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  • Little Rock crew says good-bye to Buffalo - WGRZ-TVLittle Rock crew says good-bye to Buffalo - WGRZ-TV

    WGRZ-TVLittle Rock crew says good-bye to BuffaloWGRZ-TVSaturday's commissioning was history in the making for Buffalo, as the new LCS9 was commissioned alongside its namesake. Maurice "Moe" Naylon III, Chairman of the Commissioning Committee, says the whole process has been an unforgettable experience ...Navy taking USS Little Rock combat ship into its fleetStars and StripesVeterans proud of new USS Little Rock's commissioningSpectrum NewsVIDEO: Littoral Combat Ship USS Little Rock Commissioned in Wintry WeatherUSNI NewsArkansas Online -PR Newswire (press release)all 43 news articles »

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  • Woman hopes to rebuild after losing everything in mobile home fireWoman hopes to rebuild after losing everything in mobile home fire

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — a Cheektowaga woman is praising her neighbor for saving her life. He carried her out of her burning mobile home after it caught fire Wednesday. Now her neighbors are stepping in to help her rebuild. Charred Christmas decorations, a melted door — there isn’t much left of Teri Scheifla’s mobile home on Annamarie Terrace. “It’s devastating right now I don’t really want to be here. I really don’t want to be here,” said Teri Scheifla. Scheifla spent Sunday afternoon trying to salvage what’s left of her home. She says it’s not much but some cups and plates now covered in ash. She says the dishware, along with several mickey mouse decorations, are all mementos of her mother who passed away years ago. The last time Scheifla was in her home, it was up in flames. Her cat, Bella, didn’t make it out. “I woke up and I’m like oh my god all of this smoke I couldn’t see I couldn’t even see the door and all of a sudden I feel somebody grabbing my arm,” said Scheifla. It was her next-door neighbor who carried her out to safety. Scheifla has a prosthetic leg and says she wouldn’t have made it out alive. “If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today,” said Scheifla. It’s the second time Scheifla was rescued from a burning home. A few years ago, a mailman saved her after her trailer caught fire from a faulty wire. “He came and pulled me out. I have a bunch of angels,” said Scheifla. She says she surrounded by angels, many of them living right next door. “Another neighbor Amy, she sent me Christmas presents and a coat,” said Scheifla. Scheifla’s family calls her a survivor and says with the help of her community she’ll be able to start over again. “So in spite of everything you can see that there’s hope,” said Dan DellaSala, Schiefla’s relative. Scheifla says other neighbors have given her clothes and shoes. She says she is trying to move into a senior living center. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help. You can find the link here.

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  • Six people displaced by early morning fireSix people displaced by early morning fire

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– Six people are homeless after an early morning fire on Buffalo’s west side. The fire started around 3:45 a.m. Sunday at a home on Dewitt Street between Potomac and Bird. Dispatch officers tell News 4 the fire started on the first floor and spread to the roof. Damages to the home and property total $150,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  • Truck driver arrested after dragging large bouldersTruck driver arrested after dragging large boulders

    CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Bufalo man is facing traffic charges after the truck he was driving dragged two large boulders for about a mile. City of Tonawanda Police say this happened at Niagara Street and Two Mile Creek Road in Tonawanda on Saturday morning. Video shows a tow truck lifting the trailer to remove the two boulders that were wedged underneath the trailer. Each boulder weighs close to 1,000 pounds 66-year-old Sameal Daniels told officers he didn’t realize the boulders were there, but felt the truck was driving awkward. He was issued a summons for improper turns, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to use the truck route.

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  • Niagara Falls water main break causes high school to close MondayNiagara Falls water main break causes high school to close Monday

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Crews from the Niagara Falls Water Board are still trying to fix a massive water main break. Now the problem is forcing the high school to close Monday. The break at 47th Street between Packard Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard erupted Friday night. The NFWB says the break is the result of outdated valve integrity, which the board says it has been actively addressing this year. It is causing low system pressure for some people in the area. Work on the break is expected to go through Monday, and will also require more work in the future. The NFWB says it is conducting water quality testing right now. There is no specific timetable as to when full water pressure will return. Stay with News 4 for updates on this story.

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  • Kyle Williams on if Sunday was his final home game: “I haven’t thought about it.”Kyle Williams on if Sunday was his final home game: “I haven’t thought about it.”

