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Federal and state agents five weeks ago raided the headquarters of Grassroots – one of Buffalo's most influential political organizations – along with the home of its founder, Maurice L. Garner, amid reports that authorities are following a money trail tied to campaign finance reports. Even though investigators are believed to be scrutinizing the records and compute…

A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile gu…

A slick, wobbly ladder over muddy water swamped the Mathletes' quest for $250,000. A group of University at Buffalo students competing in the NBC obstacle course show "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" advanced to the semifinals on Sunday night along with five other teams. But the UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island, Zoe Herrick of Rocheste…

As wet weather persists in the Great Lakes basin, the U.S.-Canadian agency that sets the rate of water flows out of Lake Ontario has decided to maintain the record flow levels it began in the second week of June. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control continues to allow nearly 2.75 million gallons of water per second to flow into the St. Lawr…

A Blasdell man whose driver's license has been suspended 36 times was arrested Saturday night after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a car near a major Orchard Park intersection, according to authorities. Orchard Park police reported finding Tyler M. Melisz, 25, on Southwestern Boulevard at the "five corners" intersection at about 7 p.m. in his vehicl…

Mayor Byron W. Brown is overhauling the board that oversees Buffalo's public housing for 10,000 residents, an initial step toward tackling ongoing problems at the agency. The mayor in recent weeks asked for and received resignations from three of the commissioners who oversee the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and he intends to announce replacements Monday. He also…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, born on this date in 1898, “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” . . . ALL WET – Making a splash today is Ten Lives Club cat and rescue adoption group, which is setting up a “Dunk a Hunk, Dunk a Diva” dunking booth from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at its shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road (R…

Maj. Patrick Miller has been to war in Iraq, and undergone countless surgeries and medical procedures since being shot in the abdomen by a gunman at Fort Hood, Texas three years ago. But it is his mother he is most proud of, and he praised her during a benefit concert he organized Sunday in Allegany for Wounded Warriors. Carole Miller lost her father, an Army lieuten…

Two people died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night in Hartland, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. The crash happened at Quaker and Ridge roads at 7:12 p.m. Deputies who arrived at the scene found one vehicle in the westbound lane of Ridge and the other off the road in the southwest corner of the intersection, authorities said. Both vehicles were heavily…

A man was severely injured after jumping from the top of Akron Falls on Sunday, according to the Akron Fire Company. At around 4:50 p.m., Akron EMS responded to the Upper Falls parking lot off of Skyline Drive, where the man's friends had brought him after the accident. Swimming is not permitted in Akron Falls Park, which surrounds a section of Murder Creek, a tributary…

Looking out for cyclists might be a bit easier this coming Saturday — some of them could be nude. For the third year in a row, the World Naked Bike Ride will cruise through Buffalo to bring awareness to "oil addiction and the negative impacts of car culture," according to a press release. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tony Sisti Park on the corner of North and F…

An apartment building now marks the spot where Orchard Park High School's Class of 1947 attended school. The students who graduated two years after World War II ended are around 88 years of age, and on Sunday, 14 of them and a number of their spouses showed their school spirit was still intact at their 70th high school reunion. "It's wonderful to get together," said …

Five people in Cattaraugus County have been arrested in the past two weeks for forging signatures on social services documents. Each arrest came after a Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services investigation. Here's the list from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office: · Leighann A. Russell, 30, of Salamanca was charged with three counts of first-degree off…

After Darryl McCunes was told by his sister he could not stay at her house Saturday, he slashed the ties on her car, according to Buffalo police. McCunes, of Buffalo, had an argument with his brother-in-law and returned later in the day to slash the four tires on his sister's 2010 Cadillac, officials said. The sister and brother-in-law saw him leave the scene of the …

A Napoli man was arrested on several DWI, traffic and child endangerment charges in the Town of New Albion on Friday. Craig A. Dechow, 39, of Allegany Road was arrested after a traffic stop just before 8 p.m. He was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a child under 15 in the vehicle, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, other traffic violations and three coun…

A funnel cloud spun through Wyoming County on Sunday, according the National Weather Service in Buffalo. It was one incident in a string of severe weather events in the area. https://twitter.com/NWSBUFFALO/status/889242878324727808 Flash flooding is expected tonight in northeastern Wyoming County and southeastern Genesee County, according to a release from the Nation…