• Holland school district says threats aren’t credible

    HOLLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Holland Central School District says threats shared on social media were determined to be not credible.
    Parents received a robo-call around 7:15 a.m.
    Holland Junior/Senior High School administrators and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office investigated the threats, and authorities are monitoring the situation as the school day continues.
  • Sheriff’s Office: Deputies witness robbery, arrest suspect

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says a couple of deputies witnessed a robbery and caught the suspect.
    On Wednesday afternoon, deputies were walking on Main St., between county building posts, when they say they saw a man grab a victim’s arm and forcibly take something from her hand.
    The suspect, identified as Demetrius Calhoun, 46, was quickly detained by the deputies.
    According to them, the victim’s cell phone was found in Calhoun’s pos
  • Dunkirk residents told to boil water

    DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents in the City of Dunkirk are urged to boil and conserve their water until further notice.
    During contractor activity at the high lift pump station, officials say someone hit a supply line, causing a large leak in the system.
    The incident happened between the city’s water treatment plant and a supply tower. Because of the leak, contaminants could have entered the water system.
    Although the leak has been fixed, the water tower reserves were greatly deplet
  • Lab takes top spot as America’s favorite dog

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For the 27th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever was chosen as America’s favorite dog.
    German Shepherds came in second, and the Golden Retriever came in third.
    The French Bulldog came in fourth, and the American Kennel Club says it’s because the “Frenchie” is adaptable to city life.
    The breed’s cousin, the English Bulldog, rounded out the top five.
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  • AMR workers could strike next week

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — AMR workers could walk off the job next week.
    Union members and the company have a Saturday night deadline to agree on a new labor deal.
    An anonymous letter sent to employees warns about the consequences of a strike. It says employees won’t be eligible for unemployment, health benefits and 401K contributions.
    If a strike does happen, several ambulance services across the state are on standby.
    “We have some agencies that only have one ambulance, and I
  • Common Council to change hiring process for firefighters and police officers

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo’s Common Council is making some major changes to the hiring process for firefighters and police officers. This comes just weeks after the city’s psychologist who gave the psychological exam for applicants stepped down. Now the council says it’s not only searching for a new psychologist, but revamping the process.
    “This is a very, can be a very intimidating process,” said Darius Pridgen, Common Council president.
    That’s why
  • 3-year-old girl in medically induced coma after police say she was assaulted by mother’s boyfriend

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A young girl is fighting for her life Wednesday night after police say she was assaulted by the man taking care of her.
    Autumn Scriverner’s mother says she is in a medically induced coma at Oishei Children’s Hospital after having emergency surgery.
    Jamestown Police were called to a home on Clyde Avenue Tuesday for a report of an unresponsive child.
    They arrested 28-year-old Joshua Berg.Autumn’s mother, Christina, says Berg is her boyfriend, who wa
  • Cab drivers on high alert after armed robbery caught on camera

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s not often that an armed robbery inside a taxi cab is caught on camera, but earlier this month cameras inside a Liberty Cab captured the scary moments when a man pulled out a gun on a female driver.
    “I don’t think they (the public) realized what these drivers were really going though, occasionally, but it was happening for a long time, this was the first time it was captured on film,” said Bill Yuhnke, owner of Liberty Cab.
    Officials say 1
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  • Parents in Utah can no longer be prosecuted for ‘free range’ kids

    (CNN) – Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill earlier this month that makes it OK for parents to let their children “free range.”It’s believed to be the first state in the nation to pass such a law.The measure essentially changes the state’s legal definition of neglect, meaning parents won’t be prosecuted for letting their children (of appropriate age) do things like walk to school by themselves, go to the store alone, play outside unsupervised, sit
  • Erie County Clerk wants to make it easier to opt out of having information sold by state DMV

    ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns wants to make it easier for people to opt out of having their information sold by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    State law allows the DMV sell information like your name and address and even license number to companies contracted by the state.
    The Clerk’s Office surveyed about 1,500 people and found that most don’t want that information shared.
    Clerk Mickey Kearns is now trying to find out who these third-party vendo
  • Darien Lake to expand operating season to six months

