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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The boil water order covering several towns and villages in northern Erie County has been lifted, after negative tests of water samples announced Saturday morning, according to the Erie County Department of Health.
The Erie County Water Authority had extended the boil water advisory Saturday morning, but the Health Department’s notice came shortly after that.
The tests indicated no sign of bacterial growth. The advisory took effect after a 36-inch water main break in Amherst.
The communities where the boil water advisory is ended are: Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Lancaster, Newstead, Cheektowaga north of Broadway; and Villages of Williamsville, Lancaster and Depew.
The end of the boil water advisory means that staff and patients can resume normal water use at the St. Joseph Campus of Sister’s Hospital on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, the facility confirmed in an email late Saturday morning. Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst made a similar announcement, but adding ice machines must be sanitized before they can be used.
Communities in Genesee County affected by the advisory can start using water normally again, including: Towns of Pembroke and Darien, Village of Corfu, according to the Monroe County Water Authority. The MCWA procures water for those communitites from the ECWA.
Richmond resident and current Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has been chosen by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to be her running mate in this November’s presidential election.
Kaine has a long history in Richmond and Virginia politics, dating back to 1994 when he was first elected to Richmond City Council in the city’s 2nd district. In 1998, he was elected mayor by his peers on City Council, a position he held until 2002 when he was elected lieutenant governor of Virginia. While lieutenant governor, he served alongside current Senator Mark Warner who was then governor.
He then was elected governor of Virginia himself in the 2005 gubernatorial election, a position he held until 2010.
Since 2012, Kaine has served as Virginia’s representative, alongside Warner, in the United States Senate.
Kaine is a socially liberal Democrat who has served as the Democratic Party Chair since 2009. He’s publicly pro-abortion and affirmative action and supports the expansion of free trade and the military. Most recently, he has also served on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on the Budget.
Kaine is married to former Richmond Juvenile Court Judge Anne Holton who is also the daughter of former Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton Jr. They have three children together.
Prior to entering politics, Kaine practiced law in the Richmond area for about 17 years, mostly focusing on discrimination in housing cases in the area. He also taught law ethics at the University of Richmond for six years during that time.
Kaine was chosen in large part because of his broad appeal across the hotly contested swing state of Virginia.
Some would consider him the antithesis to Republican nominee Donald Trump, due to his down-to-earth persona, self-deprecating humor and habit of breaking out a harmonica at campaign stops.
Friends and colleagues describe Kaine as someone who prides himself on his ability to work with a broad spectrum of political adversaries, but isn’t above digging down deep to win tight political contests. To date, he has never lost an election.
John Watkins, a Republican and former Virginia state senator, said of Kaine: “I think [Trump] would have a hard time getting under Tim Kaine’s skin.”
Americans will soon find out, as the general election continues.
Hillary Clinton says in a text message to supporters that she’s picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to join her on the Democratic ticket as their party’s nominee for vice president.
In the message, Clinton says: “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.”
Kaine is expected to join Clinton at a rally in Florida on Saturday.
High pressure continues to control our weather this weekend, keeping our skies generally clear with dry weather through Sunday. Tonight, lighter winds and clear skies will bring temperatures back into the 60s, with some lows falling into the lower 60s in the southern valleys where some patchy fog will be possible.
Sunday will be another warm day as temperatures come close to the record of 91 set back in 1945. It will be dry, sunny, and increasingly humid. It will be a rather calm day as well, so even areas near the lake shore will heat up more than Saturday. We will remain rain-free until late Sunday night when our next disturbance moves in. Scattered showers and thunderstorms move through early Monday morning, but no widespread precipitation is anticipated. This system clears out Monday afternoon with sunshine returning.
Most of next week will be dry with just slightly above average temperatures. The only day with a chance for showers arrives Thursday/Friday.
TOWN OF PORTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man died and three other people were hurt in a crash Friday night involving two cars.
A car heading north on Dickersonville Road failed to stop for a stop sign, hitting a car heading west on Youngstown Wilson Road about 6:00 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Deputies.
There were three people in the northbound car, including a driver who was brought to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight, and two juvenile passengers who were brought to Buffalo Women and Children’s Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the other car, identified as Michael Willimot, 38, of Wilson, died of his injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.
The Niagara County Accident Investigation Unit is still looking into the crash. No charges have been filed so far.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following a June incident at a Buffalo bar, Sabres left winger Evander Kane, 24, has turned himself in to Buffalo Police. Kane faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing and four non-criminal harassment violations.
