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Last updated: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:24:18 GMT

  Eden man charged after Monday fire in Hamburg Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:55:47 +0000
Five people, including two firefighters, were taken to the hospital after an early morning ripped through a home on Rosedale Avenue.

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Five people, including two firefighters, were taken to the hospital after an early morning ripped through a home on Rosedale Avenue.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. in the garage and spread to the rest of the home, where a family of five was sleeping at the time. As the fire spread, a woman and her two children jumped out of a second story window to escape. A man and another child were able to safely exit the home.

The three people who jumped out the window were taken to ECMC for evaluation and two firefighters were taken to Mercy hospital for medical issues.

The house is considered a total loss.

Hamburg Volunteer Fire Chief Jared Sterner says it took crews from twenty departments in the towns of Hamburg, Orchard Park, Boston, Eden, and Evans two hours to get the fire under control. “With the humidity and everything, the firefighters were becoming overwhelmed. We’re trying to refresh them and rehab, and whatnot,” he said.

Chief Sterner says the first crews on scene found two cars engulfed in flames, but investigators are still working to determine how the fire started.

“When we first arrived, we had heavy fire. It was high as the trees and it was actually going toward the house next door, so we were worried about exposure problems,” Sterner said. “The cars were on fire so we were hearing explosions. There were car tires blowing up; there were propane tanks that were set off.”

“It was just loud and we had a lot of smoke and heat,” he added.

Chief Sterner told News 4 there was a fire hydrant near the house that was not working, so firefighters had to use another one. “So that took up a bit of time,” he said. “We were able to get sufficient water, but the fire was going well before we got there.”

The fire was later ruled arson. Hamburg police say Eden resident Nicholas Harms was found near the scene and was questioned.

According to authorities, property from the home was found in his possession.

Harms will be charged with Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Petit Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespassing and Grand Larceny.

  Cooler and more comfortable today; Chance for afternoon showers Sun, 21 May 2017 13:06:25 +0000
Temperatures will stay below normal for the next several days with just a few late showers possible Wednesday/Thursday.

**Beach hazards for Erie and Chautauqua county beaches through 11 PM tonight.**

A few isolated afternoon showers can’t be ruled out, especially across The Niagara Frontier, however most spots will remain rain free with any leftover showers winding down early this evening. Expect a rather cool night with clearing skies as temperatures bottom out in the upper 40s across the S. Tier and mid 50s elsewhere. Those cooler temperatures will spark the development of patchy valley fog by morning.

Similar to today, partial sun Thursday will be accompanied by a few spotty showers in the afternoon.  It will also turn out to be the coolest day of the week with high temperatures barely edging up to 70º. This cool air may support a few waterspouts near the Lake Erie shoreline, and possibly even some graupel (soft ice pellets) in some of the showers.

As high pressure builds in, the weather turns drier and brighter for the end of the week and also into the upcoming weekend. Despite ample sunshine, temperatures will continue to run slightly below-average, feeling more like late September versus late August. Mostly dry weather carries into next week with a slow warming trend.

TONIGHT: Stray Evening Showers End, Broken Clouds, Refreshingly Cool, Southern Tier Valley Fog, Low: 46 deep valleys, 54 metro, Wind: W 6-12.

THURSDAY: Partial Sun, a Few Spotty Showers, Rather Cool, High: 65-69, Wind: WNW 5-10, Low: 54.

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny. High: 70, Low: 52.

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 72, Low: 54.

SUNDAY: Sunshine, High: 74, Low: 56.

MONDAY: Sunny, High: 76, Low: 58.

TUESDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, Chance of a shower, High: 77, Low: 58.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Cloudy, Chance of a shower, High: 75.

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  Another discharge occurs in Niagara River Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:22:13 +0000
A reason for the occurrence was not listed.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Another sewer discharge has taken place in the Niagara River.

An estimated 1.1 million gallons of sewage was discharged by the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

It is not clear whether or not public areas were affected by the discharge, which happened during a thunderstorm Tuesday night around 7 p.m.

