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Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


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An expected throng of more than 3,00o bicyclists will get to meander through Buffalo's Olmsted park system and parkways next month on an 18.8-mile loop including waterfront views from atop of the 100-foot high Skyway. It's all part of GObike Buffalo's fifth annual SkyRide, its signature fundraising event planned for 6 a.m. May 20. Beyond the parks, cyclists will also ge…

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An ocean theme will soon transform windows of an Allentown cafe, with jellyfish fashioned from plastic bags, perhaps with their tentacles dangling above customers. A two-headed sea turtle of cardboard and papier-mache will complete the scene. Across the street from Grindhaus, salvaged pieces of blue jeans, their pockets strung together and hung vertically with "gardens"…

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Close your eyes and see perfectly timed, self-driving shuttles waiting for as you exit a Metro Rail station along the western edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to take you to your final destination. Envision dedicated bicycle lanes along a reconstructed, improved Main Street adjacent to the campus. Picture a cycle track offset from nearby cars. Imagine not c…

Buffalo police are looking for a bank customer who was not allowed to open an account at the drive-through and responded by making a dramatic and property-damaging gesture. The woman reportedly drove up to the M&T Bank window at 231o Hertel Ave. on Friday afternoon and tried to open an account.When told she couldn't do that via the window, she threw the transfer can…

A Clarence man has died from injuries he suffered in a head-on collision a day earlier on Akron Road in the Town of Royalton. Terence Standsblack, 27, was taken to Erie County Medical Center after sustaining critical injuries in the Friday evening collision, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. He died on Saturday. The two-vehicle crash happened at 6:10 …

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On Monday, Jamestown police alerted the public to a crime that was almost too horrific to believe: A pit bull had been found hanging from its collar in a tree in a partly wooded section of the city, and it had been there for several months. But only days after bringing the crime to the public's attention, police arrested the person they said was responsible. Robert S…

Obituaries

March 9, 1927 – March 21, 2018 Norman R. Witte was a man of few words who was most content when tinkering in his shop at his Boston home, creating some of his best treasures, including boats, furniture, a hot rod with a rumble seat, and all sorts of woodworking projects. Mr. Witte, a self-taught contractor, built nearly 20 homes in the Boston and Orchard Park area, b…

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Don't bother complaining about the driver if you happen to be behind a strange-looking, slow-moving bus on the University at Buffalo North Campus this summer. There won't be one. By late April, UB will begin a two-year research project studying the operation and challenges of running a driverless bus – with an eye toward the day it could eventually shuttle students a…

Food and Drink

A fledgling Allentown sandwich bistro specializing in meatballs has closed and the business is for sale. Seven months after owners Dennis Glenn and Bobby Burns opened A Street Meatball Market at 23 Allen St. -- betting on additional business from the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus -- it folded after struggling to make ends meet, Glenn confirmed Wednesday. The …

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The two things that seem to be in shortest supply on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are parking spaces for motor vehicles and incentives to ride your bicycle to get there. The second obstacle is about to change. A free bike parking zone will be in place on the campus this spring, allowing riders of the red "smart bikes" rented through Reddy Bikeshare to park them…

Adalberto Cruz, 28, of Puerto Rico, who was convicted in federal court of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, was sentenced to a year in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Cruz sold heroin on the West Side of Buffalo on Feb. 25, 2015, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who handled the case. Cruz was arres…

A Gowanda man has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Prosecutors said that Shane Aurand, 21, started communicating in March 2017 with an undercover law enforcement agent on the messaging application Kik. Aurand is accused of sharing sexually explicit pictures of a 7-year-old child that he produced while…

A second man has been sentenced in the federal pollution case against Grand Island company Comprehensive Employee Management. Raj Chopra, 54, of Grand Island, who was convicted of making a false statement under the Clean Air Act, was sentenced to one year probation and his company was fined $25,000. CEM, an environmental consulting company, at 1815 Love Road, provide…

From the steps of Buffalo City Hall Saturday, the student-led March for Our Lives movement for stricter gun control made its mark – drawing 3,000 people, including two surviving students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting rampage, to a rally and march in Niagara Square. Survivors Justin Colton, who was wounded by two bullets, and Ryan Walsh were in the…

A Taste of Ghana is coming to St. John Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kenmore on April 18. Ghanaian food, drumming, fashion show and live music will be part of the fun celebration at the church from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the festival will be used to build a computer lab in Kpone Bawaleshie School in Ghana. Pre-sale tickets are $25; students, $20. Tickets…