• Sabres homestand ends with another loss

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The offense was ineffective, the effort was inconsistent, and the outcome was incredibly predictable. The Sabres 6-game homestand came to end with another loss, 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. Buffalo only managed one win during the 6-game stretch at KeyBank Center.
    The Sabres offensive slump continued on Friday when Montreal backup goalie Antti Niemi stopped all 35 shots he faced, it was Niemi’s first shutout since Dec. 22, 2015. It’s the second time
  • 2 Alabama teens charged in overdose death, photos of body posted online

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Two teenagers in Alabama are facing criminal charges after officials say they posted photos on social media of an overdosed teenager’s body before driving her to a hospital. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old John Garrett Guffey and 18-year-old Lillie Marie Cooper were indicted Thursday on charges of corpse abuse and criminally negligent homicide, CBS affiliate WHNT reports.
    Investigators said that on April 23, 2017, the pa
  • UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports that provide the most comprehensive and localized look at the state of biodiversity.
    Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports Friday on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area.
    Their conclusion after three years of study : Nowhere is doing well.
  • US Postal Service unveils Mister Rogers postage stamp

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was a beautiful day to honor Mister Rogers with a postage stamp.
    The U.S. Postal Service on Friday released a stamp featuring Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
    The stamp pictures Rogers in his trademark cardigan along with King Friday, a puppet character from the show’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe sketch.
    A dedication ceremony was held at the Pittsburgh stu
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  • Gowanda man, 21, pleads guilty to distributing child porn

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 21-year-old Gowanda man has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography.
    Shane Aurand will face a minimum of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced June 26.
    According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, in March 2017, Aurand started communicating with an undercover law enforcement agent on the messaging app Kik. Aurand shared sexually explicit pictures of a 7-year-old child he took while babysitti
  • Punxsutawney Phil ‘wanted’ on charges of deception due to wintry start to spring

    Brookville, Jefferson County, Pa. (WTAJ) – As snow coated Pennsylvania on the first days of spring, many are turning their frustrations to the furry forecaster in Punxsutawney.
    His face is plastered on wanted posters in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The Sherrif’s department calling for his capture. However,  that didn’t sit well with the groundhog club
    Phil’s handler says, “it’s probably is a misunderstanding on their part because Phil is the mes
  • Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles player, indicted for allegedly shoving paraplegic worker

    HOUSTON — A grand jury has indicted Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Bennett for allegedly injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman when he tried to get onto the field at last year’s Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother, Martellus Bennett. Michael Bennett, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, was indicted on one felony count of injury to the elderly, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
    The charge carries a penalty of up t
  • Another accuser comes forward, another priest name not on ‘the list’

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wayne Bortle stood before the Buffalo Diocese on a bright Friday morning to become the latest accuser of sexual abuse at the hands of local clergy.
    For the past few weeks, it’s been people like Bortle that have forced the diocese to own up to decades of abuse and secrecy.
    Bortle said he was 15 when he was abused by Father Robert Conlin, while Conlin was the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Pavillion — in Genesee County.
    Conlin was appointed pastor at
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  • Jeff Sessions announces rule effectively banning bump stocks

    (CBS NEWS) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that the Department of Justice is officially proposing a change to federal regulations to ban bump stock devices, devices that transform legal, semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons. A bump stock device was used in last year’s deadly Las Vegas shooting.
    Specifically, the DOJ is looking to change the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulations to clarify that bump stocks do actuall
  • Lockport family feels police and DA swept murder investigation aside

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Almost a year and half after the death of 54-year-old Holly Seiler, family members are still searching for answers.
    On October 20, 2016, firefighters found Seiler’s body in her burning Lockport home on E. High Street. Investigators called her death suspicious.
    A death certificate obtained by News 4 lists Seiler’s cause of death as manual strangulation.
    No one has been arrested for her murder.
    “My sister was brutally murdered in her home. There&rsqu
  • Ken-Ton schools planning security upgrades

    TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officials in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District have been wrestling with ideas to keep its schools safe. They think they’ve found part of the answer. Changes will soon be coming to the nine schools in that district.
    They will be adding cameras and a new way to keep track of visitors entering the schools.
    It’s being paid for by New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act.
    “The idea was to designate money specifically for tech
  • Local hospital becomes first in area to offer “laughing gas” option for childbirth

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Mercy Hospital is the first hospital in the Buffalo area to offer nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as an option for women during childbirth.
    Nitrous oxide allows patients to stay awake and alert during childbirth, and can be used as an alternative for women who arrive too late to receive an epidural or aren’t eligible to receive one for medical reasons, Dr. Susan Littler, chair of the hospital’s OB/GYN Department, said.
    “The use of nitro
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  • Bulls embracing underdog role as their historic NCAA Tournament run continues

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Late Thursday night, Grand Island native Cassie Oursler said it finally sunk in she and her team would be playing in the Sweet 16.
    “I was scrolling through the sports channels and there was no women’s games playing so I think it hit me then,” she said.  “There are no games to be played except the ones we’re about to play in. I think that’s pretty cool.”
    After cruising through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tourname
  • CRIME STOPPERS: Up to $2,500 reward offered for information on man wanted by parole

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Up to a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted by parole.
    Emmanuel Stokes, 22, is on parole for second degree criminal possession of a weapon.
    He is described as 5’6″ and 130 lbs.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Buffalo at 716-867-6161.
  • Former cancer patient now a doctor at the hospital that helped her survive

    (CNN) – People say it’s important to give back to your community. Jennifer Pratt is doing exactly that.She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, when she was just 11. The diagnosis meant she spent many days in the hospital.
    Pratt’s chemotherapy took over a year, and because she spent so much time at Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul, the hospital staff became like family to her. It was during her treatment that she decided to become a doctor and, 20
  • French president says suspect killed 3, injured 16

    FRANCE (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says the armed man who took hostages in a supermarket killed three people and wounded 16 others.
    Macron said investigators are trying to establish how the suspect obtained the gun used in the attack in Trebes and nearby city of Carcassonne, where officials say the 26-year-old hijacked a car and claimed his first victim.
    Macron added detectives will also try to find out how and when Redouane Lakdim got radicalized. The suspect, who was shot and
  • Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto.
    Trump complained that the legislation does not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and does not address some 800,000 “Dreamer” immigrants who are now protected from deportation under a program that he has moved to eliminate. He said he signed it in order to provide needed mone
  • 8th Graders get sweet STEM lesson with Cupcake Wars in Erie 1 BOCES kitchen

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Flour was flying in the kitchen at the Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center Friday morning, as more than 80 eighth graders from Maryvale Middle School put their culinary skills to the test.
    They were going head to head in the annual Cupcake Wars baking challenge.
    “I think it was a great experience to have, a great opportunity. It was really fun, too,” said Alex George, one of the students who took part.
    Throughout the competition, the emp
  • Man who committed sledgehammer attack gets 107 years in prison

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Cheektowaga man was sentenced to 107 years in prison.
    Mark Dublino, 54, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, four counts of burglary, two counts of assault and one count of aggravated criminal contempt.
    In June of 2016, Dublino entered his ex-girlfriend’s Williamsville home, violating an order of protection, and attacked her and her friend.
    Each victim was struck in the head with a sledgehammer multiple times. After this, officials say Dublino
  • Threat prompts lockout at Ellicottville schools

    ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Ellicottville Central Schools are no longer on lockout.
    The district went into lockout around 8:30 a.m. following a threat.
    New York State police investigated the matter and the lockout was lifted in the early afternoon.
    The school will follow a regular schedule for the remainder of the day.
  • New items, players, and rules on deck as Bisons prepare to start season

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — We are counting down to the Bisons baseball season. The herd will be on the diamond in less than three weeks.“It’s hard to believe it’s our 31st year,” said Mike Buczkowski, the Bisons General Manager. 
    For 31 seasons, the Buffalo Bisons have been working to bring high level baseball to the ballpark. New this season, promotions like Labatturdays and new snacks are on deck too. They’ve been switching up traditional ite
  • News 4 fur family members visit studio during National Puppy Day

