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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott is speaking after Sunday’s record-setting loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Cheektowaga man who is accused of opening fire on the Union Road Dollar General last week appeared in court Monday morning.
He was scheduled to go before a judge for his preliminary hearing. That hearing has now been moved to Tuesday morning.
Travis Green, 29, was arraigned last Wednesday on charges of attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, assault, unlawful wearing of body armor, and resisting arrest. He’s accused of opening fire on the Dollar General Tuesday afternoon with an AR-15 rifle, injuring one man in the parking lot.
By law, the prosecution has to be ready to present its case for a preliminary hearing within 144 hours of an arraignment or a defendant must be released on their own recognizance. The assistant District Attorney handling this case was ready for the preliminary hearing Monday morning.
However, the attorney assigned to represent Green was not able to be in the courtroom Monday morning, so he advised his client to push back the preliminary hearing until Tuesday morning when he could be there.
Green appeared with another attorney Monday morning and told the court he understood the procedure. Tuesday morning’s hearing also falls within the 144 hour window in which the preliminary hearing must be run, because the hours over a weekend are not counted since court is not in session.
A preliminary hearing, which is often waived by a defendant for a number of different reasons, requires the prosecution to present some evidence showing that it is more likely than not that the defendant did what he or she is accused of doing. The burden of proof is low.
If a defendant waives their right to a preliminary hearing or the prosecution successfully argues their case during a preliminary hearing, the case then moves to a Grand Jury to consider whether to hand up indictments.
Green, who was ordered to be held without bail when he appeared for his arraignment last week, remains in custody.
The forecast seems to be right on track as a weakening lake effect band of mainly snow works northward across the Niagara Frontier into early afternoon before dissipating. Since temperatures have moderated to above freezing, little of the snow should stick. Breaks of sun are possible later today and it will be very breezy with gusts to 40 mph. A clear sky and stiff breeze takes us through the overnight.
The gusty breeze continues Tuesday with plenty of sunshine, clouds start to increase later in the day. We get another quick shot of wintry cold Wednesday along with some morning snow showers which will end for the afternoon.
The weather looks great for Thanksgiving Day, and Black Friday, just partly sunny. Another storm starts to impact the region over the weekend with rain at first Saturday, and some chillier temperatures along with snow showers Sunday. Temperatures actually moderate nicely Friday-Saturday before that sharp drop Sunday.
MONDAY AFTERNOON: A weakening lake effect band of mainly snow will shift northward across the Niagara Frontier before weakening, Some breaks of Sun later, Becoming Very Breezy, High: 37-42, Wind: W/SW 15-25 G40
MONDAY NIGHT: Clearing, Windy, steady temperatures in the 30s, Wind: SW 10-20 G40
TUESDAY: Sunny, Windy, High: 48 hills, 54 metro, Wind: SW 15-30 higher gusts, Overnight Rain Showers, Low: 33
WEDNESDAY: Turning Colder, Brisk Breeze, Mostly Cloudy, Morning Snow Showers taper off for the afternoon, High: 36, Low: 27
THANKSGIVING THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 39, Low: 30
FRIDAY: Partly Sunny, Milder again, High: 52, Low: 38
SATURDAY: Morning Rain tapers to Scattered Rain Showers, High: 50, Low: 34
SUNDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Chance of a Flurry or Light Snow Shower, High: 34, Low: 28
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. “maximum pressure campaign” against the North. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.
“In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting.
U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport in February as an act of terrorism.
The designation had been debated for months inside the administration, with some officials at the State Department arguing that North Korea did not meet the legal standard to be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism.
U.S. officials involved in the internal deliberations said there was no debate over whether the slaying of half-brother Kim Jong Nam was a terrorist act. However, lawyers said there had to be more than one incident, and there was disagreement over whether the treatment of American student Otto Warmbier, who died of injuries suffered in North Korean custody, constituted terrorism.
The officials were not authorized to speak publicly about the deliberations and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The move returns North Korea to the ignominious list for the first time since 2008, when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development. In the years since, the North has made advanced leaps in both its nuclear and missile programs, proving the capacity to reach U.S. territories with the devastating weapons earlier this year.
