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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Buffalo say a 15-year-old girl was approached by two men around 11 a.m. Monday.
According to police, the two men drove up to the student in a yellow SUV near South Park Ave. and Louisiana St. Authorities say they then asked her if she wanted to get in the vehicle.
It is not clear what the men looked like.
Not long after this, the student reported the incident to officials at a school.
Those with any information on the incident can call Buffalo police.
BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – The former Elmira Jackals and Niagara University hockey player, convicted in the brutal murder for hire plot of his wife, learned his fate Monday.
Thomas Clayton was sentenced in Steuben County Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Last week, Clayton’s defense team tried to get his conviction overturned. It was a final attempt for a retrial before his sentencing. That motion for a retrial was denied by a judge.
Clayton was convicted in February of hiring another man, Michael Beard of Elmira, to kill his wife Kelley Stage Clayton.
This story was originally published by WETM, a Nexstar contributing station.
Skies will stay mostly clear as we head into this evening. After sunset, clouds will increase because of moisture from an east coast storm that will be moving into our area. Showers will develop close to day break south and east of Buffalo but become more frequent for the morning commute. Up to a few tenths of an inch are likely to fall, so do not expect rains like we experienced last week.
Rain showers Tuesday morning will taper off by afternoon from west to east. This will leave behind cloud cover but it looks as though some breaks in the clouds later in the day are a definite possibility. Temperatures will climb into the mid 60s to near 70 degrees.
Tranquil weather, and even warmer temperatures are expected Wednesday. South of Lake Ontario temperatures close to 80 are possible while further south upper 60s to low 70s are more probable. A southerly breeze dropping down from the Boston Hills will aid in boosting readings into summer like territory Thursday, quite possibly near 80 and warmer east of Buffalo. This will approach if not break the record high temperature of 84 set back in 1984. After the heat Thursday, clouds with rain will arrive toward evening. A few rumbles of thunder are a possibility. By Friday most of that rain exits the area very early in the day setting the stage for a partly sunny warm day.
The weekend, looks unsettled as wet weather is possible both days. Although it may be damp, temperatures will remain mild. By Monday, highs look to once again approach 80.
TONIGHT: Mostly Clear Early, Increasing Clouds and Showers toward Morning, Low: 43-48, Wind: E 5-15
TUESDAY: Morning Rain Showers, Rain Tapers by Afternoon, Some Sunny Breaks Late in the Day, High: 59-65, Wind: ESE 5-12, Low: 53.
WEDNESDAY: Partly to Mostly Sunny, Milder, High: 74, Low: 62
THURSDAY: Breezy and Very Warm, Mostly Sunny, Clouds mix in PM bringing Rain Showers, High: 80, Low: 60
FRIDAY: Few Morning Showers, Turning Partly Sunny by Afternoon, High: 68, Low: 48.
SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of Showers. High: 70, Low: 53
SUNDAY: Rain Showers Continue, High: 65, Low: 53
MONDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy. High: 73
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB)- Just before 7 a.m. Monday, Grand Island Central School’s Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham received a concerning call.
A parent discovered a threatening message via Snapchat; their child, who is a student in the district, showed them the message sent by another student.
“The student made a threat toward the school,” Dr. Graham told News 4.
The boy law enforcement said sent the message attends the Veronica E. Connor Middle School.
“I’m so grateful for that parent who communicated that to us, and that allowed us to act very, very swiftly,” Graham said.
There is no active threat against the school, staff, or students.
Graham told News 4 the threat was made at the boy’s home, not on school property.
This is the first time a threat like this has occurred since Graham took the position in July.
“Myself and the middle school principal went directly to the sheriff’s department and from there we went directly to the student’s home.”
Once law enforcement deemed the situation safe, students were allowed off the bus and classes carried on as normal.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case, which will be turned over to family court.
“There are so many apps and so many ways for students to use to communicate with their friends. It’s also vitally important that parents are aware of those tools and that they have a open dialogue with their children,” Graham said.
Sheriff’s officials confirmed the boy’s parents are cooperating with them. They wouldn’t comment on specific charges the youth is facing.
Middle School students often use their smart phones in class for educational purposes, Dr. Graham explained.
Whether or not students may have their phones out in class is a decision each individual teacher makes.
The school did not comment on any specific disciplinary measures they plan to take against the boy.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Zoo announced its next President and CEO will be Norah Fletchall on Monday morning. Fletchall has most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the Indianapolis Zoological Society.