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – After the Bills had finished off the Miami Dolphins and improved to 6-2 at home for the first time since 1999 (the last time they made the playoffs) Kyle Williams was one of the last players off the field. Standing at his locker, the 12-year veteran knew what he was going to be asked. “No, I haven’t thought about it,” Williams said of what could potentially be his final home game. “I have two more games. I’m very much a day-to-day process oriented guy. If it is, it was a good way to end. But we have two more games, so I’ll focus on that and get ready to go.” The Bills will be playing meaningful football through Week 17 with road trips to New England and Miami and a chance to snap a 17-year postseason drought on the horizon. “It’s fun,” he said of the final two weeks of the season.  “It’s good to get up in the morning and go have everything you want to accomplish in front of you. It’s all a lot of fun.” The five-time Pro Bowler was asked earlier in the week if he had thought about Sunday’s game against Miami.  He said he wasn’t — in fact he referred to it as a “mental distraction.” However, guys in the locker room say they’re now playing for 95 and a trip the postseason. “He’s the leader and the heartbeat of this team,” an emotional Jordan Poyer said.   “You can’t say enough good things about Kyle. He’s an amazing person, amazing leader and he’s someone in the fourth quarter I look at him and I’m like ‘I want to play for you, — I want to play for you man. I want to do this for him.'” Jerry Hughes said Williams has the best pre-game speeches.  Poyer doubled-down on that adding, “He’s had some speeches this year that make you think about a lot of things. When you’re in the fourth quarter and you need some motivation. You look at 95 and know you want to play for that guy.” For safety Micah Hyde, the postseason were a staple in his first four years in the league with Green Bay. “I just got chills when you said that,” Hyde said when asked about want to get Williams to the playoffs. “I was fortunate enough to make it in the playoffs every year. I don’t think about it. I’ve been in the league five years and it’s been a grind. It’s tough year in and year out, to put on the jersey, lace up the cleats and play your ‘A-Game.’ He’s been doing it for 12 years in Buffalo where they’ve been struggling and haven’t been in the playoffs. To get him in the playoffs, it’s the ultimate goal.” A week after a heartfelt thank you to fans for their support throughout the years — and in a lake effect snow storm — fans responded in turn poured their hearts out to Williams on social media. If Sunday was his last walking off the field at New Era, 95 won’t ever forget the thousand who pack the house on the gameday. “I’ve never taken it for granted or ever not noticed it,” Williams said of Buffalo’s fan base.  “They’ve always been in the forefront of my appreciation for what they do and what they stand for and who they are. Those guys are awesome. It’s been quite the privilege to this point to play for them.  But, I’m not going there — we still have some games left.”

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  • Reaction to M&T Chairman and CEO Bob Wilmers deathReaction to M&T Chairman and CEO Bob Wilmers death

    KeyCorp Chair & CEO Beth E. Mooney: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of M&T Chair and CEO Robert G. Wilmers. I knew Bob as a banking legend, colleague and competitor, but also as a friend. M&T’s clients, employees and shareholders benefitted from his leadership and steady guidance. The communities the bank serves, especially Buffalo, NY, were fortunate to have someone with Bob’s vision, values and commitment. My KeyBank colleagues and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Wilmers family.” Mayor Byron Brown: “While many will remember Bob Wilmers for his unparalleled skill in business, I will always remember him for his wonderful generosity and his love for Buffalo and WNY.  Mr. Wilmers has been a tremendous asset to our community and his absence will leave a deep void that can never be replaced. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends today.” U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer: “There have been very few men who have done as much for Buffalo since its founding hundreds of years ago, as Bob Wilmers has done for several decades. He was a brilliant banker and a thoroughly decent, caring man. My wife Iris and I have spent many happy hours together with Bob and his wife. The loss is the Wilmer’s family, Buffalo’s and the United States of America,”  Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw: “To many, Bob Wilmers was the Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank. To me personally, he was he was an inspiration and professionally he was a mentor. Some of my greatest memories of him are sitting in his office, after hours and just the two of us, talking about how to make Erie County better. Mr. Wilmers constantly went out of his way to make the lives of those that live here better through investments into the cultural, arts, and not for profit communities. It’s hard to spend a weekend in Erie County without making your way to an institution that his generosity hasn’t touched. That giving spirit that was always excited about Western New York lived on until the end. Just a couple of weeks ago Mr. Wilmers called me to congratulate me on my re-election. In that conversation he talked about how we can make the county’s banking relationship with M&T stronger and how that could help taxpayers. We also talked more generally about the challenges of our region and solutions to focus on. His mind was always working and his focus was always on how to help and serve others. Mr. Wilmers was a mentor and a friend, and he will be dearly missed. At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with the Wilmers Family.” James V. Glynn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Maid of the Mist Corp.: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend, Bob Wilmers. I had the good fortune to serve with him for 18 years on the M & T board. As a gentleman banker, there was none finer, and he was always supportive of Maid of the Mist. M&T became a major presence in the banking industry and the Western New York community with Bob at the helm. His leadership will be greatly missed. My condolences to Elisabeth and the Wilmers Family.” Terry and Kim Pegula: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Robert Wilmers. For several decades, Mr. Wilmers displayed an unsurpassed commitment to the Western New York community and the effects of his commitment will be felt for generations. On behalf of the Bills, Sabres and Pegula Sports and Entertainment, we offer our condolences to the Wilmers family and the M&T Bank community. He will be greatly missed.”  

