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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Jewish Community Center in Amherst was forced to evacuate after a bomb threat Monday.
The threat was received via phone around 11:15 a.m., Amherst police say. Nothing was found when the center was searched, and it was later reopened.
Buffalo’s Jewish Community Center was evacuated too as a precaution. Dogs are checking that location as a precautionary measure.
Erie County’s Central Police Services are monitoring the bomb threat are also working with authorities in Buffalo and Amherst, as well the FBI.
In January, CNN says 48 Jewish centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats — nearly 60 of them. On Monday, 11 centers received threats.
The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are “investigating possible civil rights violations in connections with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country,” the FBI said in a statement, according to CNN.
Anyone with information on the Amherst threat is asked to call police at 689-1311.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — We’ll be watching today as Mayor Byron Brown announces his intentions to run for fourth term. Sources close to the mayor tell News 4 the announcement will come late this afternoon.
His announcement comes just days after the mayor delivered his state of the city address. Mayor Brown highlighted a number of initiatives ranging from economic development to job creation. He said there will be no hike in the residential and commercial property tax rate for a 12th straight year.
“We are still a city of dreamers, innovators and strivers, and we’re becoming a stronger and more inclusive Buffalo,” he added.
The mayor faces opposition in the Democratic Party primary from City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. News 4 spoke with Schroeder earlier this month. He plans to officially announce his candidacy March 5.
“I’m very, very confident. I know that this is going to be a difficult race. I know I’m going to have to do everything right,” said Schroeder, a Democrat from South Buffalo.
Tonight will be quiet with high clouds arriving late. This trend will continue through Tuesday morning. Eventually clouds and a weak frontal system will lead to rain showers developing by mid-late afternoon. Temperature readings will warm well into the 50s for another day.
Most of Wednesday should be dry with partly to mostly cloudy skies expected. There may be a rain shower Thursday afternoon but the greater chance will come overnight into Friday morning. We may see some sun in the afternoon and if that sunshine verifies, temperatures could hit 60 or a few degrees above. East of Buffalo, temperatures could touch near 70!
A sharp cold front swings through the region Saturday with more rain and perhaps a thunderstorm!! In addition to the rain, winds will be very strong Saturday morning. Advisories are likely to be issued as the event gets closer. Seasonable cold air sweeps back into the region behind that front Sunday into the beginning of next week. This colder air will lead to the development of scattered snow showers and possibly lake effect snow mixing in.
TONIGHT: Quiet, Partly/Mostly Clear Skies, Low: 28-32, Wind: E 5-10.
TUESDAY: Clouds Increase and Thicken, Rain Showers arrive by mid-late Afternoon, High: 50-58, Wind: SW 5-15 some higher gusts hilltops and Erie shore, Low: 43
WEDNESDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, High: 56, Low: 46
THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of an Afternoon Rain Shower, High: 54, Low: 36
FRIDAY: Morning Rain Showers taper off, some sun may break out in the afternoon and becoming breezy, High: 60, Low: 45
SATURDAY: Gusty Winds, Rain Develops with a chance of a Thunderstorm, High: 55, Low: 29
SUNDAY: Partly Sunny, Seasonably Cooler, Chance of a Snow Shower, High: 31, Low: 27
MONDAY: Light Snow Showers. High: 40
LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man was found stabbed in Lewiston and the suspect has been charged.
Early Monday morning, Evan Stafford, 27, was found lying in a driveway on Indian Hill Rd., according to Lewiston police.
Police approached him, and they say he had “numerous lacerations to his torso.”
Medical personnel began to tend to Stafford, and as they did, police say the suspect, Raymond Printup, 27, came out of the nearby woods.
Printup surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident, they say.
Stafford was hospitalized. Police say he was in critical condition at ECMC.
Stafford was accused of attacking a News 4 crew in Niagara Falls back in October.
Printup was arraigned on a charge of first-degree assault. His bail was set at $50,000.
NEW YORK (WIVB) — A former U.S. ambassador to Sweden appeared on CNN, where she cited a University at Buffalo study on crime and immigration.
Azita Raji, citing the study, said there is “absolutely no link” between immigration and crime in Sweden. Raji spoke with host Chris Cuomo.
Her appearance on CNN came after Pres. Donald Trump spoke of Sweden. The President claimed that after Sweden took in large numbers of immigrants, they began experiencing “problems like they never thought possible.”
“It’s partly true,” Raji said. “The crime rate has not skyrocketed…We need to use the facts that are available. There’s absolutely no data to support that,” Raji said of Trump’s statement.
See more of what Raji said below and read the study here.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fisherman spotted a body floating in the water near the Small Boat Harbor Sunday morning.
South District officers and homicide detectives responded to the scene along with the underwater recovery team.
Police say that it appears the body may have been in the water for some time.
Authorities are attempting to identify the man and medical examiners are expected to perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.