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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.


Erie County

The thickness of the Lake Erie ice pack is so great that a 77-ton ice breaker has been brought in to break up the ice in order to remove the ice boom.The ice in some places is three feet thick, according to Lou Paonessa, director of media relations at the power authority.That’s why the William H. Latham is now breaking up the ice.A 10-member power authority crew working …

New York Power Authority crews started to dismantle the ice boom Tuesday morning, but they were called off after removing just one of the 22 steel spans that stretch like a necklace across the outlet of Lake Erie. Each span contains 10 two-ton steel pontoons. Add high winds, lake waters that are barely above freezing and 240 square miles of ice, and one can see why the cre…

Erie County

At 8:15 this morning, crews began the process of raising each of the 22 steel-pontoon spans that stretch across the Niagara River and block the ice flow from entering Niagara Power Project water intakes.“It’s like the sign of spring everyone wants to see – when the ice boom is coming out,” said Lou Paonessa, director of media relations for the Power Authority. “They’ll lik…

Local News

Pirates fascinate Ethan Pennel. Pumpkins, too.And like most 5-year-old boys, Ethan likes a good game of Angry Birds.But if he gets too excited – and when he starts to cough – the little boy with those wide eyes could wind up in the pediatric intensive care unit at Women & Children’s Hospital.Just like he’s done 33 times before.“They call him the mayor of the PICU because w…

Buffalo

As a teenager Liz Van Verth attended Locust Street Art school where she established a foundation upon which she built her career. A native of North Buffalo, Van Verth went on to study illustration at Syracuse University and she earned a master’s degree in digital art from Pratt Institute.Van Verth moved to New York City in the early ’90s, settled in Greenpoint and took a j…

Local News

Lynn Zlotkowski was married over Memorial Day weekend last year and, like most newlyweds, was so excited she wanted to share news of the joyous occasion with friends. But when the Sacred Heart Academy graduate sent her wedding announcement and photograph to the school in Amherst for inclusion in its alumni magazine, the submission was rejected.Zlotkowski, who had married a…

Local News

Julie Blackman, 46, is a sixth-generation member of Blackman Homestead Farm in Cambria, a 160-acre fruit farm that grows pears, apples and Concord grapes. A physical therapist for almost two decades, Blackman returned to farming five years ago when she and her business partners opened Farmers & Artisans, a bakery and local foods market now located in Snyder at 4557 Main St…

Buffalo

They stood together Wednesday behind the podium at the Buffalo History Museum, military interpreters entering their third year of celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Already, Guy Rizzuto of Grand Island and Alan Eimiller of East Aurora have participated in the Siege of Fort Erie, the Battle of Queenston Heights, the attack of Fort Niagara (twice) and two event…

Crime

One year ago, Kimberly Lawton’s world began to crumble.First the Orchard Park mother of three was accused of poisoning her infant son during a contentious custody battle. She was arrested and sent to jail. Her children were taken from her. She lost her job.All of this happened after traces of the flammable liquid ethanol were found mixed with the milk in baby’s bottles mea…

Buffalo

There is no mistaking the clank of a clogger walking.Imagine the sound of 700 cloggers who wear shoes with double-hinged metal taps and heels layered in leather to cushion a force equal to five times their body weight.Such is the thunder that fills the meeting rooms of Adam’s Mark Hotel this weekend as it welcomes the Nickel City Clogging Festival.“We make a lot of noise,”…

The Lackawanna City Council looked to improve response times for emergency and non-emergency medical service Monday night by unanimously approving a measure to seek bids from alternative ambulance services.The city fire chief expressed dissatisfaction with its current provider, Rural/Metro. “We want to make sure the ambulance arrives within a certain time frame,” said Lack…

Lifestyles

Charles Johnston, 28, and Andrew Osborne, 31, are unorthodox businessmen who have been best friends for a decade. As co-owners of an electronic cigarette business in South Buffalo they are riding a popularity surge due in part to their quirky YouTube videos and radio ads.Both men are hardcore vapers who started smoking cigarettes at a very young age. They started selling e…

Shannon Richardson, a suspended Buffalo police cellblock attendant, was arraigned Thursday in State Supreme Court on felony dog-fighting charges.The defendant, 34, stood silently as Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns continued the bail set at $7,500.Richardson, 34, of Erb Street, faces three felony counts of prohibition of animal fighting and two misdemeanor counts…

Shannon Richardson, 34, the suspended Buffalo police cellblock attendant arrested in connection with a dog-fighting ring, has been indicted on felony and misdemeanor animal abuse counts, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III confirmed Tuesday.Richardson was arrested Dec. 7 after police discovered four malnourished fighting dogs and fight-training equipment at h…

Buffalo

A $7,000 reward has been offered for the return of Ginja, one of four malnourished dogs seized in December by police investigating a dogfighting ring on Erb Street.Ginja had been reported missing in early January from the Buffalo Animal Shelter on North Oak Street, according to animal rights attorney Matt Albert.Shannon Richardson, a now-suspended Buffalo police cell-block…