    DARIEN CENTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – Darien Lake will extend its operating season to six months starting this year, the theme park announced Wednesday.
    The park will be open from May 5 to the end of its new fall event, the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree on Oct. 29.
    The Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree will kick off Sept. 28 for five weekends of pumpkin-themed entertainment.
    Park guests will have an opportunity to bring a carved pumpkin to help Darien Lake attempt to break the Guiness World Record for most carved
  • Jim Kelly out of surgery, headed into recovery

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Jim Kelly’s wife Jill has confirmed that the Bills great is out of surgery and headed into recovery.“During pre-op the computer in our section wasn’t working so they had to get a new one. Then Jim says to me, “Did you see the computer? You should take a picture.” And so I did! As silly as it sounds, God gave us the #12computer. And almost 12 hours of surgery later….#12 is now on the road to recovery,” Jill wr
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  • 30 in 30: Baker Mayfield

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)-  Baker Mayfield talks a big game, “I don’t think I’m cocky, it’s not cocky it’s just confident,” but to his credit he was able to back it up at Oklahoma.
    Mayfield started 40 games for the Sooners, throwing for over 12,000 yards, 119 touchdowns, and just 21 interceptions. His doubters will say he’s too small but Mayfield is quick to dismiss that notion, “Height doesn’t matter. You see guys like Tyrod Taylor, Bre
  • Feds launch manhunt for prisoner who escaped airport just before deportation

    NEW YORK — Federal agents are hunting a prisoner who slipped through their fingers in New York Tuesday. Mohamadou Mbacke, 31, was last seen at terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He escaped from immigration officials just before they were going to place him on a connecting flight back to Senegal.
    Officials say Mcbacke bolted from three U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents after they removed his handcuffs at the security checkpoint. The Trans
  • Sheriff: 6 kids believed to be in SUV that plunged off cliff in Northern California

    (KOIN) – Authorities have identified the children who were killed when their vehicle plunged off a cliff in Northern California.
    County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brent Waddell told KOIN they have been informed by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office there are 3 children are missing. They are searching the area around the crash scene, including the ocean for the children.The children who are missing are 15-year-old Devonte, 16-year-old Hannah and 12-year-old Sierra Hart.
  • Thousands rally in Paris to protest slaying of Holocaust survivor

    Paris (CNN) – Two people have been arrested over the murder of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor in Paris that is being investigated as a suspected anti-Semitic attack, a French judicial source told CNN on Tuesday.Mireille Knoll was stabbed 11 times in her apartment in the 11th arrondissement of Paris before her home was set on fire, according to government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, who recounted the attack on Twitter. Her body was discovered in her apartment on Friday.
    Two men ar
  • VIDEO: Easter Weekend at the Broadway Market preview

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Broadway Market is booming this week- heading into Good Friday and Easter weekend.
    Hundreds of people will pack into the market getting goodies before Easter Sunday and Dyngus Day.
    Kathy Peterson, manager of the Broadway Market, stopped by News 4 Wednesday to talk about events happening this weekend.
    For Broadway Market hours, click here. 
  • 1 dead, 4 injured in San Francisco hit-and-run after dispute, police say

    SAN FRANCISCO — Five people have been struck by a car in San Francisco in a hit-and-run incident, police say. One victim has since died, according to a hospital spokesman. CBS San Francisco reports that police spokeswoman Giselle Linnane said the incident happened at around 10:24 a.m. in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood.
    The driver of a vehicle got into a physical altercation with five people and struck all five with his car, Linnane said.
    The Associated Press reports
  • Hot air balloon crashes and catches fire near Phoenix, no one injured

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a hot air balloon carrying 13 people crashed and caught fire Wednesday morning in the desert outside Phoenix, igniting a small brush fire but causing no injuries.
    Phoenix fire Capt. Jake Van Hook says it started “only a small amount of fire,” which crews quickly extinguished.
    A witness video shows flames and a large plume of black smoke in an area of dry brush as several people on a dirt path look on.
    The crash occurred just before 8:30 a.m. just
  • Lineup for Kerfuffle 2018 at Canalside announced

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Alternative Buffalo has announced the lineup for this year’s Kerfuffle at Canalside, June 16.
    The bands include Awolnation, Matt and Kim, Manchester Orchestra, Family of the Year, Mansionair, Mainland, and Robert Delong.
    The event is 18 and up, 16 with parent or guardian.
    For more information and tickets, click here.  
     
