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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo police responded to reports of a double shooting on Humason Avenue. Sources tell News 4’s Nalina Shapiro an 11 year old was shot in the head. Police say another person was also shot.
News 4 has a crew on the scene. Police tape is blocking off the street, which is not far from Schiller Park and Cheektowaga Town Park.
News 4 will post more details as soon as we get them. Follow us on Twitter @news4buffalo and @nalinashapiro4 for breaking updates.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Supreme Court Justice John Michalek has pleaded guilty to felony counts of offering a false instrument and bribe receiving.
Michalek had his cases taken away from him and reassigned after investigators tried to figure out if he sought the help of Steve Pigeon to secure a job for two relatives. Michalek later confirmed that he did this during his guilty plea.
Steve Pigeon is one of western New York’s most powerful Democratic operatives.
Michalek also admitted to naming a Pigeon-recommended attorney to a case even though the attorney was not on a specific list and had no expertise.
Pigeon and two others had their homes raided over alleged violations related to campaign finances.
On Wednesday, before pleading guilty, Michalek resigned from his position while agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors.
“Today’s proceedings expose a corrupt, multiyear scheme to use political favors to buy off a sitting state judge,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “We will continue to root out public corruption wherever we find it. Our public corruption investigation is ongoing.”
Michalek was released on his own recognizance and will be sentenced on September 21.
Pigeon will be in court Thursday to face charges.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The jurors hearing the case against Daniel Whiting have found him guilty of 2nd degree murder.
Whiting was accused of stabbing his wife, Ashley, about 30 times last July while their two young children were in the room. Daniel and Ashley Whiting were both found with stab wounds, but police say they believe Daniel Whiting stabbing himself to make it look like another person was responsible.
Jurors listened to closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense Wednesday morning and were sent on a lunch break before returning for their instructions from the judge and to begin deliberations.
Defense attorney Andrew LoTempio presented his summation first, and called the investigation into question, saying investigators picked and chose specific pieces of evidence to test and analyze to back up their assumption from the beginning that Whiting had stabbed his wife.
Whiting has claimed a burgler was responsible. He has said he woke up to find that person, wearing a hooding and a bandana, stabbing his wife. He says he was stabbed in the struggle trying to fight the attacker off. LoTempio said a hand print on the outside of a window and blood patterns on the scene back that story up, and he went through several photos with the jury to try to make that point during his summation Wednesday.
The prosecution says Whiting’s story does not match with the forensic evidence, and said during closing arguments that Whiting stabbed himself and took steps like leaving a door unlocked to try to make investigators believe someone else was there. The prosecutor, Colleen Curtin Gable, pointed to inconsistencies in the stories Whiting told police as well as forensic evidence and testimony from Whiting’s fellow inmates as she laid out the case against Whiting.
The prosecution claimed they have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Daniel Whiting caused Ashley Whiting’s death and that he killed her intentionally, the two criteria for a 2nd degree murder conviction.
The defense claimed there was reasonable doubt.
High pressure building in from the Great Lakes will build into WNY, clearing our skies tonight. It will be a cool but quiet night with temperatures in the 50s, and some 40s in the valleys. Plenty of sunshine returns for a beautiful Thursday, with temperatures and humidity levels remaining comfortable. Our next chance for showers arrives Friday, as another cool front will trigger some scattered showers and perhaps a few non-severe thunderstorms toward the afternoon. That system will usher in another cooler shot of air for the beginning of the holiday weekend.
The weekend in general looks fantastic. Saturday will be on the cooler side, but with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures rebound nicely over the weekend with generous sunshine on tap. Expect the steamiest readings toward Independence Day, and into the first half of next week.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mainly Clear, Comfortably Cool, Low: 55…45 deeper valleys, Wind: Mostly Calm
THURSDAY: Bright Sunshine, a bit Warmer, High: 75-81, Wind: WSW 5-10, Low: 54-60.
FRIDAY: Clouds Increase, Scattered Afternoon Showers/Thunderstorms, High: 78, Wind: SW 10-20, Low: 56.
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, a little Cool, High: 74, Low: 57.
SUNDAY: Plenty of Sunshine, warmer, High: 80, Low: 58
MONDAY (INDEPENDENCE DAY) : Sunshine, Warmer, High: 83, Low: 62.
TUESDAY: Partly Sunny, chance of showers, High: 84, Low: 64.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Cloudy, chance of showers. High: 85.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man was taken to ECMC after being shot multiple times in Lockport Wednesday morning.
Lockport Police went to the scene of John St. and La Grange Ave. around 10 a.m. after receiving a report of shots fired.
There, police found a man with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police have not named any suspects in the matter as they continue their investigation.
ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s prime minister says 41 people and three suicide bombers have died in the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says that so far all indications point to the Islamic State group being behind the attack. He says the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire.
One suicide bomber blew himself up outside of the airport and two others took advantage of the panic to get inside, according to the Prime Minister.
Asked whether a fourth attacker might have escaped, he says authorities have no such assessment but are considering every possibility.
He says the victims include some foreigners and that many of the dozens wounded have minor injuries but others are more badly hurt.
He says the attacks come as Turkey is having success in fighting terrorism and trying to normalize ties with neighbors like Russia and Israel.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States condemns in the strongest terms possible the attacks at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport that killed at least 31 people and left dozens more wounded.
Earnest says the Istanbul airport, like the Brussels airport that was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind nations together.
He says the U.S. sends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
Earnest says the United States remains steadfast in its support for Turkey, a NATO ally and partner, “along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism.”
OLEAN, N.Y. (WIVB) — A teacher at Olean High School has been fired after he was accused of sex crimes, the district confirmed Wednesday morning.
Robert Washington, 37, was terminated by the school board on Tuesday night, according to the school’s Superintendent. He was previously suspended with pay.
He faces felony and misdemeanor charges after someone filed a report against him alleging an inappropriate encounter between Washington and a child.
He was accused of first-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching. The alleged incident did not happen on school property, according to the Superintendent.
Washington, who is certified to teach in two states, taught social studies and worked with students with disabilities.
An Olean graduate, this had been Washington’s first year teaching at the school.