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Karen Robinson

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


A man who tried to shoplift some shrimp at the Save-A-Lot store on Grant Street Saturday night was confronted by security, fought with the security officer and broke the officer's wrist, Buffalo police said. Police arrested Angel L. Medina, 43, on charges of petit larceny and assault after officers said he concealed shrimp in his shirt and passed all registers without p…

Buffalo police arrested a man who they say knocked off a light globe in front of Frizzy's Bar in Allentown early Sunday before kicking it down Allen Street. Police charged James Scaife with three misdemeanors: fourth-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental administration. Officers said they saw Scaife kick the light globe…

Crime

Buffalo Police are investigating a shooting in the 200 block of Guilford Street on Buffalo's East Side Sunday afternoon. Police said a male was struck by gunfire and taken to Erie County Medical Center. No condition report or further details were immediately available. 

Weather

The lake-effect "snow machine" got in gear two weeks before Christmas, with a blast of colder weather coming this week when an Arctic front swings through the Buffalo-Niagara region. The consistent pattern that began late last week dumped a foot of fresh snow Sunday afternoon in much of the Southtowns and portions of Wyoming County, and it will continue for the next few…

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Simulation centers for patient care. Robotic surgical training. Life-size medical mannequins that talk and help teach tomorrow's doctors. The new home of University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences blends traditional and team-based learning in a building designed to provide high-tech spaces to teach students in a rapidly changing medical fi…

Local News

Allentown residents will get a chance to say what the future of Allentown should be. The  Allentown Association is urging residents and business owners to complete an online survey on the association's Facebook page - ttp://bit.ly/VisionforAllentown. The survey is broad-based, looking at the entire neighborhood, not just Allen Street. One of the city's most popular n…

There's no shortage of coffee on the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Coffee, cappuccino and the promise of even more perking are in the works. Here are a few offerings, some of them new or planned, around campus or nearby: Spot Coffee Express cafe planned soon for 500 square feet inside Roswell Park Cancer Institute's main lobby at Elm and Carlton street…

If you are a patient or visitor at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, don't expect to park anymore in the Michigan Avenue/Goodrich  Street parking ramp. The MIGO parking garage at 134 High St., with 2,036 spaces, is returning to employee and student parking, said Kari Root Bonaro, spokeswoman for Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. , the nonprofit organizaton that over…

Business

Another coffee vendor with a local flavor will perk its roasted beans on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus soon. Golden Cup Coffee Co. will be the exclusive coffee offered in the cafe of University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building when it opens in January to students, the university confirmed. The university also serves Golden …

Local News

A group of residents and business owners in Allentown have an idea for curbing late-night raucous behavior in the neighborhood: No new bars. And when one closes, don't allow another to take its place. Their concerns over large crowds, fights and unruly behavior on late weekend nights were heightened this month after a 37-year-old man was fatally shot outside a bar durin…

Business

The push has intensified to get more Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus workers to use public transit to get to their jobs on the 120-acre campus. BNMC Inc. is offering a free monthly transit pass during November, December or January to new employees on the campus or those that drive to work alone and want to try public transit to get to work on the campus. A newly redone A…

Business

Spot Coffee soon will open a franchise cafe inside Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It will be the first Spot cafe on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, joining a Tim Hortons presence in Oishei Children's Hospital and Buffalo General Medical Center. In a recent corporate announcement on its local activity, Spot said it has signed an agreement with a qualified franchis…

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In its 125-year history on Bryant Street, the old Women & Children's Hospital grew from 12 beds in a converted house to a sprawling campus with seven interconnected buildings. New buildings opened or major additions were built in at least eight separate projects before the hospital closed last week. So hospital officials assume there must have been at least one t…

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The construction company that built the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will donate more than 200 teddy bears to the hospital on Wednesday. Turner Construction Co. said its donation ensures that children receive a new "friend" to celebrate completion of the hospital. Each stuffed bear wears a T-shirt stating "A Bear Hug for Y…