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Last updated: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:48:55 GMT

  Locally damaging winds and rain today; Turning quiet early next week Sun, 21 May 2017 13:06:25 +0000
Strong wind gusts and rain move through this morning. Sunshine returns by late afternoon and sticks around until early next week.

…HIGH WIND WARNING for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee Counties from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM Sunday, and beginning at 2:00 am in Chautauqua County…

…WIND ADVISORY for Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM Sunday…

…FLOOD WATCH for McKean, Potter counties until 7:00 PM Sunday. The combination of rain and warm temperatures causing snow melt may result in localized flooding…

A strengthening storm system will bring quickly changing weather to WNY this morning.  A few rumbles of thunder will be possible as a strong wind quickly intensifies. Wind gusts across much of WNY may reach damaging levels of 50-60mph. This will be problematic, particularly for any shallow-rooted trees especially given the recent rain and warmth leading to soft soil. Some power outages will also be possible. A cold front moves through in the mid-morning towards noon with a final round of showers and thunderstorms. The wind will diminish later in the day as the rain pushes off to the east and some sunshine returns to end the day. We will get a quick hit of much warmer air early , 55-60°, before turning cooler.

Much quieter weather is on tap early in the week. Plenty of sunshine returns Monday with above-average temperatures continuing largely in the 40s and some 50s. Dry weather should hold on for the first half of the week with clouds returning Wednesday ahead of a late-week storm that will bring another round of rain Thursday, possibly ending as snow Friday.

TODAY: Strong, Possibly Damaging Wind Gusts, Rainy for the morning, tapering off for the afternoon, a few rumbles of thunder possible early, Skies Clearing and turning cooler late.  Winds: S/SW 20-30 Gusts 50-60mph. High: 53-58, Low: 33.

MONDAY: Plenty of Sunshine, Breezy, High: 44, Low: 31.

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, Mild, Breezy, High: 50, Low: 37.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 52, Increasing Clouds, Chance of a shower developing late, Low: 38.

THURSDAY: Rain Likely, Breezy, High: 51, Low: 37.

FRIDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Rain changing to Snow Showers Possible, High: 41, Low: 31.

SATURDAY: Partly Cloudy, Lingering snow shower possible, High: 40.

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  North Buffalo mom looking for a kidney donor Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:57:28 +0000
They say life's not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away. One North Buffalo family is making the most of the time…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- They say life’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away. One North Buffalo family is making the most of the time they have left together. But they’re hoping, with your help, that time can be extended.

Lynda Gibson, mother of Jason shared with News 4, “Burying my son is not an option. I know someone out there can help.”

Jason Batch is a 29 year old, hardworking young man. He’s like many other 29 year olds. He has a job, and friends, and a loving family. But one thing separates him from the average young adult. He has kidney disease.

Jason shared, “I’ve pretty much been sick my entire life. I’ve had 3 kidney biopsies. I have kidney disease that basically means my kidneys don’t function as well as a normal person.”

His kidney functioning is down to 5 percent. When it fell below 13 percent is when he started to feel a difference. He explained, “Day to day your body aches when you wake up in the morning. Your nerves don’t feel great, like I was having nerve pain in my leg the other day. With your kidney’s not functioning well, your energy is nowhere near where it used to be.”

He is currently going through the dialysis process at ECMC a few times a week, which takes upwards of 12 hours. He is on the organ registry list and waiting but in the meantime, his family is taking measures into their own hands. They recently put a message on their van looking for a kidney.

Lynda shared, “I had it put on the back of my van, I do a lot of driving just to get it out there. People have seen it and reposted it.”

The message reads, please help me save my son. Kidney needed type b blood.

So far they have not been able to find a match, but the family is hoping with their continuous efforts someone will come forward. Jason shared, “It would mean everything in the world. It gives you a chance to start a new life.”

Inspirational messages on their walls, family photos, and the love that they share is keeping them positive for now but they hope someone will hear their story and want to help them keep their family together. If you would like to help you can reach Lynda at 716-939-6718.

  City to transfer properties to community land trust in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt Sun, 25 Feb 2018 01:47:52 +0000
Dozens of properties in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood will be changing hands.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Dozens of properties in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood will be changing hands.

Organizers of the F.B. Community Land Trust announced Saturday the city will give them more than 50 vacant properties.

Members of the land trust will decide what happens to the lots. They plan to transform them into businesses and affordable housing.

Neighbors have voiced concerns in the past that development at the nearby medical campus has caused rents to soar. They were worried about who would develop the city-owned vacant lots there.

The new land trust will ensure the neighborhood decides what gets built.

“It’s going to mean the community has ownership and control so that we can do improvements of our community without displacing our residents,” said Annette Lott, an officer of the F.B. Community Land Trust. “It’s just a wonderful, wonderful opportunity.”

They’ve been working towards this for five years.

The Fruit Belt Advisory Council and Community First Alliance finally launched the land trust in 2017.

Common Council President Darius Pridgen was at Saturday’s event to discuss the transfer of the properties. We’re told he’s been instrumental in the success of the land trust.

 

  Cheektowaga town councilman arrested on criminal contempt, menacing charges Sat, 24 Feb 2018 03:26:42 +0000
Cheektowaga Police picked Jim Rogowski up at a Cheektowaga around 8 p.m. at the request of West Seneca Police. 

CHEEKTOWAGA,, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cheektowaga Town Councilman Jim Rogowski was arrested Friday night following a domestic incident that occurred on Orchard Park Road in the Town of West Seneca.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m.

Cheektowaga Police picked Rogowski up at a Cheektowaga around 8 p.m. at the request of West Seneca Police.

