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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police are looking for help finding two missing girls.
Troopers say Emily Lopez, 13, and Andrea Hessel, 14, ran away from Wyndham Lawn Home for Children in Lockport. Authorities say they have been missing since Saturday.
Lopez is black, has brown eyes, black hair, is 130 lbs. and stands at 4’10”. She was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes.
Hessel is white, has blue eyes, brown hair, is 120 lbs. and stands at 5’2″. She was wearing a pink hoodie, black leggings and brown boots when last seen.
Anyone who has had contact with them, or knows where they have been can call State Police at (585) 344-6200.
Weaker lake effect snow north and south of the metro will move northward into midday and early afternoon while weakening further. This means that lake effect snow showers across ski country may make a quick pass on metro Buffalo toward midday before weakening, and snow showers across the Lake Ontario counties will shift northward into Lake Ontario. Some breaks of sun are possible later today and it will be very breezy with gusts to 40 mph. It will be clear and quite breezy overnight. A gusty breeze continues Tuesday with plenty of sunshine, however clouds start to increase later in the day. We get another quick shot of wintry cold Wednesday along with some morning snow showers. The weather looks great for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Another storm starts to impact the region over the weekend with rain Saturday and some snow showers Sunday. Temperatures actually moderate nicely Friday-Saturday before another sharp drop Sunday.
MONDAY: Morning Lake Effect Snow Showers South weaken and shift north by early afternoon before dissipating, Some breaks of Sun, Very Breezy, High: 37-42, Wind: W/SW 15-25 G40
MONDAY NIGHT: Clearing, Windy, steady temperatures in the 30s, Wind: SW 10-20 G40
TUESDAY: Sunny, Windy, High: 48 hills, 54 metro, Wind: SW 15-30 higher gusts, Overnight Rain Showers, Low: 33
WEDNESDAY: Turning Colder, Brisk Breeze, Mostly Cloudy, Morning Snow Showers taper off for the afternoon, High: 36, Low: 27
THANKSGIVING THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 39, Low: 30
FRIDAY: Partly Sunny, Milder again, High: 52, Low: 38
SATURDAY: Morning Rain tapers to Scattered Rain Showers, High: 50, Low: 34
SUNDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Chance of a Flurry or Light Snow Shower, High: 34, Low: 28
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.
Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died at 8:13 p.m. of natural causes at a Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement.
Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: “Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.”
“Today, Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death,” Hanisee said.
California Corrections spokeswoman Vicky Waters said it’s “to be determined” what happens to Manson’s body. Prison officials previously said Manson had no known next of kin and state law says that if no relative or legal representative surfaces within 10 days, then it’s up to the department to determine whether the body is cremated or buried.
It’s not known if Manson requested funeral services of any sort. It’s also unclear what happens to his property, which is said to include artwork and at least two guitars. State law says the department must maintain his property for up to a year in anticipation there might be legal battles over who can make a legitimate claim to it.
A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, the charismatic, guru-like Manson surrounded himself in the 1960s with runaways and other lost souls and then sent his disciples to butcher some of L.A.’s rich and famous in what prosecutors said was a bid to trigger a race war — an idea he got from a twisted reading of the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.”
The slayings horrified the world and, together with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California’s Altamont Speedway, exposed the dangerous, drugged-out underside of the counterculture movement and seemed to mark the death of the era of peace and love.
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Manson maintained during his tumultuous trial in 1970 that he was innocent and that society itself was guilty.
“These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up,” he said in a courtroom soliloquy.
Linda Deutsch, the longtime courts reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Manson case, said he “left a legacy of evil and hate and murder.”
“He was able to take young people who were impressionable and convince them he had the answer to everything and he turned them into killers,” she said. “It was beyond anything we had ever seen before in this country.”
The Manson Family, as his followers were called, slaughtered five of its victims on Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate’s home: the actress, who was 8½ months pregnant, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s caretaker. Tate’s husband, “Rosemary’s Baby” director Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time.
The next night, a wealthy grocer and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death in their home across town.
The killers scrawled such phrases as “Pigs” and “Healter Skelter” (sic) in blood at the crime scenes.
Three months later, a Manson follower was jailed on an unrelated charge and told a cellmate about the bloodbath, leading to the cult leader’s arrest.
In the annals of American crime, Manson became the embodiment of evil, a short, shaggy-haired, bearded figure with a demonic stare and an “X” — later turned into a swastika — carved into his forehead.
“Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969,” author Joan Didion wrote in her 1979 book “The White Album.”
After a trial that lasted nearly a year, Manson and three followers — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Another defendant, Charles “Tex” Watson, was convicted later. All were spared execution and given life sentences after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972.
Atkins died behind bars in 2009. Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Watson remain in prison.
Another Manson devotee, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, but her gun jammed. She served 34 years in prison.
Manson was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 1934, to a teenager, possibly a prostitute, and was in reform school by the time he was 8. After serving a 10-year sentence for check forgery in the 1960s, Manson was said to have pleaded with authorities not to release him because he considered prison home.
“My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system,” he would later say in a monologue on the witness stand. “I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you.”
He was set free in San Francisco during the heyday of the hippie movement in the city’s Haight-Ashbury section, and though he was in his mid-30s by then, he began collecting followers — mostly women — who likened him to Jesus Christ. Most were teenagers; many came from good homes but were at odds with their parents.
The “family” eventually established a commune-like base at the Spahn Ranch, a ramshackle former movie location outside Los Angeles, where Manson manipulated his followers with drugs, supervised orgies and subjected them to bizarre lectures.
