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Monday, December 11, 2017

HEaRD in WNY: Shows for Dec. 14 - 20

All WNY News     Monday, December 11, 2017    

This week's featured show is Willie May CD Release Celebration.

Come celebrate the release of Buffalo's legendary bluesman Willie May's 18th record! In his 50 Plus years making music, Willie has taken his original blend of blues across the country, performing back to back on stage with everyone from Steve Marriot to Alvin Lee! A 5 time Buffalo Music Award Winner, Willie's CDs consistently are in the Top 20 on the Blues/Roots Chart.

The party starts at 7:00pm this Thursday, December 14th at the Tralf Music Hall in downtown Buffalo. Tickets are only $10 advance to see his 8 peice band Featuring: Evan Laedke, Hayden Fogle, Ken Parker, Larry Cheeley, Mark Garcia, Owen Eichensehr, Paul Woloszyn, & more live on stage!

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at For the full FTMP show calendar, visit

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Roger E. Wagner -- Dec. 7, 2017

All WNY News     Sunday, December 10, 2017    
Roger "Rock" Wagner passed away Thursday December 7. The son of Edgar and Rachel Wagner, Rock was born in Niagara Falls but lived most of his life in Lockport.

Roger retired from Harrison in 1998 after 36 years of work where he held several elected and appointed positions including: UAW Internationally appointed Joint Activities Representative, Senior Quality of Work Life Administer, Committeeman, Shop Committeeman, Shop Committee Chair, and 1st Vice President Amalgamated Local 686. After retirement, Rock worked several years for Niagara Hospice as Maintenance Coordinator. Rock continued as a Niagara Hospice volunteer earning the Hospice Foundation Outstanding Volunteer Award. Rock also worked several years at the Niagara County Board of Elections as Niagara County Democratic Voting Machine Technician. Rock was also past Chair of the Town of Lockport Democratic Committee. His countless hours of unwavering principles to the success of the Town of Lockport Democratic Committee earned him the "Sparkplug" Award and also the Lifetime Achievement Award. Past Board member of the YMCA, Past President of the UAW Archery League and member of the Wilson Island Yacht Club, Rock's other interests included golf, archery and the outdoors.

Rock is survived by his wife Jerilynn Wagner, His children Jeffrey (Krissan) and Susan Wagner of Nevada, Grandchildren Bryan Branch of Lockport, Jessy Hall and Rachel Chew of Nevada, Jordan Branch of Lockport, Brothers David (Sharon) Peter (Kathy) Wagner of Lockport, many cousins, nephews nieces and dear friends. Roger was pre-deceased by daughter Michelle Branch.

Family and Friends may call at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home 242 Genesee St. Lockport on Tuesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. where a celebration of life will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Donations in Rock's honor can be made to Niagara Hospice or Lockport Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Friday, December 08, 2017

PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Time Travel

All WNY News     Friday, December 08, 2017    

Cory comments on his top three destinations for time travel.

Comment back on Twitter @allwnycory.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Buffalo Introduces Bricks for Bulls Campaign

All WNY News     Thursday, December 07, 2017    
UB Alumni, fans and supporters can show their campus pride and create a lasting legacy with the brand new Bricks for Bulls campaign. We invite you to etch your name into history by securing a personalize brick on the new Stampede Plaza – located on the North end of UB Stadium, near the Murchie Family Fieldhouse.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Dec. 6, 2017

All WNY News     Wednesday, December 06, 2017    

This week's episode of the ThinkSoJoE Show includes Joe discussing the recurring theme in his life of being stood up and ending up at local punk shows.  Brian talks about Breaking Solace’s debut shows.  Joe Knows Music returns.  Music from Lucky33, Johnny Revolting, Inherent Vice, and The Abruptors.

ALERT: Gillibrand leads charge to force Franken's resignation

Scott Leffler     Wednesday, December 06, 2017    

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand led a charge early this afternoon, asking for Minn. Sen. Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual harassment.

Nine other  Democratic senators have since followed in Gillibrand's footsteps, asking fellow Democrat Franken to resign his senate seat.

Franken will reportedly make an announcement on Thursday, although it's unknown whether he will announce is resignation or if he'll continue to fight.

