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Annie Leeds had two corneal transplants when she was 4 years old, but severe glaucoma developed, leaving her blind in her left eye and with severely limited vision in her right. Within months of the cornea transplants, a kidney disorder affected her ability to absorb electrolytes into her bloodstream. And Annie also lost her hearing at around the same age. For a w…

Triad Recycling and Energy in the Town of Tonawanda on Monday will co-host Open Turbine Day, an open house and Earth Day event, to show visitors the benefits of wind power. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the plant, 3755 River Road, is co-sponsored by Northern Power Systems and Buffalo Renewables. It will show off the plant's first wind turbine and the planned inst…

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is looking for volunteers who would like to put their green thumbs to good use. Each year, the organization maintains and beautifies small gardens along Delaware Avenue. Those who rally to the cause as volunteers are known as "KVIS Green Thumb Helpers." Two of the gardens are at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road and at the libr…

A Rees Street man arrested by Buffalo police about 4 a.m. Sunday allegedly terrorized residents of a home in the 400 block of Hoyt Street. Charges against the suspect, Jamel Lane, 24, include felony second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree  menacing, reckless endangerment, harassment and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. …

A Wyoming Avenue man is accused of beating another man with a five-pound dumbbell. Charles M. Lockwood, 35, was arrested by Buffalo police in the 400 block of Sherman Street, near the scene of the beating, which occurred about 4:45 p.m. He was charged with felony second-degree assault and remained in the Erie County Holding Center Sunday night. The victim suffered a…

A Girard Street man was arrested by Buffalo police about 11 p.m. Saturday when he pulled in to a gas station in the 2700 block of Bailey Avenue in a car allegedly stolen from a Buffalo man. Jordan Hairston, 23, was charged with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree grand larcen…

LOCKPORT – Jamal D. Thompson, 26, of Pound Street, was charged Saturday with choking and punching his ex-girlfriend and putting a knife to her daughter's throat. Thompson was arrested by Lockport police about 5:20 a.m., after he allegedly fled the scene in a car that was stopped by Niagara County sheriff's deputies. The attack reportedly occurred in the ex-girlfriend'…

How the media covers the Muslim community and how the public interprets that news was the focus of a wide-ranging "Muslimedia" panel discussion Sunday in the Islamic Center, Getzville. The crowd of about 60 people obtained insights from two retired Western New York journalists as well as religious leaders and representatives of the Muslim community. Lee Coppola, a pr…

Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who officially announced she is running for mayor on Sunday, bristles at the notion she could be a spoiler in what is now a three-way race in the Democratic primary. Grant, a longtime force in East Side politics, will take on incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown, with the potential for the two to split the vote in the African-American …

SHERIDAN – A Fredonia man was captured as he was stealing two long guns from the vehicle of a South Roberts Road resident about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies said. Ryan A. Brown, 22, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of trespass. Short…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County Court jury convicted a Niagara Falls man Friday on three counts of possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines, which were found in his car during a traffic stop. Simeon D. Mokhiber, 41, of Willow Avenue, was arrested April 18, 2016, in North Tonawanda, where police said they found the Glock magazines after pulling him over for driving wh…

NEWFANE – A Wilson man was charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding past a Niagara County Sheriff's patrol vehicle, then pulling onto the shoulder of the road in hopes the patrol vehicle would pass, deputies said. Doyle W. Alexander, 30, of Dorwood Park, Wilson, also was charged with driving on the shoulder of the roadway and a moving violation. Police sa…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A Niagara Falls man was arrested recently after being caught driving without a license, which was revoked because he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test in a previous arrest. Town police said they stopped a car driven by Thomas J. Teeto, 31, of South Avenue, on April 17 after clocking him driving 47 mph in a 35 mph zone of Packard Road. A record…

Erie County's volunteer fire companies are enlisting in RecruitNY, a statewide effort Saturday and next Sunday to step up the recruitment of volunteer firefighters. Michael Loughran, a spokesman for the Fireman's Association of New York State, said volunteer fire departments will be open next weekend for the recruiting effort, with members on hand to explain what it tak…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A 56-year-old Brighton, Ont., man suffered a leg injury during a fall while hiking along the Niagara Gorge Saturday, the Niagara Parks Police Service announced Sunday. While hiking with family and friends near the Whirlpool Terminus of the Fisherman's Trail, the victim lost his footing and fell, police said. Emergency responders attended to the i…