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Last updated: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:42:21 GMT

  More rain arrives Thursday; Turning cooler this weekend Sun, 21 May 2017 13:06:25 +0000
Another round of rain arrives Thursday, along with rising creek levels. Cooler weather returns this weekend.

After a rather gloomy Wednesday, clouds and a few areas of fog stick around through tonight, but we should stay rain-free. Periods of scattered rain showers may start to roll into WNY at the tail end of the AM commute, though later in the day a raincoat will be a must have. The most widespread of the rain will be Thursday afternoon and night, then tapering off throughout Friday morning, perhaps ending as a snow shower in the hills. General rainfall amounts over this 24-hour span will be about .5″-1″. Area creeks will be running high on Friday, but at this point they are expected to remain within their banks and out of flood stage, but we will watch this closely.

Beyond that, clearing skies Friday night will bring chilly temperatures to start the weekend, but sunshine returning Saturday will bring a nice start to the weekend. Another weather front will trigger some more rain showers by Saturday evening which will change to some snow or mixed showers toward Easter Sunday morning before ending shortly after sunrise. We will most likely see some sun breaking out during Sunday afternoon. The overall pattern will favor unseasonably cool weather for the first half of April.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, Mild, Few Areas of Fog, Low: 36-40, Wind: Light SW.

THURSDAY: Cloudy, Periods of Rain, some downpours possible by later in the day, High: 45 north, 55 south, Wind: NE 5-10. Periods of Rain overnight, Low: 36.

FRIDAY: Chance of an early shower, some snow in the hills, then some Partial Sun breaks out for the afternoon, High: 44, Low: 28.

SATURDAY: Early Sunshine, then Clouds Increase PM, Showers approach toward evening, High: 48, Low: 28.

EASTER SUNDAY: Breezy and Chilly, Chance of some morning Snow Showers, some breaks of PM Sun, High: 36, Low: 25.

MONDAY: Partial Sun, High: 39, Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of Showers, High: 43, Low: 27.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, Cool, High: 39.

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  Jim Kelly out of surgery, headed into recovery Thu, 29 Mar 2018 01:41:24 +0000
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Jim Kelly’s wife Jill has confirmed that the Bills great is out of surgery and headed into recovery. “During pre-op …

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Jim Kelly’s wife Jill has confirmed that the Bills great is out of surgery and headed into recovery.

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“During pre-op the computer in our section wasn’t working so they had to get a new one. Then Jim says to me, “Did you see the computer? You should take a picture.” And so I did! As silly as it sounds, God gave us the #12computer. And almost 12 hours of surgery later….#12 is now on the road to recovery,” Jill wrote in the post.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the 12-hour surgery was successful and the cancer was removed.

“We successfully removed Mr. Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck. We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively,” said Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West.

  Cheektowaga student accused of making threat against JFK High School charged with falsely reporting incident Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:04:36 +0000
The girl and her parents voluntarily surrendered to Cheektowaga Police early Wednesday morning. 

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 14-year-old girl who allegedly threatened to shoot up JFK High School in Cheektowaga Wednesday has been charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident.

The girl and her parents voluntarily surrendered to Cheektowaga Police early Wednesday morning.

Third degree falsely reporting an incident is a Class A misdemeanor, but because the girl is less than 16 years old, the matter will be referred to Family Court.

She is currently in Family Court waiting to be seen by a judge.

“The threat yesterday created a major inconvenience and concern for students, staff and parents,” police said in a press release. “Many JFK students missed the school day or were picked up early by worried parents.”

  Uniland joins Mountain Development Corp. to become co-owners of Eastern Hills Mall Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:40:04 +0000
"This is the first step in what will be a long and thorough process to bring our combined vision of a town center at the mall property to li…

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Uniland has closed on a deal to purchase the Eastern Hills Mall along with existing owners Mountain Development Corp.,  a representative from Uniland confirmed Wednesday.

The co-owners will plan the redevelopment of the site’s 80 acres into a “contemporary and sophisticated “town center” destination where people live, work, shop and play.” Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“This is the first step in what will be a long and thorough process to bring our combined vision of a town center at the mall property to life,” the Uniland statement said.

