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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police have confirmed that a 22-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in an accident near Condon Avenue and Roesch Avenue.
According to sources, it appears that the male driver ran a stop sign and struck an SUV broadside, injuring a child in the backseat. The child has an injury to her arm and ankle and was transported to Children’s Hospital.
Buffalo Police tweeted that traffic in the area could be affected.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Violence that erupted Tuesday in Niagara Falls has sparked concern from some neighbors.
Three people were arrested in Niagara Falls Tuesday following two shootings and a stabbing. The shootings and stabbing were unrelated incidents and none of the injuries are life-threatening.
The victim in the stabbing incident is a 16-year-old girl. During that incident at Diamond Park Lane, police say around 100 people were involved in a massive brawl and refused to disperse. Police called for back-up from multiple agencies.
Regina Lewis, a mother of four, witnessed the entire incident. She had feared that her 17-year-old daughter had been involved. Her daughter hadn’t been involved, but Lewis said large scale displays of violence like this make her worried for her younger children.
“Everybody runs to see this instead of calling the police or doing anything reasonable,” Lewis said.
Witnesses to Tuesday night’s fight say it was mostly teenagers. Officers needed help from several agencies to break it up.
Police say a 16-year-old was stabbed by a razor blade. She’s expected to be okay. Two other teens were arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.
Chief Bryan DalPorto of the Niagara Falls Police Department said that police are still pouring through surveillance footage that is around the area as well as the officer’s body cameras.
Hours prior, police were busy investigating two shootings at this home on Whitney Avenue. Witnesses say it started when two women got into a fight.
I spoke to a neighbor who tells me the area experienced a spike in crime a couple years ago, but so far this year it’s been calm.
“There were a lot of shootings here, there,” Ann Hicker said. “It’s just this neighborhood got a bad rep from everyone.”
Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster said that rates of violent crime have been decreasing in Niagara Falls.
“We’re hoping this is an isolated incident,” Dyster said. “We continue to investigate and if there’s some root causes that need to be addressed we’ll try to do that.”
29-year-old Robert Cox was arrested and charged with assault and reckless endangerment for that shooting. Police say he shot a 29-year-old man who is expected to be okay.
There was a report of shots fired last night at 20th and LaSalle in Niagara Falls, but Chief DalPorto says that there were no reported injuries and police are still investigating.
Lakeshore Flood Warning will be in effect for Niagara and Orleans Counties from 6am Thursday until 2am Friday with onshore winds capable of enhancing shoreline erosion and increased wave heights.
After a mostly cloudy second half to the day we will see an increasing chance for showers overnight tonight. Winds will remain up out of the southeast overnight, which will lead to mild overnight low temps despite the rain. This window for soaking rain will continue especially into the first half of the day Thursday and while chances for showers will continue on into early Friday, the breaks in between showers may begin to get longer by late tomorrow and especially early Fri AM. Rainfall totals during this time are looking significant with much of WNY on track to find .75”-1.25” before the end of the week. The thunderstorm chance for Thursday will be spotty and mainly focused near the PA line. Much of Friday will see mostly cloudy conditions with a few intermittent, light showers. The start of the Memorial Day weekend is looking quiet with light winds and a minimal chance for any rain on Saturday. By Sunday our next system approaches and while it is still a bit early to time out the rain showers, the potential for rain and even a few t-storms is fairly high. Chances for more spotty coverage rain showers will linger into the first half of the coming week.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly Cloudy, Mild, some Rain Showers develop after midnight and become heavy near sunrise, Low: 52-58, Wind: SE 10-20
THURSDAY: Fairly Steady Morning Rain with Soaking Downpours and a rumble of thunder possible. A few afternoon showers, A gusty NE wind along the south shore of Lake Ontario. High: 57-64, Wind: E 10-18 Low: 53
FRIDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a few spotty Showers, drier in the afternoon, High: 63, Low: 54
SATURDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Mainly Dry with light winds. High: 73, Low: 59
SUNDAY: Clouds Thicken for the morning, Rain develops toward midday and for the afternoon with a few t-storms possible, Wind: S 10-15 High: 71, Low: 59
MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY): Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers, High: 70, Low: 56
TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, More Showers develop for the Afternoon, High: 67, Low: 54
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance for a few scattered showers. High: 66
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — President Trump’s push to better secure the border has News 4 asking questions about what’s being done in Western New York. Some might feel the lakes leave us vulnerable. Smugglers might assume no one is watching, but they would be wrong.
Every day armed agents based in Buffalo hit the water with one goal: protecting our porous border from those looking to harm to the United States. The Marine Interdiction Agents from the Office of Air and Marine allowed News 4 to board one of their vessels and go on a routine patrol.
“The water is where work. It’s our office. Knowing what’s unusual. Knowing what’s typical. Knowing what a normal mom and pop on a sailboat looks like,” Agent Jon Rose explained. That job becomes more arduous as the summer boating season begins.
“Everyone ready? Coming up,” Agent Robert Canazzi announced. Within seconds, we were soaring, bouncing our way across Lake Erie under Canazzi’s careful command.
He has spent the past nine years patrolling these waters. He didn’t even pause when we asked him if he enjoys it. “Very much so. [I] came over from the Coast Guard to do this. Coast Guard is more search and rescue oriented, and where we’re more law enforcement,” Canazzi said.