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– Across the nation, thousands of pet parents are celebrating National Puppy Day.
    Potter is News 4’s Ali Ingersoll’s dog. He’s a 4-year-old shepherd, lab, and hound mix. Ali rescued him from the Lakeshore Humane Society. Potter had a rough start to life and spent about six months in the shelter before meeting Ali. The two enjoy running, hiking, and exploring new cities together.
    Sioux is Mel Orlin’s dog. She’s a 2 and a half year old
  • 11 Fun Facts – Sweet 16: Buffalo Vs. South Carolina

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – As an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament not many thought Buffalo, which earned an at-large bid, would have made it past the first weekend.
    Passion & Defense are the hallmark of this year’s history making team and now they’re showing the entire country what Bulls basketball is all about. So, in honor of their 11-seed, here are 11 “fun facts” about the Bulls and Gamecocks heading into their Sweet 16 matchup on Saturday.
    11 – The Bulls are
  • Louise Slaughter’s funeral to take place in Rochester

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — People will come together to remember the life of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
    Her funeral service will be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester at 11 a.m.
    She served the Rochester area for decades as a county legislator, state lawmaker and congresswoman.
    At one point, she served parts of Niagara and Erie counties.
  • Woman charged with driving while on drugs

    MARILLA, N.Y. (WIVB) —  Erie County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a rollover crash in the Town of Marilla.
    When officers arrived at the scene on Two Rod Rd., they found a vehicle in a ditch, and a woman trapped inside.
    Marilla resident Jessica Jurewicz, 34, was rescued and taken to ECMC for treatment.
    Jurewicz was evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who says she had been driving under the influence of drugs.
    She was charged with DWI-drugs and a vehicle and traffic law infr
  • NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on Harlem movie set

    NEW YORK (AP) — A raging fire gutted an unoccupied residential building in Harlem being used as a film set and left a New York City firefighter dead.
    The blaze broke out on the set of “Motherless Brooklyn,” directed by Edward Norton, at about 11 p.m. Thursday. Flames poured out the windows as firefighters swarmed the scene, dumping water on the blaze to get it under control.
    Firefighter Michael R. Davidson of Engine Company 69 was assigned to the nozzle and was using the hose-l
  • Union leaders send AMR notice of intent to strike

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Union workers at one of Buffalo’s ambulance services are one step closer to walking off the job.
    Teamsters Local 449 members voted Thursday to authorize a strike.
    In a statement sent to News 4, union leaders say they have sent AMR a 10-day notice of intent to strike on April 2.
    The union has said negotiations can be rocky, but they do plan to try and resolve its issues before the official contract is set to expire on March 31.
  • Fundraiser to be held for victim of Grand Island hit-and-run

    GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Co-workers will gather Friday night for a fundraiser for a Grand Island woman who was the victim of a hit and run.
    A driver hit Dana Papaj while she was walking her dog last June. The driver, Edward Kuebler, was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison.
    Papaj was in a coma — part of her long recovery from a brain injury.
    The fundraiser for her will take place at the Radisson Hotel on Whitehaven Rd.
    Tickets are $20 per person.
  • East side church celebrates after fake grant writer admits to stealing thousands

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fake grant writer is facing hard time after she admitted to stealing more than $200,000 from Buffalo churches and community groups.
    Christina Sanford Gordon, 47, pleaded guilty Thursday to grand larceny, scheme to defraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
    Officials say Gordon used the money for personal expenses like cruises, jewelry and beauty treatments.
    One of the churches financially hit the hardest from Gordon was Good Shepherd Temple Church. Gor
  • Uber and Lyft drivers warn passengers of car seat safety

