The jackpot is the second largest in U.S. history.
NEW YORK (CBS/WIVB) — Powerball players are checking their tickets, to see if they have a piece of the jackpot. The winning numbers for Wednesday are 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 with the power ball of 4. The announced jackpot was over $750 million.
Five people, including two firefighters, were taken to the hospital after fire- house is considered a total loss, fire declared an arson.
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Five people, including two firefighters, were taken to the hospital after an early morning ripped through a home on Rosedale Avenue.
The fire started around 2:30 a.m. in the garage and spread to the rest of the home, where a family of five was sleeping at the time. As the fire spread, a woman and her two children jumped out of a second story window to escape. A man and another child were able to safely exit the home.
The three people who jumped out the window were taken to ECMC for evaluation and two firefighters were taken to Mercy hospital for medical issues.
The house is considered a total loss. It was later ruled an arson.
An Eden resident who was found near the scene of the fire was questioned. According to authorities, property from the home was found in his possession.
Nicholas Harms, 31, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, third degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, petit larceny, fifth degree possession of stolen property, and third degree trespassing by Hamburg Village Police. Harms is also charged with fourth degree possession of stolen property and fourth degree grand larceny by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
He was arraigned in Hamburg Village Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Harms is due back in court for a felony hearing on Friday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family, who also lost their dog in the fire. The page can be found here.
Hamburg Volunteer Fire Chief Jared Sterner says it took crews from twenty departments in the towns of Hamburg, Orchard Park, Boston, Eden, and Evans two hours to get the fire under control. “With the humidity and everything, the firefighters were becoming overwhelmed. We’re trying to refresh them and rehab, and whatnot,” he said.
Chief Sterner says the first crews on scene found two cars engulfed in flames, but investigators are still working to determine how the fire started.
“When we first arrived, we had heavy fire. It was high as the trees and it was actually going toward the house next door, so we were worried about exposure problems,” Sterner said. “The cars were on fire so we were hearing explosions. There were car tires blowing up; there were propane tanks that were set off.”
“It was just loud and we had a lot of smoke and heat,” he added.
Chief Sterner told News 4 there was a fire hydrant near the house that was not working, so firefighters had to use another one. “So that took up a bit of time,” he said. “We were able to get sufficient water, but the fire was going well before we got there.”
Temperatures will stay below normal for the next several days with just a few late showers possible Wednesday/Thursday.
A few isolated afternoon showers can’t be ruled out, especially across The Niagara Frontier, however most spots will remain rain free with any leftover showers winding down early this evening. Expect a rather cool night with clearing skies as temperatures bottom out in the upper 40s across the S. Tier and mid 50s elsewhere. Those cooler temperatures will spark the development of patchy valley fog by morning.
Similar to today, partial sun Thursday will be accompanied by a few spotty showers in the afternoon. It will also turn out to be the coolest day of the week with high temperatures barely edging up to 70º. This cool air may support a few waterspouts near the Lake Erie shoreline, and possibly even some graupel (soft ice pellets) in some of the showers.
As high pressure builds in, the weather turns drier and brighter for the end of the week and also into the upcoming weekend. Despite ample sunshine, temperatures will continue to run slightly below-average, feeling more like late September versus late August. Mostly dry weather carries into next week with a slow warming trend.
TONIGHT: Stray Evening Showers End, Broken Clouds, Refreshingly Cool, Southern Tier Valley Fog, Low: 46 deep valleys, 54 metro, Wind: W 6-12.
THURSDAY: Partial Sun, a Few Spotty Showers, Rather Cool, High: 65-69, Wind: WNW 5-10, Low: 54.
FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny. High: 70, Low: 52.
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 72, Low: 54.
SUNDAY: Sunshine, High: 74, Low: 56.
MONDAY: Sunny, High: 76, Low: 58.
TUESDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, Chance of a shower, High: 77, Low: 58.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Cloudy, Chance of a shower, High: 75.
By having all of the police agencies in Niagara County share all of their data, officials say NICAC's crime-fighting capabilities are streng…
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police in Niagara County are joining forces to better fight crime in Western New York. Wednesday morning, all of the police departments in the county signed a memorandums of understanding with the District Attorney’s office, promising to to contribute all of their data to the Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center.
The Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center (NICAC) is part of a network of eight high-tech operations in the state, staffed by crime analysts, field intelligence officers, drug intelligence officers, and a range of other specialists, including a dedicated staffer from the DA’s office who just joined the team this week.
Everyone works together in the NICAC facility inside the Niagara Falls Police Department building to crunch data, isolate trends, identify crime hotspots, develop leads in cases, and help police and prosecutors get results.
By having all of the police agencies in Niagara County share all of their data, officials say NICAC’s crime fighting capabilities are strengthened.
“Realistically, officers in Somerset should have the same knowledge of criminal activity as an officer in Niagara Falls,” explained Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti. “That’s really good for us and bad for the bad guys.”
Law enforcement officials are asking members of the public to help them fight the bad guys, too.
Part of the work done in NICAC involves a surveillance network of public and private security cameras around the region, and the more cameras they can use, the better.
County leaders are urging local businesses and residents to register their surveillance cameras with the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office as part of a new “Operation Safe Cam” initiative.
Businesses and local residents are urged to share what they have.
“Our goal is to work with the community to help blanket the county with security cameras to assist in criminal investigations,” said District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek. “Through Operation Safe Cam, our police will know where the cameras are, can access them quicker, and we can solve crimes faster.”
Buffalo Bills player is facing a gun charge after being arrested outside of an Ohio water park earlier this summer.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The non-jury trial for Adolphus Washington, the Buffalo Bills player facing a gun charge after being arrested outside of an Ohio water park earlier this summer, will begin Thursday morning.
The trial will take place in Hamilton County Court in Ohio.
Washington was arrested outside a water park near Cincinnati in July. He has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but police say he was not handling his gun properly.
He pleaded ‘not guilty’ to a gun charge in Ohio last month.
If you have any information related to this crime, contact the Amherst Police Detective Bureau at 689-1329.
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Amherst Police are looking for persons of interest regarding the use of a stolen credit card.
The people pictured in this security footage are two black females and a black male who police would like to identify.
If you recognize these persons of interest, or have any information related to this crime, contact the Amherst Police Detective Bureau at 689-1329 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 562-TIPS and reference AMH 17-736455-DQ.