“I am honored to be asked to lead the Buffalo Zoo and I see this as the culmination of my career work to bring people – especially children – together with animals they normally would never see in their lifetimes,” Fletchall said. “I know too that Buffalo is growing on all fronts, and I’m looking forward to moving here and being a part of that. I’m also thrilled to work at an institution dating to 1875 that has many more great years ahead.”
Fletchall will be taking the position at the Buffalo Zoo most recently filled by Dr. Donna Fernandes, who is stepping back from the role she’s filled since 2000 as she led zoo through major improvements.
“One of the first things I’m going to do is learn and listen,” Fletchall said following Monday’s announcement. “I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts and ideas about what should be the next great things that we do here at the Buffalo Zoo.”
“I think we’ve got a lot of work ahead to complete the reptile house and the gorilla habitat expansion,” she added.
Fletchall was selected from among more than 100 candidates for the CEO/President job.
“Her academic credentials are impeccable, with a long, long history in zoo management,” Society Board Chair Jonathan Dandes said.
Fletchall served as the Assistant Zoo Director at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for more than two decades, before moving to the Indianapolis Zoo, where she became COO and served in other vice presidential roles there.
While in Indianapolis, Fletchall helped prepare that zoo’s annual budgets and assisted in managing more than 300 employees. The Indianapolis Zoo has 1.2 million visitors every year.
“We are extremely pleased that Norah is going to direct the Buffalo Zoo. She is an experienced and dynamic zoo leader with all the talents and assets we need to continue to grow and improve our great zoo,” Dandes said. “Norah will continue Dr. Fernandes’ rich tradition of excellence the zoo and our community have come to expect.”
Fernandes announced last year that she would be retiring as the Zoo’s president and CEO to be able to spend more time with her family in Massachusetts and Florida. “But I’m not super sad, because I will remain involved with the Buffalo Zoo,” she said Monday. “I’ll still be here seven months a year and active in helping to complete some of the master plan projects.”
The master plan that was enacted under Ferndandes’ leadership brought about major improvements in several of the zoo’s exhibits and helped secure accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Fletchall serves as a leader of the AZA accreditation site visit teams, so she’s well-qualified to ensure the Buffalo Zoo continues to meet those strict requirements.
Fletchall says her focus moving forward at the Buffalo Zoo will be to take good care of the animals and to continue zoo improvements in the ongoing quest for conservation.
“My life’s passion has always been and always will be to help connect people with wildlife,” she said. “I truly believe that together, all of us can continue to create a future where children of all ages can make a positive difference for wildlife and wild places.”
Fletchall will start her new job on May 22.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant hopes to be the first woman elected as mayor of Buffalo. Grant officially joined the race on Sunday.
She faces incumbent Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder in the Democratic primary in September.
Grant has been talking about running for the office for months, she sat down with News 4 in February to discuss the option.
She told News 4 the tipping point was the decision last week to build the city’s new train station downtown, instead of at the Central Terminal. Grant said the process wasn’t transparent enough and was a sign the city needs a change at the top.
“I think I’m as qualified as anybody else and maybe a little bit more,” said Grant.
Grant has been on the County Legislature for 10 years. Prior to that, she represented the University District on the Common Council and the Ferry District on the Buffalo School Board.
Grant commended Mayor Brown for his work developing Canalside, the medical corridor and Solar City but said parts of the city have been left behind.
She told News 4 as mayor she would work to redevelop the East Side and South Buffalo. She also wants to fix crumbling sidewalks and create job training programs.
“In order to get them off the street corners you have to give them viable options, not just say go to McDonalds or go to a nursing home,” said Grant. “Give them a skill, a trade, an opportunity.”
Grant told News 4 this will help reduce the homicide rate in the city.
“He has to be able to go to a job, you have to provide him that opportunity,” said Grant. “We have not done this as a city.”
Grant acknowledges Comptroller Schroeder has a strong community presence but told News 4 she also brings that to the table. She mentioned her work with the group “We are the Women Warriors” she founded four years ago.
By choosing to run for mayor, Grant is giving up her seat on the County Legislature.
“When I saw what can I do as legislator and what can I do as a mayor and how can I best help those who have nobody to advocate for them, those who don’t know how to navigate the process, those who don’t know how to confront those in leadership positions to direct resources over here, I felt my better place to be would be as a mayoral candidate,” said Grant.
Mayor Brown is seeking a fourth term in office. He would be only the second Buffalo mayor to serve 16 years.
This is Comptroller Schroeder’s first bid for mayor.
ALBION, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Albion volunteer fireman has been charged with unlawfully pulling people over.
New York State Police say that Walter Batt, 59, had emergency lights on his vehicle and performed traffic and vehicle stops even though he was not allowed to.
He was charged with official misconduct and will be back in court in May.