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LEROY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Relatives say a father was shot and killed inside a home in LeRoy Tuesday morning. They identified the victim as 68-year-old Norman “Don” Ball. According to his sister, Ball was sleeping in his bed when someone came into his house and shot him.
The Monroe County Sheriff says a suspect is in custody and the incident was resolved. The suspect was armed and hoping police would shoot him, according to the Sheriff.
The suspect was taken into custody in his driveway after negotiations with tactical teams. He lives around a quarter of a mile away from the victim, according to authorities.
A homicide investigation is underway.
WBTA Radio reports the incident began around 4:20 a.m.
During first response to the incident, a dispatcher said, “The victim has been shot in the face” and… “the suspects appear to have left the area,” according to The Batavian.
After the shooting was initially reported, a structure fire was also reported near the scene. The Sheriff says the suspect set his own house on fire. The house was destroyed.
LeRoy fire officials say the suspect fired shots at the first firefighters to arrive at his house. A neighbor claims to have heard gunshots, leading her to wake her husband up. He says he heard the suspect taunting responding officers.
Selden Road was closed between Route 19 and West Bergen Road for a number of hours. Authorities issued a “shelter in place” for residents in that area that lasted nearly three hours. Residents were told to stay indoors until shortly after 8 a.m.
Ball’s son and grandson were among those sheltering in place.
News 4’s Katie Alexander remains on the scene gathering additional information. Watch News 4 Wake Up live until 9 a.m. on WNLO CW 23.Click to view slideshow.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Chemours Co., a chemicals business spun off from the Dupont Co. earlier this year, says it is laying off about 5 percent of its global workforce.
The Wilmington-based company also said Monday that the workforce reduction will affect about 400 employee and contractor positions, including roughly 50 in the Wilmington area.
Chemours also will stop production at its Reactive Metals Solutions site in Niagara Falls, New York, by the end of 2016. About 200 employees and contractors at the Niagara Falls plant will be affected.
Chemours, which has posted two consecutive quarterly losses totaling $47 million since the spinoff, says the cuts are part of ongoing streamlining and cost-reduction efforts. The company estimates that the job cuts, expected to be completed during 2016, will save about $50 million annually.
An approaching weather front will trigger a few very spotty showers today, which will become more numerous toward evening. There will be a lot of dry time during the day. A southerly breeze increases across the hilltops south of Buffalo, the Chautauqua Ridge, and along the Lake Erie shore, possibly gusting to 25-30 mph. Much of the area should be in a dry slot for awhile Wednesday with mostly to partly cloudy skies, and a greater chance of some showers developing well to the southeast of Buffalo mid-late afternoon.
Temperatures drop Thursday with yet another weak disturbance which will trigger light snow and mixed showers. This is one of those situations where a temperature difference of a degree or two will determine whether a location will receive no accumulation or a couple inches. There has been some disagreement between some of our weather center forecast models as to the amount of snow that will fall Wednesday night into Thursday, with some models generating as much as 1-5” across parts of the region. There are signs that temperatures will be warm enough that there should be some melting of the precipitation that falls particularly in the lower terrain including the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metro. Where temperatures are a bit colder, across the higher terrain, there could be half an inch to an inch of snowfall.
The weather mellows out quite nicely next weekend with a decent amount of sunshine building back into the area, a trend continuing right into the beginning of next week. Temperatures will also be quite mild during this period.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON; Unseasonable Warm, Mainly Cloudy, a few Very Spotty Showers, greater chance of some showers by later this afternoon/evening, High: 49-54, Wind: S 10-15 gusty in the hills/Erie lakeshore
TUESDAY NIGHT: Rain Showers ending after midnight, Some Patchy Drizzle, Low: 36-40, Wind: S/W 5-15
WEDNESDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Showers develop from north to south mid-late afternoon, High: 43-47. Chance of light rain and snow showers overnight, Low: 34
THURSDAY: Scattered Snow/Rain Showers, more of them across the hills to the south where there could be a light accumulation on some of the higher hilltops, High; 42…38 hills, Low: 32…upper 20s hills
FRIDAY; Mostly to Partly Cloudy, High: 45, Low: 31
SATURDAY through MONDAY: Mostly Sunny, Pleasantly Mild, High: around 50, Low: 34
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — You’ve heard it said, “It’s better to give than to receive.”
Cities across the country have celebrated Tuesday as “Giving Tuesday” for the last four years. It’s a day dedicated to paying it forward during the holiday season.
Dozens of volunteers will help those in need at the Niagara Falls Community Missions. Community Missions has helped thousands of people since it opened 90 years ago, giving out more than 75,000 hot meals and giving people places to sleep for more than 10,000 nights.
This year, to celebrate Giving Tuesday, the non-profit decided to partner up with other businesses and organizations throughout the city to make an even larger impact. Leadership Niagara plans to bring 100 high school students there to learn about leadership opportunities.
The Niagara Falls Public Library created “Food for Fines” — a program that allows members to reduce any overdue book fines in exchange for canned foods. Six area restaurants will be donating a portion of their sales today to the Community Missions.
Giving Tuesday’s main goal is to change how people think during the holiday season — making it more about giving back than expensive gifts.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Another of block of Main Street is almost ready for cars to share the road with the Metro Rail.