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  • McCoy makes history as Bills keep playoff hopes alive with win over DolphinsMcCoy makes history as Bills keep playoff hopes alive with win over Dolphins

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – LeSean McCoy raced into history as the Bills kept their postseason hopes alive with a 24 to 16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. McCoy, who entered the day needing just 39 yards to reach 10,000 rushing yards in his career, reached the milestone with a 14 yard run in the 2nd quarter.  He also scored on a 4-yard touchdown on the Bills’ opening drive, marking the first time this season Buffalo had scored a TD on it’s first possession. Shady finished the day with 50 yards to pass Ricky Williams (10,009) for 29th on the NFL’s all-time rushing charts. After Miami pulled within 7-6 in the 2nd quarter, Tyrod Taylor, who was playing in his first game since suffering a patella tendon contusion against New England, connected with McCoy for his only touchdown of the day.  He also added a nine yard TD as the Bills opened up a 21-6 halftime lead. The Dolphins, who had won two straight games entering the day, were in part powered by their defense which had held opposing defenses to just one third down conversion in 24 tries. Miami stormed back in the fourth quarter forcing a one possession game, down eight with under a minute to go. But, rookie Tre’Davious White picked off Jay Cutler to seal the win. Jordan Poyer and Shareece Wright also interceptions, marking the first time since their win over Oakland the Bills forced multiple turnovers in a game. Buffalo will now try to stay in the playoff hunt as they wrap up the season on the road against New England (Dec. 24) and Miami (Dec. 31).

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  • A timeline: Highlights of Robert Wilmers' 34-year career at M&T BankA timeline: Highlights of Robert Wilmers' 34-year career at M&T Bank

    Robert Wilmers, who passed away Dec. 16, built a banking powerhouse as chairman and chief executive officer at M&T Bank in Buffalo. Here’s a quick history of M&T during the Wilmers years.

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  • Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airportPower outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport

    Authorities say a power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has caused flights to be suspended. Airport spokesman Reese McCraine says the outage occurred early Sunday afternoon. He says all airport operations are being affected and that outgoing flights were halted. McCraine says some incoming flights are being diverted to other airports in the region. He says the airport is working quickly to fix the issue. McCraine says the cause of the outage is unknown. Georgia Power said it was working to find out the cause and restore electricity. The FAA has set a ground stop for flights into #ATL due to the outage. A ground stop means flights to ATL are held at departure airports. — Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 17, 2017

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  • M&T Bank Chairman Bob Wilmers dies at 83 - WKBW-TVM&T Bank Chairman Bob Wilmers dies at 83 - WKBW-TV

    WKBW-TVM&T Bank Chairman Bob Wilmers dies at 83WKBW-TV"Mr. Wilmers has received many honors and awards for his service to the banking industry, as well as for his leadership and contributions to the Buffalo, N.Y. community, where the M&T Bank is headquartered. These awards include the Greater Buffalo ...Philanthropist was chair and CEO of M&T BankBennington BannerM&T Announces Passing of CEO, Chairman Robert G. WilmersWGRZ-TVReaction to M&T Chairman and CEO Bob Wilmers deathwivb.comBerkshire Eagleall 22 news articles »

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  • Firefighters investigating cause of early morning fire - WKBW-TVFirefighters investigating cause of early morning fire - WKBW-TV

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  • LeSean McCoy joins 10K Rushing ClubLeSean McCoy joins 10K Rushing Club

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – With a 14 yard burst against Miami in the second quarter, LeSean McCoy eclipsed the 10,000 yard mark in his career. He entered Sunday’s game against the Dolphins needing just 39 yards to reach rushing milestone. “It’s hard to really look at my career right now, because we’re still kind of in the playoff hunt,” the running back told reporters on Wednesday.  “We need big wins to have a shot, so I think after the season I can really reflect and look at my career and the 10,000-yard mark, passing that.” “It’s definitely a big piece of his legacy. 10,000 yards, he’s special,” Pro Bowl Guard Richie Incognito added earlier in the week.  “I really can’t say enough good things about him, especially after a walk-off touchdown win.” McCoy, who was traded to the Bills in 2015, becomes the 30th member of the 10K club. He also passed Ricky Williams (10,009 yards) for 29th on the all-time rushing list. “He’s a special talent, and it doesn’t take just me to say that. I believe everyone on this team believes that,” quarterback Tyrod Taylor said Wednesday. “Across the league he’s very well respected and rightfully so. Every time he’s had an opportunity to go out there and play ball, he’s done it at a high level. I’m a fan.” The 29-year-old also joins Hall of Fame back’s Thurman Thomas and OJ Simpson as Bills to eclipse 10,000 rushing yard. Thomas ranks 12th all-time with 12,074 yards while Simpson is 21st after running for 11,236 yards in his career. Shady, who is averaging 77 yards per game, has his sight set on an even bigger prize. “I want to get 12, surpass 12,000,” he said.  “That would be nice for me.”

