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BKL Poll: Who will fill the void left by Von Miller?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WIVB) — Von Miller won’t be in play against the New England Patriots this Thursday.

So, what does that mean for the team? Someone’s going to have to fill the void, and we want to know who you think it should be.

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You can cast your vote online here and see the full results Thursday night before the game on Buffalo Kickoff Live.

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Local artists to host toy drive at Christmas show on Saturday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four local groups are coming together to host a toy drive at a Christmas-themed concert this weekend.

Bands Dishonored, Neetchy Band, and Fake Space, as well as rap group Rodagues, will be playing at Milkie’s Elmwood Lounge on Saturday. Doors are at 8 p.m. and admission is $5 for attendees who donate a toy, or $10 without a toy. All donations will be given to Toys for Tots Buffalo.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now,” said Jordan Walker, drummer for Neetchy Band and Dishonored. “We’re all Christmas nerds, so being able to do a Christmas show and help the community has been idea.”

Walker said he hopes to see those in attendance in Christmas attire and said the bands will try to “deck the place out” if they get to the venue early enough.

“We’ll have a lot of festive themes to make everyone feel cozy,” he said.

The artists featured on the bill represent several genres, including metal, indie, and rap, and Walker said he hopes the diversity in styles brings more people to the show.

The show is a 21+ event.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of his work here.

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Three businesses destroyed by Lewiston fire

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday morning, three businesses were destroyed by a fire in Lewiston.

News 4 photojournalist Paul Ivancic was at the scene, where he says Vintage Barber Shop, Sue’s Frame of Mind and SoullyCreated Boutique were the businesses impacted by the fire.

Fire crews were dispatched to a transformer fire on the street’s 700 block just after 6 a.m. There, flames were seen coming from the front of the building. Crews were able to get into a number of businesses, as well as a second-floor apartment, but were pulled out due to the structure being unstable.

No one was injured. While firefighters were at the scene, the Tim Hortons next door donated coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches to them.

As a result of the fire, Center Street, between 7th and 8th streets, was temporarily closed down. The road closure began shortly before 6:30 a.m. and it fully reopened about four hours later.

(Photo: Colleen Mary Summerville)

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Homeless woman accused of bringing drugs in Genesee County Jail

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Genesee County Sheriff’s office says a homeless woman is facing drug and prison contraband charges.

Beth Jeffres, 40, was arrested on Monday after the Sheriff’s office says she entered the Genesee County Jail with a number of controlled substances this past Saturday.

She faces the following charges:

criminal possession of a narcotic drugcriminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sellcriminal possession of a controlled substancepromoting prison contraband

Jeffres was held on cash bail and is scheduled to reappear in City of Batavia Court on December 15.

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ECMC launching unique fellowship program

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Right now, you can count on one hand how many non-military programs there are across the nation like it. But starting next year, ECMC will be offering a fellowship in a specialty that is badly needed: maxillofacial prosthetics.

Veteran Rolf Torno is one of many who benefit from that field of medicine. He uses an artificial device – called an obturator – to complete his upper mouth.

“I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have it,” Torno said. “It would be hard to live without it.”

He wouldn’t be able to eat, drink, or even speak without the obturator. Torno needs it because of an injury sustained in Vietnam on February 14, 1969.

“I was out for five or six days,” he recalls. “I had to be told what happened afterwards.”

Doctors with ECMC’s Division of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics work on devices like Torno’s obturator.

“We see patients that have had any form of congenital malformation, trauma, cancer of the jaw, or dental deformity that requires a replacement of bone, tissue, or teeth,” says Dr. Amanda Colebeck, a maxillofacial prosthodontist at ECMC. “We also see patients that have had a deformity or loss of a facial structure, including ears, eyes, noses, or lips.”

Now, ECMC says Dr. Colebeck and the rest of the department has received accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation to offer an advanced program in maxillofacial prosthetics. The hospital says there are only five domestic CODA-accredited maxillofacial prosthetics certificate training programs in the country. There are also two military programs.

Over the past few decades, doctors say multiple programs like this have shut down.

