Marian Hetherly

Producer/Reporter/Host
WBFO's Chris Caya

In the summer, it's a splash pad. In winter, the pad transforms into an ice skating rink. This week, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is collecting new and gently-used skates at its Parkside Lodge office for skaters to use free of charge at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

UFC

Buffalo will be the site for Ultimate Fighting Championship 210 on April 8, as the Octagon sets down at KeyBank Center for the promotion's first visit here since 1995.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The latest round of air quality tests have found no lingering effects from a massive November fire last year at the old Bethlehem Steel complex.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

A house fire lit up the West Side sky early Monday morning, calling Buffalo firefighters into action in frigid weather.

Carl Paladino says there are no lingering problems with the president-elect's transition team over his widely condemned comments insulting President Barack Obama and his wife. The co-chair of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in New York is refuting reports that he is on the outs with the transition team and unwelcome at a fundraiser Thursday in Buffalo.

Western New York is waking up to a blast of winter weather that is expected to last through the weekend before any kind of warm-up. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with National Weather Service Winter Weather Program Meteorologist Bob Hamilton for the latest on the advisories and warnings in effect and more.

In recognition of National Radon Month, the state is reminding New Yorkers to test their homes for that invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that can ultimately be fatal.

FatWallet.com

You still may be blurry-eyed from the holidays, but expert shoppers know January is the time for deals found no other time of the year.

Niagara Falls Fire Department

Investigators found a dead body among the rubble of a house fire in Niagara Falls overnight.

WBFO's Mike Desmond / File Photo

It has been a violent start to 2017 in Western New York. Police are investigating three gun deaths in Buffalo over the weekend, plus two other shootings - one in Buffalo and another in Lockport.

He will be remembered for his long history of public service in Erie County. Former Deputy County Executive and South Buffalo Common Councilmember James Keane has died at the age of 70.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

The union representing Metro Bus drivers and mechanics says it wants the public and the Governor to know members are "very frustrated" about the lack of a contract after eight years of negotiations, and have "no confidence" in the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Executive Director to reach an agreement on their behalf.

Niagara Falls Police Department

A Niagara Falls patrol officer has resigned, as she faced being fired for her suspected involvement in a Cataract City drug ring.

Two local men with previous child pornography convictions have pleaded guilty to more charges.

Two drag racers have been sentenced for the fatal crash that took the life of one of their passengers and injured another.

Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics is investigating another hacking into its network of protected health information, this time affecting some 34,000 patients who have bloodwork conducted through the company.

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Canisius College says it has identified all of the individuals involved with a black baby doll found in a dorm elevator last month and related racist social media posts. Two of the students have left the college and the others have been disciplined.

An Akron man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say he was part of an online community dedicated to the discussion and exchange of child porn.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 22-years-to-life in prison for the beating and sexual assault on a local woman walking home in Willert Park.

The Cheektowaga man convicted of strangling his girlfriend, then setting her body on fire inside their home, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison, plus five years post-release supervision.

The Buffalo man convicted of killing one person and wounded four others in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in May 2012 has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Grant Gibson

A small, private service was held to remember the giant of a man whose pioneering IBM 360 and networking innovations became the basis for modern computers. The University at Buffalo is among those remembering alumnus Erich Bloch, who died November 25 at the age of 91.

A Buffalo woman has been found guilty in an October 2015 double murder-arson.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

The Niagara County Sheriff says 44-year-old Christopher Wright surrendered to authorities Thursday morning without incident and has been charged with sexual abuse of a child.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

Starpoint Central Schools in Pendleton are expected to resume normal operations Thursday - however, extra security will be in place - after a lockout went into effect Wednesday afternoon.

ALICE Project

It is generally agreed that the federal poverty level is outdated, so a number of other standard-of-living measurements have come into use to help provide a more well-rounded picture of financial hardship across America. The United Way's ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project says the latest picture of New York State is "startling."

courtesy Erie County Medicaid Inspector General

Nearly a third of Erie County residents are on Medicaid and the number is rising at an average 4 percent annually, according to the latest numbers from the County's Medicaid Inspector General. The report also shows numbers that contradict what the Inspector General says are some of the misconceptions about Medicaid and who is using it.


National Retail Federation

All the advertisements may become a blur over the holidays, but Monday still sticks out as the largest day for online deal grabbing, according to the National Retail Federation.

Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

School of Management / University at Buffalo

Bloomberg Businessweek is out with its annual ranking of Best Business Schools 2016 in the United States. The only local school to make the list of 87 is the University at Buffalo - up from 60 in 2015 to 47 this year.

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