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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News. A print journalism graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, she is also a licensed attorney.


Cheektowaga

A hovercraft is perhaps the last thing you'd expect to see for sale on the lawn outside a municipal building. But Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner did just that on Tuesday when he hung a "For Sale" sign on the town's hovercraft, the same way privately-owned vehicles have been bought and sold for generations. "We've exercised every option," said Wegner. …

Buffalo

Two highway workers were shot in the back with paintballs Friday on the Kensington Expressway, sparking outrage from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who called what happened an "assault." The incident happened at 8 a.m. on an Olympic Avenue overpass and involved two members of the state Department of Transportation bridge crew, said Susan Surdej, spokeswoman for the DOT. "The …

Buffalo

Like many people in Western New York, Jose A. Palma Jr. is sweating it out this summer. Unlike most, Palma's concerns revolve around keeping his putting green free from grubs, slugs and other organisms. "You're constantly fighting something, whether it’s the grubs or diseases," he said. "That's the thing with short grass. You see everything when grass is cut so low."…

Local News

Daniel Flynn sat with a friend on the terrace of a Laundromat on Porter Avenue when he witnessed a shooting that knocked a bicyclist to the ground. "I hear a pop that sounded like an air gun," said Flynn, who is 34. "It hit him in the head, knocked him off his bike, and I wondered if I just saw a drive-by shooting. The car lingered for a second and then took off fast." …

Erie County

O.J. Simpson was invited to the Mulligan's Reunion Party Sunday afternoon at Templeton Landing Restaurant near Erie Basin Marina. "He couldn't make it," said Michael Militello, looking tanned and toned as he greeted guests to the VIP party in the restaurant's rooftop club. "His parole officer declined," Militello said. "He's with his children and they are planning a …

Crime

A 59-year-old woman was charged with impaired driving Saturday following a roll-over accident on State Route 238 in the Town of Attica,  the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office reported. Debora J. Bennett of Silver Springs was driving southbound on Route 238 when she drove across the oncoming lane, struck a guard rail and rolled the vehicle several times, said Sgt. Colin Re…

Erie County

Baby Blue had lost considerable weight by the time Dr. Helen E. Sweeney examined the anorexic koi in her West Seneca office. The fish had not eaten in weeks, yet it unleashed a flurry of tail flaps as the veterinarian approached its tank. Sweeney, unfazed, trained her eyes on the pale blue fish. As she reached into the tank with one hand, its tail began to redden, a sig…

Local News

A 24-year-old hiker who "lost his bearings" during a hike on the Niagara Falls gorge trail and fell 50 feet was rescued early Sunday, reported Niagara Falls State Park Police. The unidentified hiker, who suffered several bone fractures, was spotted around 5 a.m. by a fisherman on the lower gorge trail, police said. The man fell approximately 50 feet onto the lower go…

Local News

The man who was seriously wounded Saturday evening in a shooting at Genesee Street and Crossman Avenue died Sunday of his injuries, Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge reported. The 28-year-old man was shot about 7 p.m. Saturday and transported to Erie County Medical Center with “serious” injuries, said DeGeorge, who did not release the victim's name. Anyone wi…

Local News

James Rogowski, the Cheektowaga Town councilman arrested February in a domestic incident, will be allowed to return to his teaching job pending the results of a state-ordered psychological evaluation, he confirmed on Tuesday. Rogowski, who is a technology teacher at Lockport High School, was put on a paid leave of absence from his teaching job after he was charged with …

Business

A public hearing Tuesday before the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency will air plans for a proposed $4.5 million warehouse and distribution center on Walden Avenue. The project proposed by Robert-James Sales Inc. involves the construction of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse at 4542 Walden, said Paul Leone, town consultant for the IDA. The project is expected to …

Lancaster

People living near Lancaster Speedway for years have griped about the loud noise from racing cars that would disrupt their summer night dreams. Many of them live on Genesee Street – separated from the speedway by the New York State Thruway – about one to two miles away. Some spend their nights indoors with windows closed to block the sound. "It's not a pleasant sound…

Extreme heat warnings have prompted area cities and towns to set up cooling centers. The Buffalo and Erie County Libraries system will open three additional air-conditioned branches on Saturday – Grand Island, Newstead and North Collins – as well as 11 libraries on Sunday, including the Central Library. Family programs will be offered, and library cards are not required…

Buffalo

Animals can suffer heatstroke gradually, but it accelerates quickly. It’s easy for early signs of heatstroke to go unrecognized, and for a pet to be in an emergency situation. Here's what you need to know, according to Gina Browning of the Erie County SPCA: • On an 85-degree day, for example, even with windows open, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degre…

Buffalo

Cheektowaga lawmakers concerned over the safety of oil trains barreling through Western New York are pushing for state inspections at local rail yards. “We need to make sure oil is transported safely from the source to the user, and reinstating inspections of oil tankers will help us do that,” said Brian Nowak, a Cheektowaga councilman. A resolution sponsored by Nowa…