Physical signs of redevelopment will not begin until a feasibility and master planning process has been completed, about two to three years.

The company currently doesn’t have any milestone dates to share.

For more information on the project or if your business is interested in being a part of the project, click here. 

  3-year-old girl in medically induced coma after police say she was assaulted by mother’s boyfriend Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:22:00 +0000
Autumn Scriverner's mother says she is in a medically induced coma at Oishei Children's Hospital after having emergency surgery. 

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A young girl is fighting for her life Wednesday night after police say she was assaulted by the man taking care of her.

Autumn Scriverner’s mother says she is in a medically induced coma at Oishei Children’s Hospital after having emergency surgery.

Jamestown Police were called to a home on Clyde Avenue Tuesday for a report of an unresponsive child.

They arrested 28-year-old Joshua Berg.

Autumn’s mother, Christina, says Berg is her boyfriend, who was babysitting at the time.

He told her Autumn fell off the toilet.

Police believe the three-year-old was hit in the head.

Christina said Berg was planning to adopt Autumn.

Police and Child Protective Services are still investigating.

Berg is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

  New details released about pitch to bring Amazon to Buffalo Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:26:20 +0000
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New information is being released about the pitch Western New York made to reel in Amazon’s new headquarters. The joi…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New information is being released about the pitch Western New York made to reel in Amazon’s new headquarters. The joint bid between Buffalo and Rochester didn’t make the list of 20 finalists.

That’s despite it including a lot of tax breaks, more than $500 million of tax breaks just in Erie County. Another $700 million of breaks were offered in Rochester.

“It was obviously a really competitive process,” said Alan Rosenhoch, the director of business development for Invest Buffalo Niagara. “We could speculate on the different reasons (Buffalo did not get selected). The feedback we got from the company was very positive.

Invest Buffalo Niagara is one of the groups which worked on the proposal to land Amazon’s HQ2. Much of the company’s campus would have centered around Canalside and the Cobblestone District. Among the highlights, Amazon was offered space in Seneca One Tower, plus the Buffalo News and HSBC Atrium buildings on Washington Street.

“Incentives are a part of economic development in this country and around the world,” Rosenhoch said about the tax breaks offered. “In order to compete for large projects, as well as small projects, it’s all about putting together a package.”

That package included $502,574,000 worth of breaks offered by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.

Amazon did list “incentives” as one of its decision drivers in its request for proposal.

“Identify incentive programs available for the project at the state/province and local levels,” company officials wrote in the RFP. “The initial cost and ongoing cost of doing business are critical decision drivers.”

“There’s never been a single economic development project of this size in our country’s history,” Rosenbach said. “There’s no reason why there wouldn’t be incentive packages along with that.

“The incentives would go up with that scale.”

Now that they know Buffalo and Rochester will not be the site of Amazon’s new headquarters,” Rosenbach and his colleagues are shifting gears.

“There’s so much more to our proposal that we can go out there and sell,” he said.

Amazon started with more than 200 bids to choose from. The company is expected to choose from its list of 20 finalists this year.

  VIDEO: Easter Weekend at the Broadway Market preview Wed, 28 Mar 2018 23:14:27 +0000
Hundreds of people will pack into the market getting goodies before Easter Sunday and Dyngus Day. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Broadway Market is booming this week- heading into Good Friday and Easter weekend.

Hundreds of people will pack into the market getting goodies before Easter Sunday and Dyngus Day.

Kathy Peterson, manager of the Broadway Market, stopped by News 4 Wednesday to talk about events happening this weekend.

For Broadway Market hours, click here. 

  Sal Capaccio: Goodell says Pegulas are looking at long term stadium planning Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:56:08 +0000
The exact plans for New Era Field are not clear.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Pegulas are looking at long-term stadium plans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, and are in the “very early stage,” according to Sal Capaccio.

