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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man was arraigned Thursday morning on a multi-count indictment related to a 2013 homicide.
Leron Bailey, 36, is charged with Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for the shooting death of 19-year-old Diamond Toler of Buffalo.
He pleaded not guilty before Acting Erie County Court Judge James McLeod.
Toler was shot in the heart while sitting in parked car at Stevens Avenue and East Ferry Street June 24, 2013. According to prosecutors, Toler died before getting to a hospital.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the intended target was Toler’s male friend, who was sitting in the front seat of the car; he was also shot in the chest, but recovered from his injuries.
Bailey plans to represent himself in this case, against the advice of Judge McLeod. The Buffalo man is serving a five year state prison sentence on an unrelated weapons possession charge.
The 36-year-old will be moved from the Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston County to the Erie County Holding Center. He will remain in custody for the time being.
If convicted on these new charges, Bailey could spend 50 years-to-life in prison.
The court has appointed a standby attorney for Bailey, in the event he needs professional legal guidance.
“It’s going to take an awful lot of preparation and that’s for someone who knows what they’re doing. So someone who has no legal experience, frankly it’s going to be a very difficult process,” said Nicholas Hicks, Bailey’s standby attorney.
Flynn credited Buffalo Police Detectives and the witnesses willing to speak up for helping to move this case forward.
Bailey is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10, when a permanent judge will be assigned.
…LAKESHORE FLOOD WATCH south shore of Lake Ontario Friday morning through late Friday night…
We will see clouds fade some overnight allowing for patchy fog to set up by morning, primarily across the Southern Tier. Friday turns out to be a day of weather improvement with fog lifting early and it becomes sunny from Buffalo northward with stubborn clouds still prevailing south of the city into the afternoon. Few showers will be possible primarily in McKean and Potter Counties. It will otherwise be a refreshingly comfortable day, with below-average temperatures and less humidity.
High pressure building in will bring largely spectacular weather this weekend from start to finish. We may deal with some stubborn cloudiness south of Buffalo into a portion of Saturday. Plenty of sunshine with seasonably warm temperatures are on tap Sunday through Tuesday, just the beginning of lengthy fair weather stretch lasting through at least Tuesday, with our next chance of showers possible Wednesday.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Any showers end early, Mostly to Partly Cloudy overnight, some Southern Tier fog, Low: 58 valleys, 64 metro, Wind: NNE 4-8.
FRIDAY: Morning Fog Lifts, Becoming Mostly Sunny Buffalo northward, Cloudier south of the city, some showers possible towards Pennsylvania, High: 71-76, Wind: NE 5-15, Low: 59.
SATURDAY: Morning Clouds south of Buffalo, then becoming Mostly Sunny region-wide, High: 75, Low: 58.
SUNDAY: Sunshine, Warmer, High: 80, Low: 60.
MONDAY: Sunshine, High: 81, Low: 64.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 82, Low: 66.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, Chance of a Thundershower, High: 84, Low: 67.
THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, Chance of a Shower, High: 80.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo city leaders could face an uphill battle convincing the community to support red light cameras.
Numbers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show communities across the country, including Rochester, have eliminated the cameras in recent years. In 2012, 533 communities used the traffic tool. As of July 2017, that number has dropped to 421.
Merely mention the cameras, and controversy follows.
“My problem with them is that they actually cause in my opinion more traffic collisions,” Varnel Floeurisma told News 4.
“A lot of these tickets are nonsense,” Larry Krieger suggested. He was longtime opponent of the cameras in Rochester, even suing the city.
Studies showed cameras cut crashes in Rochester intersections by nearly 21 percent. Red light running went down by 44 percent. Still, that didn’t stop the mayor from ending the program when the city’s contract with camera vendor Redflex expired at the end of 2016. The mayor said the red light cams unfairly targeted poorer neighborhoods in the city.
Buffalo University District Councilman Rasheed Wyatt says that concern will not stop him from fighting for the cameras.
“I think before when these things have happeened, there was no community input — no dialogue. Now, we’re talking. How do we make this so that it’s fair throughtout Buffalo and not just targeted to one community,” he asked.
Wyatt says he’s simply responding to pressure from consituents who believe something needs to be done to improve safety.
“Our streets are dangerous. People are driving too fast. They’re going through red lights. They’re going through stop signs,” Wyatt suggested.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety strongly supports the cameras.
“The whole idea of red light cameras is to be there, when the police can’t. Red light running goes down by about 40 percent immediately, and crashes go down by about 20-30 percent,” said Chuck Farmer, Insurance Institute vice president of research.
Buffalo leaders last considered the cameras in 2009. The cameras record vehicles and license plates. In most communities violators receive $50 tickets that are treated a lot like a parking ticket.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- ECMC is spending millions of dollars to recover from a ransomware attack. International hackers locked up the hospital’s computer system in April and demanded $30,000.
The hospital refused to pay the ransom required for the key to unlock the system. ECMC officials now say it’s cost them $10 million to recover from the attack.
A portion of that money was spent on hardware and software to rebuild a new computer system. It also includes the cost of overtime pay and lost revenue while the system was down.
Vice President of Communications Peter Cutler told News 4 the hospital didn’t have to turn anyone away from the emergency room while the computers were down.
Operations are now back to normal at ECMC and there is still no evidence patient files were accessed during the attack.
Cutler told News 4 bots found a weakness in the computer system allowing “cyber extortionists” to get in and lock up the system.
He said security experts including NYS Police and the FBI advised the hospital not to pay the ransom because there was no guarantee the criminals would’ve actually provided the key to the system. They also had reason to believe the criminals may have demanded a higher ransom once the hospital agreed to pay it.
Culter said even if they paid the $30,000, they still would’ve had to rebuild a new computer system and incur that $10 million cost.
“If you pay the ransom there’s no guarantee what is returned to you is clean is not susceptible to a future attack,” he said. ”We felt we made the right decision in not only not paying the ransom but going about the business of restoring our computer system as quickly as possible.”
According to Cutler the cost of rebuilding is built into the hospitals capital plan and therefore won’t trickle down to patients’ bills.
A couple of months before the attack the hospital actually increased its insurance plan for cybersecurity from $2 million to $10 million so Cutler said the hospital is in a good place to recover.
The hospital will spend about another $5 million over the next several months to continue to upgrade technology and educate employees.
The new system is set up to prevent future attacks.
OHIO (CBS) – One person has died and another seven were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, according to CBS affiliate WBNS-TV, citing the Columbus Division of Fire.
Two of the injured are in critical condition, and one is listed in serious condition.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture identified the ride as the “Fireball.”
The Ohio State Fair confirmed the incident with a post on Twitter:
Some of the victims were thrown from the ride, Columbus Battalion Chief Steve Martin said.
Wednesday evening Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a statement on Twitter saying that he is “terribly saddened by this accdent, by this loss of life and that people were injured.”
“I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed,” Kasich added.
The Ohio State Fair kicked off Wednesday and was supposed to run through August 6, according to its website.
Ride inspections occurred on Monday, July 24, according to a report from WBNS-TV.
There was no immediate information about the ages or identities of the deceased or injured.
WBNS-TV will carry a live press update. You can watch it below when it begins: