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Jury finds Kuzdzal guilty in death of Eain Brooks


BUFFALO, N.Y. - The man accused of murdering and sexually abusing Eain Brooks has been found guilty.

Matthew Kuzdzal was found guilty Friday by a jury following several days of testimony.

Eain Brooks was only five-years-old when he died.

Eain's grandmother was in the courtroom Friday morning and wiped away tears as prosecutor James Bargnesi recalled in detail the extent of Eain's injuries.

Bargnesi described Kuzdzal and his actions as "wicked and despicable" and said he has "an utter disregard for the value of human life."

Prosecutors say Kuzdzal changed his story in the days after Eain died and also while he was on the stand. Kuzdzal said Eain fell down the stairs while carrying laundry then testified that he had in fact pushed Eain and he hit his head on a bathtub. Kuzdzal said he was angry that Eain was misbehaving and that he had urinated on himself.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Announces New Adopt-a-House Initiative

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Announces New Adopt-a-House Initiative

 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is proud to unveil its latest development campaign, the Adopt-a-House Program. 

On Sept. 16, BNHV and the Amherst Women’s Interclub Council unveiled many updates that were made to one of the museum’s 11 historic buildings located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. These updates were made with funds raised at the Interclub Council’s annual fundraising luncheon and raffle. 

Man rescued after he falls onto NFTA Metro Rail tracks


BUFFALO, N.Y.- A couple of good samaritans rescued a 54-year-old man Tuesday after he fell on the Metro Rail tracks at the Allen Street-Medical Campus station.

NFTA officials say the man, who may have a vision problem, exited the train and walked into a wall. He then turned around and walked near the edge of the platform, eventually falling onto the tracks.

"When I turned back around from going up the escalator, he fell straight down into the tracks," Kedra Corley, one of his rescuers said. "Me, this other guy and this lady, helped him up off the track and he bust the back of his head really bad."

The man was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where officials say he is in stable condition with possible head and rib injuries.

There were no other people near the man when he fell, and officials do not suspect foul play.


Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

 

Each year in the United States we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. We celebrate each year on Sept. 17, as this was the day the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. 

The origin of this day is said to date back to 1911 when several Iowa schools first celebrated Constitution Day. Constitution Day received its first national recognition with help from a committee known as “The Sons of the American Revolution,” formed to promote the Constitution. The committee included well-known figures such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller and General John Pershing. 

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Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen College’s newly refurbished Veteran’s Center, which provides a welcoming campus space devoted to students who have served in the military, has been named in honor of alumna Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a long-time supporter and friend of the college.

The 500-square-foot Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans was officially dedicated at a Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting celebration attended by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, veterans and others from the college community. Bill Gacioch, who surprised his wife with the event, was also in attendance along with their three children and family friends at the dedication for the center.

 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Plans Spine-chilling October Events

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Plans Spine-chilling October Events

 

You know Halloween is right around the corner when events such as the Victorian Séance Series, Halloween Trick or Treat, and Tales of Terror on the Niagara Frontier start popping up on the schedule at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village!

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

The challenge - Solve Local!

Technology giant AT&T along with University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo &Erie County and Hack Upstate today announced the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge—a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which developers are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building smartphone apps that serve Western New Yorkers. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $18,000.

The challenge, facilitated by Hack Upstate, was launched at d!g Buffalo (pronounced ‘dig’) on September 10, the newly opened co-work space on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and will run until November 10. Coders, designers and technologists can register for the challenge and get more information at attwny.hackupstate.com