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  • M&T Bank's Robert Wilmers passes away at 83M&T Bank's Robert Wilmers passes away at 83

    Robert Wilmers, the longtime chairman and chief executive of Buffalo-based M&T Bank Corp. and one of the region’s most influential business and civic leaders, has died. The New York City-born Wilmers, who built a financial industry giant on the premise of conservative community-style banking, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 16 at home in New York City. He was 83. M&T spokesperson C. Michael Zabel did not have immediate information about a cause of death. Robert Brady, lead outside director, will…

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  • M&T announces death of Chairman and CEO Robert WilmersM&T announces death of Chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home Saturday night at 83-years-old.   M&T Bank Corporation released the following statement Sunday, “With deep sadness, M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE: MTB)(“M&T”) announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wilmers died suddenly and unexpectedly at home late last night. He was 83. In accordance with its succession plan, M&T’s Board of Directors named lead outside director Robert T. Brady, former Chairman and CEO of Moog, Inc., as M&T’s Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately. M&T’s three Vice Chairman, Richard S. Gold, René F. Jones and Kevin J. Pearson, maintain responsibility for the bank’s day-to-day operations. Mr. Wilmers has held both positions since May 1983, when M&T had assets of $2 billion. Today, M&T’s assets total more than $120 billion. Under his tenure, M&T has completed 24 acquisitions, has grown from 51 branches in one state to 783 branches in eight states plus the District of Columbia and from 2,000 employees to nearly 17,000. Of the largest 100 banks operating in 1983, only 23 remain today and, among those, M&T ranks 1st in stock price growth. “Bob Wilmers’ accomplishments as Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank are surpassed only by his commitment to our community, and every day he worked to fulfill his belief that the bank can only do well if the communities it serves do well,” said Mr. Brady. “He will be missed greatly-by his beloved family, by the colleagues whom he respected so deeply, by his incredibly broad network of dear friends, and by all of our neighbors in M&T’s communities. Nonetheless, his legacy will live on. The management team he built at M&T is long-tenured and deeply committed to Bob Wilmers’ conservative, consistent, community-focused banking philosophy, and they will carry on that legacy, continuing to build M&T as a strong, successful and independent bank.” “He was a remarkable banker, an even more remarkable citizen and a wonderful friend,” said Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and longtime M&T shareholder. Mr. Wilmers has received many honors and awards for his service to the banking industry, as well as for his leadership and contributions to the Buffalo, N.Y. community, where the M&T Bank is headquartered. These awards include the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce ‘Western New Yorker of the Year’ Award (1991); State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management ‘Niagara Frontier Executive of the Year’ Award (1992); The Buffalo News ‘Citizen of the Year Award’ (1987 and 1994); American Banker ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award (2005); American Banker ‘Banker of the Year’ Award (2011); the ‘Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal,’ the State University of New York at Buffalo’s highest honor, for civic patriotism (2015); and ‘Officier of the Legion of Honor’ by the President of France (2017). He has also received honorary degrees from Canisius College (Doctor of Humane Letters in 1988), Niagara University (Doctor of Commercial Science in 1991) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (Doctor of Humane Letters in 2004). Mr. Wilmers graduated from Harvard College and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. After working in banking in New York, he served in New York City government and then went on to work at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. In addition to his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M&T Bank, Mr. Wilmers also previously served as chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation from 2008 to 2009, Chairman of the New York State Bankers Association in 2002 and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Wilmers is survived by his wife of 20 years, Elisabeth Roche Wilmers, his son Christopher and his wife Serena, and his grandsons Dylan and Theodore. He was predeceased by his son Robert G. Wilmers, Jr. Mr. Wilmers is also survived by four step-children: Camille de Wouters (Dr. Antoine van Couter), Guillaume de Wouters (Marta Olalde), Juliette Chevalier (Jerome) and Charlotte de Coupigny (Alexandre), along with eleven step-grandchildren. “On behalf of the entire M&T family, we extend our deepest condolences to Elisabeth and the Wilmers family,” said Mr. Brady.”  

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  • New York grants $1M for Erie Canal trails and attractionsNew York grants $1M for Erie Canal trails and attractions

    In the Buffalo area, Amherst is getting $65,000 for trail improvements and North Tonawanda will get $100,000 to improve Gateway Harbor Park.

    Buffalo News / 9 h. 25 min. ago
  • Woman charged with multiple crimes against minors - WKBW-TVWoman charged with multiple crimes against minors - WKBW-TV

    WKBW-TVWoman charged with multiple crimes against minorsWKBW-TVRANDOLPH, N.Y. (WKBW) - On Friday New York State Police arrested 35-year-old Amber Redeye of Randolph. Troopers received information there was illegal activity occurring at a location provided by Redeye. Investigators say she was allowing minors to ...

