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A Small Craft Advisory will be in effect for Lake Ontario from until 6:00AM Saturday.
Across Western New York, some partial sunshine will allow for a few spotty thunderstorms to continue this afternoon, especially in the Southern Tier. Most of the region will remain dry heading into this evening, but still unsettled as a cold front moves through keeping us rather breezy and mostly cloudy. Stronger storms continue to be an issue well east of our viewing area, around the Tri-state area this evening. There remains a moderate risk of large waves and currents along the Erie lakeshore beaches this evening.
That system quickly exits tonight, with high pressure building in for the holiday weekend. Saturday will be a bit below-average with a continued breeze, but Sunday and Monday will be much better pool weather. Temperatures rebound nicely into the 80s with generous sunshine on tap. Expect the warmest readings for Independence Day, and into the first half of next week. Some limited moisture may start to edge toward the region later in the week, but in general dry weather will persist.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Leftover Showers and storms end south and east of Buffalo, then Clearing tonight. Low: 59 lakeshore…48 deep valleys, Wind: W 5-15.
SATURDAY: Sunny, Breezy & Refreshingly Pleasant, High: 70-76, Wind: W 10-20 some higher gusts possible, Low: 50-58.
SUNDAY: Sunny, Warmer, not as breezy. High: 79, Low: 58
MONDAY (INDEPENDENCE DAY) : Sunny, Warm and dry. Don’t forget the sunscreen! High: 83, Low: 60.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 85, Low: 64
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, Warm, More Humid, High: 86, Low: 68
THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, Chance of an Afternoon Shower/Thundershower, High: 86, Low: 68.
FRIDAY: Mostly Cloudy, High: 85.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once Lightning captain Steven Stamkos took himself off the free-agent market, the Buffalo Sabres turned to Plan B: Kyle Okposo.
The Sabres signed the former New York Islanders forward to a seven-year, $42 million contract in one of the first deals completed after the NHL’s signing period opened Friday.
“He was drafted high. He was a high-profile guy. And he’s lived up to that,” general manager Tim Murray said of Okposo, who was selected seventh overall in the 2006 draft.
“It’s exciting to get a player of his caliber that had a choice of I won’t say 30 teams, but certainly a lot of teams, and decided to come here.”
The three-time, 20-goal scorer fills a top-line need on a Sabres team that has spent the past two years rebuilding through youth. Murray already envisions Okposo playing right wing on a line centered by either Ryan O’Reilly or Jack Eichel.
After playing alongside Islanders captain John Tavares, Okposo is already looking forward to the possibilities of what the Sabres’ lineup has to offer.
“What sold me first and foremost, and I’ve been saying it all day, is the chance to win the Stanley Cup, and I think we have a lot of pieces in place that can help us achieve that goal,” Okposo said.
“And when I looked at their forwards, and especially their top two centers in O’Reilly and Eichel, those guys are only going to continue to get better, especially Jack. He’s got superstar status.”
Okposo is an eight-year NHL veteran and regarded as one of the top players available on the market after Stamkos elected to re-sign with Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Murray noted that the Sabres had a face-to-face meeting with Stamkos and his representatives on Sunday.
The Sabres are attempting to quicken their push to become contenders after showing signs of improvement last season. Buffalo finished 23rd in the standings this past season after two consecutive last-place finishes.
After being part of a lengthy rebuilding plan on Long Island, Okposo likes the Sabres’ approach.
“I think they’re been going at an accelerated rate,” Okposo said. “I think we can get there quicker than I did with the Islanders.”
Okposo becomes the Sabres’ second-highest-paid player, behind O’Reilly, who signed a seven-year, $52 million deal shortly after being acquired in a trade from Colorado last summer. And Okposo is close with Sabres forward Matt Moulson. The two played together in New York, and are godfathers’ of each other’s children.
Listed at 6 feet and 217 pounds, Okposo has scored 67 of his 139 goals over the past three seasons, including 10 game-winners and 11 coming on the power play.
The Sabres have now addressed several key needs.
Last weekend, they acquired veteran defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in a trade with Florida.
Buffalo is also in the position to sign forward Jimmy Vesey, after acquiring the rights to college hockey’s top player last season in a trade with Nashville two weeks ago.
Murray said his next priority is meeting with Vesey and his representatives next week. The Sabres took a gamble in acquiring Vesey, who is eligible to become a free agent on Aug. 15.
The Sabres on Friday also filled depth needs by signing free-agent defensemen Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun to one-year, two-way contracts.
Falk split last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their American Hockey League affiliate. Fedun had a brief stint with Edmonton in 2013-14, while spending much of the past five seasons in the AHL.
Without saying who, Murray said he had a verbal agreement to sign a backup goalie, but the deal fell through when the player reneged and signed with another team.
Murray wasn’t pleased with what happened by saying: “I’m going to leave it at that. I wouldn’t say anything very nice, I guess.”
The Sabres need to restock their goalie depth behind starter Robin Lehner after backup Chad Johnson signed with Calgary.
AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this story.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police and firefighters took part in a search for a car in the water early Saturday morning.
