Nassau County investors acquire two apartment buildings

High-value real estate brings Nassau County investors to Buffalo.


107.7 FM, formerly Alt Buffalo, rebrands as new country station, “The Wolf”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – 107.7 FM, formerly Alt Buffalo, has rebranded as a new country station called “107.7 The Wolf”.

The change was announced on social media on Wednesday.

Alt Buffalo ready for another sold out “Kerfuffle”

Since 2014, Alt Buffalo has held popular summer concerts dubbed “Kerfuffle” featuring popular alternative artists including The Gaslight Anthem, Greta Van Fleet, and AWOLNATION.

News 4 has reached out to 107.7 via Facebook for comment.

Kaley Lynch is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of her work here.


Man accused of threatening protestors with knife on Hertel Ave. arraigned Friday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Franklinville man accused of a hate crime for threatening protestors with a knife in North Buffalo last summer was arraigned Friday morning in front of a State Supreme Court Judge.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn’s Office says 48-year-old Michael Cremen allegedly threatened the protestors during a demonstration on Hertel Avenue near Parkside Avenue at 6:30 p.m. on August 28, 2020.

Cremen also allegedly pushed and threatened one protestor and used racial slurs during the incident.

Flynn’s Office says he is due back in court for a pre-trial conference on July 19 at 10 a.m.

Officials tell News 4 Cremen is charged with second-degree menacing as a hate crime and second-degree harassment.


Roof of three-story warehouse at Oak and Genesee collapses


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thursday morning in Buffalo, a warehouse roof collapsed on Oak St. at Genesee.

As a result of the collapse, which occurred around 10:45 a.m., a car near the three-story building was damaged.

The collapse is affecting traffic, too. Vehicles coming off of Route 33 are backed up, and the Route 33 westbound ramp to Oak St. is closed.

In addition to that, other streets in and around the area are closed, too.

No one appears to have been injured as a result of this incident. 45 workers were in the adjacent building, and they were able to get out safely.

It’s not clear whether or not the entire building will need to be demolished. The building had been under renovation by Legacy Development, but no one had been inside for months, the developer says.

“There’s always a concern with a building of this age,” Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo said when asked about similar buildings.

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Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

George Richert is an award-winning reporter who first joined the News 4 team in 1998, later returning in 2018. See more of his work here.


New restaurant expects to bring ‘sophistication’ to former Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar on Allen

Michael Jacobbi, who owns Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta, has filed plans with the city to open Days Park Tavern at 253 Allen.


Village of Lancaster celebrates Independence Day

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Village of Lancaster is one of many celebrating this Independence Day. Leaders are putting on a Fourth of July parade and Fireworks this Sunday.

“When so many communities were simply cancelling their plans, we were trying to recreate and make sure we could do it in a safe way,” said VIllage of Lancaster Mayor Lynne Ruda.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Sunday on Walter Winter Dr. and Erie St. in Lancaster. The hour long event finishes down Central Avenue and onto West Main Street!

News 4’s Gabrielle Mediak will be emceeing the parade and she cant wait to introduce you to all the amazing participants. “It will feature Lancaster High School Marching Band, Lancaster Middle School Marching Band, of course our veterans, local fire departments and we’ll also have Miss New York Teen in it,” said Ruda. “Vehicles, horses and our local politicians.”

While there isn’t a carnival this year, you can eat and shop at the many local businesses on Central Avenue.
The expanded firework extravaganza begins at 10 p.m.

“We were initially going to do a stay in your car event,” said Ruda. “But now we will be closing down West Main Street and allowing people to congregate and watch the fire works display.”

The fireworks will be shot off from St. Mary’s Church in the village and the community is encouraged to bring a blanket and watch.

For more information on the Village of Lancaster’s Fourth of July events head here.

For a full list of Fourth of July events happening across Western New York, head here.

Gabrielle Mediak is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.


Developer, Forbes Capretto teaming up on Gesel Woods subdivision in Amherst

A formerly vacant parcel at Maple and Ayer roads in Amherst is now the site of the town’s newest subdivision.


Fireworks and fun for a hot, summer day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Friday morning on Wake Up!, we spoke with Step Out Buffalo’s Lauren Spoth, who shared some fun ideas for a hot summer day.

Along with that, Lauren shared a number of places you can go check out fireworks this weekend.

Check out the interview in the video above.

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Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.


Is Lloyd Taco ready to move forward on Elmwood — and on the road?

Lloyd Taco is ready to tackle Elmwood Avenue project.


DEC buys 1,200 acres of land in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties

(WIVB) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has purchased more than 1,200 acres of land in western New York to create new wildlife management areas.

The two pieces of land are in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. They’ll help preserve natural habitats necessary for wildlife populations to grow and thrive.

The land will also provide outdoor recreation opportunities for the public, including fishing, hunting and trapping.

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