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– Uber drivers in Western New York are facing a roadblock — many of them have had to turn down riders with young children. That’s because they don’t have a car seat and New York state law requires one, even with ride sharing services.
    “I ask do you have a car seats for them especially if they’re at home, no I don’t. I’m sorry I can’t give you a ride,” said Craig Sieh, who drives for Uber and Lyft in Buffalo.
  • Cheektowaga Police warning of “extremely potent” doses of heroin

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Cheektowaga Police Department is warning the public of “extremely potent” doses of heroin Thursday night after three overdoses were reported in six hours.
    All three were not fatal.
    Anyone who needs help should contact Cheektowaga Police or the Opiate Addiction hotline at 831-7007.
  • VIDEO: State Sen. Tim Kennedy talks about Child Victims’ Act

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – State Senate Democrats made their final push Thursday in Albany to drum up support for the Child Victims’ Act, which would extend the current statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse to report the crimes that were committed against them.
    The bill is facing an uphill battle from Senate Republicans, who are standing firmly by what’s known as the “look back window”.
    Democratic Sen. Tim Kennedy, who has been a strong supporter
  • Maryland school shooting victim ‘brain dead,’ life support ending

    GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday.
    Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey has “no life left in her.” She said Jaelynn would be removed from life support during the evening, by the family’s decision.
    The mother, holding a young baby, said that with the shootin
  • Orbitz: Data on 880,000 consumers exposed in hack

    (CNN) – As many as 880,000 customers of Orbitz may have had personal information compromised in a security breach, the online travel booking site warns.
    Orbitz on March 1 determined that an attacker may have accessed information stored on a computer system used by consumers and a separate tool used by businesses, the Expedia (EXPE) subsidiary said on Tuesday.
    The attacker potentially accessed Orbitz users full names, credit card information, dates of birth, phone numbers and addr
  • Final push for Child Victims Act in NYS Legislature

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Senate Democrats today held a press conference to do one last large push to have the Child Victims Act included in the budget.
    “One in five New York Children is sexually abused,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Yonkers).
    With these staggering numbers, Democrats say, the time is now to get the Child Victims Act included in the budget. This bill would extend the statute of limitations for sex crimes so a victim abused as a child, would have
  • Thruway sends her an E-ZPass violation, but she has no car

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – A South Towns woman was surprised and slightly amused when she received a bill from E-ZPass in the mail. Michele Struzyk knew there had to be a mistake because she has not owned a car for nearly a decade.
    The violation notice Struzyk received claimed she had driven through an E-ZPass lane without paying, and it was time to pay up, so when she contacted the collection firm to correct the error, and was told to pay up anyway, Michele contacted Call 4 Action.
    Struzyk an
  • Why do so many golden retrievers get cancer? Massive study hopes to find out

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The sweet and playful golden retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in America, with a special talent for getting even so-called grown-ups to join in the fun. But, as Kris Campesi has learned through painful experience, they also rate high on another scale.
    “Goldens have a high probability for cancer,” she explained.
    That rate is about 60 percent, one of the highest in the dog world. Campesi recently lost one golden to cancer and now 7-year-old
  • Baseball players in minors to lose minimum wage protection

    (AP) – Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season would be stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation expected to be approved by Congress this week.
    The “Save America’s Pastime Act” is included on page 1,967 of the $1.3 trillion spending bill and appears to pre-empt a lawsuit filed four years ago in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by three players alleging Major League Baseball
  • H.R. McMaster replaced by John Bolton as national security adviser

    (CBS NEWS) – National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been replaced by former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as national security adviser, President Trump tweeted Thursday.
    “I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor,” Mr. Trump wrote. “I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an offic
  • March for Our Lives rally, march to be held in Buffalo Saturday

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A March for Our Lives rally will be held in Buffalo this Saturday, in solidarity with the ant-gun violence demonstrations occurring in Washington, D.C. and across the nation this weekend.
    Mayor Byron Brown, the WNY Peace Center, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence are sponsoring the event, which will start at 1 p.m. Saturday in Niagara Square in front of Buffalo City Hall.
    The event will start with a rally and conclude in a march.
  • People reaching out to Olean PD in Josephine Despard investigation

