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Expansive high pressure will continue to control our weather through Monday. This will keep our skies mainly clear this evening, with just a few clouds overnight. It will be another chilly night, with temperatures falling into the low 20s, and even some teens by Sunday morning. After a chilly start, another round of sunshine will bring a comfortable afternoon in the mid and upper 30s
By Monday, long awaited temperature moderation begins under bright sunshine. Readings will be closer to normal for this time of year Monday, if not a couple degrees above during a lot of the upcoming week. The next chance of precipitation will be in the form of rain showers from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, with a few showers lingering into Thursday. Another round of possible showers Friday will lead to cooling temperatures towards next weekend, with even a few flakes possibly mixed in. Easter weekend will likely feature temperatures back below average for this time of year, with low 40s and some 30s, and even a few snow showers possible.
There will most likely be some additional shots of cold air during the first couple weeks of April, and perhaps some bouts of wintry weather, but expect more 40s than 30s.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly Clear to Partly Cloudy, Calm and Chilly, Wind: NNE 6-12, Low: 13-23.
SUNDAY: Chilly Start, otherwise Partly to Mostly Sunny, Pleasant Afternoon, High: 34-39, Low: 26.
MONDAY: Bright Sun, More Comfortable, High: 47, Low: 32.
TUESDAY: Morning Sun, then Increasing PM Clouds, Mild, High: 50, Rain showers arrive late, Low: 41.
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy, few spotty Rain Showers, High: 49, Low: 38.
THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a few Showers, High: 50, Low: 36.
FRIDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Chance of a mixed shower, High: 45, Low: 30.
SATURDAY: Partly Sunny, Windy, High: 37.
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB)— A hit and run survivor is still on the long road to recovery, but Friday night family, friends, and co-workers came together to support Dana Papaj through a fundraiser
Papaj was hit by a driver while walking her dog last summer on Grand Island.
The fundraiser was a celebration of how far she’s come already after being in a coma for nearly six weeks, months ago when she was still in the hospital.
She was present for the fundraiser nine months after suffering the traumatic brain injury back in June. The family says some of her memory is slowly coming back and the Dana that was there last night, is the one they remember.
Dozens of people say they wanted to give back to a woman who gave so much to the community.
All of the money raised will go directly to the family. While working to regain memory her family says she’s making new memories as well when they recently visited Disney World.
See the full story in the video above.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wayne Bortle stood before the Buffalo Diocese on a bright Friday morning to become the latest accuser of sexual abuse at the hands of local clergy.
For the past few weeks, it’s been people like Bortle that have forced the diocese to own up to decades of abuse and secrecy.
Bortle said he was 15 when he was abused by Father Robert Conlin, while Conlin was the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Pavillion — in Genesee County.
Conlin was appointed pastor at St. Mary’s in 1977. He died in 1997.
Bortles told News 4 he came from a single-mother home, and that Father Conlin groomed him, like he was his son. He said Conlin set up games, a pool table, basketball court and other activities to attract kids to the church rectory.
He said Conlin called him one evening with an invite to watch television. Bortle obliged, but quickly realized the interaction would be different. He said Conlin invited him upstairs, away from the games and the basketball hoop; there were no other children around.
“I told my mother, and I’m crying in my bed, she asked me what was wrong, what happened,” he said. “And I said, Fr. Conlin was touching me. And she said what do you mean? And I said, ‘Mom, he was touching me everywhere, and he wouldn’t stop.'”
Bortles said he’s not looking for compensation, and hasn’t signed up for church’s victim’s fund.
He said he wants the diocese to release more information to the public — because he said the list released earlier this week, which doesn’t contain Father Conlin’s name — is incomplete.
“I think the process has taken way too long,” Bortle said. “I’m sure that there’s files that have relevance that should be put out there. The gift bag that you get from this abuse is, you get depression, you get anxiety, you get all the other things that go along with that. You pass it along to your kids.”
Father Conlin’s name is not among the 42 names that were released by the diocese this week.
The diocese does not comment on individual cases or allegations. The list identifies priests who were removed from ministry, retired or left after allegations of sex abuse.
It also includes deceased priests who have more than one allegation made against them.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Cheektowaga man was sentenced to 107 years in prison Friday morning.
Mark Dublino, 54, was found guilty of two counts of Attempted Murder, four counts of Burglary, two counts of Assault and one count of Aggravated Criminal Contempt.
In June of 2016, Dublino entered his ex-girlfriend’s Williamsville home, violating an order of protection, and attacked her and her friend.
