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This morning we’re starting off with mainly clear skies but patchy dense fog. Throughout the morning, the fog will burn off. Behind the fog will be breaks of sunshine that will help to climb temperatures quickly to near 70 and beyond. If you’re planning on running in the Buffalo Marathon the weather will cooperate. Rain is expected to hold off until closer to dinner time. Widespread showers and even a few t-storms are likely to form by evening for most areas around Western New York, but especially south and east of Buffalo. In these areas the Storm Prediction Center either has a thunderstorm risk or a marginal risk for severe storms for today. Within these developing showers, expect a substantial amount of rain with totals close to 2″ south and more near the 1″ mark further north.
Monday morning early on strong rains will continue. Pretty quickly after the typical commute hours, rain will push east. Behind will be just intermittent and spotty rain. That being said there will once again be plenty of dry time to enjoy Memorial Day. Tuesday through Thursday will bring a bit of an unsettled stretch of weather to our area with chances for scattered showers around each day. After the gloomy weather finally subsides, at least some sunshine and dry time will take over for Friday and Saturday.
TODAY: Patchy Fog and Breaks of Sun through the Morning, Turning Cloudy by Afternoon, Rain Develops toward Early Evening, Becoming Heavy at Times, High: 78
TONIGHT: Rain Showers Turn Widespread, Thunderstorms are Possible Late,Low: 60
MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY): Mostly Cloudy, Early AM Showers, Turning Spotty by Afternoon, Breezy, High: 70, Low: 56
TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers, High: 67, Low: 52
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, a Few Showers Likely, High: 65, Low: 50
THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Rain Showers Develop During the Afternoon, High: 64, Low: 51
FRIDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. High: 65.
SATURDAY: Partly to Mostly Sunny. High: 70.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run accident Friday night on Bailey Avenue and Lang Street.
At approximately 6:40 p.m. Friday, a 60-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Bailey Avenue.
The suspect vehicle is described as a newer Model Ford Edge with tinted windows and a glass sunroof, with liberty yellow license plates. The vehicle should have heavy front end damage as well as damage to the windshield.
Anyone who witnessed the accident or who has information on the whereabouts of the vehicle or driver is asked to call 911.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo police are investigating an overnight shooting at Jefferson and East Delavan.
A man and woman, both in their early 20’s, were shot around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say it appears the shooting happened during a dispute involving a large group of people.
Both were taken to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – More than 39 million Americans hitting the road this holiday weekend, and with that comes a warning from Cyber Security Experts.
It’s officially the busiest time to travel. Whether you’re hitting the road by car or plane, cyber security experts want you to think about not only the security of your home, but the security on your phone.
Cyber Expert Arun Vishwanath said, “Realize that your privacy includes where you are and where you’re going, all of these things could potentially be stolen and compromised.”
The issue comes to connecting: when traveling many of us look to protecting our data by turning to WIFI.
Vishwanath said, “One of the things they don’t think about is, when they connect on the road they’re usually connecting on public networks and what they don’t realize is these public networks are not necessarily secure.”
But choosing that Public Wifi source could be inviting hackers to steal your information. Vishwanath said, “When you’re on the road, and you go into a cafe for instance, and you go on a public network, most of these networks are not secure and your phones are going to automatically connect.” So take note, there are only certain encrypted websites that are guaranteed to be safe.”
Vishwanath said, “So you only want to go to those pages that have encrypted transmissions, that’s the first thing you want to do.”
Experts want you to educate yourself about VPNs, or virtual private networks. These are apps you can download on your phone to protect your data.
“So if you’re accessing a page that’s not secure or your company networks when your on the road or your banking information, having a VPN is a necessary layer of protection.”
Most of the apps will cost you a small fee.
And of course you can always stick to using your cellular data for secure transactions.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The circumstances surrounding the dismissal of a DWI charge for the daughter of a well known Niagara County attorney has garnered the interest of the state.
The state said they’re not looking at the judge who last week threw out the DWI charge against Rachel Winter.
But the state’s investigation is expected to be based heavily on the video taken from the body camera of the arresting Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy.
In the video, a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy pulls over the then-21-year-old Winter.
She admited to the deputy that she drank “a few beers,” but said she waited long enough before getting behind the wheel.
The deputy asked her to perform several field sobriety tests, on which — according a later cell phone conversation between the deputy and his supervisor, Lt. Steve Broderick — she does poorly. Broderick says he knows Rachel’s father, Ron Winter “very well.”
Ron Winter is a long time member of the Nigara County District Attorney’s Office, and current law clerk for State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch, Sr.
Winter refused to take a breathalyzer — well within her rights — and she was taken into custody. At that point, there’s typically no turning back.
Rachel Winter is given the opportunity to call her father at the scene — since he’s an attorney — to ask for advice about whether she should submit to a chemical test that would determine whether she was intoxicated.
After informing her father of her arrest, Ron Winter asks to speak directly to the deputy. The body camera video picks up the sound because the cell phone is on speaker.
The father’s request starts the usual way.
“Do you … do you recognize my name at all?” Winter asks.
The deputy responds that he does not.
Then he’s more direct.
“Is there, is there any way to, uh, to, to … not have this happen?” He asks. “Is there anything we can do?”
Winter declined to comment, but later asked, “How is that news?” referring to his request to the deputy.
Rachel Winter was charged with DWI. But when she and the deputy got back to the sheriff’s office for booking, Lt. Steve Broderick intervened, and asked the deputy about whether he felt comfortable with downgrading the DWI charge to something less serious. The deputy complies.
Months later, when the body camera video is viewed by the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, something doesn’t add up. They believed there was something more to the arrest, and questioned the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office about why the charges fell short of DWI.
The sheriff’s office investigated and determined Broderick improperly intervened, and he was disciplined.
Eventually, Winter was charged again with DWI.
But just last week, Niagara Falls City Court Judge Robert Merino dismissed the DWI charge and issued an apology to Winter. Merino said he agreed with Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone.
Cardone was asked to be a special prosecutor in the case because he worked outside Niagara County. Cardone said Wednesday he didn’t believe what he saw on the body camera video proved Winter was drunk. As a result, he agreed with the request by the defense to dismiss the charge.
Winter instead pleaded guilty to failure to maintain her lane and driving without headlights.
That decision drew harsh criticism from Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.
“The people in this county expect us to do our job. They don’t expect people to get off because of their connections,” Voutour said. “You look at this, there’s a long history of this going on. We said no today.”
The response has been called political, but Voutour disagrees.
“It has zero to do with politics,” he said. “It has to do with someone who interfered with an arrest, an officer of the court who interfered in an arrest.”
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) says people have been posing as water meter workers in the Town of Amherst.
Those who actually work for the ECWA travel in white and blue vehicles that bear an ECWA decal on both sides.
The workers themselves wear a blue uniform that has an ECWA emblem on it. They also carry photo identification badges.
The ECWA wants all customers to make sure anyone who claims to work for them fits this description.
If customers are not shown proper identification, they are asked to either call 911 or the ECWA at (716) 849-8484.