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Rain barrels, compost bins offered to Erie County homeowners

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In an effort to reduce runoff and help the environment, homeowners across Erie County will be offered the chance to purchase rain barrels and compost bins. The partnership behind the program includes Erie County, Buffalo, Wheatfield and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition. Advo


Investigators: Arcade man stole more than $21,000 from youth soccer organization

ARCADE — A town man has been charged after allegedly bilking a youth soccer organization out of more than $21,000 over a five-year period. Thomas Foote, 56, took $21,019.21 from the from the organization between Aug. 8, 2013 to Nov. 7, 2018, said Wyoming County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Mayer. He


Comptroller: Erie County placed homeless families in hotel where sex offender lived

A convicted sex offender lives at a Hamburg hotel the Erie County Department of Social Services uses to shelter homeless families, according to Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw.


Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office warns of mail scam

LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a mail scam that's been circulating the area. Authorities say residents have been receiving letters in the mail from "DotService.com."


Gov. Cuomo: Upstate voters, 'they don't know me as well'

NEW YORK (WHEC) -- During a nearly 30-minute radio interview on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the Mueller report, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's presidential campaign, and the state budget.


Kane Brown to perform at Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - Country singer Kane Brown will be this year's headliner at the Erie County Fair's Gusto Grandstand. Brown will perform on August 12 at 8 p.m. “We are excited to feature an evening with Kane Brown as part of the Erie County Fair’s Gusto Grandstand lineup,” CEO & Fair Manager Je


Christmas movie being filmed in WNY

If you drive down Main Street in East Aurora, you aren’t seeing things. Christmas wreathes, and lights line the street. The decorations are there on purpose for a Christmas film being shot in the area over the next several weeks. The made for T.V. film is called “A Special Dinner.”


The SPCA Serving Erie County has a Mini Horse that needs a home

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) — Five year-old Flint is the newest guest at the SPCA Serving Erie County. Barn manager Sheila Foss says that he came to the facility with a pony named Opal as part of a case from Allegany County. "They seized a hundred and forty farm animals so they were transferred to u


Town of Hamburg police looking for individuals in Office Max theft

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Town of Hamburg Police Department is looking to identify individuals connected to the theft of numerous items from Office Max. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Timothy Crawford at 648-5118 ext. 2622 or th


AIM Program Could Be Cut From NY State Budget

STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) – With the upcoming New York State Budget deadline fast approaching, the AIM program is facing a $60 million cut. If cuts are approved for the program, residents in Steuben County could see a tax increase.


New York State Man Steals Little Debbie Snack Truck

Maybe this guy just really wanted a Zebra Cake or one of their Oatmeal Creme Pies? In one of the state's stranger stories, WETM is reporting that an Elmira man allegedly took off in a Little Debbie snack delivery truck Monday. The 38 year-old man reportedly stole the truck from a loading dock.


New York lawmaker wants to raise limo insurance minimums

In wake of deadly Schoharie crash, State Sen. Neil Breslin seeks change. State Sen. Neil Breslin is pushing legislation that would significantly raise the minimum insurance requirements that upstate limousine companies have on their vehicles.


West Valley man accused of threatening police with machete

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. — A West Valley man is facing charges, accused of menacing a police officer and resisting arrest. Troopers were called to do a welfare check at a home in West Valley. While checking the home, troopers say Jonathan J. Kramer, 25, displayed a machete in a threatening manner toward a


(3:40 PM) Two City Residents Charged With Drug Possession Monday

Two Jamestown residents face charges after officers investigated a possible order of protection violation at 133 Lakeview Avenue on Monday. According to a police report, Justin D. Cusimano, 35, and Justine M. Hancock, 30, both of Jamestown, were charged with three counts each of third-degree crimina


Williamsville man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing juvenile

John Negrych, 39, of Williamsville, has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to a determinate sentence of three years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.


Cheektowaga man charged with attempted rape of rideshare driver

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 49-year-old Cheektowaga man is being held without bail after being arraigned on charges related to an attack on a rideshare driver back in January. The Erie County District Attorney's office says James Krawczyk was arraigned in Cheekotwaga Town Court on one count of Attempted Rape


Two Tonawanda Paramedics Suspended for Allegedly Stealing Prescription Drugs

TONAWANDA (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Two Tonawanda paramedics have been suspended with pay after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from a drug dropbox inside the police station.


Police: Wyoming County girl, 15, declared missing Monday

Eagle, N.Y. (WHAM) - Wyoming County Sheriff's investigators are searching for a 15-year-old who went missing Monday. Deputies said Casmira Bartz was last seen Monday. Casmira is described as 5'2" tall and weighs approximately 115 lbs. She has brown hair and hazel eyes and is believed to have been we


N.Y. man wanted for Va. rape captured in Luzerne

- LUZERNE — State police captured a man they say has been wanted on rape and robbery charges in Virginia since 2010. A trooper stopped the driver of a Nissan Altima for driving 75 mph in a 55 mph zone on the North Cross Valley Expressway just after 11 p.m. Sunday.


Potholes plague Salamanca’s main arterials

SALAMANCA — With pothole-patching season in full swing and no hot asphalt to fill the hundreds of holes on the streets until mid-April, there’s only so much the city of Salamanca can do.