During the last full week of June, three women and one man filed separate crime reports against Kane. One woman said that in the early morning hours of June 24, Kane grabbed her throat and tried forcing her into a car. Another woman filed a report saying Kane grabbed her by the arms and forced her out of Bottoms Up! on W. Chippewa St.
“The allegations that are made are grabbing complainants by the neck, by the hair and the arms,” Buffalo Police B-District Chief Joseph Gramaglia said.
That night at Bottoms Up, Kane and a friend were escorted out of the bar. Police say Kane was “forcibly removed,” and that someone from the bar signed a trespassing complaint.
On Friday, a lawyer for Bottoms Up said “at no point was Evander Kane trespassing at the bar.”
The bar’s general manager, David Robida, said that Kane was not involved in an altercation that night, but his friend was.
News 4 obtained viewer footage of Evander Kane inside the bar that night. It can be seen below.
Sources tell News 4 that pictures inside the bar are being used as evidence.
Kane turned himself into police on Friday morning. He was given a court appearance ticket for August 1 after he was processed.
The Sabres released a statement on Kane’s arrest, saying “We are aware of the charges against Evander Kane stemming from an incident last month. Our organization will have no further comment at this time.”
Attorney Paul Cambria, who is representing Kane, responded when asked if Kane will plead guilty to the charges against him. He said, “No and don’t believe everything you hear.”
Earlier in 2016, Kane was under investigation for an alleged sexual offense at HARBORCenter, but the Erie County District Attorney’s Office never officially filed any charges.
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Part of the problem pipe has been replaced and is expected to be back in service by the end of the day, but many people are not satisfied with how long it took the Water Authority to inform the public.
“It is our job to notify the public when there are leaks absolutely I don’t dispute that. But it’s also important that we notify the public of exactly what’s going on and frankly at that point we knew we had a leak but we didn’t know where it was and we had no way of telling the public what kind of impact it was having we didn’t know,” said Earl Jann, Erie County Water Authority Chairman.
Jann says the Erie County Department of Health told them to put on a boil water alert at 3:30 am Thursday.
“The actual alert then went out to media about 6 o’clock well you say what happened between 3:30 and 6 o’clock first of all the health department helped write the actual boil alert and that took about a half an hour or so in addition to that it had to be put out on and transcribed for our website and also other things,” said Jann.
Jann says the water authority’s PR firm ZeppCom wasn’t notified until about almost 5:30 that morning, and within a half hour he says they had the info out to media. He says he does not fault them for the delay and will look internally at employees at the Water Authority.
“We are absolutely looking at our response to this issue and there will be people held accountable in the event that they screwed up,” said Jann.
The Water Authority’s website and phone systems were down when people tried to get information Wednesday night. By Thursday morning, thousands of people in impacted areas already drank the water because they didn’t know about the boil water notice.
“The next thing that we’re looking at are robo-calls this is something that they’ve suggested to us and it’s just something that we have not had the capacity to do up to this point,” said Jann.
The Erie County Legislature plans to hold a special hearing in August with the Water Authority about the water leak and the failure to notify residents in a timely manner. Another round of testing is underway by both the Erie County Department of Health and the Water Authority. Those results are expected tomorrow.
MUNICH (AP) — Munich police warned people to avoid public places Friday as they hunted for the shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall, killing eight people and wounding others in a rampage described as “suspected terrorism,” police and media reports said.
“At the moment no culprit has been arrested,” police in the Bavarian capital said on social media. “The search is taking place at high speed.”
A ninth body was later found, and officials are trying to determine if they were an attacker.
The city of Munich sent a smartphone alert telling people to stay indoors and German rail company Deutsche Bahn stopped train traffic to Munich’s main station.
Police said witnesses reported seeing three people with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.
Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there were “several dead and wounded” in the shooting. She could not provide exact numbers. Bavarian public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk and Munich-based Focus magazine, citing sources they did not identify, said six people were killed.
Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told German news agency dpa the attack started at a fast food restaurant shortly before 6 p.m. local time.
Video obtained by The Associated Press from German news agency NonstopNews showed two bodies with sheets draped over them not far from a McDonald’s across from the mall.
Bayrischer Rundfunk reported that shops in the center of Munich had closed with customers inside though police said reports of shots fired at a location downtown had been a false alarm.
Police responded in large numbers to the mall in the northern part of Munich, not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.
It was also not far from where Palestinian attackers opened fire in the Olympic Village in 1972, killing 11 Israeli athletes.
It was the second attack in Germany in less than a week. On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an ax-and-knife attack on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, and another woman outside as he fled. All survived, although one man from the train remains in life-threatening condition. The attacker was shot and killed by police.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen likely acted alone.