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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.

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.


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.

 

Yoga festival comes to Canalside


BUFFALO, NY – It's no stretch to say that Canalside has adopted a new posture on the waterfront this summer.

Dozens of Western New Yorkers attended The "Budding Tree Yoga festival" at Canalside Sunday afternoon.

People were invited to take part in free yoga classes and workshops to learn about the lifestyle that surrounds the practice of yoga.


WNY families dedicate new war memorial


BUFFALO, NY - More than a year-and-a-half of hard work paid off on Saturday, and will continue to pay dividends for generations to come.

A brand new war memorial was dedicated to the 72 Western New York soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since September 11, 2001. Many of their family members attended the dedication ceremony at Buffalo's Naval Park.

Two On Your Side's Erica Brecher has the story.


Lack of federal grant money won't delay Main Street project


BUFFALO, NY – The ongoing project to return motor vehicle traffic to downtown Buffalo's Main Street did not make the cut for millions of dollars in federal grant money to pay for the next phase of the project.

However, Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins told us on Sunday that the lost grant won't cause significant delays.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin has the whole story.