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5:39 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Buffalo police add new recruits to department

The Buffalo Police Department adds 19 recruits.
Credit City of Buffalo

The Buffalo Police Department has added 19 new recruits to its ranks. The recruits were sworn in by Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda in an afternoon ceremony Friday. They will take part in a six month training program at the Police Academy.

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11:55 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New charges possible following Sager's death

Credit photo courtesy of Edmund Barker

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says he'll reconvene a grand jury to consider more charges against  bar manager, Jeffrey Basil, following the death of Air National Guardsman William Sager.

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Local
11:49 am
Fri August 1, 2014

U.S. Attorney issues warning letter to Governor Cuomo

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo explained his administration's dealings with the Moreland Commission. The appearance may have only fueled the controversy.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney investigating possible interference by Governor Cuomo’s aides in an ethics probe has sent a warning letter to the governor.

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Local
11:47 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Lighthouse renovations near completion

Credit WBFO File Photo

The future continues to look bright for the Buffalo Lighthouse, the historic landmark that has adorned the waterfront for 180 years.  The public will get a rare chance to tour the structure on Saturday.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Niagara County SPCA appoints ‘Peace Officer’ to combat animal cruelty

Niagara County SPCA Shelter Manager Lauren Zaninovich was appointed to work at the Niagara County SPCA's new Peace Officer.
Credit Niagara County SPCA

The Niagara County SPCA has appointed a Peace Officer to help combat animal cruelty. The agent will fill a position that has been vacant due to budget constraints for two years.

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5:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Molly's Pub victim dies

Molly's Pub on Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Photo by Edmund Barker

The victim brutally beaten at Molly's Pub on Main Street in Buffalo in May has died.  Buffalo Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge telling WBFO News he can not confirm the death. However, the Buffalo News reports the Police Commissioner and Erie County District Attorney confirm William Sager, Jr. has died.

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Local
3:37 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

OSHA fines Tonawanda Coke

Outside Tonawanda Coke.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tonawanda Coke after an explosion at the company's River Road plant, in the Town of Tonawanda, Jan. 31, 2014.

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Local
1:06 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Healing garden aims to educate public on health benefits of plants

Botanical Gardens President and CEO Dave Swarts standing in front of the construction site of the new Healing Garden.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens began the construction of a new Healing Garden Thursday. The healing and peace garden is expected to be a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.

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Local
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Governor relents on start of marijuana program

Assemblymember Michael Kearns says by working together state officials can achieve "positive results."
Credit WBFO File Photo

Following the recent deaths of two young local girls who suffered from epilepsy, the push is on Albany to speed up the implementation of medical marijuana.

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Local
10:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Legacy in place, Militello looks forward

Words like prodigious, prolific, astounding, and extraordinary are appropriate when describing the career of Bobby Militello.

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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New stats place focus on city crime spots

A large crowd gathered to hear the results of study of crime data from UB's Regional Institute.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood is fighting back against crime.

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Local
7:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

D'Youville gets ready for new athletic complex

D'Youville College is spending $5 million on its new fields and facilities.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Construction workers are racing to get D'Youville College's new athletics field and locker room ready for the start of the fall sports seasons.

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Local
9:25 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ibsen's 'The Master Builder' being staged at Silo City

Credit WBFO File Photo

Artists from near and far continue to be drawn to the possibilities of Silo City, the collection of grain elevators along Buffalo's waterfront. That trend continues this weekend with a staged reading of The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New schools superintendent answers parent questions

Interim school superintendent Donald Ogilvie answered questions with a panel of school board members.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's interim schools superintendent Donald Ogilvie had a chance to meet the public and listen to questions about the system and his plans Tuesday night.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New HAWK signal part of walkable Williamsville effort

Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa shows off what the village's new HAWK signal will look like.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A critical piece of a proposed project to calm traffic on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville has been approved. The Village will soon have the first HAWK signal ever used in New York State. 

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Local
9:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo developing new plan for bikes

The last time City Hall put together a master plan for cycling in Buffalo was in 1998. A kickoff meeting to develop a new plan is set for tonight at 6 at 640 Ellicott Street.

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Local
8:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Astorino blasts Cuomo over ethics investigation

Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

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Local
1:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo says he didn't interfere with corruption panel

Gov. Cuomo made his first public comments Monday on allegations regarding his office's relationship with the Moreland Commission.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this year.

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Local
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Canalside hosts "The Story of Buffalo"

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports

Two centuries ago, Buffalo began to develop around the Commercial Slip and the mouth of the Buffalo River. That origin is being explored in a play being staged in the same area at Canalside.

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Local
7:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New disability signs replace outdated image, language

Nearly 24 years after the singing of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, a new law updating accessibility signage has been enacted in New York state. Advocates say its just the first step towards improving the lives of people with disabilities.

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Local
7:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crews continue cleanup of Commercial Slip debris

Debris often accumulates at the Commercial Slip at Canalside.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Visitors to the Commercial Slip at Canalside can look into the slip and see floating logs and branches and boards and timbers floating. It's part of a constant battle between maintenance crews and Mother Nature.

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Local
7:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crowds flock to annual Garden Walk

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The colors exploded far beyond just plain green over the weekend, as crowds filled the West Side for the 20th annual Garden Walk Buffalo.

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Jobs and services reduced in reorganization
10:15 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Newfane residents protest hospital cuts

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A meeting regarding the future of Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane turned into a mass protest on Saturday.

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Inmate damages cell; deputy treated at ECMC
11:15 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Sheriff's deputy injured by inmate at Holding Center

Erie County Holding Center
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A deputy at the Erie County Holding Center has been injured while attempting to subdue an inmate.

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Middle school principal to be questioned
10:51 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Saga grows

Richard Jetter, Hamburg Schools Superintendent
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The turmoil surrounding Hamburg School Superintendent Richard Jetter is growing in its reach.

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Organization facing criticism over lack of refunds
10:42 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Dirty Girl Mud Run warning being issued

Dirty Girl Mud Run
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Warnings are being issued to anyone who is planning to participate in this year's Dirty Girl Mud Run.

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Kayak overturned near Buffalo River
10:32 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Coast Guard rescues boater

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Coast Guard was called for a rescue on Friday afternoon.

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Local
9:26 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Moreland controversy raises questions over AG's role

Attorney General Eric Schniederman and Governor Andrew Cuomo were on hand last year to discuss the formation of the Moreland Commission.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

The fallout continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations and whether any actual crimes were committed.

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Local
8:32 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New agriculture complex coming to Erie County Fair

Credit Erie County Fair

With less than two weeks before the start of the Erie County Fair, construction workers yesterday were swarming across the new Agriculture Discovery Center.

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Local
6:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State offers disaster training class

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The state is ramping up its effort to provide local residents with the tools they need to help their family and neighbors during emergencies. A special training class is being held in Buffalo Saturday.

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