“Well it’s key to Main Street becoming successful again.” said Joe Incao who just opened a business on the block.”You saw what happened on the 600 block when it opened to traffic, spaces started filling in very quickly, so knowing the 500 block was gonna open, we felt it was prime time.”
Joe Incao grew up in Buffalo, but went on to be Vice President of retail for Prada in New York City. Now he’s back, opening the first store of his own, Furnishings, gift, home & You on the 500 block of Main Street, thirty years after cars were first diverted off by the Metro Rail.
“I was working in LL Berger in this very room where we’re standing selling shoes in 1980 something. Ten years ago, if somebody said I’d be living in Buffalo I would’ve laughed them off the planet, but things have really changed dramatically in the past couple years.”
Now that car traffic is coming back, a D’Avolio Restaurant just opened on the block. A French restaurant is coming soon, and a Canadian themed bar will open in a couple weeks.
Mayor Byron Brown says it has been a very good project for the city. “So far, there’s more than a three to one return for every public dollar spent, the private sector has spent more than three times as much.”
Angela Slowik lives downtown. “I’m so excited. I can’t wait for there to be extra parking and for foot traffic to increase. This is a very exciting time for Buffalo. I think it just goes to show that young people are coming back and they want to invest in the City.”
There is very little evidence of construction. The NFTA is still fine tuning a few things before train operators share the road with vehicles. Mayor Brown estimates that car traffic will officially be allowed to start using the street sometime in the first week of December.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, formerly one of New York’s most powerful politicians, was convicted Monday of charges that he traded favors to earn $5 million illegally and then lied about it.
The Manhattan federal court jury returned the verdict after a three-week trial in which prosecutors claimed that the 71-year-old Democrat repeatedly promised the favors to enrich himself. The defense countered that the government was trying to criminalize the longtime routines of politics in Albany.
Deliberations began with fireworks when a juror tried to beg off the panel less than two hours after talks started, accusing her fellow jurors of claiming she failed to use her common sense. But with instructions from Judge Valerie Caproni to respectfully exchange views, jurors settled down and resumed work.
The government had argued that the trial testimony of 25 witnesses and lots of documents proved Silvertraded his office for riches.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein told jurors they had to convict Silver if they found money played a role in his decisions.
“There are four million reasons why you know that money played a part,” he said, noting the amount of money the government says Silver earned from kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers. Prosecutors say he earned a million dollars more through investments.
Goldstein told jurors to reject the defense contention that Silver was just practicing politics as usual. “This was bribery. This was extortion. This was corruption,” Goldstein said.
Defense attorney Steven Molo countered that his client fought bribery and extortion charges because he knew he was not guilty.
“He knows he did not commit a crime,” Molo said. “There was no quid quo pro. He did not sell his office.”
After the verdict, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York.”
Silver did not testify. Among witnesses called by the government was Dr. Robert Taub, who said he steered numerous clients with cancer caused by asbestos to Silver’s law firm, enabling the legislator to pocket $3 million in referral fees. Meanwhile, testimony and evidence revealed, Silver caused $500,000 in taxpayer funds to go to Taub’s research projects and helped his son and daughter get a job and an internship.
Prosecutors said Silver delivered tax-abatement and rent-control legislation that favored developers while some of New York’s biggest developers hired a small law firm that secretly sent $700,000 in fees to the ex-speaker.
Silver, who gave up his speaker position but retained his assembly seat after his January arrest, has been on trial simultaneously with state Sen. Dean Skelos and his son on charges that the Republican badgered companies reliant upon his legislative provide over $300,000 to his son.
The two were among a group dubbed the “three men in a room” in Albany, a nod to the longstanding practice of legislative leaders and the governor negotiating key bills behind closed doors. Silver’s arrest came the day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to Skelos, Silver and himself as the “three amigos” during his budget presentation.
In all, more than 30 New York state lawmakers have left office facing criminal charges or allegations of ethical misconduct since 2000. In just the past five years, a lawmaker was convicted of taking bribes from a carnival promoter. A second filed thousands of dollars in expense claims for days he never even went to Albany. A third got a sham marriage in order to become a citizen. A fourth was accused of harassing female staffers and forcing one to touch cancerous tumors on his neck and armpit.
WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — More than 50 cats were rescued by police officers and SPCA workers on Monday from an organization that purportedly rescues cats.
Officials with the SPCA serving Erie County say they secured a search warrant before raiding an organization called Bob the Cat Animal Rescue on Creekview Drive in West Seneca.
Reports of cats that weren’t being cared for fueled the search warrant, which they were able to serve to the owner of the organization. After entering the building, SPCA officials say they found cats suffering from severe upper respiratory infections, ringworm, conjunctivitis and other illnesses.
The cats, that totaled over 50 inside, are joined by roughly 20 outdoor feral cats in the rescue. The SPCA is leaning on Feral Cat Focus to help with the outdoor cats, and other organizations to help house some of the seized cats.
SPCA officials say they have had run-ins with the owner of the Creekview Drive organization in the past, dating back to 2004. The SPCA says it has had to administer some form of care to more than 500 of the owner’s cats.
Charges are pending against the owner of the organization.Click to view slideshow.