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Last updated: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:43:32 GMT

  Powerball Players Dream Big As Jackpot Soars Past $750 Million Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:45:40 +0000
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.

The excitement was building late Wednesday as jackpot chasers look to cash in on the over $700 million Powerball prize.

The jackpot is the second largest in U.S. history.

Although the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are just one in 292.2 million, that’s not stopping people from racing to buy up tickets for Wednesday night’s drawing.

Sandeep Jain owns a convenience store in Forest Hills, Queens, which he says has been bustling for days.

“Every second they’re coming to buy the Powerball,” he said.

  Eden man facing multiple charges following Monday morning house fire in Hamburg Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:55:47 +0000
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.”

 

  Cooler and more comfortable today; Chance for afternoon showers Sun, 21 May 2017 13:06:25 +0000
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.

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  Another discharge occurs in Niagara River Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:22:13 +0000
A reason for the occurrence was not listed.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Another sewer discharge has taken place in the Niagara River.

An estimated 1.1 million gallons of sewage was discharged by the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

It is not clear whether or not public areas were affected by the discharge, which happened during a thunderstorm Tuesday night around 7 p.m.

It lasted three hours.

A reason for the occurrence was not listed. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no steps have been taken to contain the discharge.

Just last week, another discharge occurred because heavy rain created an overflow situation.

Before that, during the last days of July, black “backwash water” was released due to the cleaning of carbon filters at the plant.

  Elderly couple killed in Orleans County accident Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:44:43 +0000
The truck pushed the vehicle into a tree, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's office.

BARRE, N.Y. (WIVB) — An elderly couple was killed in an Orleans County vehicle accident on Wednesday.

The couple was driving north on Eagle Harbor Rd. in Barre when they failed to stop, and turned in the direction of a westbound tractor-trailer.

The truck pushed the vehicle into a tree, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s office.

The woman died at the scene, and the man died after being flown to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The couple has not been identified.

  Police team up for high-tech crime fighting effort Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:58:48 +0000
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.”

Anyone who wants to register their security camera for this program will soon be able to do so online at http://www.NiagaraCounty.com

 

  Austin Harig trying to replace Paladino on school board Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:31:27 +0000
Last summer, Harig was charged with assault and harassment, but those charges were dropped earlier this year.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who ran against Carl Paladino for a seat on the Buffalo School Board will now try to replace him.

Austin Harig will run for the now-vacant seat representing Buffalo’s Park District. He lost to Paladino by only about a hundred votes last year.

Paladino was removed from the school board last week for sharing private school board information.

Last summer, Harig was charged with Assault and Harassment, but those charges were dropped earlier this year.

  Residents push to rename Columbus park and take down statue Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:59:34 +0000
A Buffalo resident started an online petition which now has more than 600 signatures.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Christopher Columbus statue in Buffalo is once again sparking a heated debate.

“He was a slave trader, these are lies that are being told to me and my people,” said Devin Kirkwood, Buffalo resident.

“To keep honoring this butcher, I think is an outrage,” said Dan Tritto, Buffalo resident.

The statue is currently standing in Columbus Park, just off of Columbus Parkway. It’s been there for more than 60 years.

In the past, people have vandalized it. Last year there was a bag over its head with a message that read “Columbus was a rapist.”

“Christopher Columbus is not a person we should be honoring, I don’t think he’s a hero,” said Brandon Abscher, Buffalo resident.

“It shouldn’t have been here in the first place. When somebody desecrates it every year, believe me it’s crossed my mind, I applaud whoever does that,” said Tim Cooper, Seneca warrior.

Abscher started an online petition which now has more than 600 signatures.

“Protesting that statue and trying to take it down that’s absolutely the right thing to do, we shouldn’t have it here, it doesn’t belong here,” said Abscher.

Petitioners say Columbus represents evil, calling him a rapist and murderer. Others say he didn’t discover America pointing to our ancestors and the indigenous people

“People say get over it, we’re never going to get over it,” said Cooper.

The petition recently gained traction after confederate statues toppled nation wide in response to the Charlottesville protests.

If the petition gets more than a thousand signatures, the goal is to take it to our city leaders.

  Non-jury trial for Adolphus Washington starts Thursday Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:16:02 +0000
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.

  Amherst Police looking for persons of interest in use of stolen credit card Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:43:59 +0000
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.

PHOTO/AMHERST POLICE

 

PHOTO/AMHERST POLICE

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 tips@apdny.org or text to 562-TIPS and reference AMH 17-736455-DQ.