  • Local dairy farms battle low milk prices

    PAVILION, N.Y. (WIVB)- Noblehurst Farms is a larger dairy farm in Upstate New York.
    The 1,500 milking cows there churn out nearly 14,000 gallons of milk daily.
    The farm’s business manager Thomas Matthews says despite being a larger operation, Noblehurst isn’t immune to some of the challenges facing the American dairy industry.
    Around the country, dairy farmers are up against less consumption, fewer exports, and declining prices.
    “The things that are contributing to th
  • WNY rallies around Jim Kelly as he undergoes surgery

    Western New Yorkers are rallying around Jim and Jill Kelly as the Hall of Fame quarterback undergoes major surgery, after cancer in his jaw returned.
    Kelly’s operation began around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The hospital tells News 4, it’s expected to go until 8 p.m.
    As the Bills great is in surgery, thousands have shown their support for Jim.
    New York’s Governor Cuomo, Buffalo’s Major Brown, current and former Bills players alike a
  • DMX faces the music: serenaded by judge, gets year in prison

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge heard a DMX rap song before adding his own lyrics to a court proceeding on Wednesday, ordering the rapper imprisoned for a year in a tax fraud case.
    Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took requests Wednesday, accommodating DMX’s desire to hear his hit “Slippin’” before DMX faced the music over his admission of guilt. The judge called DMX’s fraud a “brazen and blatant” crime that could not go unpunished.
    The 47-year-old rapper, known t
  • Wegmans recalls yogurt-covered raisins that could contain undeclared peanuts

    (WIVB) – Wegmans is voluntarily recalling Wegmans-brand yogurt-covered raisins after it was discovered they may contain undeclared peanuts.
    The affected products have a UPC of  07789031832 and a Best By date of Jan. 5, 2019.
    All products may be returned to customer service for a full refund.
    For more information, contact Wegmans Consumer Affairs at 1-855-934-3663 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Trump fires VA Secretary David Shulkin, nominates White House doctor as replacement

    (CBS NEWS) – Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin became the latest member of President Trump’s cabinet to be terminated on Wednesday. Mr. Trump announced that he was replacing Shulkin in a series of tweets, and said he would nominate Adm. Ronny Jackson, who had been serving as the president’s doctor, to replace him.
    Shulkin’s departure follows a series of blunders for the secretary of the already embattled VA, including reported insurgencies inside his own depar
  • Rochester man pleads guilty to lying to FBI during child pornography investigation

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to an FBI agent regarding an investigation into child pornography.
    Michael Beers, 68, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to an FBI special agent. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
    According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, the FBI conducted a child pornography investigation in Feb. 2017, in which an undercover agent downloaded four vi
  • Mittelstadt practices, prepares for debut Thursday Vs. Red Wings

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Casey Mittelstadt was thrown right into the mix his first day on the job, leading the stretches at the beginning and end of practice with the Sabres on Wednesday.
    “I just said thanks for the warm welcome and it was a good first practice,” Mittelstadt said of his chat with teammates at center ice as practice ended.Mittelstadt begins and ends practice leading stretches #Sabres @news4buffalo pic.twitter.com/o8u2x3mxJ9
    — Nick Filipowski (@NEWS4_NIC
  • All 22 female senators urge leadership to begin debate on anti-harassment bill

    (CBS NEWS) – The Senate must begin debating legislation helping people who work in Congress pursue claims of sexual harassment or discrimination, all 22 female senators said Wednesday in a letter to the chamber’s leaders.
    “Inaction is unacceptable,” the group wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York. The letter, signed by 18 Democratic and four Republican women, was an unusual bipartisan display of public p
  • New details released about pitch to bring Amazon to Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New information is being released about the pitch Western New York made to reel in Amazon’s new headquarters. The joint bid between Buffalo and Rochester didn’t make the list of 20 finalists.
    That’s despite it including a lot of tax breaks, more than $500 million of tax breaks just in Erie County. Another $700 million of breaks were offered in Rochester.
    “It was obviously a really competitive process,” said Alan Rosenhoch, the direc
  • Cheektowaga student accused of making threat against JFK High School charged with falsely reporting incident

