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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who attacked a News 4 crew this past October was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Evan Stafford, 27, pleaded guilty to Second-Degree Attempted Robbery.
A News 4 crew was reporting a story on “Art Alley” when they were attacked and beaten. The producer at the News 4 station who was monitoring the live shot at the time heard Stafford demand the crew’s money and camera.
The reporter suffered minor injuries, but the photographer who was with him was hospitalized. Both of them are still recovering.
Stafford was given the maximum sentence he could have received. Before the sentence was handed down, News 4’s Dave Greber addressed the court on behalf of the news organization, asking the judge to send a message about Stafford’s crime.
During the sentencing, a judge said Stafford’s actions were “violent, unnecessary and illegal.”
To the photographer he attacked, Stafford said “I’m sorry for what I did. It wasn’t right.”
…LAKESHORE FLOOD WATCH along the south shore of Lake Ontario across Niagara and Orleans counties until 4:00 pm Tuesday…
…Marginal Risk of Severe Thunderstorms across Allegany and Potter counties Monday…
…High Rip Current Risk Chautauqua County/Lake Erie shore…
Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue today as a weak disturbance works through the area. Some of the showers, and thunderstorms will produce some very heavy downpours and ponding of water may result in poor drainage spots. There is also a risk of severe thunderstorms particularly toward the southeast corner of our viewing area. It will not be raining from start to finish today as there will be considerable dry periods. Heavier showers, and thunderstorms wind down early this evening, then just a few lighter showers and drizzle will linger overnight into Tuesday morning.
Things should start to dry up Tuesday afternoon with some breaks of sun developing. The weather looks terrific Wednesday, and into a decent amount of Thursday, though clouds will start to increase Thursday afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms arrive later in the day. At this early point in the week, some long-range models are indicating that we may be in for another deluge Friday, but the timing may be perfect for the upcoming weekend. Plentiful sunshine should build into the region next weekend.
MONDAY AFTERNOON: Clouds, Some Sunny Breaks, a few Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms, some may become Strong/Severe especially toward Allegany and Potter counties, Cooler, High: 73-77, Wind: SW/W 8-15
MONDAY NIGHT: Heavier Showers and Thunderstorms taper off early, a few Lighter Rain Showers and Patchy Drizzle overnight, Low: 54-59, Wind: W/NE 5-10.
TUESDAY: Leftover Light Rain Showers and Drizzle during the morning, Lingering Clouds, Sunny Breaks develop during the Afternoon, High: 70, Wind: NE 5-12, Low: 59
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny, Warmer, High:79, Low: 66
THURSDAY: Increasing Clouds, Few Showers and Thunderstorms develop later in the day, High: 80, Low: 66.
FRIDAY: Rain, Chance of a few Thunderstorms, High: 75, Low: 60
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 77, Low: 63
SUNDAY: Sunny, High: 80, Low: 64
HARTLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two people are dead and one other injured following a two-car crash in Hartland.
The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Quaker Road and Ridge Road.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office tells News 4 a truck and car collided at the intersection.
According to Sheriff Jim Voutour, there is a two-way stop sign at the intersection. Voutour says an out-of-state car did not yield to the stop sign, drove through the intersection and was t-boned by a truck.
Voutour says the truck had the right of way.
The driver of the car, Margaret Hammerl, 82, and her rear seat passenger Andrew Hammerl, 84, were both killed. They were residents of Connecticut.
The front seat passenger of the car was taken to ECMC. The truck driver was not injured.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo Police are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred in a parking lot Saturday afternoon.
Accident investigators say a female driver was backing out of a parking spot in a lot on Main Street when she struck a male.
Investigators say the 46-year-old Buffalo man was taken to ECMC with serious injuries. He is in critical condition.
Police recovered the unoccupied vehicle a short time later. On Monday morning, police announced that a female was taken into custody in relation to the incident.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The damage is significant in many Hamburg neighborhoods as clean up is beginning. Tree limbs and leaves litter neighborhood streets as residents begin figuring out what happens now after an EF2 tornado touched down in the southtowns.
“A disaster. A disaster.” said Lauren Chapman from Hamburg. “Just trying to walk through the trees to walk to the house to check the damage. And it was unreal.”
“A branch came through the bedroom upstairs,” said Elaine Polisano. “The whole backyard is filled in with trees.”
Polisano had just arrived home Thursday afternoon when she heard the winds whirling and the rain pouring. She was calling her granddaughter — warning and encouraging her to seek shelter when the storm system traveling upwards of 105 mph struck.
“With that it just happened. I heard glass and a lot of noise. Roaring sounds – when I looked out, it was unbelievable.”
A day later, her voice is still shaking when describing the moment.
“You have no time to do anything. It happens and you’re in it.”
After catching her breath and opening her doors, she found trees strewn about her backyard.
“It was like the hand of God just came right through and went like — and wiped out this whole section.”
She’s back outside assessing the damage with family and friends coming by to help out. And she’s among the many anxiously waiting for the phone to ring to hear back from insurance companies wanting to how much the clean up efforts will cost.
“I’m on a fixed income as it is now and i’m going to take it one day at a time.”
“It’s almost like you just wait and start all over,” said Chapman. “That’s all you can do.”