“I think people see us. They might confuse us with Border Patrol or the Army Corps of Engineers, and that’s fine. We’re not very flashy,” Agent Rose explained. “We’re basically just trying to be silent. If we can be quiet and blend in, hopefully bad guys won’t notice.”
But blending in isn’t always easy. The agents patrol in boats powered by four Mercury Stroke, 300 horsepower engines. The crew needs the power to be able navigate the sometimes stormy and wild waters of Lake Erie.
“We’ll go out and look for that needle in a haystack. Sometimes it’s very hard to find. Sometimes you get a cold hit on a vessel like that,” Agent Rose noted.
Securing WNY sometimes means crossing the border into Canadian waters. Partnerships with similar agencies across the border increase the chances of criminals being intercepted. “When you talk about smuggling, you talk about firearms going north, for example. Well, something’s gotta come south. That may come in the form of tobacco, cash or firearms,” Agent Rose said.
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The agents have the authority to board boats and ask all kinds of questions. It’s a constant search for anything that’s out-of-the-norm. Nationally, the agency has only 380 marine interdiction agents. They cover both coasts, the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Caribbean. The agents say, so far, their mission has not changed under the Trump Administration. “The only thing that may change may be hiring numbers. We may get additional agents; we may not,” Agent Rose said frankly.
In the meantime. the Office of Air and Marine continues hiring. The recruiting and training process can take a year or longer, so be prepared to give it some time.
“We’re scanning the border. We’re using our sensors, our forward-looking infrared’s. At night we’re using our radar to look 8, 10, 12 miles out for something that may be interesting to look at it,” Rose explained.
They vow to stay vigilant and keep watching the waterways of WNY, looking for anybody trying to take advantage of America.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Dozens of protesters made their voices heard outside of the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday, calling for the firing of Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard.
Protesters rallied outside and inside of the holding center several times, with at least nine people being arrested.
Five of the arrested had sat down in front of the holding center doors, holding a sign that said “Sheriff Howard is a murderer”.
The protests were organized by a group called Standing Up for Racial Justice Action. Organizers said they were protesting because of the 26 people who have died in Erie County facilities under Sheriff Howard’s leadership.
Organizers said that the Sheriff’s Office is deeply mismanaged and that they won’t stop until the sheriff is held accountable.
Howard is up for re-election this year.
Protesters said Wednesday that they can’t wait any longer, or until after the election- they want him taken out of office immediately.
Howard recently came under fire after attending a pro-President Trump “Spirit of America” rally in his sheriff’s uniform, which some people said was irresponsible.
The SURJ Action group said that they expect to hold more rallies throughout the year.
Dozens showed up to the rally Wednesday evening. Many brought signs, some of which included the names of the 26 holding center deaths.
A spokesman for the sheriff said “There’s nothing to say”, regarding the rallies.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Six African-American Buffalo Police Officers have filed claims against the Police Benevolent Association for workplace harassment and discrimination.
They say it all started when they were offered provisional promotions to become lieutenants or detectives.
A provisional promotion is one where an officer has been promoted to a higher rank; they just have to take a test to complete the requirements for it.
The officers’ promotions were made official during a ceremony with the city’s police commissioner and mayor on Tuesday, January 17th.
Afterwards, some members of the PBA, including Detective Jennifer Whitaker, received a text saying she and other officers had violated a By-Law.
“I did receive the text message saying that we were violators. It had all of our names (on it) and it said that we were violators of a resolution,” Whitaker said. “It made me feel like a traitor. A violator. It made me feel like an outcast.”
However, the officers say the issues didn’t end there.
“There’s been a lot of harassment going on. Harassment via the PBA, sending us threatening letters. Threatening to be kicked out or suspended from the union,” Detective William Johnson explained. “I would like for the harassment to stop.”
Each of the officers received a letter from the PBA. Lieutenant Deidre Carswell received one in February stating that by accepting the provisional position she had refused to comply with PBA Resolution 2017-1.
In the end, the officers were brought on the charges before a tribunal hearing with the union.
“They made us an offer. The offer for all six of us was to turn our badges back in and go back to our original positions as police officers,” Lt. Carswell said.
The officers refused to take the offer and were found guilty of violating the resolution. As a result, they have to pay a fine and say they won’t be able to use the union attorney.
“We thought as upstanding members of the union, the union should be representing us. We never imagined that we would have to fight against our union.”
PBA President Kevin Kennedy did not return our phone calls for comment, but the PBA’s website has information about the by-law and their stance on its website.
It states that the Buffalo Police Department intended on promoting 10 officers to free up more police officer ranks for the upcoming police academy. It states there wasn’t enough money in the budget for the positions. The website states, “the Department could have requested a budget amendment to provide for more police officer ranks in the budget.” It continued to state that the officers’ promotions are an unfair labor practice and in violation of the collective bargaining agreement and the By-Laws of the union.
In the new By-Law, approved in January, it states that the PBA asked the City of Buffalo to provide the provisional exams. It also states that “any member who accepts a provisional promotion seriously undermines the position of the PBA, the rights of its members, and the terms of conditions of employment.”
The six officers who filed the discrimination claim, question where all of this is coming from. Last year, three officers, two white and one black, were promoted under similar circumstances, without a union fight.
News 4 spoke with Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda. He said officers have moved up the ranks via a provisional promotion for years. Citing that this is a fair labor practice, he said this is nothing new.
Commissioner Derenda also said black and white officers were considered for the recent promotions.
Lastly, the commissioner said he is currently looking into whether any harassment has taken place. If so, he said he will deal with it swiftly.