It lasted three hours.

A reason for the occurrence was not listed. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no steps have been taken to contain the discharge.

Just last week, another discharge occurred because heavy rain created an overflow situation.

Before that, during the last days of July, black “backwash water” was released due to the cleaning of carbon filters at the plant.

  Elderly couple killed in Orleans County accident Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:44:43 +0000
The truck pushed the vehicle into a tree, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's office.

BARRE, N.Y. (WIVB) — An elderly couple was killed in an Orleans County vehicle accident on Wednesday.

The couple was driving north on Eagle Harbor Rd. in Barre when they failed to stop, and turned in the direction of a westbound tractor-trailer.

The truck pushed the vehicle into a tree, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s office.

The woman died at the scene, and the man died after being flown to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The couple has not been identified.

  Police team up for high-tech crime fighting effort Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:58:48 +0000
By having all of the police agencies in Niagara County share all of their data, officials say NICAC's crime-fighting capabilities are streng…

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police in Niagara County are joining forces to better fight crime in Western New York. Wednesday morning, all of the police departments in the county signed a memorandums of understanding with the District Attorney’s office, promising to to contribute all of their data to the Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center.

The Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center (NICAC) is part of a network of eight high-tech operations in the state, staffed by crime analysts, field intelligence officers, drug intelligence officers, and a range of other specialists, including a dedicated staffer from the DA’s office who just joined the team this week.

Everyone works together in the NICAC facility inside the Niagara Falls Police Department building to crunch data, isolate trends, identify crime hotspots, develop leads in cases, and help police and prosecutors get results.

By having all of the police agencies in Niagara County share all of their data, officials say NICAC’s crime fighting capabilities are strengthened.

“Realistically, officers in Somerset should have the same knowledge of criminal activity as an officer in Niagara Falls,” explained Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti. “That’s really good for us and bad for the bad guys.”

Law enforcement officials are asking members of the public to help them fight the bad guys, too.

Part of the work done in NICAC involves a surveillance network of public and private security cameras around the region, and the more cameras they can use, the better.

County leaders are urging local businesses and residents to register their surveillance cameras with the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office as part of a new “Operation Safe Cam” initiative.
Businesses and local residents are urged to share what they have.

“Our goal is to work with the community to help blanket the county with security cameras to assist in criminal investigations,” said District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek. “Through Operation Safe Cam, our police will know where the cameras are, can access them quicker, and we can solve crimes faster.”

Anyone who wants to register their security camera for this program will soon be able to do so online at http://www.NiagaraCounty.com

 

  Austin Harig trying to replace Paladino on school board Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:31:27 +0000
Last summer, Harig was charged with assault and harassment, but those charges were dropped earlier this year.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who ran against Carl Paladino for a seat on the Buffalo School Board will now try to replace him.

Austin Harig will run for the now-vacant seat representing Buffalo’s Park District. He lost to Paladino by only about a hundred votes last year.

Paladino was removed from the school board last week for sharing private school board information.

Last summer, Harig was charged with Assault and Harassment, but those charges were dropped earlier this year.

  Netherlands concert cancelled after warning from Spain Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:54:49 +0000
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Rotterdam police say a concert in the Dutch port city by American rock group Allah-Las has been cancelled beca…

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Rotterdam police say a concert in the Dutch port city by American rock group Allah-Las has been cancelled because of a “terror threat.”

Rotterdam police did not specify the nature of the threat in a statement Wednesday night.

“Police took this information seriously enough that after discussion with organizers it was decided to cancel the event,” the Rotterdam police statement said.

Concert organizer Rotown said earlier on Twitter that the concert venue, a former grain silo, was being evacuated because of the unspecified threat and concertgoers would get their money back.

Dutch television showed officers in body armor outside Maassilo and what appeared to be members of the band leaving the venue in a white van with a police escort. The band did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The scheduled show by American rock band Allah-Las hadn’t yet started when the decision to cancel it was made.