He was charged with first degree criminal contempt and second degree menacing.

He will be held in custody awaiting arraignment.

 

  Woman taken to ECMC after overnight shooting in Buffalo Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:51:34 +0000
The victim has been treated and released from ECMC.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo Police are looking into an overnight shooting where a woman was taken to ECMC by a civilian vehicle after reportedly being shot at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators began looking into it after speaking with the woman at the hospital.

They’re investigating if the incident occurred in the vicinity of Fillmore Avenue and Best Street.

The victim has been treated and released from ECMC.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.

  Fixing Buffalo’s Pothole Problem Sun, 25 Feb 2018 02:39:28 +0000
  BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- If you’re a driver in Western New York, you know potholes are a problem. Buffalo Department of Public Works Crews sp…

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- If you’re a driver in Western New York, you know potholes are a problem.

Buffalo Department of Public Works Crews spent the day repairing streets throughout the city. One of the places they were working at on Saturday was Elk Street and James Coppola Senior Boulevard. The city plans to have twice as many crews on the road this week focusing on potholes.

Steve Stepniak, the City of Buffalo Commissioner of Public Works said “We’ve had a season that’s been challenging for the entire region. What we were able to do is actually pull in crews from other areas. We were able to pull in water crews, sewer crews, to assist our engineering crew to do potholes.”

Crews say they are going to take advantage of the good weather, and work on pot holes when it’s dry. They also remind you to slow down around road crews, and call 311 to report a pothole.

  Cheektowaga Police want post office to consider changes amid new scam Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:47:20 +0000
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cheektowaga Police are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to consider changes, with a new scam becoming more and …

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cheektowaga Police are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to consider changes, with a new scam becoming more and more popular. It involves a change of address form.

Assistant Chief Jim Speyer says scammers are using post office forms to fraudulently change the address of some people.

“We’ve had three in the past two months right here in Cheektowaga,” Speyer said.

Once that’s done, Speyer says scammers open credit cards or loans in the victim’s name. He noted in the case of the three Cheektowaga residents, that doesn’t appear to have happened yet.

“The post office, their process is there to make it easier for the customers, of course,” Speyer explained. “But in exchange for that, we’re losing some security.”

According to postal officials, an address can be changed by mail or over the internet. If done by mail, no ID is required. A confirmation letter is then mailed to your old and new address. But, if done online, you need a credit card to verify that the names match.

“We are continuously implementing security enhancements, though not seen by the general public, to enhance the security of our change of address process,” USPS spokesperson Karen Mazurkiewicz said. “We continue to assess these options, as we determine the best alternatives to protect the needs of our customers.”

Speyer is now urging postal officials to do just that.

“Maybe the post office needs to look at that,” he said. “Maybe there should be some kind of proof that needs to be offered, or at least some type of layering or target hardening when it comes to that. It is going to be a problem.”

Both Speyer and Mazurkiewicz say if you don’t receive mail delivery for more than one or two days, you should contact the post office and local law enforcement.

Mazurkiewicz also notes customers can sign up for the “Informed Delivery” service, in which you can digitally preview mail before it is delivered.

  Who makes Buffalo’s best meatball? Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:15:23 +0000
We want to know who you think makes Buffalo's best meatball!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — We want to know who you think makes Buffalo’s best meatball!

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  Study says indoor tanning is as addiction as drugs, alcohol Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:24:11 +0000
A new study from Georgetown University found that indoor tanning addiction is surprisingly similar to substance abuse, and depression may in…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Indoor tanning addiction is real and it has a clear target demographic: Young women with a history of depression.

A new study from Georgetown University found that indoor tanning addiction is surprisingly similar to substance abuse, and depression may increase your risk of becoming UV-light dependent.

Climbing into an indoor tanning bed this time of year can seem like an appealing idea. But Dr. Joseph Cronin tells us; addiction to tanning is possible.
He said, “Anytime a person gets positive feedback. That can lead potentially to an addiction.”
The physical dependency on UV light exposure seems to completely override awareness of the risks, like getting cancer. According to a 2017 study, 20 percent of women who tan, show signs of tanning dependency.
The researchers ran 400 women through a set of mental and behavioral tests both before and after a tanning session. Dr. Cronin, ‘Too much of it is bad for you, it doesn’t feel bad at the moment until you have to get melanoma cut off or chemo.”
Just one indoor tanning session before the age of 35 increases a person’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent.
One study observing 63 women diagnosed with melanoma before age 30 found 97 percent had used tanning beds.Dr. Cronin says tanning dependency is nothing new
Dr.  Joseph Cronin, who works with Immediate Care.
“We’ve seen the people who overdo it they look baked, it’s not a new thing, its more elucidated and defined but it can be curtailed and requires efforts just like any addiction.”
Dr. Cronin says there are other ways to get your daily dose of vitamin D, which you do need. Dr. Cronin said, “You need 15 minutes a day, and also you can take vitamin D supplements.’
He says there is no “good reason” to head over to an indoor facility.
  O’Hara, Niagara Catholic advance to Manhattan Cup championship Sun, 25 Feb 2018 04:59:58 +0000
The Manhattan Cup Championships will be held Tuesday at Canisius College.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cardinal O’Hara and Niagara Catholic each one their respective semifinal showdowns in the Class B Manhattan Cup Playoffs on Saturday, and will now meet in the championship on Tuesday.

Behind 21 points from Nasir Benton, Cardinal O’Hara topped Nichols 54-46.  For Niagara Catholic, Jalen Bradberry led the was with 22 points in a 67-60 win over St. Mary’s of Lancaster.

The Class B Championship will tip-off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The Class A clash between Park and Canisius will follow at 7:45 at Canisius College.