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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…

Morning-show personalities on 97 Rock were just trying to be funny last week when they solicited Polish jokes from callers on one of the biggest days of the year in Polish-American culture, according to radio station management. But the on-air talent "used poor judgment" when they put the callers on the radio on Dyngus Day, the day after Easter, the station's owner sa…

NIAGARA FALLS - A 70-year-old nursing home patient is missing, according to police. Bruce Humphrey was last seen by the staff at Niagara Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Cedar Avenue at 5 p.m. Sunday when he was given medication, according to a police report. Police were alerted to the situation when they responded to the nursing home at about 4:20 a.m. Monday,…

NIAGARA FALLS – Pasqua DiGianni planned to plead guilty Monday to trespassing at the Seneca Niagara Casino. But she did not get the chance in Niagara Falls City Court. On April 15, the 69-year-old Woodbridge, Ont., woman won a $1,400 jackpot. But when she headed for the cashier's window to claim her winnings, casino management refused to pay her and called Niagara Fa…

Atwal Eye Care has opened a 9,000-square-foot medical and surgical facility in Orchard Park. The site, at 3176 Abbott Road, will feature an optical shop in addition to medical and surgical services. There will be 20 staff members at the site, including ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Sansano Jr. and five other health care professionals. Atwal Eye Care, operates five oth…

National Fuel is asking for federal appellate review of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's denial earlier this month of its proposed 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline. The Williamsville-based company filed a petition Friday with the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a review of the DEC's April 7 denial of its application for a water qu…

Joslyn Miller tearfully told a judge Monday that she made a horrible mistake the night she drove drunk and crashed her car, seriously injuring her friend. Miller was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and five years on probation. Miller, 23, previously pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to first-degree vehicular assault. She recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 p…

LOCKPORT - Benito Lendof-Gonzalez had a month to figure out how to beat a charge of assaulting his wife. While sitting in the Niagara County Jail, Lendof-Gonzalez allegedly decided that his wife needed to die, but it needed to look like a suicide by poison. The Town of Lockport man even wrote a suicide note for his wife, declaring that he was innocent of the domest…

The Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System will hold a series of workshops on Tuesday designed to bridge the gaps in health care disparities. The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., will host the free workshops in Freedom Hall, Room 301. Health care professionals and community residents are encouraged to attend one or all of…

A middle school student made a threat against Grand Island's Connor Middle School on social media on Monday morning, according to a statement from the school district. School officials and police were notified of the threat at 6:45 a.m. by a parent whose child saw the post on Snapchat, School Superintendent Brian Graham said. Authorities declined to specify what th…

Norah B. Fletchall, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, will succeed Donna Fernandes as the Buffalo Zoo's next president, officials announced Monday. Fletchall, had been with the Indianapolis Zoo since 2009, where she also worked as vice president of operations and vice president of conservation. As a member of the …

At eight stories tall and 628,000 square feet, the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences makes a statement. The $375 million facility is under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. [PHOTO GALLERY: UB's downtown medical school nears completion] Here are seven facts about the new building: 1. The building is equi…

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 more than 1,000 round…

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 powdered 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 poss…

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…