Each victim was struck in the head with a sledgehammer multiple times. After this, officials say Dublino drove to his ex’s parents’ home in Amherst and attacked her elderly father with a shovel.
All of the victims are recovering.
“I’m thankful that this is all over with and justice has been served and we can move on with our lives, put this all behind us,” said one of the victims, Gina Terrana.
Before his sentencing, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office says Dublino attacked the attorney who was representing him. Officials say the incident happened during a meeting.
The attorney, Joe Terranova, suffered two black eyes. He no longer represents Dublino; defense attorney Daniel Grasso took over the case, and was present with Dublino in court Friday.
Before learning his fate, Dublino went on a tirade before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges and his victims.
He claimed he’d been tortured in jail and that he was not given fair representation.
Following his sentencing, Dublino was heard singing “Que Sera Sera” and he said he would appeal his sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto.
Trump complained that the legislation does not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and does not address some 800,000 “Dreamer” immigrants who are now protected from deportation under a program that he has moved to eliminate. He said he signed it in order to provide needed money for the military.
Earlier Friday, Trump cast doubt on whether he would back the massive spending bill, saying he was “considering” a veto. Then, adding to the made-for-TV drama, he scheduled a news conference. Telegraphing the outcome, an internal White House television feed advertised the event this way: “President Trump Participates in a Bill Signing.”
With Congress already on recess, Trump had said on Twitter that he was weighing a veto. He said that young immigrants now protected in the U.S. under Barack Obama’s Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals “have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.”
Several advisers inside and outside the White House had characterized the tweet as Trump blowing off steam.
Trump’s tweet had been at odds with what top members of Trump’s administration and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, and with a formal statement of administration policy, which said Trump was supportive of the measure.
It came hours after the Senate early Friday morning passed the $1.3 trillion spending package aimed at keeping the government open past midnight. With Congress already out of town, the government will head toward a shutdown if Trump does not sign the bill Friday.
Trump has been increasingly frustrated with the media coverage of the bill, as conservative lawmakers and other critics have railed against it on cable news and in private calls. His tweet was cheered by the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which voted against the spending bill along with two dozen Republicans in the Senate.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the freedom caucus and a friend of the president, said in a tweet that the group would “fully support” a veto, adding that Congress should pass a short-term budget resolution while Trump and congressional leaders “negotiate a better deal for the forgotten men and women of America.”
Sen. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also egged Trump on. “Please do, Mr. President,” he tweeted. “I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible.”
“Make my day, Mr. President,” taunted Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.
The Senate passage of the bill averted a third federal shutdown this year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid. But the budget caps-busting deal drew serious conservative opposition. It also failed to resolve the stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation after Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year.
While Trump has repeatedly criticized Democrats over DACA, he canceled the program last fall, ending the issuance of new DACA permits. A judge has forced the administration to continue issuing renewals.
The spending package includes $1.6 billion for Trump’s long-promised border wall with Mexico. But less than half of the nearly 95 miles (153 kilometers) of border construction that have been approved can be spent on new barriers. The rest can only be used to repair existing segments.
The money was far less than the $25 billion over 10 years Trump had asked for as part of a last-ditch deal that would have included providing a temporary extension of the DACA program. White House budget officials have nonetheless tried to spin the funding as a win.
“We ended up asking for 74 miles worth of wall, we get 110. Not exactly what we wanted where we wanted,” said budget director Mick Mulvaney Thursday. “But generally speaking, we think this is a really, really good immigration package,” he said.
Trump, meanwhile, has tried to pin the failure to reach a DACA deal on Democrats, arguing, “They don’t want DACA” and are merely trying to use the issue as “a political football.”
One Democratic aide said Friday they believed Trump was just trying to get a reaction from Democrats, while another predicted that Trump will ultimately sign the bill. The aides asked not to be named in order to speak frankly.
The House easily approved the spending package Thursday, 256-167, a bipartisan tally that underscored the popularity of the compromise, which funds the government through September. It beefs up military and domestic programs, delivering federal funds to every corner of the country.
But action stalled in the Senate, as conservatives ran the clock in protest. Once the opponents relented, the Senate began voting, clearing the package by a 65-32 vote.
“Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses – and parties,” tweeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who spent the afternoon tweeting details found in the 2,200-page bill that was released the night before. “No one has read it. Congress is broken.”
The omnibus spending bill was supposed to be an antidote to the stopgap measures Congress has been forced to pass — five in this fiscal year alone — to keep government temporarily running amid partisan fiscal disputes.
