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Last updated: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:38:25 GMT

  Cloudy, dry, but more comfortable for Sunday, spotty showers into Monday Sun, 21 May 2017 13:06:25 +0000
Slightly more comfortable conditions are ahead for this afternoon, with a brief warm-up early this week.

Expect a mainly dry, but mostly cloudy Sunday. After a chilly start with temperatures in teens, we will see some slightly milder air moving in from the south. As a result, temperatures will be a bit more comfortable, especially south of Buffalo moderating into the low 30s. The Bills game will be certainly more comfortable than last weekend!  A few insignificant snowshowers will move in overnight tonight.

Next week starts gloomy with a few light mixed to rain showers through Monday evening and Tuesday as temperatures return back above average in the low 40s. A cold front arriving Tuesday will bring windy and colder conditions back, with showers ending as snow Wednesday. We’re watching another developing storm system late next week which may bring another round of rain to snow showers in advance of Christmas.

SUNDAY: Cloudy, Chilly morning, Not as Cold south afternoon, Wind: ENE 4-8, High: 28-34.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, Not as Cold, Few snow showers possible overnight, Wind: SSW 4-8, Low: 26-31.

MONDAY: Cloudy, Few Light Mixed Snow to Rain showers, Wind: SW 8-16, High: 35-40, Low: 36.

TUESDAY: Cloudy, Few spotty rain showers possible turning to snow late. Some dry time, Turning Breezy and colder, High: 43, Low: 29.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Cloudy, Breezy and Colder, Localized lake snow possible south early, High: 33, Low: 22.

THURSDAY: Partly Cloudy, High: 35, Low: 28.

FRIDAY: Cloudy, Breezy, Showers likely, High: 43, Low: 33.

SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Rain to Snow Showers possible, turning colder, High: 37, Low: 25.

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  Salamanca Town Supervisor and wife hit by car and killed Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:26:48 +0000
It happened at the intersection Route 353 and North State.

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 Sheriff’s office says there were four people in the car at the time of the crash. The driver was not injured but one of the passengers was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office says the crash is still under investigation and that charges are likely.


  FULL VIDEO: USS Little Rock commissioning Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:57:31 +0000
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Full video of the USS Little Rock commissioning held at Canalside on December 16, 2017.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Full video of the USS Little Rock commissioning held at Canalside on December 16, 2017.

  M&T announces death of Chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:26:07 +0000
Wilmers died suddenly and unexpectedly at home late last night. He was 83.

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.”


  Historic Day: Navy places new USS Little Rock warship in commission Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:05:36 +0000
The Navy's newest warship was commissioned next to its namesake, USS Little Rock. It's the first ship commissioned in the City of Buffalo an…

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 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 commissioned in the City of Buffalo and the first time in the Navy’s 242 year history that a new Navy warship was commissioned alongside its predecessor.

“This commission is the culmination of craftsmanship of ship builders and artisans and an incredible milestone for the crew, and I’ll say for the crew, hard work and full realization that this day has actually come,” said Vice Admiral Luke McCollum, Chief of Navy Reserve.

The new high-tech cruiser is the second Navy warship to bear the name of the City of Little Rock. The original ship was commissioned in 1944 prior to the end of World War II.

After orders to hoist the colors and the commission pennant, the ship was brought to life.

More than 50 sailors will man the ship as the core crew. A moment they have anticipated for almost three years.

Commander Todd Peters is the commanding officer of the ship.

“I’ve been a sailor all my life and I have been fortunate to serve in six different ships, I have loved them all, but none of them more so than this one. I can assure you Little Rock sailors are truly great, as a matter of fact they are the very best I have known in more than 27 years in uniform,” said Commander Peters.

USS Little Rock is expected to deploy to the high seas later next year.

As former Little Rock sailors salute the new Little Rock sailors, watch is set and the ship is ready for duty.

“Rest easy knowing we have the watch. We would like to send a message to the entire world, friend and foe alike, USS Little Rock call sign vengeance is back,” said Commander Peters.

The new commissioned ship will set sail later this week and will dock at its home port in Mayport, Florida.


  Man charged with robbing Town of Niagara gas station with loaded rifle Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:57:15 +0000
Brandan J. Kruszka, 21, was charged with first degree robbery and petit larceny by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies early Saturday morning.…

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.

