Buf­falo Zoo says farewell to Agnes, its 24-year-old gi­raffe

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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.

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