White House legislative director Marc Short framed it as a compromise. “I can’t sit here and tell you and your viewers that we love everything in the bill,” he said on Fox. “But we think that we got many of our priorities funded.”
But the overall result has been unimaginable to many Republicans after campaigning on spending restraints and balanced budgets. Along with the recent GOP tax cuts law, the bill that stood a foot tall at some lawmakers’ desks ushers in the return of $1 trillion deficits.
Trying to smooth over differences, Republican leaders focused on military increases that were once core to the party’s brand as guardians of national security.
But even that remained a hard sell — a sign of the entrenched GOP divisions that have made the leadership’s job controlling the majority difficult. They will likely repeat in the next budget battle in the fall.
The people of Western New York are gathering downtown to rally for gun control in the U.S.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A March for Our Lives rally will be held in Buffalo this Saturday, in solidarity with the ant-gun violence demonstrations occurring in Washington, D.C. and across the nation this weekend.
Mayor Byron Brown, the WNY Peace Center, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence are sponsoring the event, which will start at 1 p.m. Saturday in Niagara Square in front of Buffalo City Hall.
The event will start with a rally and conclude in a march.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – As an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament not many thought Buffalo, which earned an at-large bid, would have made it past the first weekend.
Passion & Defense are the hallmark of this year’s history making team and now they’re showing the entire country what Bulls basketball is all about. So, in honor of their 11-seed, here are 11 “fun facts” about the Bulls and Gamecocks heading into their Sweet 16 matchup on Saturday.
11 – The Bulls are one of the best ball-sharing teams in the entire country, ranking 11th nationally averaging 18.2 assists per game.
10 – Over the last 10 weeks, the Bulls have gone 18-2.
9 – South Carolina is making a 9th appearance in the Sweet 16. Their first trip was in 1982. The Gamecocks next appearance wouldn’t come until 1990.
8 – South Carolina has won eight consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament, dating back to their title run in 2017.
7 – The current ranking of the Gamecocks in the AP Top 25 Poll.
6 – South Carolina’s star A’Ja Wilson is averaging 22.6 points per game, which ranks 6th nationally.
5 – The number of consecutive wins the Gamecocks have heading into Saturday’s game against UB.
4 – The Bulls rank 4th in steals in the NCAA with 407. They also rank 4th in 3-point defense, limiting teams to a lowly 26.6 percent from beyond the arc.
3 – The number of 1,000 point scorers on the Bulls roster. Seniors Stephanie Reid and Cassie Oursler along with junior Cierra Dillard all eclipsed the 1K mark in their careers this season.
2- It’s been 11 years since a MAC team advanced to the Sweet, and now the conference has two in the same season: Buffalo and Central Michigan. The Bulls advanced with an 86-65 win over #3 Florida State while CMU thumped #3 Ohio State 95-78 in the second round. Bowling Green’s Sweet 16 run took place in 2007.
1 – #1, Stephanie Reid, G, Senior: The leader of this year’s team and UB’s court quarterback, Reid ranks 8th nationally in assists per game. She became UB’s all-time assists leader earlier this season and has dished out 676 dimes in her career.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Almost a year and half after the death of 54-year-old Holly Seiler, family members are still searching for answers.
On October 20, 2016, firefighters found Seiler’s body in her burning Lockport home on E. High Street. Investigators called her death suspicious.
A death certificate obtained by News 4 lists Seiler’s cause of death as manual strangulation.
No one has been arrested for her murder.
“My sister was brutally murdered in her home. There’s no words, it’s just very sad. Now I’m just upset mostly because of the lack of follow up,” said Mary Seiler, Holly Seiler’s sister.
Seiler’s family says her two children were home at the time of the fire, her 34-year-old son Caleb Bell Jr., and 24-year-old daughter Crystal Bell.
“The people who were in the home that night must know something and I think more than one person knows,” said Mary Seiler.
About three weeks after the fire, officials say Seiler’s son, Caleb Bell Jr., poured gasoline throughout the house and lit it on fire. He was charged with arson and sentenced up to 10 years in prison.
Mary Seiler isn’t sure who murdered her sister, but she says Niagara County officials aren’t doing enough to find out.
“It leads me to believe we’re at a standstill, although they have said that in so many words and that the investigation stalled and they’re not doing anything else,” said Mary Seiler.
Niagara County District Attorney, Caroline Wojtaszek, told News 4 she can’t comment on pending investigations, but says her office is dedicated to solving this case.
Wojtaszek says there are persons of interest for Seiler’s murder.