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Sandra Tan

Cityside reporter primarily covering Erie County government. Previously covered Buffalo Public Schools and other community and issue-oriented beats.


Obituaries

June 16, 1925 – Feb. 7, 2018 Juan R. Texidor, a beloved figure Buffalo's Puerto Rican community and host of the "Ecos Boricanos" radio show, died Feb. 7 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 92. Born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Mr. Texidor immigrated in 1951 and settled on Buffalo's West Side. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 35 years, but …

Buffalo

A bitter feud between two Buffalo women resulted in their arrests after one woman apparently broke into the other's apartment Saturday, leading her victim to retaliate by slashing the first woman's tires, according to Buffalo Police. Buffalo Police reported that Ronette N. Cooks, 23, of High Street broke through the front door of Helena L. Green's home on Carlton Street…

Buffalo

A thief stole a full cash register after assaulting a clerk early Sunday at the Sunoco gas station at the intersection of Delaware and West Delavan avenues in Buffalo. The Sunoco employee told Buffalo Police that an unknown man confronted him around 3 a.m. Sunday, grabbed him by the collar, punched him in the face and shoved him to the ground, injuring his right leg. Th…

Buffalo

A woman shopping at the Wegmans supermarket in Black Rock early Saturday morning was arrested and charged with shoplifting after police said she tried to sneak out of the store with a bunch of steaks. Michelle A. Davis of West Avenue was arrested at 5:10 a.m. Saturday at the Wegmans on Amherst Street after leaving the store without paying for a family pack of strip stea…

Crime

A head-on collision between two pickup trucks in the Town of Lockport sent three people to the hospital Sunday afternoon. The driver of a red 2017 Chevy Silverado was traveling southbound on Route 93 around 1:13 p.m. when it crossed the center lane and struck a 2010 Ford F-250, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Both drivers, as well as a passenger, we…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man visiting relatives in Erie, Pa., for a birthday party was found dead on the ice in Presque Isle Bay early Saturday. He was identified as Thomas Fields, 65. Erie County, Pa., Coroner Lyell Cook said Fields died of exposure after wandering from a relative's house late Friday evening and falling off a dock at the foot of Dobbins Landing, a tourist area by Pre…

Crime

A Mayville woman was charged with drunken driving early Sunday morning in the village of Mayville, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Angela M. Grekulak, 42, was pulled over at about 2:51 a.m. after committing a traffic violation on East Chautauqua Street, deputies stated. She was ultimately charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a br…

Erie County

Erie County leaders say their proposed ethics law would be among the toughest around. How tough? Well, that depends on how you interpret the fine print. Consider accepting outside gifts, for example. The City of Buffalo's code rules out accepting gifts exceeding $100 in value. Amherst puts the limit at $75. The proposed county law forbids anything above "nomina…

Erie County

Bojidar Kandar was a senior at Amherst Central High School when he finally told his mother he was gay. "She thought something was wrong that she couldn't fix," said Kandar, now 30. His mother found a Christian counseling service a half hour away that offered to make Kandar straight. The weekly therapy sessions were rough, said Kandar, who described feeling increasing…

Erie County

When Edward G. Schneider III received his county property tax bill last month, he didn't even look. "I get sick to my stomach," the Evans resident said. No one likes paying taxes. But when Erie County's elected officials touted a 2018 budget that reduced the county tax rate for the fourth year in a row, it was only a matter of time before the angry phone calls from c…

Erie County

Mathew Shurka's parents spent $30,000 in a failed effort to turn him from gay to straight. "The entire industry is an underground practice," he said. Shurka was one of nine speakers who attended a hearing before the Erie County Legislature Thursday, to urge legislators to support a proposed local law that would make gay conversion therapy programs illegal. With th…

Erie County

An employee who worked at the Lancaster restaurant Al-E-Oops and the Brookdale Williamsville Senior Living Facility may have exposed 346 patrons and nursing home residents to hepatitis A. The contagious liver virus can be transmitted through contaminated food and water and close contact with an infected person. Patrons of the restaurant, located at 5389 Genesee St., and…

Erie County

The Buffalo and Erie County Central Library has anchored downtown's Lafayette Square for nearly 55 years, embodying the hub of a library system that circulates more than six million materials a year. In that time, the 400,000 square-foot library building has undergone tremendous internal change, though some of its legacy remains untouched. The jewel of the library sy…

Erie County

Looking for a new book to add to your nightstand or your e-reader? How about: An endearing story about a cranky neighbor. The dark tale of a handmaiden living under a fundamentalist and repressive future government. A thriller about a corrupt Florida judge. The play about Harry Potter's son and his search for identity. A personal look at the decline of …

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Most Popular Nonfiction eBook Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly Review: I saw the movie and wanted to read the NY Times best seller book. It was worth it. It was inspiring to read how a few unknown black women were able to change the way we understand space mis…