He had musical ambitions and befriended rock stars, including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented.
By the summer 1969, Manson had failed to sell his songs, and the rejection was later seen as a trigger for the violence. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called “Cease to Exist,” revised it into “Never Learn Not to Love” and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.
Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, particularly “Piggies” and “Helter Skelter,” a hard-rocking song that he interpreted as forecasting the end of the world. He told his followers that “Helter Skelter is coming down” and predicted a race war would destroy the planet.
“Everybody attached themselves to us, whether it was our fault or not,” the Beatles’ George Harrison, who wrote “Piggies,” later said of the murders. “It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson.”
According to testimony, Manson sent his devotees out on the night of Tate’s murder with instructions to “do something witchy.” The state’s star witness, Linda Kasabian, who was granted immunity, testified that Mansontied up the LaBiancas, then ordered his followers to kill. But Manson insisted: “I have killed no one, and I have ordered no one to be killed.”
His trial was nearly scuttled when President Richard Nixon said Manson was “guilty, directly or indirectly.” Mansongrabbed a newspaper and held up the front-page headline for jurors to read: “Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares.” Attorneys demanded a mistrial but were turned down.
From then on, jurors, sequestered at a hotel for 10 months, traveled to and from the courtroom in buses with blacked-out windows so they could not read the headlines on newsstands.
Manson was also later convicted of the slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea.
Over the decades, Manson and his followers appeared sporadically at parole hearings, where their bids for freedom were repeatedly rejected. The women suggested they had been rehabilitated, but Manson himself stopped attending, saying prison had become his home.
The killings inspired movies and TV shows, and Bugliosi wrote a best-selling book about the murders, “Helter Skelter.” The macabre shock rocker Marilyn Manson borrowed part of his stage name from the killer.
“The Manson case, to this day, remains one of the most chilling in crime history,” prominent criminal justice reporter Theo Wilson wrote in her 1998 memoir, “Headline Justice: Inside the Courtroom — The Country’s Most Controversial Trials .”
“Even people who were not yet born when the murders took place,” Wilson wrote, “know the name Charles Manson, and shudder.”
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Making his first career start, rookie Nathan Peterman threw five first half interceptions and was benched in the second half of the Bills 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
The Bills fall to 5-5 overall with their playoff chances dropping to 29% according to the NY Times Playoff Simulator.
Peterman completed the first two passes of the game before his third went off the hands of fullback Pat DiMarco and into the arms of Korey Toomer, who returned the interception for a touchdown.
In total, the Chargers scored 24 points off of Peterman’s interceptions and opened up a 37-7 lead at the half.
Tyrod Taylor, who was benched in favor of the rookie, came in and finished 15-for-25 with 158 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score and fumbled once, which was also returned for a touchdown by LA.
The Bills defense, which surrendered 81 points and more than 800 yards of offense in each of the last two games, gave up 431 yards to the Chargers.
The 135 points are the most Buffalo has allowed over a three game stretch.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- News 4 has confirmed the woman accusing former state official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment has now filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt and Governor Cuomo.
Lisa Marie Cater took a public stand in New York City on Sunday, a day after filing the suit.
“It has been very difficult for me to come forward with this and I have faith that this system of justice will prevail and not another woman has to go through what I went through,” she said.
Hoyt was appointed by Gov. Cuomo to lead Empire State Development Corporation in Buffalo. He stepped down last month.
The Governor’s office confirmed in October that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) was investigating the harassment claims.
Cater, the 51-year-old woman at the center of this case, is a former state worker.
She claims Hoyt helped her get a state job in 2016. Their relationship started consensual she said but then he started to send her a constant stream of emails, texts and calls. Cater says Hoyt groped and kissed her without her permission.
“He used that position of power to unlawfully and egregiously manipulate my client and sexually harass her,” said Paul Liggieri, Cater’s attorney. “When she thought her cries for help would be heard by the State of New York, those cries fell on deaf ears, not once, not twice but over five times.”
In this new lawsuit, she says the Governor’s office was dismissive of her harassment reports.
Hoyt has told News 4 in the past that the relationship was inappropriate but consensual. He denies harassing the woman.
We have reached out to Hoyt’s lawyer, Terry Connors, for a response to the latest lawsuit.
Connors sent us a statement saying, “Sam has previously acknowledged and expressed regret for a short term, consensual relationship with Ms. Cater. These new allegations are totally inconsistent with her original story and contradicted by her own email and text message correspondence. If she persists with this lawsuit, we will seek dismissal at the earliest stage. In the meantime, Sam will continue to fully cooperate with any state agency that is looking into this matter.”
Alphonso David, the Counsel to the Governor, told News 4 the state launched three separate investigations into the allegations “and any assertion to the contrary is patently and demonstrable false, and as such, we expect this matter to be summarily dismissed.”
The statement goes on to say, “All state employees deserve to be treated with respect. We address every allegation of sexual harassment seriously and will continue to take all steps to detect and root out this unacceptable behavior.”
A spokesperson for the Governor’s Office told News 4 the State Inspector General and JCOPE are both still investigating the woman’s claims.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Two Buffalo teens were arraigned Sunday morning on second degree murder charges.
It is alleged that 17-year-old Alexandria Heath and 19-year-old Romaine Jirdon beat and stabbed 58-year-old Thomas Heath in their West Ferry home Friday night.
Heath and Jirdon pleaded not guilty and were remanded to jail without bail. If convicted of the charge, the defendants face a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
A Felony Hearing before Judge Martoche is scheduled for November 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.