First responders were called to the Niagara River at the end of Ontario Street around midnight, after receiving a report of a car in the water with a person or two inside.
There are no indications so far how the car ended up in the river.
A News 4 crew is on the scene. Watch this story for updates and Wake Up! for the latest information and video.
BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB) – Filming for the movie “Marshall” is wrapping up. Friday the cast said thank you to Western New York and everyone who welcomed them with open arms.
Actress Kate Hudson and actors Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling Brown, James Cromwell, Dan Stevens and director Reginald Hudlin all sat down together to talk about how much they loved filming the movie in WNY.
Hudson raved about the food..Some people said they spotted her at Hutch’s restaurant on Delaware avenue one night. Hudson also said she loved the fried chicken at Toutant on Ellicott street. People also spotted some of the cast at bars on Allen street.
Hudson said her mother actress Goldie Hawn took her to Buffalo in the winter when she was a baby. At the time, Hawn was filming scenes for the movie Best Friends with Burt Reynolds. Hudson doesn’t remember anything but said her mom told her it was cold! Hudson seemed happy to be here in the summer. Hudson said she loved taking a bicycle ride along Canalside on one of her days off.
Boseman, who plays Thurgood Marshall, said he was excited to see people in WNY get an opportunity to be extras or part of the crew behind the scenes.
Marshall is about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
A release date for the movie hasn’t been announced yet.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- How do you reach out to someone you’ve never met and tell them they’re not alone?
“I just want to send love and sympathy and just let them know that we’re here and we know how they feel,” said Taylor Naumovski of Eden.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so Buffalo’s LGBT magazine, Loop took 300.
It’s all for Loop’s “One Pulse Buffalo” edition to show support for Orlando. The city lost 49 people when Pulse night club was targeted by a shooter June 12th.
“You just see people fall to the ground,” Dante Martinez told News 4 the day after the attack; he was inside Pulse during the shooting.
Loop’s executive editor Michael Rizzo is printing 5,000 copies of the special edition.
“We distribute 3,000 copies a month in Buffalo so we’re giving Orlando a bigger distribution that we typically give Buffalo. I’ve had to bring on two more designers to be able to help me do all of this, there’s a lot of post processing, and knocking out backgrounds and making templates for something we’ve never done before,” he said.
During Loop’s photo shoots some people held up rainbow flags. Others held a hand over their heart.
Rachael Kerr brought her two young children with her.
“We’re trying to raise them to be aware of what’s going on in the world,” she told News 4.
She and her family posed together in a tight embrace.
“Especially in times like this, it’s important to keep the people that you love close. And I hope that our little group hug sort of conveyed that.”
But just in case photos weren’t enough, Rizzo arranged for staff to write messages to Orlando as well.
This gesture in part, is Loop’s way of showing Buffalo’s solidarity. But for Corey Mohr, it goes deeper than that.
“This is more, has more to do with being from the LGBTQ community, understanding the struggle that we all go through,” Mohr told News 4.
“When the stories started coming out of like who they were and what they were doing, you started learning about their families or pictures of them. And then it really became shocking because everyone was our age, everyone was between 25 and 35. We’re both 30 years old,” said Christopher Reybrouck of Buffalo.
Loop isn’t making any extra money on this issue. In fact, they’ve relied on community partners and volunteers to help it happen.
“I think it really just kind of struck home that it could be any city, it could be any dance club,” Reybrouck said.
Rizzo and a team from Loop are hand delivering the special edition to LGBT community centers in Orlando.
Anyone interested in sharing their support for the cause online can use the hashtag #OnePulseBuffalo.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of western New York’s most powerful Democratic strategists has pleaded not guilty to a nine-count indictment against him.
The highest charges against Steve Pigeon are two counts of second-degree bribery, which could carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. He is also accused of grand larceny and six counts of rewarding official misconduct.
Pigeon and two other people had their homes raided over alleged violations related to campaign finances.
On Wednesday, Former State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek pleaded guilty to felony counts of offering a false instrument and bribe receiving.
Prosecutors say Michalek sought the help of Pigeon to secure jobs for two of his relatives. Michalek admitted to this in court Wednesday.
Michalek also admitted to naming a Pigeon-recommended attorney to a case even though the attorney was not on a specific list and had no expertise.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the relationship between Michalek and Pigeon a “”multi-year, illicit, corrupt scheme.”
Pigeon served as Erie County Democratic Chairman from 1996 to 2002 and also worked as an aide to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown while Brown was a state senator.
Pigeon relinquished his passport in court Thursday. His bail was set at $10,000.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fireworks displays will be plentiful across western New York as July begins. Find a list of displays and events below.
July 3 – 22nd Annual KeyBank Independence Day Celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Event has largest fireworks show of the season at 6:05pm at Coca-Cola Field.
July 4th Celebration at Canalside from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. There will be food, live music, childrens’ activities, and fireworks presented by Russell J. Salvatore.
July 4 Boston Town Park Town Band starts at 8:00 p.m. and Fireworks at 10:00 p.m. Rain date July 5
July 3-4 – Cheektowaga’s Independence Day Celebration will happen at the Town Park. Events start at 3 p.m on July 3 and 2 p.m. on July 4.