If Franken resigns his post, the seat will be filled by appointment of Minnesota's Democratic governor, essentially assuring the Democratic Party would maintain the seat.

PODCAST: The Struggle Is Real (S1E4)

All WNY News     Wednesday, December 06, 2017    
Ryan and Dennis sit down with local Rapper AJ Jordan to talk about extortion in Chicago, hype men, Juggalos, the Buffalo hip-hop scene and what drives him.

We learn the story of Ryan’s engagement/non-engagement with his now-wife, and talk about those “This isn’t what I was expecting” moments in DIY music.

Dennis recaps the Jonathan Richman concert at Nietzsche's on 11/11 and Ryan talks about seeing JD McPherson at The Tralf on 11/17.

See more of Jonathan Richman here.

See more of JD McPherson here.

Follow the Struggle is Real on Twitter @SIRPodcastNY. Gurnett and Reed can also be found on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol‏and @agenbyte, respectively.

Keep up with their shenanigans on Facebook at

Listen below or via the All WNY News & Radio app for Android.

Today's forecast: Chance of show with a high near 38

All WNY News     Wednesday, December 06, 2017    

The National Weather Service calls for a chance of snow showers today with a high near 38 and an overnight low around 26.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high near 34 and an overnight low around 24. Friday, snow showers are likely with a high near 32 and a low around 25. Saturday, snow showers are likely again with a high near 33 and a low around 21.

Sunday, there's a chance of snow showers with a high near 29 and a low around 24. Monday, snow showers are likely with a high near 34 and a low around 24. Tuesday, there's a chance of snow showers with a high near 28.

Kane able to push Sabres to victory

All WNY News     Wednesday, December 06, 2017    

DENVER -- Robin Lehner made 35 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres end a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

Benoit Pouliot, Jake McCabe, Evander Kane and Jack Eichel scored for the Sabres (7-17-4), who are 2-9-2 in their past 13 games.

"We played pretty good," Lehner said. "This was a back-and-forth game and we gave them some momentum with penalties. They had some good Grade A chances. The key was the chances came from within the zone. There were no odd-man rushes."

Nathan MacKinnon scored two power-play goals for the Avalanche (12-12-2), who lost the last three games of a five-game homestand to go 1-4-0.

"We dug ourselves in a hole for sure," MacKinnon said. "We should have been better on this homestand. We didn't take advantage of what we had in front of us. Hopefully it doesn't bite us at the end of the season."

Kane gave the Sabres a 3-2 lead at 11:54 of the third period with his 13th goal. Eichel sent the puck behind the Avalanche net, Kane corralled it and scored on a wraparound against Semyon Varlamov (31 saves).

"There was a shot and the puck was behind the net," said Kane, who had gone six games without a goal. "I had some momentum going behind the net. The goalie was out of position and I stuffed it in."

Eichel scored into an empty net with 32.9 seconds to play for his eighth goal.

"It would be easy to get down and go in a different direction, but the guys fought the whole night," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "It was a total team effort up and down the lineup. Robin had a really solid game for 60 minutes and I thought our leaders really led tonight."

MacKinnon tied the game 2-2 at 9:58 of the third period when he beat Lehner to the short side for his second of the game and 10th of the season.

"When they tied it up there we came up with a big goal, got us ahead again," Housley said.

The Sabres took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals by Pouliot and McCabe.

Pouliot scored shorthanded at 5:32 off a pass from Ryan O'Reilly, who skated into the Avalanche end as defenseman Erik Johnson slid toward the net. O'Reilly passed across to Pouliot on the right side for a shot past Varlamov for a 1-0 lead.

The Avalanche tied the game 1-1 at 12:22 when MacKinnon beat Lehner to the short side from the left circle.

The Sabres went ahead 2-1 on McCabe's goal at 18:59. His shot bounced into the net off Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard. It was the first goal by a Buffalo defenseman this season.

The Avalanche requested a review whether the Sabres were offside before the goal, but it stood and Colorado was assessed a penalty for delay of game.

"The hockey gods were on our side on that call and hopefully the floodgates open up for us on the back end," McCabe said. "I think [the media is] more worried about the points and the goals than we are. We're worried about the two points that are on the line every night.

