Justin Trombly, The Buffalo News

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The only one who heard Jennifer Czapla scream as she tried to stop the blood gushing from her neck was probably the dog that gashed her. She had been trying to get Buddy, a cream-colored husky mix, to come inside her grandmother’s Springville home when the 82-pound dog lunged at her face and throat that Saturday morning in March of 2016.  Moments later, looking in …

For years, Nicholas H. Willett shied away from discussing his service in World War II. Why spend his life talking about the worst time of it, he figured, according to his son Michael. He was much more interested in studying the history of western New York as a real estate lawyer for over 50 years and loving his family, a clan of eight children and 17 grandchildren an…

Efforts to stave off fiscal ruin in Evans face a new hurdle now that a judge has struck down the supervisor's attempt to reduce police shifts. State Supreme Court Justice E. Jeanette Ogden has ordered Town Supervisor Mary K. Hosler to return police patrol shifts to 12 hours, per a collective bargaining agreement. In May, Hosler had shaved the shifts to eight hours. T…

The 18-year-old Cheektowaga bicyclist struck in a Friday hit-and-run has died. Damian Garra died around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, his mother confirmed. Garra was riding his bike on Shanley Street at about midnight Thursday when an SUV allegedly driven by Paul Hintermeier, 36, struck him and drove away, police said. Garra was rushed by ambulance to Sisters of Chari…

You could see it in their faces: Mouths gaping around green gobs. Barely-choked-down gulps of leaves and water. Wincing eyes. But when Gideon "The Truth" Oji, now the two-time champion of the Kale Yeah! professional eating competition, grabbed his kale-filled trophy and took a bite for the crowd, it was in celebration, not struggle. Oji and eight other top-ranked eat…

Police arrested a woman who authorities said robbed a Bank of America branch in Cheektowaga on Friday afternoon, according to Cheektowaga Police. According to Cheektowaga Police, the woman walked inside the bank on Harlem Road and handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller complied and handed the woman cash, and she fled on foot, town police said. Police sear…

Buffalo Police were investigating the shooting of a man on Timon Street on Friday evening, according to a tweet from police. According to the Buffalo Police Department's Twitter account, the man was shot just after 4:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Timon Street, which is on the East Side near the Buffalo Museum of Science. According to a Buffalo Police spokesman late Fri…

Three crew members on a JetBlue plane that stopped in Buffalo were taken to Erie County Medical Center on Thursday night, according to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police, who released information on the incident on Twitter. The flight, which was headed to San Diego from Boston, was diverted to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. When it arrived, the…

A Buffalo man has been arrested in connection with a Thursday morning car crash on the 198, according to a spokesman for Buffalo Police. Taylor Jones III, 31, was charged by authorities with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene after he allegedly struck a parked construction vehicle on the I-198 near Grant Street at around 4 a.m., according to Buffalo Police.…

Robert "Pee Wee" Brown won't have to serve any more time in jail. Brown, 54, who had been convicted on federal cocaine conspiracy charges, was sentenced to time served and a year of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to prosecutors Thursday. The Buffalo man bought and sold cocaine from his home in the city and from his shop, "Pee W…

Two 18-year-olds were arrested in Tonawanda Wednesday night after police found they had broken into a home. Just before midnight, Town of Tonawanda police responded to a call about suspicious people with flashlights outside a neighboring home, according to police.  Officers found broken glass, a broken-in door and the two 18-year-olds. Both were charged with burglary, …

A tractor-trailer tire exploded and damaged a Holland eye care practice Tuesday night. The Erie County Sheriff's Office said in a press release Wednesday that deputies found the trailer on fire outside Holland Eye Center, on the second block of North Main Street, around 3:15 a.m. The tire was blown out and the building had been damaged. The driver, Henry Watson of On…

No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the June death of a woman hit by a vehicle in the Tops Markets parking lot in East Aurora. The driver is being cited for traffic violations. East Aurora-Town of Aurora police issued a press release Wednesday that said they and the Erie County District Attorney's Office found no criminal wrongdoing by the 18-year-old m…

A 20-year-old camp counselor has been accused of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old camper. Nicholas D. Maroney, of Perry, was charged with a misdemeanor after a state police investigation found he had sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl at YMCA Genesee/Camp Hough in Castile. The girl was a camper, Maroney a counselor. The arrest comes after a July 29 investigatio…