The WGR 550 reporter and News 4 contributor tweeted that Goodell said “I think those (talks/updates) are better coming from the Pegulas, whenever they want to share them with the community. I think they are in the very early stages.”

The exact plans for New Era Field are not clear.

News 4 will provide more information when it is available.

  Common Council to change hiring process for firefighters and police officers Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:22:01 +0000
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo’s Common Council is making some major changes to the hiring process for firefighters and police officers. Thi…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo’s Common Council is making some major changes to the hiring process for firefighters and police officers. This comes just weeks after the city’s psychologist who gave the psychological exam for applicants stepped down. Now the council says it’s not only searching for a new psychologist, but revamping the process.

“This is a very, can be a very intimidating process,” said Darius Pridgen, Common Council president.

That’s why Common Council president Darius Pridgen says the council is working to change parts of the hiring process for firefighters and police officers.

“This is a very important job. They’ve spent their lives wanting to get these jobs,” said Pridgen.

The first step is hiring a new psychologist or team of psychologists to do the psych exam for applicants. “One of the things that we think is so important is not to have one person making that decision,” said Pridgen.

The previous psychologist quit in early March, after several complaints of inappropriate questions.

Pridgen says human resources is very open to making changes and fixing the process. He says psychologists from across the country and here in western New York have reached out to council members about the job.

“Have someone who has a background not only in psychological area but also is familiar with probably the different backgrounds that everyone is coming from in the city of Buffalo,” said Councilman Chris Scanlon of the South District.

Another step, the council is also changing the appeals process for applicants. Scanlon says they’re giving a second chance to about 40 firefighter candidates who were disqualified by the former psychologist.

“All of the applicants who were not moved forward because of the psychological exam will have the opportunity to appeal whether they put in the appeal or not,” said Pridgen.

That appeal will be in front of a board and it’s an option applicants didn’t have before. In the past, candidates just sent in a brief letter.

Pridgen says he believes the controversy with the former psychologist may have discouraged some people from applying. But he hopes they realize changes are coming.

“I think at times some people have become standoffish a little leery, but I can’t say enough that this process is being tweaked for the better,” said Pridgen.

Pridgen says they are exploring the option of hiring one psychologist who’s out of state and could still do the psych exam via Skype.

There is a short timeline for the council, as they want to hire a new psychologist soon in time for the next firefighter exam which is in May.

  Cab drivers on high alert after armed robbery caught on camera Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:12:52 +0000
Officials say 19-year-old Jordan Alexander got away with $89 in cash and an iPad.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s not often that an armed robbery inside a taxi cab is caught on camera, but earlier this month cameras inside a Liberty Cab captured the scary moments when a man pulled out a gun on a female driver.

“I don’t think they (the public) realized what these drivers were really going though, occasionally, but it was happening for a long time, this was the first time it was captured on film,” said Bill Yuhnke, owner of Liberty Cab.

Officials say 19-year-old Jordan Alexander got away with $89 in cash and an iPad. Days later, Alexander was arrested after an hour-long car chase in Jamestown and charged with armed robbery.

Yuhnke says the cameras were initially installed in the cabs for insurance purposes.

“It was due to accidents and if someone should get hurt inside the vehicle,” said Yuhnke.

Liberty Cab has increased the technology in every car. There’s even a hidden button that allowed drivers to alert authorities in an emergency without anyone knowing inside the vehicle.

Cab driver Ryaz Hawramy has been driving for Liberty Cab for 18 years. He says the technology makes him feel safer in the car.

More than 650 people drive for Liberty Cab and they don’t carry a lot of cash in the vehicle.

“We have a lot of credit cards, we’re not putting a lot of money in the pocket,” said Hawramy.

Cab drivers say incidents like the armed robbery caught on camera aren’t rare and video evidence just shows how dangerous being a cab driver can be.

“It definitely you know heightens your awareness, just being safe is a huge concern and one of our biggest priorities,” said Liberty Cab driver, Deanna Keils.

“These are only people trying to make an honest living, a few extra bucks for their family. If you want to rob someone, why don’t you go to work, like the rest of us,” said Yuhnke.