"Obviously we need to provide that secondary offense on the back end, and tonight we did that. We did get the most important two points, and that's all that matters."

  • The Sabres ended a six-game losing streak on the road (0-4-2). Their previous road win was Nov. 2, 5-4 against the Arizona Coyotes. ... Buffalo went 0-for-3 on power plays and has not scored in the past 29 attempts in 10 games. ... Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog completed his four-game suspension for cross-checking Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Nov. 25.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Meacham to return as Bisons manager in 2018

All WNY News     Tuesday, December 05, 2017    

The Toronto Blue Jays today announced that BOBBY MEACHAM will return as manager of the Buffalo Bisons for the 2018 season. Meacham, who became he the 20th manager in the team's modern era last year, led the Bisons to a 65-76 record in 2017.

Meacham also played 94 games for the 1989 Bisons and is one of only two people to both play for and manage the team in the modern era (Torey Lovullo). Meacham's coaching staff for the 2018 season will be announced later this offseason.

Meacham is entering the 28th season of his coaching career with 11 years of experience as a minor league manager. The Bisons finished last season in fifth place in the International League North division with a winning record at Coca-Cola Field (36-35). During the season, several Bisons players earned their first Major League promotions, including OF Dwight Smith Jr., OF Ian Parmley, C Mike Ohlman, RHP Chris Rowley, RHP LuisSantos, RHP Carlos Ramirez, RHP Casey Lawrence and LHP Tim Mayza.

Meacham joined the Blue Jays organization in 2013 and led Single-A Dunedin (63-68) to a first-half championship. He has spent the last three years as manager of Double-A New Hampshire, guiding the Fisher Cats to a 69-73 record last season. In 2015, Meacham received the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development within the Blue Jays organization. Meacham also managed at the Triple-A level in 1995, as he led Pittsburgh's Calgary Cannons (Pacific Coast League) in the first year after the Pirates' affiliation with the Bisons. He also managed at Eugene (1992), Carolina (1994) and Rancho Cucamonga (2002-2004) for a career managerial record of 630-702 (.473).

Meacham's coaching career also includes six years at the Major League level serving as a third base coach for Florida (2006) and the New Yankees (2008) and first base coach for San Diego (2007) and Houston (2010-2012).

Before making the transition to coaching/managing, Meacham spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues (1983-88) with the New York Yankees, primarily as a shortstop. In 457 career Major League games, he compiled a .236 career average with 58 doubles, eight home runs, 114 RBI and 58 stolen bases. Meacham spent the 1985 season as the Yankees everyday shortstop, appearing in 156 games while stealing a career-high 25. Originally selected in the first round of the 1981 June draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Meacham spent the second-to-last season of his playing career in Buffalo, hitting .218 with 25 RBI in 94 games for the 1989 Bisons.

Schneiderman leads 15 AGs in new lawsuit against Trump EPA

All WNY News     Tuesday, December 05, 2017    

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, leading a coalition of 15 state Attorneys General, today filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for failing to meet the Clean Air Act's statutory deadline for designating areas of the country impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (commonly referred to as smog).

"Over and over again, the Trump EPA puts polluters before its responsibility to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "Over 115 million Americans – including at least one in three New Yorkers – are breathing dangerous levels of smog pollution. By continuing to ignore its legal obligations to cut this dangerous pollution, the Trump EPA is turning a blind eye to public health – and the law. Attorneys General will continue to fight back to protect our residents and our states."

Click here to read the lawsuit, which was filed by the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota (by and through its Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

With this suit, the coalition makes good on its pledge to sue the EPA if it failed to meet this key statutory and public health requirement.  In August, Attorney General Schneiderman and a coalition of Attorneys General sued the EPA for illegally delaying the designations; the next day, the EPA reversed course and withdrew the delay. However, the EPA missed the statutory deadline of October 1st for designation and, four days later, the coalition filed a notice of intent to sue the Agency for failing to issue the required designations.