Allah-Las is a four-piece band from Los Angeles. In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian last year, band members said they chose the word Allah, Arabic for God, because they were seeking a “holy sounding” name. They said they didn’t realize it might offend Muslims.

Lead singer Miles Michaud told the newspaper that the group received emails from Muslims around the world who said they were offended. Michaud said the band usually wrote back and explained its intentions were honorable “and mainly they understand.”

The mayor of Rotterdam says police in the port city stopped a van with Spanish license plates containing a number of gas bottles close to the venue of a concert by an American rock band that was cancelled following a threat.

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a hastily arranged press conference that the van’s driver had been detained and was being questioned on Wednesday night.

Aboutaleb says the concert by Los Angeles band Allah-Las was called off after Dutch police received a terror warning from Spanish police.

He declined to give further details on the nature of the warning or where in Spain it came from.

Police in Spain have been investigating the deadly vehicle attacks last week that killed 15 people.

  Police looking for cause in hit and run uptick Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:39:57 +0000
Police aren't only trying to solve these cases but also working to figure out why more accidents like this are happening. 

BUFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Several Erie County police agencies are reporting there’s an uptick in hit and runs. Now, police aren’t only trying to solve them but to figure out why more accidents like this are happening.

“It takes less than a second for your distraction to lead to one of these tragedies,” said Lt. Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department.

He says they’re seeing more accidents, in general, being caused by both distracted drivers and pedestrians.

“People, in general, aren’t paying attention in and around roadways,” said the lieutenant.

While he’s not sure if that’s the exact reason to blame for the hit and runs, it does concern him and other police officers.

The member of BPD says hit and run statistics ebb and flow – they’re higher in some years than others. He feels drivers aren’t really thinking about unsolved cases in the moment when they decide to pull off from an accident.

“People panic at that moment,” said Lt. Rinaldo. “For whatever reason – whatever extenuating circumstances like they don’t have valid license or insurance and then they panic and leave.”

While some cases remain unsolved for weeks or months, police are continuously putting together pieces of footage and evidence, trying to find the person responsible.

“I don’t think any person that’s involved in an accident should take some solace in the fact that there’s a number of these that have yet to be prosecuted because in the end they all will see some prosecution.”

  Preservation organization awarding top projects Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:27:22 +0000
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is recognizing some of the best preservation projects around the city.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Preservation Buffalo Niagara is recognizing some of the best preservation projects around the city. They’re ranging from Outstanding Commercial Projects which the Turner Brother Lofts is receiving to People’s Choice which is going to the Greetings from Buffalo mural.

“Preservation has many faces,” said Jessie Fisher, the Executive Director for Preservation Buffalo Niagara. “One of the things the awards can do is really inspire that next generation of projects.”

There are more than 90,000 buildings in Buffalo and, according to Fisher, 85% are historic, being built before WWII.

In the last 10 years, more than 7000 buildings have been torn down in the city so Fisher and others at the organization find it important to take time to recognize those who preserve the city’s architecture.

“We look at it like it’s a city full of masterpieces and we want all of them to be restored.”


The award ceremony is going on September 7, 2017 at 6pm at Hotel Henry. Click here for information on the winners and for how to get tickets.

  16th annual Buffalo Wing Festival is Sept. 2 and 3 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:49:28 +0000
Event at Coca-Cola Field will feature more than 30 regional, national, and international eateries serving over 100 kinds of chicken wings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Get your Buffalo wing hats ready.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival will return to Coca-Cola Field Sept. 2 and 3.

The festival, now in its 16th year, will feature more than 30 regional, national, and international eateries serving over 100 kinds of chicken wings, as well as other festival favorite foods.

Last year, the event attracted 70,000 attendees from all 50 states and 46 countries.

In addition to wings, festival-goers can expect competitive wing-eating contests, amateur cook-offs, pageants, music, children’s entertainment, and a “Bobbing for Wings” competition.

The Buffalo Wing Festival will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3. Tickets are $5, children eight and under are free.

For a full line-up of events and activities, click here.