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LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB)- Water quality testing in the Lackawanna City School District has detected elevated levels of lead.
Testing at Truman, Martin Road, Middle School, High School and McKinley showed an elevated level of lead in samples from a variety of sources, including drinking fountains and sink faucets.
Parents were told in a letter that all affected sources of water were immediately turned off and will remain off until lead levels are confirmed to be below the acceptable limit of 15 parts per billion.
Lisa Almasi, Acting Superintendent, says that follow up testing is currently being done to determine where the lead is coming from and that the lead is not coming from the water itself.
The school cited the EPA, which says lead can contaminate the water from eroding materials containing lead like faucets and pipes. The district says parents who are concerned should talk to their family doctor.
LOCKPORT, NY (WIVB) – Authorities say a woman was found dead in a burning home.
They’re trying to figure out if the fire on High Street near Akron Road caused her death.
Initially, crews were called to the scene at 650 E. High Street around 3:30 a.m. for reports of a house fire. The home is located near Roy Kelley Elementary.
The woman was the only one home at the time.
Police began to clear the scene between 8:30 and 9 a.m.
Later, the woman’s ex-husband, Caleb Bell, told News 4 she was 55 years old. Police have not confirmed the woman’s name.
Bell said his daughter called 911 twice. The first time she called for a domestic dispute between her mother and her boyfriend. The second call was when she noticed the house on fire.
“I would never want to go the way she did. But she’s at peace now” the ex-husband said.
The former couple had two children together, the man told News 4.
Lockport police say no one has been taken into custody in relation to the woman’s death.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Allegany County until 8am and for McKean and Potter Counties until 2pm Friday.
After a bit of a lull in the rain, soaking showers will once again fill in after midnight and continue into Friday. Between today and Friday, our computers are suggesting that the heaviest of the rain will fall south and east of the metro with amounts possibly building to around 3 inches from the Southern Tier towards the Finger Lakes. There will be a significant rise to the water level on the Allegheny, but the river should remain within it’s banks. Rainfall amounts will be closer to 1.0-1.5” around the metro. Given the continued significant rainfall deficit, widespread flooding issues are not anticipated, however there could be some ponding of water in poor drainage spots due to this excessive rainfall. Leaf-clogged storm drains will result in some potential urban flooding on area streets.
This weather system will drag some of the coldest air of the season southward into our region for week’s end and the upcoming weekend. Scattered lake effect rain showers Saturday could mix with some snowflakes in the higher terrain inland from Lake Erie Saturday morning (no accumulation expected.) There could be some soft ice pellets. Sunday will see some partial breaks of sunshine with still a shower possible. Temperatures will remain cool next week.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Periods of Rain, Heavy at times especially south and east of the metro, some patchy fog. Low: 47-52, Wind: N 8-16.
FRIDAY: Much Cooler, Soaking Rain tapers to Rain Showers, areas of patchy fog, High: 50-55, Wind: N/NW 8-18, Low: 40.
SATURDAY: Chilly, Mostly Cloudy, Brisk Breeze, Scattered Lake Effect Rain Showers, some Wet Snow may mix in across the Southern Tier Hills well inland from Lake Erie early, High: 44-48, Low: 39.
SUNDAY: Continued Cool, Partly Sunny, Chance of a Few Showers, High: 56, Low: 42.
MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy and Cool, few rain showers possible, High: 51, Low: 38.
TUESDAY: Partly Sunny, Cool, High: 49, Low: 37.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 55, Low: 42.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A group of demonstrators rallied outside of the immigration and customs office in Downtown Buffalo. They called for the release of 25 detained restaurant workers. Officials say the workers, who were detained earlier in the week, were undocumented – and are now facing criminal and immigration charges. In the long term, demonstrators say they also want to see nationwide immigration reform.
“So we are here to show that this is not about taco Tuesday, this is not about morning unlimited margaritas.”, said Emily Terrana, one of the participants at the rally. “This is about standing up for the dignity and respect and humanity of not only these 25 workers that were arrested but the 11 million people throughout this country that are living undocumented.”
Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar said, “We have to pass immigration reform, we’ve been fighting for immigration reform for years, and it has not happened, so that’s why this continuing limbo happens, is because our congress, and our federal government will not act.”
On Tuesday – federal agents raided 4 popular Mexican restaurants. Don Tequila and Agave in Buffalo, El Agave in Cheektowaga , La Divina in Kenmore.
25 people were arrested or detained and face criminal or immigration charges. Their owner is accused of harboring illegal aliens.
At Don Tequila on Allen Street, demonstrators there also called for the end of deportations of undocumented workers.
Patricia, a bartender at Don Tequila, said, “These aren’t bad hombres, these are hard-working family people, trying to provide for children, as i was trying to provide for my children, and i have had my means stripped from me, as an American citizen.”
So far, one of the restaurants, La Divina located in Kenmore, is scheduled to re-open on Friday. News 4 tried reaching out to the other 3 restaurants, but no one answered the phones, or the lines were disconnected.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)- 22-month-old Devyn Grabowski was in the care of his aunt’s boyfriend when he suffered critical injuries in early October.
The incident occurred in the Town of Tonawanda. Police told News 4 they responded to a call for a child who fell down the stairs. They’re currently investigating the matter.
The child’s father, Jeffrey Grabowski, doesn’t believe his son’s injuries were caused by falling. The toddler suffered spinal fractures and brain damage.
“I think deep down inside that he was shaken. He did not fall down three stairs because [the] injuries that he has cannot be caused by falling out three stairs, and have as much brain damage as he has and the back injuries that he has,” Grabowski told News 4.
Devyn has been in critical condition at Women and Children’s Hospital for two weeks.
The family was preparing to let the child go when he wasn’t showing any signs of improvement.
“He’s made some major leaps and bounds. He’s being able to move like his hands and his feet and starting to do some breathing on his own which is amazing,” said the toddler’s great aunt, Sandra Tooke.
Town of Tonawanda Police could not comment further on the investigation. There have been no arrests made in connection with this case.