“It’s a really big deal because there are vast areas across the country that don’t have providers doing what we do,” said Colebeck. “Those patients have to travel for hours to see a provider.”

Colebeck says it requires an integration of a lot of different departments at ECMC to make a program like this work. The fellowship will start on July 1, 2023.

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Bills’ Ed Oliver named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his showing in Buffalo’s 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Oliver filled up the stat sheet with six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

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Oliver’s sack of Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the third quarter resulted in a safety. He also forced and recovered the fumble on the same play, knocking the ball free from Lions running back Jamaal Williams and then pouncing on it in the first quarter.

The Bills will play on Thursday once again this week when they take on the New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m. Buffalo Kickoff Live will have a preview of the game at 7 p.m. on WIVB and streaming here.

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Residents have concerns about Buffalo snowstorm cleanup

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Buffalo shared a number of facts pertaining to the City’s cleanup of the snowstorm:

Lifting and Hauling Snow

City of Buffalo used five private contractors (at a cost of $1.2 million)11 additional entities used60-162 pieces of major equipment usedOver 50 pieces of City of Buffalo snow fleet equipment used

Parking/Towing

Approximately 175 mini-tows performed

Where was the snow stored?

Seneca Street Engineering GarageFillmore and Buell AvenuesHoughton Park Parking LotFuhrmann Boulevard (with assistance from NYS)Dart Street

How much snow was hauled?

1,088.5 feetFor context, City Hall is 398 feet tall, while Seneca One Tower is 529 feet tall.

How much salt was used?

100 tons for pre-salting3,000 tons applied during the storm and cleanup(Cost: $131,000)

When it comes to which municipality got the most snow, Hamburg takes the number one spot, with a total of 81.2 inches — less than three inches from reaching seven feet. Orchard Park wasn’t far behind, at 80 inches.

In Erie County, three men were found to have died as a result of cardiac-related events pertaining to the massive record snowstorm.

News 4’s Patrick Ryan finds out whether sidewalk plowing could be in the City of Buffalo’s plans in the video at the top of the page.

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Sheriff’s office releases images of clothing worn in 2021 Chautauqua County skeletal remains case

PORTLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office on Tuesday released images of clothing worn by the unidentified person in a 2021 case in which two bodies were found.

One body was identified as Marquita Mull, a 50-year-old woman from Buffalo, who went missing in June 2021.

The other body located at the site has yet to be identified, though the Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that the remains were at the site since 2011 or earlier, and that the body is that of a girl or woman between the ages of 15 and 35. The Sheriff’s office estimated her height between 4’11” and 5’7″.

The Sheriff’s office said the clothing worn by the unidentified person was initially sold in the early 90s and they are looking to see if anyone can identify the clothing worn (below).

Last year, Sheriff Jim Quattrone told News 4 that he believes the remains are “several decades old,” and that investigators were looking into whether the body was related to any missing person cases from the area.

“If you know anything about Marquita Mull’s disappearance, recognize the clothing or know of a missing female who matches this description, call Investigator Jacob Stahley at (716) 753-4973 or send an email to UnsolvedChautauqua@sheriff.us,” the post said.

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Hope Rises: Helping families through the Giving Tree Holiday Give Back campaign

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Friday morning on Wake Up!, we were joined by Hope Rises’ Kate Glaser and Pride Martial Arts Academy’s Todd Patterson, who are working together as part of the Giving Tree Holiday Give Back campaign.

They and other community partners are helping make sure numerous families have a special holiday season this year.

It’s Hope Rises’ second year with the campaign, and this year, they’re lending a hand to 100 families, bringing the campaign’s overall total to roughly 400 families helped.

Families who can benefit from this campaign include those from all sorts of backgrounds, including those with foster children, single-parent households and children battling cancer.

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No injuries in Country Club Manor fire

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fire crews are on scene of a fire at Country Club Manor apartments in Williamsville.

The apartment complex is located on Northwood Drive.

A firefighter on scene told News 4 that the fire is mostly contained to a garage and not a building. It began as a vehicle fire and spread to the rest of the garage. There were no injuries, but some evaluations because of spark concerns.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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