Marian Hetherly


The son of the former Assistant Superintendent convicted of stealing funds from Buffalo Public Schools has pleaded guilty to the same charge.

North Tonawanda Police

North Tonawanda Police have issued a missing person report for 17-year-old Victoria "Tori" Wagner. Based upon Snapchat messages the family has been receiving, police believe Wagner is being held against her will at an unknown location.

Chautauqua County

Forestville has received a big shot in the arm from New York State to help the Chautauqua County village dissolve.

Buffalo Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old student that occurred Monday afternoon.

Buffalo Pride

The LGBTQ community holds a Candlelight Wish Celebration Tuesday at the Evergreen Commons in Buffalo in celebration of Buffalo Pride's 25th anniversary. Doors  open at 6:30 p.m., with the celebration starting at 7:30 p.m.

The free event is open to the public and takes a then-and-now look at how far the community has come since Buffalo's first public Pride event in 1991 and how much farther it still needs to go. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with organizer Carol Speser for a preview of the celebration, which has taken on a greater significance in the wake of the Orlando shootings.

Eastern Air Defense Sector

A Hamburg native is now in charge of the air defense of more than 180 million Americans along the nation's eastern seaboard.

After 25 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Col. Emil Filkorn has been sworn in as commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, New York.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with the colonel about his new challenge and new challenges in air defense.

New York State Department of Financial Services

The New York State Senate Wednesday confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nominee to regulate the state's more than 1,500 insurance companies and nearly 1,600 banking and other financial institutions. Maria Vullo has served as Acting Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services since February, when she was nominated by Cuomo to lead the agency he created in 2011 in response to the banking crisis.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

An Erie County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Grand Island for operating without tail lights and running a stop sign. What he discovered was that the driver's license had 46 active suspensions and his driving privileges had been revoked.

WNY Muslims sent their condolences for victims and their families of the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Orlando's gay nightclub called Pulse.

It was quite the scene on West Avenue in the Buffalo Thursday afternoon. Buffalo Narcotics Squad members conducted a raid, during which they say they found evidence of a crystal methamphetamine operation.  One man was arrested on various drug charges, after the area was secured, and other agencies were called in to assist.

WBFO file photo

A new online prepay option for commercial vehicles is now available at the Peace Bridge as part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's latest effort to support a more efficient flow of traffic across the Canadian border.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Souvlaki, spanakopita, pastitsio, moussaka - hundreds of people enjoyed a buffet of Greek food - and fun - at the 40th Buffalo Greek Festival this weekend.

Judy Glaser / Niagara Falls City School District

A big, green superhero was seen around Niagara Falls today. Well, he wasn't green today.

Lou Ferrigno - of "The Incredible Hulk" fame - made stops on this side of the border and to the north, as the Niagara Falls Comic Con prepared to open this afternoon.

Paramount Pictures

Cowabunga, dude! The new Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles movie - parts of which were filmed in Buffalo - is opening in wide release across the United States this weekend. That includes a one-week special run in IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters beginning Friday.

Hamister Group has secured the funding to move forward with its long-awaited 128-room Hyatt Place Hotel in Niagara Falls.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is reminding people that hot dogs are for the grill, not the car.

The New York State Attorney General is suing Peter Battaglia Jr., owner and operator of Battaglia Demolition Inc. and related companies, to force the South Buffalo demolition debris facility to end noxious conditions – described as “unbearable” and “sickening” by residents. The suit charges that Battaglia’s dust, noise, odors, vermin, truck traffic and other harmful impacts have created a public nuisance under state law and that the facility is illegally operating without required state environmental permits.

Erdman Anthony

The State Department of Transportation will perform a controlled implosion of  the South Cascade Drive - Miller Road Bridge (formerly US Route 219) over Cattaraugus Creek Thursday.  The implosion is necessary to expedite a $16.9 million-dollar design-build project to replace the bridge with a modern structure.

Three buses of activists left the NFTA University Station in Buffalo this morning. They are  on their way to the state capitol to call on Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to support the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act. They expect to be joined by hundreds of other supporters from the labor, grassroots and environment movements for a rally in the noon hour.

Drinking and driving laws apply not only to the roads, but to Western New York waters.

The Erie County Sheriff's Marine Unit reports its first boating while intoxicated arrest of the season.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has announced this will be her final year as SUNY chancellor. In a letter to SUNY, Zimpher praised the university system’s progress toward its strategic goals and outlined priorities for her final year.

WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

It took the intervention of a U.S. Labor Department arbitrator, but after nearly seven weeks, Verizon workers are headed back to work.

A tentative agreement has been announced for the nearly 40,000 network technicians and customer service representatives of the company's Fios internet, telephone and television services units, who walked off the job on April 13.

Elma native Jake Kaminski will be one of four U.S. archers headed to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Kaminski secured his second trip to the Olympics after the final stage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Archery concluded Monday in Newberry, FL.

Ali Kadhum

Organizers are using "the universal language of soccer" to bring together people from different countries, cultures and experiences Saturday in a celebration of World Refugee Day. The celebration is free and open to the public.

WBFO News file photo

New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo was visibly emotional about it, talking with reporters. By a vote of 30-29, the state Senate this week rejected an attempt to force a vote on legislation aimed at eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse charges. However, the Buffalo Democrat vowed "this is not the end of the conversation."

In the flurry of activity before the end of the legislative session, the New York State Assembly has passed two bills aimed at improving patient access to medical marijuana.

The doors of Bennett High School open at 5 p.m. for "Buffalo Health Matters - A Community Conversation", organized in response to the ongoing issue of opiates and prescription abuse.  What is different about this free event is that it is an opportunity for the community to get involved in the conversation about how substance abuse goes hand-in-hand with mental health issues.

Buffalo Zoo

His name is...Tobias. The Buffalo Zoo announced the  official name of its nearly three-month-old male African lion cub.

Town of Fort Erie

The roar of race car engines is still a couple years away. However, Fort Erie's mayor says some major announcements are expected very soon on the $300 million Canadian Motor Speedway project being developed.

The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University. The goal is to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply, through research and education.