July 2-4 – Hollowfest will take place at Clarence Town Park.
July 4 – A fireworks display will take place at the Dunkirk City Pier & Memorial Park
July 2 – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert and Celebration at Ellicott Holiday Valley Resort. Concert costs $40 to attend.
July 4 – A fireworks display will take place at the EMW Boys and Girls Club.
July 4 – Findley Lake July 4th Celebration from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. A Fireman’s Chicken BBQ dine-in and take-out as well as a duck race happen at Noon. At 2 p.m., Lakeside Park will host a boat parade.
Live music starts at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
July 4 – Red White, and Blue Day plus fireworks at Martin’s Fantasy Island. Day includes free rides for children and a special admission price of $17.76. The park will stay open late, but the water park will close at 7:30 p.m. A fireworks display will be shown at the end of the night.
July 4 – Lakewood July 4th Summerfest happens from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Live music goes from 7-10 p.m. and a fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. at Hartley Park.
July 1-4 – The Annual Independence Day Festival will feature carnival rides, music, contests, food, fireworks, The Cute Baby Parade, and the 4th of July Parade.
July 4 – Mayville’s July 4th Celebration at Lakeside Park will take place from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. There will be live music, food, activities, and a fireworks display.
July 3 – Seneca Casino and Resort will hold their Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30pm. The event is free to the public.
July 4 – Fireworks displays will be shown at Prospect Park and Niagara Falls State Park starting at 10 p.m.
July 3 – A fireworks display will take place at Krull Park.
July 4 – A fireworks display will take place at Bradner Stadium.
July 4 – Fireworks will be displayed on Thorn Avenue.
July 1 – A Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino at 1 p.m. Fireworks can be viewed from the top level of the parking garage.
Town of Tonawanda
July 3 – The Tonawanda Independence Day Ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
July 2 – Jam in the Valley will take place at the Buffalo Hills Village Campgrounds.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – In a suspected gang related shooting, Buffalo police commissioner Dan Derenda said an 11-year-old boy was shot in the head, and a 20-year-old man was also shot, on Humason Avenue on the city’s east side. Both victims are at ECMC. Witnesses are being interviewed. Mayor Brown said he met with the 11-year-old boy’s family.
“We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior in our city. It’s just nonsense. There is no excuse, it’s just unbelievable that an 11-year-old has to be shot. Does not make sense whatsoever,” Commissioner Derenda said.
The shooter hasn’t been caught yet. The 11-year-old has been identified by his family as Juan Rodriquez and the 20-year-old was identified by sources as Datavion Magee.
News 4’s Rachele Mongiovi spoke with Juan’s brother at the hospital. He told us, “It’s just heartbreaking. We’re all angry, because he didn’t do anything wrong. He is 11 years old, he is a really good kid and we just ask that anyone who has information to come forward because it’s not right, if this was their child or their relative they would want somebody to come forward,” said the 11 year old’s brother who wanted his identity protected.
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News 4 sent a crew to the scene. Police tape was blocking off the street, which is not far from Schiller Park and Cheektowaga Town Park.
As of Thursday morning, both victims were in critical condition, according to police
Follow us on Twitter @news4buffalo for breaking updates.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an “active shooter” report that turned out to be a false alarm.
The report stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces doing a routine inspection. The confusion was heightened by a planned active shooter drill at Joint Base Andrews that had not yet begun. Officials said in a Facebook post Thursday that there was no shooter and no threat to the base or workers there.
The base had been placed on lockdown about 9 a.m. after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to the presidential air fleet, including the planes that carry the call sign Air Force One when he is aboard. It is about 20 miles from Washington.
About an hour and a half later, the military post tweeted that the lock down had been lifted, except for the medical building where the active shooter was reported.
A law enforcement official said no active shooter was found at the post. The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“Fortunately, this was not a life-threatening situation,” Col. Brad Hoagland, 11th Wing and base commander, said in the Facebook posting. “We take all threats seriously and reacted to ensure the security of those on thebase.”
Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to leave from Andrews on Thursday morning, but his trip was delayed by the lockdown.
The vice president’s office said he was waiting out the delay at his residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington.
Biden was due in Columbus, Ohio, for a midday campaign event for former Gov. Ted Strickland, who is running for Senate.
The president, vice president and other senior government officials fly in and out of Joint Base Andrews.
President Barack Obama was last at the base Wednesday night when he returned from a trip to Ottawa, Canada
Emergency vehicles in the area of the base had on lights Thursday, but no sirens. At least three people in camouflage and helmets could be seen walking working dogs around the three-story building. About 10:15 a.m., a few people could be seen walking out of the building, including a person being moved in a wheelchair.
Rodney Smith, the patient advocate at the Andrews medical facility, said an active-shooter exercise was scheduled for Thursday morning, and then he was told it was a “real-world” situation.
“First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back ‘real world,'” Smith said by phone Thursday morning.
Smith said the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. He was in the older building.
Tucker reported from Washington. Associated Press Writers Sarah Brumfield and Ben Nuckols in Washington contributed to this report.