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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…

Raymond VanBuskirk, 45, of Jamestown, who was convicted of unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon, was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that in May 2016, VanBuskirk moved two rifles, one shotgun, and over one thousand ro…

Joshua D. Olschewski, 22, of Henrietta and Jacob Boudrez, 27, of Rochester were arrested on felony drug charges after officers found they had at least 1.5 grams of powered cocaine and cocaine residue when they were arrested in the stairwell of a parking ramp in the 100 block of West Chippewa Street, Buffalo Police said. Both were charged with fifth-degree criminal p…

Longing for the 80s again? The first 80-degree day of 2017, and warmest day in Buffalo since September, is forecast on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast temperature is 84 degrees for the day. A sharp ridge will help pull warm southerly air into the Buffalo Niagara region during the middle of the week, forecasters said. "Tempe…

Making Grand Island a walkable community went a big step forward with the announcement of a state transportation enhancement grant that will fund 80 percent of a $1.2 million project to develop sidewalks along a 2-mile stretch of Grand Island Boulevard, between Webb Street and Fantasy Island. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said the improvement is something r…

Plans to expand the Metro rail from the University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo to the North Campus in Amherst ran aground in the 1980s and 1990s in the face of stiff community opposition and a lack of funding. Residents and officials who didn't support bringing the Metro rail into Amherst back then say they didn't want construction tearing up their neighborhoods …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” . . . STOCK UP – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Spring Used Books and Media Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the hospital atrium. Numerous books, CDs and DVDs will be a…

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…