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 14-year-old girl who allegedly threatened to shoot up JFK High School in Cheektowaga Wednesday has been charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident.
    The girl and her parents voluntarily surrendered to Cheektowaga Police early Wednesday morning.
    Third degree falsely reporting an incident is a Class A misdemeanor, but because the girl is less than 16 years old, the matter will be referred to Family Court.
    She is currently in Family Court waiting to be
  • Buffalo Weather Service gets new warning coordination meteorologist

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –Buffalo’s National Weather Service is always busy. Living in a lake effect zone, there is little down time. For that reason, the best of the best meteorologists love to come here. The office has recently added another expert.
    We are the faces you see on TV everyday but there’s a team of meteorologists at the National Weather Service that are number crunching 24 hours a day to help make each and every forecast perfect. Mike Fries, is the new warning coordin
  • Uniland joins Mountain Development Corp. to become co-owners of Eastern Hills Mall

    WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Uniland has closed on a deal to purchase the Eastern Hills Mall along with existing owners Mountain Development Corp.,  a representative from Uniland confirmed Wednesday.
    The co-owners will plan the redevelopment of the site’s 80 acres into a “contemporary and sophisticated “town center” destination where people live, work, shop and play.” Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
    “This is the first step in what will be
  • Gov. Cuomo gets arrested reporter out of jail

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got NY Daily News reporter Ken Lovett out of jail on Wednesday.
    Lovett was reportedly arrested for talking on his cellphone in a restricted area.
    Free!!!! For the record, state police were very professional.
    — ken lovett (@klnynews) March 28, 2018at least the arrest occured AFTER I got my Springsteen on Broadway tickets
    — ken lovett (@klnynews) March 28, 2018 
    Lovett says he was buying Bruce on Broadway tickets on his
  • Tonawanda man charged with DWI after almost striking a police vehicle

    CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A City of Tonawanda man is facing felony DWI charges after police say he almost struck a police vehicle.
    Joseph R. Wecker, 41, of Niagara Street, was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, operating his vehicle without a court-ordered interlock device, and four vehicle and traffic charges.
    According to City of Tonawanda Police, Wecker was arrested early Wednesday morning after backing out of a Niagara Street driveway a
  • Death of eight-year-old in Elmira ruled a homicide

    ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – The death of an eight-year-old girl on East Thurston St., in Elmira, on Saturday, March 24, has been ruled a homicide.
    The Elmira Police Department responded to the home, in the 300 block of East Thurston St., around 11 a.m. on Saturday for a death investigation.
    The Police Department says that due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further information will be released at this time.
    The investigation is ongoing, and they encourage anyone with any information r
  • Sal Capaccio: Goodell says Pegulas are looking at long term stadium planning

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Pegulas are looking at long-term stadium plans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, and are in the “very early stage,” according to Sal Capaccio.
    The WGR 550 reporter and News 4 contributor tweeted that Goodell said “I think those (talks/updates) are better coming from the Pegulas, whenever they want to share them with the community. I think they are in the very early stages.”
    The exact plans for New Era Field are not clear.
    News 4 w
  • WATCH: Local commission to focus on ‘First Amendment, First Vote’ initiative

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Dr. Karen King, the executive director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, joined News4’s Dave Greber Tuesday to discuss what has been a busy month.
    The commission has participated in a series of events in March, to commemorate Women’s History Month.
    King also announced a new program that will be launched soon.
    First Amendment, First Vote, which is an “inclusive, non-partisan civic engagement program designed to encourage high scho
  • Donated books to be used by Sheriff’s Office to comfort children

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard came together with the Books to the Rescue organization to announce that $3,000 worth of books and supplies were donated to the Sheriff’s Office.
    The books will be used by Domestic Violence Unit deputies, road patrol officers and detectives during calls involving children, or when kids are present during situations.
    “This is another tool my deputies can use to provide aid and comfort to children who were present at a dis
  • Batavia police looking for Arby’s robbery suspect

    BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Batavia police say an Arby’s restaurant was robbed on Sunday night.
    According to police, an armed suspect went into the restaurant around 11 p.m. (closing time) and demanded money from people working there. Police say he was armed with what appeared to be a gun.
    After this, authorities say he fled the restaurant with cash. No one was injured.
    Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with helpful information can call Detective Matthew Wojtaszczyk at (5
  • Easter fun in WNY