Reducing smog levels is vital to protecting public health.  At least one in three New Yorkers breathe air with unhealthy levels of smog pollution, with some analyses placing it as high as two in three New Yorkers (approximately 12.7 million people). The EPA's own studies demonstrate that pollution from states upwind of New York contributes substantially to the state's dangerous smog problem.  The designation of areas with unhealthy smog levels plays a key role under the Clean Air Act in addressing the pollutant's severe harms to public health, triggering requirements for state-specific plans and deadlines to reduce pollution in the designated areas.

In October 2015, the EPA revised and strengthened the national air quality standards for smog. The Clean Air Act requires the Agency, within two years after issuance of new or revised standards, to designate areas of the county that are in "attainment" or "non-attainment" with these public health and welfare standards. In the case of the 2015 smog standards, EPA was required to issue attainment or non-attainment designations by October 1, 2017. 

However, on June 28, 2017, EPA Administrator Pruitt published a notice stalling the deadline for the smog designations for all areas in the country for one year. Shortly thereafter, on August 1st, Attorney General Schneiderman and a coalition of 16 Attorneys General sued the EPA for illegally delaying the designations. The next day, EPA abruptly reversed course and announced it was withdrawing the designations delay, although it remained equivocal on whether it would meet the October 1st deadline.

The October 1, 2017 deadline then passed without EPA making any of the required designations, in violation of the Clean Air Act.  A few days later, the coalition notified EPA of its intention to sue if the agency failed to correct the violation within 60 days. On November 6, 2017, EPA issued designations for some areas of the country, but failed to make any "non-attainment" area designations, which are the designations that trigger smog reduction measures to improve air quality and comply with the standards.

The areas EPA failed to designate include many densely populated areas – such as New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties – that suffer from the highest levels of smog. In fact, more than half of the U.S. population lives in the undesignated areas. The 60-day notice period expired today, December 5th, without the EPA issuing all of the statutorily-required designations.  

The designation of areas for national air quality standards is a key statutory obligation under the Clean Air Act – and vital to protecting the public's health. For areas designated as in non-attainment for the standards, states must adopt "implementation plans" – a collection of actions that the state will undertake to reduce pollution in order to ensure standards will be met in those areas. The deadlines for submitting implementation plans – and for ensuring that air quality standards are met within designated areas – are both directly keyed to the date of EPA designations. EPA's failure to timely designate nonattainment areas delays the Clean Air Act's requirements for measures to reduce pollution in these areas, thus resulting in further harm to public health.

According to EPA, the 2015 updated smog standards will improve public health protection – particularly for at-risk groups such as children, older adults, people of all ages who have lung diseases like asthma, and people who are active outdoors, especially outdoor workers. In fact, the EPA conservatively estimated that meeting the new smog standards would result in net annual public health benefits of up to $4.5 billion starting in 2025 (not including California), while also preventing approximately:
  • 316 to 660 premature deaths;
  • 230,000 asthma attacks in children;
  • 160,000 missed school days;
  • 28,000 missed work days;
  • 630 asthma-related emergency room visits; and
  • 340 cases of acute bronchitis in children.
Smog forms when nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and carbon monoxide emitted from power plants, motor vehicles, factories, refineries, and other sources react under suitable conditions. Because these reactions occur in the atmosphere, smog can form far from where its precursor gases are emitted and, once formed, smog can travel far distances. That is why, despite enacting stringent in-state controls on sources of these pollutants, many states – including New York – are not, alone, able to meet federal health-based air quality standards for smog.

This matter is being handled for the Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau by Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Lusignan, Affirmative Section Chief Morgan A. Costello, and Senior Counsel Michael J. Myers. The Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Lemuel M. Srolovic and is part of the Division of Social Justice, which is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Matthew Colangelo.

Young cancer survivor will light up Roswell Park Campus Tree of Hope

All WNY News     Tuesday, December 05, 2017    

Roswell Park Cancer Institute's 17th annual Tree of Hope lighting ceremony will draw cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones together for a holiday celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in Kaminski Park and Gardens on the Roswell Park campus. This free, family-friendly event will be held in honor of all who are touched by cancer. It will include live music, carriage rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting and a gingerbread house raffle.

