2015 Recap: Lucille Ball’s scary statue goes viral in April

FILE - In this Aug. 2012 photo, a bronze sculpture of Lucille Ball is displayed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the village of Celoron, N.Y. The statue that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the “I Love Lucy” star will be placed at the Chautauqua Mall in neighboring Lakewood, N.Y., as part of the shopping center’s annual haunted house event. (AP Photo/The Post-Journal) BUFFALO OUT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In the month of April, western New York again made national headlines for a number of trivial, yet entertaining, stories.

The most entertaining of all focused on a comedy legend, Lucille Ball, whose likeness again brought smiles to the face of thousands. A statue in Celoron in her likeness turned out to look not quite like her at all.

The statue made national headlines as Scary Lucy became a punch line that many would rally around. First came outrage, then many embraced the statue. Finally the National Comedy Center, in construction in Jamestown, offered the statue a home. 

Also in national news, a driver from Ohio accused of causing a large crash on the I-90. A driver’s dash-cam clearly captured the crash, and the video went viral. At the pinnacle of its popularity, it was featured on an episode of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central. 

Most popular of all, however, was the chance for New Yorkers to reclaim lost funds. It came in the form of the unclaimed funds account, held by New York State. Many were able to check the registry after learning of the account in a News 4 report and reclaim their funds that were held by the state. 

In total, more than 4,800,000 readers trusted WIVB.com for their news in April of 2015.

Click here to follow along with News 4 as we take a look back at news in Buffalo in 2015.

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