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  • Mobley’s heroics lift Bona past VermontMobley’s heroics lift Bona past Vermont

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Roosevelt Smart scored a career-high 31 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, to lift North Texas to an 86-… ...

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  • Canisius, Will South & St. Francis pick up wins at ADPRO ChallengeCanisius, Will South & St. Francis pick up wins at ADPRO Challenge

    Canisius 67, Health Sciences 56 F Williamsville South 55, Bishop Timon 45 F St. Francis 67, Medina 27 F Maple Grove 74, Christian Central 59 F ...

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  • Scott drills last second 3, Niagara beats Norfolk St. 85-82Scott drills last second 3, Niagara beats Norfolk St. 85-82

    Matt Scott nailed a 3-pointer from just outside the arc as time expired to give Niagara an 85-82 come-from-behind win over Norfolk State on Saturday. Niagara (5-6) had just one bri

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  • Historic Day: Navy places new USS Little Rock warship in commissionHistoric Day: Navy places new USS Little Rock warship in commission

    — More than 8,500 people witnessed history Saturday at Canalside. The Navy's newest warship was commissioned next to its namesake, USS Little Rock. It's the first ship commis

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  • WATCH: Matt Scott sinks buzzer beater, lifts Niagara past Norfolk State 85-82WATCH: Matt Scott sinks buzzer beater, lifts Niagara past Norfolk State 85-82

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Mobley made just one basket on Saturday, a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift St. Bonaventure over Vermon… ...

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  • Will Sunday be Kyle Williams last home game with the Bills?Will Sunday be Kyle Williams last home game with the Bills?

    PIERSON, Fla. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies checking the home of a Florida woman and her small child found three dead dogs in her freezer and a … ...

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  • What Early Signing Day Mean To BuffaloWhat Early Signing Day Mean To Buffalo

    Every year it seems teams get some real surprises on national signing day. Some players are scurried away at the last minute by competing programs and the dominoes start to fall.

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  • Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 deathEx-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA. Police and federal marshals in Riverside County, California, arrested 46-year-old Sherra Wright on Friday night on a fugitive from justice warrant, online records show. Wright’s decomposing body was found in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010 — 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases. The case had a break earlier this month, when Billy R. Turner was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 5 in Wright’s death. Turner has pleaded not guilty. Media reports have said Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. Rallings would not discuss the connection between Turner and Wright, but he said police were confident they knew each other. A release from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office says Turner and Sherra Wright conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright. Sherra Wright has a court hearing Monday in California. Officials were not certain Saturday when she would be returned to Memphis. Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Memphis. “The weapon was key,” Rallings said. The District Attorney’s office said the first attempt at killing Wright occurred between April and July 2010 and involved Turner traveling to Wright’s home near Atlanta. The indictment says Sherra Wright and Turner acquired firearms and recruited a co-conspirator, who was not named. Rallings said police are looking at other people in the investigation. Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court dispute over how she spent the insurance money meant to benefit their six children, The Commercial Appeal has reported. Born and raised in Memphis, Lorenzen Wright was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer leagues. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found. Sherra Wright spoke with police after her ex-husband’s body was found. According to an affidavit, Sherra Wrighttold police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs on July 18, 2010. Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to “flip something for $110,000,” the document said. Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left in a car with a person she could not identify. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on July 27 – nine days after he left her house for the last time. In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright’scellphone. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. Dispatchers said they didn’t alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn’t confirm it came from their jurisdiction. They didn’t send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later. Wright’s mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report. Wright’s body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm. FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lorenzen Wright poses at the NBA basketball team’s media day in Independence, Ohio. Authorities say the ex-wife of Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, that Sherra Wright has been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA. Police in Riverside County, California, arrested Sherra Wright on Friday night on a fugitive from justice warrant, online records show. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

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  • Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins 2017: Preview, odds, prediction for Week 15 - NewYorkUpstate.comBuffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins 2017: Preview, odds, prediction for Week 15 - NewYorkUpstate.com

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  • Soon-to-be USS Little Rock makes history at Canalside in Buffalo, NYSoon-to-be USS Little Rock makes history at Canalside in Buffalo, NY

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  • Sweet treats are hot sellers this holiday seasonSweet treats are hot sellers this holiday season

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  • Driver of vehicle that killed Salamanca Town Supervisor and wife arrestedDriver of vehicle that killed Salamanca Town Supervisor and wife arrested

    SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two pedestrians killed as a result of a Friday evening crash in the Town of Salamanca have been identified as the Town Supervisor, Michael Phillips and his wife Donna Phillips. It happened at the intersection Route 353 and North State. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office tells News 4 the two were walking from their home over to the Town Hall to sign checks when they were struck by a vehicle. The driver, Kevin Donaldson Jr., was arrested and charged with DWI and two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the 2nd degree. Donaldson was arraigned Friday night and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail. He will appear in Town of Salamanca Court on Monday at 6pm. The Sheriff’s office says there were four people in Donaldson’s car at the time of the crash and one passenger was taken to the a hospital for treatment.  

