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Police looking for missing Tonawanda teen

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — City of Tonawanda police are looking for a missing teenager.

Angelia Maracle, 16, was last seen this past Friday. At the time, she was leaving her home after school.

Police say she may have been seen in the North Tonawanda area around Schenck and Bryant streets.

Maracle stands at 5’4″ and weighs 125 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call police at (716) 692-2121.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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Cheektowaga Police searching for missing woman

CHEEKTOWAGA (WIVB) – The Cheektowaga Police Department is asking for help locating a missing 25-year-old woman.

Police say Haylee Kozuch has not been in contact with her family in over month and they are concerned for her safety and wellbeing. They say Kozuch has a learning disability.

Kozuch has brown hair and brown eyes and stands at 5-foot-1, 130 pounds. She has a scar in the shape of an X on her stomach.

Anyone who encounters Kozuch is asked to call their local police department. Any information on her whereabouts can be provided to the Cheektowaga Police at (716) 686-3500.

Running for a cure: Southern Tier man running 300 miles in 3 days

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SBA to open Targeted EIDL Advance cash grant to all eligible businesses soon

So far the cash grant program, in which small businesses can get an initial grant of $10,000 and potentially a follow-up grant of $5,000, has been invitation only.

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Running for a cure: Southern Tier man running 300 miles in 3 days

ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — 300 miles in three days; that’s the goal of a Southern Tier man running for a cure. It’s a “run for his life,” and the lives of others like him, who have Cystic Fibrosis.

Bradley Poole has Cystic Fibrosis but he’s never let the lung disorder slow him down. “The doctors told my parents I’d be lucky to see 18-years-old,” he said.

But the Salamanca native is defying the odds. He’s now 33-years-old. He’s a husband, father and personal trainer. But it takes a lot of work and treatment behind the scenes to make it look this easy.

He explained what having Cystic Fibrosis can feel like. “If you take a straw and you plug your nose, it’s like breathing through that straw,” said Poole. “It’s hard to get the deep breath in and that’s why I’m doing everything that I can to get to a cure.”

Last summer, Poole raised more than $65,000 by running 266 miles throughout Cattaraugus County. This time around he’s upping the ante. “300 miles in 72 hours because I like challenging myself to see how far I can push my body and mind.”

To get to 300 miles, he’s running this 4 mile loop in Ellicottville 75 times.

Anyone is encouraged to join in. Even if you can’t run along, you can donate by heading here.

Poole says any donation makes an impact. “We get no government funding for CF. So the only way to raise money to get the drugs that we need to prolong our lives and eventually a find a cure, is through doing fundraising events and letting people donate,” he said.

He says running and exercising in general has greatly improved his lung function. “I fell in love with it and I just stuck with it,” said Poole. So he now shares that passion with others at his own gym, Warrior Fitness and Wellness in Ellicottville.

“‘It’s really hard to sit there and think you’re getting tired and don’t want to do this, when I know he struggles to breathe everyday,” said Warrior Fitness member, “He inspires us all to work harder.”

And Poole hopes sharing his story will continue to inspire others with CF to keep fighting. “Everybody is going to go through challenging times, just keep pushing through and just be a warrior,” he said.

He steps off on his journey tomorrow at 5 a.m. If you’re interested in donating or learning more just head here.

To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of WNY, head here.

Gabrielle Mediak is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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WATCH: Pride Flag raised at Roswell Park

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday afternoon, employees of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center raised the Pride Flag at Kaminski Park & Gardens.

Roswell Park President and CEO Dr. Candace Johnson gave remarks during the ceremony. You can hear them in the video above and watch the raising of the flag in the video below.

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Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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Niagara Falls shooting victim in critical condition after Monday night incident

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A victim is in critical condition at ECMC after being shot in Niagara Falls Monday night.

Around 8:25 p.m., police responded to the area of 19th and Niagara streets after receiving a report of shots fired.

Shortly after they got there, they were informed that a shooting victim was found in a yard on 18th St. The victim, a 29-year-old Niagara Falls resident, had been shot in the chest.

Once more first responders arrived, the victim was taken to ECMC, where they underwent surgery.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Niagara Falls Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (716) 286-4553.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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New billboards show how people can be anonymously rewarded for information on gun violence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Local leaders came together and announced an initiative to raise community awareness of the increasing gun violence in Erie County.

As of this past Friday, 39 homicides and 122 non-fatal shootings have occurred in Buffalo in 2021.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined by District Attorney John Flynn and members of local law enforcement agencies to announce a series of new billboards in a “Stop the Violence” campaign. It’s part of a partnership between the District Attorney’s office, the county, the Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers, the City of Buffalo and the Erie County Chiefs of Police Association.

Tuesday morning, officials gathered on Genesee St. in Buffalo, in front of one of the 11 billboards. These billboards show people how they can anonymously provide tips on crime and be anonymously rewarded for doing so.

The following amounts can be rewarded for information on specific types of crimes:

Up to $7,500 – fatal shootingsUp to $5,000 – non-fatal shootingsUp to $1,000 – illegally possessed weapons

The program is being supported with $80,000 in county funding.

To provide a tip to Crime Stoppers, either use the Buffalo Tips app, or call (716) 867-6161.

MORE | Bail set at $1 million for man charged in fatal shooting at Niagara Metals

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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Crime Stoppers offering up to $7,500 for information on May homicide

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Up to $7,500 is being offered for information on a homicide that occurred last month.

On May 16, Thomas Martin was killed on Grimes St. in Buffalo. Since then, police have been looking for information that would lead to an arrest.

Anyone who can identify the person pictured above can call (716) 867-6161 or submit a tip through the Buffalo Tips app.

MORE | As violence increases, leaders to announce higher rewards for information on shootings

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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Annotation, electronics and more: Tesla diversifies its business in Buffalo

By adding manufacturing lines and low-skill annotation work, Tesla is diversifying its operations in Buffalo.

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Crane Watch: TM Montante moving on new Niagara Falls projects

Both Third Street buildings should be ready by spring 2022.