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There’s lots of fun to be had as Easter approaches this weekend. Here’s a list of activities taking place in western New York:
    BUFFALO
    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
    Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Buffalo Zoo on Saturday. Families have two different opportunities to attend at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Seating is limited so advanced tickets are required. Tickets for non-members are $18 for adults and $15 for children. Children 23 months and younger
  • State lawmakers push to expand Tesla showrooms in NYS

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Tesla officials, owners of the company’s electric cars and people who are on a waiting list to buy one are pushing the state Legislature to allow Elon Musk’s corporation to expand in New York.
    State law requires car manufacturers to sell through franchises. But a state law passed in 2014 allows California-based Tesla five direct-to-consumer sales offices in New York, all of them in the New York City metro area.
    Under legislation sponsored by Assembly M
  • Town of Tonawanda man sentenced after girlfriend’s fatal opioid overdose

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Town of Tonawanda man was sentenced after the drug-related death of his girlfriend.
    In 2016, Jon Herrle, 55, gave his girlfriend a crushed opioid pill, but told her it was cocaine. This led to a fatal overdose and Herrle was charged with second-degree manslaughter.
    On Wednesday morning, Herrle was sentenced to one and 1/3 to four years in prison.
  • Wellsville teen charged with selling heroin

    WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A teenager is facing felonies after Wellsville police say he sold heroin in the village.
    Spencer Carl, 17, faces charges of possessing and selling a controlled substance.
    Carl is on pre-trial release under the supervision of Allegany County’s probation department. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday morning.
  • Ice boom not likely to open before Easter

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The International Niagara Board of Control says it is not likely that the ice boom on Lake Erie will be open before Sunday.
    The opening of the ice boom has not started yet due to heavy ice covering the eastern side of the lake.
    The latest time in the year that the ice boom was ever opened was May 3 in 1971.
  • Rochester firefighters rescue woman from Genesee River

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Fire Department rescued a woman from the Genesee River Wednesday morning.
    The rescue happened near the Andrews Street Bridge.
    Although mud and fallen trees created a challenge, firefighters were able to get the victim out of the water. She was then taken to a waiting ambulance.
    It is not clear how the woman got into the water.
  • Attorney for porn star seeks to depose Trump on payment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for an adult film star claiming a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump filed a motion Wednesday seeking to depose the president and his attorney.
    Michael Avenatti filed the papers in federal court in California. In the documents, he seeks to depose Trump and Trump attorney Michael Cohen about a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election.
    Avenatti wants to question each for “no more than two hours.” In
  • Study: Bath toys may be making your children sick

    SWITZERLAND (WIVB) — Bath toys could be making your kids sick.
    A study released in Switzerland looked at rubber ducks and other popular toys that often make it into the tub.
    Scientists compared toys put into bath water with those kept in clean water and found that 58 percent had some sort of fungus or bacteria in them.
    Researchers believe so-called bio-films result from organic carbon that leaches from the flexible plastic and a combination of dirt and human body fluids in the bath water.
  • Report: “I Love New York” signs will be removed

    NEW YORK (WIVB) — It looks like those big, blue “I Love New York” signs along state highways will soon be gone.
    Newsday quotes a federal transportation spokesperson, who says the New York state DOT will begin removing the signs “next month.”
    The signs got the empire state in hot water with Washington. Federal officials said the original signs that were put up, starting in 2013, were illegal because they contained too much information and could distract dri
  • Chronic toilet-clogger costs a city thousands of dollars

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WFRV) – Sheboygan has a problem. And it is a bit murkier than Lake Michigan. It is happening in the city’s only year-round public restroom.
    “I think it’s terrible that people have to behave that way,” said Kris Williams, a local of the city. “That bathroom should be open and accessible to anyone.”
    Joe Kerlin, superintendent of parks and forestry in Sheboygan, says a man in his twenties is going into the women’s restroom at the Dela
  • Police: Thief prayed before breaking into boutique

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are searching for a man who they say was caught on surveillance video praying before stealing from a Brooklyn clothing store.
    WCBS-TV reports the theft happened March 22 at Ziani Fine Italian Clothing in Brooklyn. Police say the suspect is seen making the sign of the cross before he breaks into the store with a brick. Investigators say the man stole 18 pieces of clothing.
    Police have released surveillance images of the suspect.
    An investigation continu
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