Guests can expect all the joys of the holiday season at this outdoor event, which is co-sponsored by WGRZ 2 On Your Side and West Herr Automotive Group. The festivities will be hosted by Channel 2's Maryalice Demler and Adam Benigni, and will culminate with the lighting of the Tree of Hope by 7-year-old Mashayla, a cancer survivor and member of the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park.

The event will also feature a candle-lighting ceremony paying tribute to those we've lost to cancer, survivors and those still fighting the disease. Attendees will have the opportunity to write personal and inspirational messages on star-shaped ornaments to be placed on a holiday tree in the Roswell Park main lobby.

Other activities and attractions to be featured at this year's Tree of Hope: Performances by The Doyle Brothers, Mike Casinelli and the HyNotes/Friends of Harmony. visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn-carriage rides donated by the Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club, Area mascots, plus characters from Theatre of Youth's "Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," gingerbread house raffle, face painting, Dunkin' Donuts, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo and BJ's Wholesale Club to provide refreshments — hot chocolate, apple cider and donuts, Animated light show sponsored by Ingram Micro — a display of 75,000 energy-efficient LED lights, orchestrated to holiday music, Light-up bracelets for sale at the Roswell table.

Guests may register to attend this free event by contacting 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or online at Free parking will be available in Roswell Park's on-campus parking ramp, located at Carlton and Elm Streets in Buffalo.

Television viewers across Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario can watch live coverage of the event on WGRZ-TV Channel 2 that evening beginning at 5 p.m., with streaming live coverage on

Originally posted by Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine . Republished with permission.

Schuele Boys Gang member dentenced on drug charges

All WNY News     Tuesday, December 05, 2017    

BUFFALO -- Demario James, 35, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to time served (over 40 months) by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, James conspired with co-defendant Michael Robertson and other Schuele Boys associates and gang members to distribute cocaine in the City of Buffalo. The defendant purchased cocaine from Michael Robertson and then broke down the cocaine for distribution to customers.

The Schuele Boys Gang, which operated in the Schuele Street area of the East Side of Buffalo, is believed to be responsible for multiple acts of violence and the distribution of illegal narcotics including cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana.

James is one of 28 Schuele Boys Gang members, associates and other individuals arrested in this case. To date, 27 of the defendants have been convicted.

Today’s sentencing the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen.

Georgia man sentenced in connection to fraud scheme

All WNY News     Tuesday, December 05, 2017    

BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Wilfredo Sanio, 53, of Georgia, who was convicted of misprision of a felony, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay restitution totaling $147,004 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that between May 2010 and May 2012, the defendant concealed the fraudulent activities of co-defendants Ann Nichols and Donnie Heilig. Heilig and Nichols, both of whom resided in the state of Oklahoma, utilized a business entity known as CED Computer Services (CED) fraudulently to obtain loans for clients in the form of equipment “leases.” Wilfredo Sanio operated a business in Georgia known as SCF Funding, which acted as a broker and brought clients to CED Computer Services.

Sanio knew that Heilig and Nichols falsely advised lease finance companies that CED was selling new equipment to clients and prepared fraudulent invoices for new equipment when, in fact, no equipment or inferior equipment was actually being provided.  Upon receipt of the funding from the finance companies, defendant Nichols gave a commission to Heilig, herself, and Sanio, from the lease proceeds and sent the majority of the remaining proceeds to the client.

Ann Nichols and Donnie Heilig have been convicted of wire fraud. Helig was sentenced to eight months home confinement and Nichols is awaiting sentencing.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.

Buffalo man sentenced on drug and gun charges

All WNY News     Tuesday, December 05, 2017    

BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Anthony McCutcheon, 51, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 132 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that between June 2013 and February 25, 2014, the defendant conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in the Buffalo area. McCutcheon supplied cocaine to co-defendants Troy Cooley, Andre Owens, Morrell Buster, and William Jefferson. During the execution of a search warrant at the defendant’s East Amherst Street residence, law enforcement officers recovered cocaine, crack cocaine, baggies and scales. Officers also recovered a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

McCutcheon was charged along with Cooley, Owens, Buster, Jefferson, Deandre Sparks, Markiel Hall, Alicia Maghett, and Carmella Rivera. All nine defendants have been convicted.

Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen, and the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel.

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