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    Frankie Ferrari came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points and added five assists and Chase Foster knocked dow LOS ANGELES - Texas A&M freshman Chennedy Carter broke a school record. And now, she's going to Disneyland for the first time.

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  • Man charged with robbing Town of Niagara gas station with loaded rifleMan charged with robbing Town of Niagara gas station with loaded rifle

    TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man is in custody following an armed robbery involving a loaded rifle at a Packard Road gas station. Brandan J. Kruszka, 21, was charged with first degree robbery and petit larceny by Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning. According to sheriff’s reports, an employee of the A-Plus Sunoco at 6730 Packard Road called 911 and reported that a robbery had just occurred involving a loaded rifle. Patrol arrived on scene and broadcasted the subject’s description. A subject matching the description was located walking on Porter Road, and a New York State Police unit stopped him. The subject, Kruszka, was in possession of a loaded rifle and a bag of cash. He was transported to NCSO where he was interviewed and charged. He was arraigned in Town of Niagara Court and held on $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bail. He was remanded to Niagara County Jail pending a Jan. 8 court date.

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  • Q&A with Kevin Moore, EveryLibrary's 2017 Artist in ResidenceQ&A with Kevin Moore, EveryLibrary's 2017 Artist in Residence

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  • Richard Metcalf, Jr. found with spit mask knotted at neck, pillowcase over his head in 2012 incidentRichard Metcalf, Jr. found with spit mask knotted at neck, pillowcase over his head in 2012 incident

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  • Canadian gets 5-plus years for driving cocaine across borderCanadian gets 5-plus years for driving cocaine across border

    A Canadian man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for driving drugs into the United States. Federal prosecutors say 65-year-old John Lambert, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was one of two men arrested with 22 pounds of cocaine at a downtown Buffalo casino last year.

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  • Snow Hits Evening Drive; Lake Effect Will Settle in SouthSnow Hits Evening Drive; Lake Effect Will Settle in South

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  • Two dead after crash in Salamanca - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY - WKBW-TVTwo dead after crash in Salamanca - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY - WKBW-TV

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  • 'Buffalo Beds' for children living in poverty'Buffalo Beds' for children living in poverty

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  • Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Cuts Off Interview When Asked About Alleged Rapist Bill ClintonDemocratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Cuts Off Interview When Asked About Alleged Rapist Bill Clinton

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  • New Falls sculpture stirs taxpayer rage, praise despite the ‘optics’New Falls sculpture stirs taxpayer rage, praise despite the ‘optics’

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – As the City of Niagara Falls comes to grips with serious budget issues, critics are bashing the mayor and city lawmakers for spending city funds on a public sculpture costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even some supporters of the project agree the “optics” are not looking good: a big gleaming steel fixture set at Centennial Circle while the city cuts services and personnel, including police jobs. Beyond the optics, Mayor Paul Dyster got together with the State Greenway Commission, years ago, and came up with the idea of a big ultra-modern sculpture downtown. Then the sky fell in on the city’s finances. The metallic sculpture stands about 30 feet high at the Centennial Circle–a roundabout at Rainbow Boulevard and First Street. So far, the art piece has not been given a title, but the Indiana artist who designed the sculpture has said it symbolizes a ribbon of water surrounded by two nations, the stripes of red, white, and blue representing their flags. Nathan Pawlikowski, a Niagara Falls resident likes the idea of a modern sculpture in a downtown that needs some sprucing up, “We’ve just gotten all these hotels which is needed for tourists to stay here. I believe it is generally a good investment.” But the timing for the sculpture might be off, with the cash-strapped City of Niagara Falls just recently cutting services and jobs. City Councilman Ken Tompkins is chief objector, although the project was already paid for by the time he took office. “They didn’t even use local labor on that job putting it up. They didn’t call the union steelworkers, they didn’t call the union electricians. I know both of the heads over there. Both would have volunteered their time to put it in.” Tompkins and other taxpayers believe Mayor Paul Dyster could have spent the money on better things, but Dyster and other defenders of the artwork point out, while the sculpture cost $619,000 the city’s portion was only about $85,000 and most of that was spent on infrastructure improvements. Local business owner, Judi Mokhiber, owner of Ms. Judi’s International Cravings understands the impact on taxpayers but she also believes the sculpture will improve the city’s image. “It shows to the world that Niagara Falls–the destination place–is with the times, forward thinking. To me it is a beautiful sculpture.” The centennial sculpture was commissioned to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty, which was actually signed in 1909, between the United States and Great Britain—at the time Canada was a Dominion of the British Commonwealth. The pact was designed to define how governments on both sides of the Great Lakes, and the Niagara River, would manage those valuable natural resources, and the sculpture is to be dedicated this summer by officials from both the U.S. and Canada.