Trump has faced pressure from congressional lawmakers to relist the country amid its advancing nuclear missile program, though some fear it could increase already heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police are looking for help finding two missing girls.
Troopers say Emily Lopez, 13, and Andrea Hessel, 14, ran away from Wyndham Lawn Home for Children in Lockport. Authorities say they have been missing since Saturday.
Lopez is black, has brown eyes, black hair, is 130 lbs. and stands at 4’10”. She was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes.
Hessel is white, has blue eyes, brown hair, is 120 lbs. and stands at 5’2″. She was wearing a pink hoodie, black leggings and brown boots when last seen.
Anyone who has had contact with them, or knows where they have been can call State Police at (585) 344-6200.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.
Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died at 8:13 p.m. of natural causes at a Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement.
Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: “Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.”
“Today, Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death,” Hanisee said.
California Corrections spokeswoman Vicky Waters said it’s “to be determined” what happens to Manson’s body. Prison officials previously said Manson had no known next of kin and state law says that if no relative or legal representative surfaces within 10 days, then it’s up to the department to determine whether the body is cremated or buried.
It’s not known if Manson requested funeral services of any sort. It’s also unclear what happens to his property, which is said to include artwork and at least two guitars. State law says the department must maintain his property for up to a year in anticipation there might be legal battles over who can make a legitimate claim to it.
A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, the charismatic, guru-like Manson surrounded himself in the 1960s with runaways and other lost souls and then sent his disciples to butcher some of L.A.’s rich and famous in what prosecutors said was a bid to trigger a race war — an idea he got from a twisted reading of the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.”
The slayings horrified the world and, together with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California’s Altamont Speedway, exposed the dangerous, drugged-out underside of the counterculture movement and seemed to mark the death of the era of peace and love.
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Manson maintained during his tumultuous trial in 1970 that he was innocent and that society itself was guilty.
“These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up,” he said in a courtroom soliloquy.
Linda Deutsch, the longtime courts reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Manson case, said he “left a legacy of evil and hate and murder.”
“He was able to take young people who were impressionable and convince them he had the answer to everything and he turned them into killers,” she said. “It was beyond anything we had ever seen before in this country.”
The Manson Family, as his followers were called, slaughtered five of its victims on Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate’s home: the actress, who was 8½ months pregnant, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s caretaker. Tate’s husband, “Rosemary’s Baby” director Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time.
The next night, a wealthy grocer and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death in their home across town.
The killers scrawled such phrases as “Pigs” and “Healter Skelter” (sic) in blood at the crime scenes.
Three months later, a Manson follower was jailed on an unrelated charge and told a cellmate about the bloodbath, leading to the cult leader’s arrest.
In the annals of American crime, Manson became the embodiment of evil, a short, shaggy-haired, bearded figure with a demonic stare and an “X” — later turned into a swastika — carved into his forehead.
“Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969,” author Joan Didion wrote in her 1979 book “The White Album.”
After a trial that lasted nearly a year, Manson and three followers — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Another defendant, Charles “Tex” Watson, was convicted later. All were spared execution and given life sentences after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972.
Atkins died behind bars in 2009. Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Watson remain in prison.
Another Manson devotee, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, but her gun jammed. She served 34 years in prison.
Manson was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 1934, to a teenager, possibly a prostitute, and was in reform school by the time he was 8. After serving a 10-year sentence for check forgery in the 1960s, Manson was said to have pleaded with authorities not to release him because he considered prison home.
“My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system,” he would later say in a monologue on the witness stand. “I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you.”
He was set free in San Francisco during the heyday of the hippie movement in the city’s Haight-Ashbury section, and though he was in his mid-30s by then, he began collecting followers — mostly women — who likened him to Jesus Christ. Most were teenagers; many came from good homes but were at odds with their parents.
The “family” eventually established a commune-like base at the Spahn Ranch, a ramshackle former movie location outside Los Angeles, where Manson manipulated his followers with drugs, supervised orgies and subjected them to bizarre lectures.
He had musical ambitions and befriended rock stars, including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented.
By the summer 1969, Manson had failed to sell his songs, and the rejection was later seen as a trigger for the violence. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called “Cease to Exist,” revised it into “Never Learn Not to Love” and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.
Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, particularly “Piggies” and “Helter Skelter,” a hard-rocking song that he interpreted as forecasting the end of the world. He told his followers that “Helter Skelter is coming down” and predicted a race war would destroy the planet.
“Everybody attached themselves to us, whether it was our fault or not,” the Beatles’ George Harrison, who wrote “Piggies,” later said of the murders. “It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson.”
According to testimony, Manson sent his devotees out on the night of Tate’s murder with instructions to “do something witchy.” The state’s star witness, Linda Kasabian, who was granted immunity, testified that Mansontied up the LaBiancas, then ordered his followers to kill. But Manson insisted: “I have killed no one, and I have ordered no one to be killed.”
His trial was nearly scuttled when President Richard Nixon said Manson was “guilty, directly or indirectly.” Mansongrabbed a newspaper and held up the front-page headline for jurors to read: “Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares.” Attorneys demanded a mistrial but were turned down.
From then on, jurors, sequestered at a hotel for 10 months, traveled to and from the courtroom in buses with blacked-out windows so they could not read the headlines on newsstands.
Manson was also later convicted of the slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea.
Over the decades, Manson and his followers appeared sporadically at parole hearings, where their bids for freedom were repeatedly rejected. The women suggested they had been rehabilitated, but Manson himself stopped attending, saying prison had become his home.
The killings inspired movies and TV shows, and Bugliosi wrote a best-selling book about the murders, “Helter Skelter.” The macabre shock rocker Marilyn Manson borrowed part of his stage name from the killer.
“The Manson case, to this day, remains one of the most chilling in crime history,” prominent criminal justice reporter Theo Wilson wrote in her 1998 memoir, “Headline Justice: Inside the Courtroom — The Country’s Most Controversial Trials .”
“Even people who were not yet born when the murders took place,” Wilson wrote, “know the name Charles Manson, and shudder.”
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is an annual tradition in Hamburg now in it’s 13th year. There’s a lot to see and do for families and it’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
“We continue to grow the village part, the walk around part. We’ve got 7 decorated buildings with these amazing displays,” said Marty Biniasz, Fairgrounds Marketing Manager.
Starting this Friday at 5 pm, the Fairgrounds will be lit up with more than one million twinkling lights. It’s the largest holiday festival in Western New York and it gets bigger and better every year.
“We begin planning our Fairgrounds Festival of Lights almost immediately after the Erie County Fair. So even when it’s 80 and 90 degrees out we’re digging into Christmas,” said Biniasz.
Once you’ve seen the holiday lights, there’s still plenty to check out inside.
“I am the world’s largest elf here at the Fairgrounds Festival of lights. I do a magic show 2 and 3 times a night here at the Festival of Lights and I use audience volunteers,” said Kandy Kane the world’s largest Elf, and Festival “Spokes-elf.”
Whether it’s carnival rides like this carousel or writing letters to Santa, the Festival of Lights is sure to keep the whole family entertained and in the Christmas spirit.
“Santa, everybody loves Santa. Not if you work for him, he is a task master,” said Kandy Kane the Elf.
“If you’ve never come to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights this just another thing that makes our region special,” said Biniasz.
“Come early, come often! I’m here right until the day before Christmas Eve,” said Kandy Kane the Elf.
In the “North Pole Experience” kids can come and get their picture taken with Santa for free.
For more information about the Festival of Lights go to http://www.the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Making his first career start, rookie Nathan Peterman threw five first half interceptions and was benched in the second half of the Bills 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
The Bills fall to 5-5 overall with their playoff chances dropping to 29% according to the NY Times Playoff Simulator.
Peterman completed the first two passes of the game before his third went off the hands of fullback Pat DiMarco and into the arms of Korey Toomer, who returned the interception for a touchdown.
In total, the Chargers scored 24 points off of Peterman’s interceptions and opened up a 37-7 lead at the half.
Tyrod Taylor, who was benched in favor of the rookie, came in and finished 15-for-25 with 158 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score and fumbled once, which was also returned for a touchdown by LA.
The Bills defense, which surrendered 81 points and more than 800 yards of offense in each of the last two games, gave up 431 yards to the Chargers.
The 135 points are the most Buffalo has allowed over a three game stretch.