  Buffalo Kickoff LIVE – McCoy’s chase to 10K Vs. Dolphins Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:11:53 +0000
LeSean McCoy needs 39 yards to become the 30th player to run for 10,000 yards in his career.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Last week he ran down a win.  This Sunday, LeSean McCoy will look to chase down an NFL milestone.  McCoy needs just 39 yards to reach 10,000 for his career and would become the 30th player to reach that mark.

“I think after the season I can really reflect and look back on my career and the 10,000 yard mark,” McCoy said. “I mean it will happen, then I’ll have time with my family to talk about it, enjoy it, with the teammates that have helped me get to this point.”

The Bills offensive line is very aware of McCoy’s 10K chase.

“It means everything and I take his goals just as serious as I take my own goals,” rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins said. “I’m pushing for him just as much as he’s pushing me.”

“Shady’s a special back, and to be a part of getting him to 10.000 is awesome,” guard Richie Incognito added. “You know the last three years we been chugging out yards and we’ve been a really potent rushing attack so to be this close and to get the excitement and hype going is fun.”

McCoy didn’t recall his first career run with the Eagles, but shred a funny story about his first big mistake in the league.

“We were going to score, we were on like the two-yard line, three-yard line and we’ve been practicing this play all week. It was like a fake run pass, right? [Donovan] McNabb was quarterback, we ran it, and as I’m running to catch it, I lost the ball in the light, and the ball hit me in the back of my helmet. The defender picked it up and ran it all the way back for a touchdown. That’s embarrassing.”

  LeSean McCoy joins 10K Rushing Club Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:58:07 +0000
LeSean McCoy became the 30th player in NFL history to run for 10,000 career yards on Sunday.

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.”

  Postal Service holiday shipping tips and deadlines for Christmas Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:05:26 +0000
The week before Christmas is the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week of the year.


GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Postal workers across Western New York are handling millions of cards and packages this holiday season. The week before Christmas is by far the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week of the year.

“The deadlines are happening fast. You’re running out of time, you got to get it in the mail. So earlier in the week is better,” said Karen Mazurkiewicz, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman.

“I did a lot more online, mailed a lot more things than I normally do,” said Mary Tarzia of Lancaster.

If you’re still sending out Christmas cards, the recommended mail by date is this Tuesday, the 19th. The deadline for priority mail packages is the next day. If you wait any longer, expect a bigger hit to your wallet.

“We have priority mail express it’s our premium product, guaranteed overnight to most places. You have till Friday the 22nd but just be ready you’re going to pay a little more,” said Mazurkiewicz.

If you don’t want to wait in long lines you could use a self service kiosk. There is one in the post office on Grand Island, and 12 others at local post offices in Western New York. You can access the kiosk 24/7 and you can use it to buy stamps and mail packages.

“You use a debit or credit card but you can purchase postage you can also put your box on the scale and it will tell you what rates are available with the timelines for delivery and you can actually print the postage put it right on,” said Mazurkiewicz.

Postal carriers will be working around the clock during this busy holiday week. Don’t forget to leave your lights on and make sure dogs are restrained.

“If we get more snow please leave a clear path to the mailbox so the carriers can have a safe holiday as well,” said Mazurkiewicz.


Monday, Dec. 18 – Saturday, Dec. 24: This is the week to avoid. It’s the Postal Service’s busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week. USPS expects to handle almost 3 billion pieces of First Class Mail. (The Post Office no longer declares one specific date as “busiest mailing day of the year.” “It’s more of a busiest mailing week,” Van Allen said. “Because of online mailing and packages, it got kind of shifted.

Tuesday, Dec. 19: Ship First Class mail – including cards – via U.S. Postal Service to arrive before Christmas.

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Ship with U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Service in time for Christmas. Send on this date via UPS 2nd Day Air to ensure delivery before Christmas Day with arrival Friday, Dec. 22.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Ship UPS Next Day Air by this date to ensure delivery before Christmas Day, with arrival Friday, Dec. 22. (UPS says if your destination gets Saturday Delivery, you can send Next Day Air on Friday and have it arrive Saturday, Dec. 23, but it will cost more.)

Friday, Dec. 22: Ship with U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Express Service for delivery by Christmas. It’s also the last regular delivery day before Christmas for UPS. (A UPS rep tells us most – but not all – zip codes have Saturday delivery.)

Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve. No U.S. Postal Service deliveries or blue-box pickup.

Monday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day. No U.S. Postal Service or UPS deliveries.