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  • Colden man charged with firing bullets into buildingColden man charged with firing bullets into building

    SARDINIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 19-year-old Colden man was arrested Thursday for allegedly firing shots into a building in Sardinia. Casey Schrader, 19, of Colden, was charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment following an Erie County Sheriff’s Office investigation into bullet holes found in a non-residential structure. Deputies were dispatched to Sardinia on Dec. 5 for reports of three bullet holes in a building. One bullet was found lodged in an exterior window. The second was located in a radio within the building, and a third was found stuck in a window frame. No one was in the building at the time of the incident. The investigation revealed the bullet fragments were from a .22 caliber round. A detective investigation led to Schrader as a suspect. He is being held pending arraignment.    

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  • West Seneca man charged with DWI after striking parked carWest Seneca man charged with DWI after striking parked car

    WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A West Seneca man has been charged with DWI after police say he struck a parked vehicle on Seneca Street. Police responded to a car crash around 7 p.m. Thursday night in which a pickup truck struck a parked vehicle and the driver attempted to flee. Police reports say that when officers arrived, they found the driver under the influence of an intoxicant. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver was taken into custody and a certified drug recognition expert deemed him to be under the influence of a depressant and unable to safely operate a vehicle. Thomas A. Capitano, 31, of West Seneca, was charged with DWI- Drugs, first and two counts of second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of  a vehicle, circumventing an ignition interlock device, failure to maintain lane and other traffic-related offenses. Capitano has three previous DWI convictions.

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  • CRIMESTOPPERS: Suspects in attempted grand larceny, assault of security guards at mall wantedCRIMESTOPPERS: Suspects in attempted grand larceny, assault of security guards at mall wanted

    WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Up to a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for an attempted grand larceny at the Eastern Hills Mall. The suspects also assaulted security personnel. Anyone with information on the pictured suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Buffalo at 716-867-6161.

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  • Buffalo Bills lead a surge in Airbnb usersBuffalo Bills lead a surge in Airbnb users

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  • Buffalo man sentenced to five years in prison for heroin possessionBuffalo man sentenced to five years in prison for heroin possession

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  • Roswell Park to develop new cancer therapies with $1M state grantRoswell Park to develop new cancer therapies with $1M state grant

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  • Bills place Cordy Glenn on I-R, season over - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY - WKBW-TVBills place Cordy Glenn on I-R, season over - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY - WKBW-TV

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  • Two charged with theft from liquor store in TonawandaTwo charged with theft from liquor store in Tonawanda

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  • Here are the year’s 50 biggest real estate deals in Grand IslandHere are the year’s 50 biggest real estate deals in Grand Island

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  • Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B dealDisney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

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  • Upstate NY roads could get icy as temperatures rise, then plunge todayUpstate NY roads could get icy as temperatures rise, then plunge today

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  • Slick Commute: Everybody Gets in On The Snowfall TodaySlick Commute: Everybody Gets in On The Snowfall Today

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  • Buffalo City Comptroller says citya s reserves are dwindlingBuffalo City Comptroller says citya s reserves are dwindling

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  • NFTA asks, where have all the riders gone?NFTA asks, where have all the riders gone?

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials are mulling over ridership figures, going back as far as 1991, which show a steady slip in passenger traffic, and they are trying to figure out why they are losing passengers. The numbers could be described as “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, with the bad being a slight decline overall in 27 years. The ugly, ridership on the Metro Rail plummeting by 42%, but the good news is paratransit passengers surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time ever. NFTA officials point to a shrinking population, the loss of jobs over the years in the region, and the migration of many employers from the city to the suburbs where public transportation is not as accessible. For instance, until HSBC abandoned the former HSBC Center downtown, two-thousand workers had light rail service right at their front door. Spokesperson Helen Tederous described the NFTA’s ridership issues as a reflection of a national trend, especially when it comes to gas prices, which usually guide public transportation ridership—prices up, ridership up. When gas prices go down, commuters drive their cars, and drive down ridership. “Gas prices are down significantly. The economy is doing wonderfully. Also college enrollment is down, and that does have an effect on what we are doing and our ridership.” In fact NFTA figures since 2003, show ridership spiked in 2012, surpassing 30 million riders, the same year gas prices spiked to their highest level ever—briefly topping $4.00 a gallon in the Buffalo area. In the NFTA’s fiscal year that ended in April, ridership was just above 26 million. One bright spot, however, was the number of paratransit passengers using the NFTA last year set a record, topping 200-thousand for the first time in the agency’s history, and finished with 203,424 riders. Tederous said the agency has to remind people the NFTA is changing, “To show some of the technological advances that we have made,” and cited the smartphone app called “Where’s My Bus” that allows riders to track their Metro bus through GPS technology. When local dignitaries cut the ribbon at the new University at Buffalo School of Medicine wing at the Medical Campus, Tuesday, Tederous believes it will help boost ridership through the new and improved Allen Street Subway Station next door. “People really do like to sit and to ride, and not have to park, and not have to deal with the snow, and not have to deal with the traffic.” When asked if ridersharing might have been a factor in the NFTA’s recent ridership decline, Tederous said it is hard to say, since the agency’s fiscal year ended in April before ridesharing took effect in June, but Tederous believes ridesharing will eventually have a positive effect on public transportation.

