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Charlie, dog found in Buffalo garbage tote, put down following increased aggressive behavior

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - An SPCA spokesperson said Charlie, the dog found in a garbage tote in January, was put down on Friday, February 15. The organization announced the pit bull's death in a news conference held on Saturday afternoon.


Student charged with head-butting Buffalo police officer

A juvenile student at the city's alternative high school was arrested Friday after head-butting a police officer, according to a Buffalo Police report. The incident happened in a classroom at Academy School 131 @ 4 on South Park Avenue, according to the report.


Erie County Democrats nominate 2 candidates for common council & county legislature

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - Two races in Erie County began to take shape on Saturday. Erie County Democrats backed John Gimour in the race for Erie County's 9th Legislative District. They also nominated Mitchell Nowakowski to represent the Fillmore District in Buffalo's Common Council.


Dollar store employee accused of multiple thefts

An employee of a Family Dollar store has been arrested after being accused of stealing more than $1,600 from the store since Dec. 7, Niagara Falls Police report. Police were called to the Hyde Park Boulevard store Friday and were told that over the past two months, the man had been voiding sales mad


Section VI boys and girls basketball seeds are planted

The league champions have all been crowned. Now it's time to send our best boys and girls teams to the state tournament. The high-energy, always surprising 2018-19 Section VI Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament opens next week throughout the area for large-school classes AA, A-1 and A-2, as well as s


Locals compete in first girls wrestling tournament

Some wrestlers were challenged with a major decision late in the year. Girls wrestling is not a sanctioned sport in the NYSPHSAA, which means girls interested in the sport have to wrestle boys in their specific weight class.


Local police chiefs weigh in on Buffalo mayor's order to stop marijuana enforcement

(WETM) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown made an order to his city's police department on Friday. "Today, I am directing the Buffalo Police Commissioner to stop enforcing low-level marijuana offenses," Brown said in his State of the City address on Friday. "Low-level marijuana offenses for too long have d


Erie County Lawmakers Want to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Several Erie County lawmakers, including Barbara Miller-Williams, John Bruso, April Baskin and Timothy Meyers have introduced a local law, the Youth Health Promotion Act of 2019, that would prohibit the sale of tobacco and related e-cigarettes and vaping products to those younger


Thief takes his time stripping tires off SUVs outside Niagara Falls hotel

A thief went unnoticed Saturday morning as he spent 90 minutes stripping tires and rims off a pair of SUVs outside the Giacomo, a First Street hotel, Niagara Falls Police report.


Man in upstate New York gets life without parole for killing 2, wounding 1

WATERLOO, N.Y. — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man, as well as wounding a second woman in an upstate New York village.


City of Buffalo goes on Saturday Pothole Blitz

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works had a busy morning fixing potholes. Saturday was the first "Pothole Blitz" of the year. - 2 crews on Main Street between Humboldt and Hertel.


Riverside-Salem: Suicide prevention program set

Dr. Celia Spacone will present a suicide prevention program from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.


McKinley High School teacher assaulted by student is transferred to another school

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A McKinley High School teacher who was severely injured as the result of a student assault in January is being returned to work. However, the teacher will not return to McKinley High School. The district has transferred him to Leonardo da Vinci High School. The transfer was involunta


'I won the lottery,' says South Buffalo mom of 10 after giving birth to triplets

The gender mix in the Rosputni household became a lot more balanced this week. After a string of six boys – including twins born in different years – Brighid M. Rosputni gave birth Tuesday and Wednesday to triplet girls.


DEC Officer Saves Bald Eagle in Upstate New York

Some may complain, but New York during the winter is absolutely beautiful and has some perks. One of those perks is being able to take a front seat to nature. From the end of December through February New Yorkers are watching for eagle migration. Here in the Hudson Valley, Bowdoin Park is a popular


Kenmore trucker treated after rig rolls over in Chautauqua County

Shawn E. Mellot, 52, of Shepard Avenue, Kenmore, was treated at the scene for a head injury after his tractor-trailer truck rolled over about 6 a.m. Saturday on Route 380 in the Town of Kiantone, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported.


Saturday morning fire damages two homes in Masten Park neighborhood

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - A house in Buffalo's Masten Park neighborhood was badly damaged in a Saturday morning fire, according to a City of Buffalo spokesperson. Buffalo Fire officials said the fire started at a vacant house in the 200 block of Laurel Street just after 2:20 a.m.


Winter Blast happening at MLK Park

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York are hosting the 5th Annual Winter Blast Saturday to promote healthy living. Free winter activities will be on site including face painting and balloon art. There will also be animals from the Buffalo Zoo and a v


Blues win ninth in a row as Avalanche keep fading

At the start of December the Colorado Avalanche were off to one of the best starts in the NHL with a 15-6-5 record and looking like a sure-fire playoff team thanks to one of the best lines in the league.


Dog rescued from icy water in Town of Tonawanda

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A dog was saved after falling into icy water at Bark Park in the Town of Tonawanda. Samantha Kelly posted photos of the rescue, which occurred on Thursday.