    OLEAN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A big new clue investigators received last month has led to more in a missing person case that is 34 years old.
    In 1984, Josephine Despard, then 26, disappeared after leaving her family’s home in the City of Olean.
    In February, a letter, addressed to Captain Robert Blovksy and other investigators, was delivered to the police station. It included details about the Despard case, but Blovsky wouldn’t reveal what was written in the letter.
    Since receiving
  • New details about 42 former Buffalo priests accused of child sex abuse

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- 42 former Buffalo priests were accused of child sex abuse prior to leaving the church since 1950.
    According to a spokesperson for the Buffalo Diocese, the priests were either removed from ministry, retired, or left after allegations they sexually abused children.
    Tuesday, the Buffalo Diocese released a list of their names.
    According to Bishop Richard Malone, it was needed to begin healing for the survivors and to bring the alleged crimes into the public light.
  • US to sell $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia

    (AP) – The Trump administration is signing off on selling more than $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits the United States.
    The State Department says the administration told Congress on Thursday that it plans to approve the sale. Lawmakers will have 30 days to act if they want to try to stop it.
    The package includes up to about 6,700 U.S.-built anti-tank missiles. Raytheon Co. makes the missiles.
    Other items include support, maintenance and spare pa
  • Buffalo Police: Woman robbed by two suspects on East Ferry

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police are investigating a robbery that happened Wednesday evening in the 300 block of East Ferry Street.
    A woman told police that while she was sitting in her vehicle around 8:10 p.m., two suspects in black hoodies came up to her car, one on a bike and the other in another car.
    The suspect on the bike displayed a gun and demanded she give them everything.
    The suspect fled with the woman’s purse.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Buffalo P
  • Man who tried to rob Lockport hospital sentenced for violating probation

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who tried to rob Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport was sentenced for violating his probation.
    Adam Kibler received a five-year probation sentence in October after serving nine months in jail.
    In May of 2016, he brought what appeared to be rifles and a bomb to the hospital’s emergency room and demanded opiates. The weapons turned out to be fake.
    Kibler was sentenced on Thursday to seven years in prison, with three years of post-release supervisi
  • Buffalo police locate 3 missing kids

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police say three kids went missing shortly before Noon on Thursday.
    The children, who are believed to be ages 8, 9 and 12, were reported to be missing by their parents.
    They were missing from a residence on the 200 block of Leroy Ave.
  • Police investigate fatal shooting on E. Delavan Ave.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police responded to the scene of a fatal shooting on E. Delavan Ave.
    The shooting happened Thursday afternoon on the street’s 1300 block.
    The victim has only been identified as a male.
    Traffic may be affected as police investigate.
  • Fake grant writer who stole more than $200,000 pleads guilty

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 47-year-old Buffalo resident Christina Sanford Gordon has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from local churches, businesses and community organizations.
    New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Gordon misrepresented herself as a successful fundraiser and grant writing expert.
    According to Schneiderman’s office, Gordon conned more than 30 organizations. An investigation showed that she never actually obtained any grants, or even ap
  • Jim Kelly to have surgery next week

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Jim Kelly is set to go under the knife.
    The Buffalo Bills legend announced that he will be having surgery next week.
    Getting ready to do my quiet time here in the beautiful mountains of Arizona. A week from today… https://t.co/gzBx0BqYYY
    — Jim Kelly (@JimKelly1212) March 21, 2018Earlier this month, Kelly revealed that his oral cancer has returned.
    “As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with
  • LIVE STREAM: Buffalo Zoo to renovate reptile house

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Zoo is renovating their reptile house.
    APP USERS | Tap here to watch a conference.
    According to them, funding for the Donna M. Fernandes Amphibian and Reptile Center (A.R.C.) is complete and construction will soon begin.
    The $3.7 million project started in 2015. The old reptile house, which was built in 1942, will be closed until the new project is finished.
    “With its infrastructure and animal exhibits dating back to the 1940s, it is time for s

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