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  • Taxi, limo owners ask why they can’t have this, too?Taxi, limo owners ask why they can’t have this, too?

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Taxi and limousine owners are demanding equal treatment from city lawmakers now that they are competing with ridesharing companies in the Buffalo market, competition they feel is slanted toward the newcomers. The legacy transportation owners say they are hurting, and some may go out of business, because while the local companies are regulated and pay fees to local government, the new ride-hailing, or ridesharing companies are saddled with far fewer regulations, fees, and taxes. Owners pointed to a ridesharing “pickup zone” set up a block from Keybank Center—actually an Uber pickup zone–convenient for hockey fans and other events. The designated area is marked by signs posted in a no parking zone, and next to a fire hydrant, on a public sidewalk. Brian Drake, owner of Broadway Cab Co. said taxis and limousines do not get the same consideration, “We would be in trouble. We would get ticketed, we would be cited. There would be some kind of ramifications to go through, if we were to just take it upon ourselves to put a stand where we want to put it.” Drake claims Broadway Cab is the oldest taxi service in Buffalo, and earlier this week, he and other legacy transportation owners asked members of the Common Council to do something about the inequality. Taxis, black cars, and limos are highly regulated, said Drake, but the ridesharing services, not so much, pointing out the setting of fares. “Whether they take Cab 2, Cab 4, Cab 8, or Cab 10, the meter is the same, the price is the same. With rideshare, they can surge their prices to whatever they want to surge them to.” North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek agreed, the game seems to be rigged in favor of the newcomers, despite the fees and the taxes the cabs and limos pay to the city. “They paid for permits, they paid for inspections, they paid for police inspections, they paid to have their meters checked on a regular basis. So they should be getting some bang for their buck.” While the Common Council is just fact-finding the issue right now, Golombek said city lawmakers need to even the odds, “They are being hurt by rideshare because it is still, in my opinion, not a level playing field, and it should be more level. The city should be doing everything we can to level it as much as possible.” Golombek said the Common Council did not authorize the postings, and the city’s law department is researching if it is even legal. No one has taken credit for the signs designating the pickup zone on Scott Street, although Uber and Pegula Sports and Entertainment jointly announced in April an official ridesharing partnership with the Buffalo Bills, Sabres, and Bandits. Ridesharing only became legal in Buffalo in June.

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  • Future of Bon-Ton’s McKinley Mall store in doubtFuture of Bon-Ton’s McKinley Mall store in doubt

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced earlier this year they would be closing 40 of the 260 stores in their national chain sometime in the first quarter of 2018, but the Pennsylvania-based retailer has yet to announce which stores they plan to shutter next year. Now, after going over The Bon-Ton’s public financial records, Morningstar Credit Ratings LLC suspects the company is on the verge of filing bankruptcy, and predicts Bon-Ton’s McKinley Mall store is among the locations that will be on the “hit list”, doomed for closure. While Morningstar is a well-respected business resource, McKinley Mall General Manager Jeff Ohle says not so fast. He has not been contacted by Bon-Ton, and Ohle said store sales have been very strong. “It is a very well-run store, local management is very good. We have seen a lot of increase in foot traffic.” But what if Morningstar’s prediction comes true? The McKinley Mall would lose its second anchor big box store in a year, now that Macy’s has pulled out its department store and furniture gallery. University at Buffalo School of Management Prof. Charles Lindsey said the closing of anchor stores usually leads to a pattern, a pattern which might already be in play at the McKinley Mall. “That very often triggers clauses in contracts that allow other stores at the mall to renegotiate their contract, or even allow them to leave. Those smaller stores rely on the big flagship stores and anchor stores to generate foot traffic,” and according to news reports, McKinley Mall’s Old Navy store has asked for an adjustment in its lease. Would McKinley Mall’s viability be jeopardized by the loss of The Bon-Ton? Ohle said the mall is trying new things, moving stores around, and bringing in new ones. He also pointed out, the space formerly owned and occupied by Macy’s has been sold to Benderson Development, which is known for owning and operating highly profitable shopping centers. Prof. Lindsey responded, “Hopefully the influence that Benderson will have, in terms of managing the space will be a positive, and good for the community.” Ohle also said Benderson could give the McKinley Mall leverage in attracting new retailers, and other types of businesses to that massive empty space Macy’s left behind, and Benderson has already begun marketing the space.

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  • Another Bar Bill restaurant planned for ClarenceAnother Bar Bill restaurant planned for Clarence

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