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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police are searching for a suspect after a robbery and assault was reported near the University at Buffalo’s south campus.
A campus alert sent to those at UB says the incident occurred around 5:30 Thursday night on Lisbon Ave. Police say a student was robbed as well as being stabbed eight times with a knife while trying to fight off her attacker.
Police describe the suspect at a black man with a knife, around 5’4″ wearing camouflage jacket with lime-green stripes.
The student is in fair condition.
This is the fourth incident reported near UB South in the last few weeks. In mid-November, multiple students described a man around 5’6″ with a knife wearing a ski mask tried robbing them on campus in the Parker lot.
Due to these recent incidents, police have deployed a special unit to patrol campus and surrounding areas.
The suspects in all reported incidents remain at large. Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo “E” district police.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Buffalo police and University police have increased their presence at the South Campus since the recent robberies, the school says.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man found guilty of a double shooting in North Tonawanda that killed Mark Sternin, 27, was sentenced to 65 years to life in prison.
Buffalo native Dominick Cruz shot Sternin and Tyler Sadauskaus, 24, this past January. Saudauskas survived.
After this, Cruz was confronted at his workplace, but authorities were unable to arrest him there.
Eventually, Cruz was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after receiving a tip. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Cruz was sentenced on Friday morning.
The majority of rain/snow showers tonight will continue to move south of the city into the Southern Tier. Near the lake shores and the lower elevations rain is more likely with some minor sleet mixing in, but away from the lakes in the hills, minimal accumulation of 1-2″ is possible. Breezy conditions will continue this evening, bringing wind chills into the 20s and upper teens. Some scattered lake showers continue Saturday, mostly south of Buffalo with minimal additional accumulation in the hills. It should turn drier with a few breaks of sun on a cool Sunday.
For the start of the work week, a weak storm may bring a mix of wet snow and light rain Sunday night into Monday morning. Temperatures will climb just a bit on Tuesday ahead of our next cold front, which will bring a significant change in the weather pattern next weekend. There are some signs that the coldest air of the season could arrive by Thursday/Friday along with the chance for more accumulating snow and perhaps heavier lake snow.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly Cloudy, Quite Breezy, Some light showers brush the metro before settling south of the city, Minor snow accumulation 1-2″ in the Southern Tier Hills. Some icy spots possible in the Southern Tier tonight. Wind: WNW 15-25, Low: 30-36.
SATURDAY: A few scattered Snow Showers mainly across Ski Country, Plenty of Dry Time, Mostly Cloudy, Breezy, Wind: WNW 10-20, High; 36-41, Low: 30.
SUNDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a few showers by late evening, High: 40, Low: 32.
MONDAY: Cloudy, Few showers mixed with light snow in the hills, High: 43, Low: 32.
TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of late day Rain, High: 45, Low: 35.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a few Showers, High: 44, Low: 33.
THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Breezy, Turning Cooler with Showers Possible. High: 39, Low: 25.
FRIDAY: Cloudy, Lake Effect Snow Possible. High: 32.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo police Underwater Recovery Team has pulled the body of a male from Union Ship Canal.
It is not clear who the person is, or how old they were, but police announced the discovery shortly before Noon Friday.
News 4 will update this story with more information as soon as it becomes available.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two high level drug dealers are off the streets after law enforcement officials recover guns and drugs from a Buffalo home.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with Buffalo police arrested two people Thursday night during drug raids throughout the city. Deputies raided at least 10 homes in the Riverside area.
31 year-old Larry Willis and 33 year-old Isiah Pierce are facing weapon and gun charges. Here are the specifics:
Pierce is charged with:
Willis is charged with:
Deputies recovered three handguns, two rifles, about 14 ounces of crack cocaine, heroin, suspected fentanyl, packaging materials and scales from 70 Henrietta Street.
ECSO deputies told News 4, one of the rifles and one of the handguns were stolen. Officials also say one of the guns contained rounds of ammunition that could penetrate bulletproof vests.
Investigators were working on this investigation for the past six months. They say it’s a big success to the department to get the drugs and weapons off the streets.
Deputies say both men are a danger to the community with prior felony convictions.
Authorities say additional arrests are possible. The investigation is on-going.
More than 40 officers took part in Thursday night’s raids.
COLDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police were on the scene of a fatal accident in Colden Thursday morning.
Around 6:30 a.m., authorities say a driver lost control of a vehicle at the crest of a hill on Phillips Rd. The vehicle went off the road, overturned onto its roof and burst into flames.
The vehicle’s passenger, Hunter Delia, 18, was pulled out by two Good Samaritans while the car was still on fire, and his life was saved. He is expected to be okay.
The people who helped the passenger tried to rescue the driver too, but could not save him. The driver was identified as 18-year-old Arcade resident Tristan Pleace.
It is not clear who the passenger’s rescuers are, but they drove away after saving him.
According to State Police, speed may have been a factor in the crash.
The road was briefly closed during the morning, but reopened shortly after 10:30 a.m.