Buffalo Zoo says farewell to Agnes, its 24-year-old giraffe
Agnes, a critically ill giraffe who had been receiving end-of-life care at the Buffalo Zoo, died Thursday, zoo officials announced on Twitter.
The 24-year-old giraffe had been suffering from advanced arthritis and other health issues that were not responding to treatment, the zoo said earlier this week.
Agnes was born at the Buffalo Zoo on Aug. 8, 1994, and lived her entire life at the zoo.
The zoo’s giraffe exhibit was closed for Thursday and the zoo expected it will reopen to the public today.
Driver charged with DWI after f leeing crash scene, hiding in shed
A minivan driver with prior alcoholrelated driving convictions faces numerous charges after officers found the Niagara Falls man had run away from a crash scene Wednesday night and was found hiding in a shed, according to a city police report.
Police responded to the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and 15th Street at about 9:45 p.m. for a crash between a minivan and a car, according to the report.
Officers found Frank Huston, 69, in a storage shed in a backyard on 16th Street.
Huston refused to submit to a breath test at the scene and failed field sobriety tests at police headquarters. Huston’s license was revoked due to a DWI from August 2016; he also had convictions for driving while ability impaired in February 2013 and for DWI in November 2014, according to the report.
Collegiate Charter holds open house, pancake breakfast
Buffalo Collegiate Charter School will host a free pancake breakfast and open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday so that prospective students and parents can meet current families and staff, tour the newly remodeled facility and find out what the school is like.
Buffalo Collegiate Charter, at 45 Jewett Ave., opened last August with fourth- and fifth-graders and is chartered to serve grades 4 through 12. It focuses on college prep and leadership opportunities. The school has openings for grades 4-6 and uses an admissions lottery. The application deadline is April 1.
Those interested in attending the open house may register at BuffaloCollegiate.org, though walk-ins also are welcome.
The SAFE Act and gun owners’ rights to be topic of meeting
Gun rights advocate Harold “Budd” Schroeder will address how New York’s SAFE Act affects gun owners’ Second Amendment rights at a meeting of the Dorie Miller Rifle & Pistol Club at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.
Schroeder, chairman emeritus of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education), also will discuss how the political climate in Albany could affect gun owners’ rights and how the proposed legalization of marijuana could impact the right to own a firearm in New York State.
Frank J. Panasuk of the 1791 Society Political Action Committee also will describe that organization’s legal and political efforts to safeguard gun rights. The group takes its name from the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.