – 61
    Ivan – 3
    Katia – 41
    Raymond – 33
    MORE | Send in your birthday photos, at least two weeks in advance, here.
  • California cop saves kitten in road

    CALIFORNIA (WIVB) — A California Freeway Patrol officer has earned plenty of praise for taking time out of his busy day to save a kitten.
    Darryl Poe noticed the tiny black kitten wandered beneath a stopped semi-truck in Oakland.
    He jumped into action and quickly scooped it up before handing it over to another officer.
    That officer took it to a shelter.
    Officer Poe says this was not the first time he saved a life.
    Last Fall, Poe helped save a woman from a burning car, earning him a &ld
  • Scientists trying to teach dogs to call 911

    ATLANTA, Ga. (WIVB) — Research scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology are trying to teach man’s best friend how to call 911 if there’s an emergency.
    They have been working on this for a while and are closer to bringing it to market.
    Scientists have been training service dogs to use a touchscreen to call or text for help.
    Right now, they’re using a television-sized touchscreen surface, and the dogs are instructed to use their noses to push three buttons when they he
  • Heavy police presence seen in front of Cheektowaga pizza shop

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A heavy police presence was seen at Genesee St. and Pine Ridge Rd. in Cheektowaga overnight.
    Police were seen in front of Pine Ridge Pizza and Subs.
    News 4 has contacted Cheektowaga police and hope to have more information later Tuesday.
  • New Town of Niagara splash pad to have grand opening this weekend

    TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Town of Niagara cut the ribbon on what should be a new hot spot for kids and families this Summer.
    It is a new splash pad at Veteran’s Memorial Community Park.
    The splash pad’s official grand opening will be on Saturday.
    It will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Teen fatally shot overnight

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police say an 18-year-old man was fatally shot late Monday night near Daisy Pl. and Florida St.
    Police went to the scene around 10:50 p.m.
    The victim was taken to ECMC, but was pronounced dead.
    Anyone with information on the shooting can call or text the police department’s confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.
  • Multiple patrol cars seen at playground near Route 33

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A number of patrol cars were seen at Florida St. and Pansy Pl. around midnight.
    It is not clear what happened at the scene, which was a playground near Route 33.
    Crime scene tape was seen there.
    News 4 will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
  • Study on future of Central Terminal happening this week

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- By the end of this week there may be a plan for the future of the Central Terminal.
    A panel of national experts are putting together suggestions for redevelopment and reuse. They will present a report to city and state leaders on Friday.
    “It’s a great building, obviously, with a great history and great community support,” said Michael Stern, who is leading a group from the Urban Land Institute.
    The team includes 12 planning and architectural experts f
  • Fire breaks out in Lockport trailer home

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A fire that broke out in The Woodlands Monday has left a family of six displaced.
    The fire broke out in a Birchwood Drive residence in the late morning hours Monday.
    A family member said that the family has lost everything and is being assisted by the Red Cross.
    A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them, which can be accessed here.

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