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Using the results of standardized student tests to evaluate the job performance of teachers administering them continues to trouble school administrators in the 60th Senate District.That was a topic of discussion Monday among administrators and State Sen. Marc C. Panepinto, D-Buffalo, whose district stretches roughly from Grand Island to Brant. It was the second such meeti…

Erie County

The emaciated great blue heron was found earlier this month in a settling tank at a sewage plant, unable to eat because of a broken tongue bone.It was the morning of Aug. 3 when workers at the Town of Tonawanda’s wastewater treatment plant on Two Mile Creek Road discovered the bird inside the open tank, which measures some 30 feet in diameter.“It wouldn’t move,” pl…

Business

It was a morning of “show and tell” for more than 100 government and economic development leaders who came to Buffalo for inspiration.But the order was reversed, with local elected officials first telling guests at the Upstate Revitalization Conference about Buffalo Niagara’s transformation before they boarded buses to see three “Buffalo Billion” projects: Buffal…

Buffalo

Some residents of Buffalo’s Fruit Belt took back their streets Monday morning, claiming on-street parking spaces usually occupied by employees of the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.Colorful balloons attached to vehicles denoted those owned by Fruit Belt residents. Midway through their four-hour “park-in,” organizers were declaring victory. A resident said he h…

Amherst

Though she was only 6 years old at the time, Julie Quinn remembers what she was wearing, where her family had eaten dinner earlier that night – and then regaining consciousness inside a tree.It was Friday, Aug. 7, 1987. The night her mother, Claudia Jozens of Amherst, died after a car accident at Ransom Road and Genesee Street in Lancaster.Quinn, her brother Nicholas Joz…

Are you among those people who tend to leave their car or house doors unlocked at night?Here’s something to think about.Town of Tonawanda police are investigating a rash of at least a dozen illegal entries that occurred early Thursday morning – on one block. Specifically, June Road, which runs between Elmwood and Delaware avenues.At least eight cars, two garages and tw…

Buffalo

For years, a badly deteriorating 19th-century building in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District has been the subject of hearings in Housing Court. On Thursday, Judge Patrick M. Carney, appearing to run out of patience, fined owner Darryl Carr the maximum $13,500, or $1,500 for each of the nine building code violations, at 110 South Park Ave. The fines are due Nov. 19, by which …

The Wheatfield man arrested last month after he was injured while allegedly making an improvised explosive device will be in federal custody.U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott rejected a defense attorney request Wednesday that Michael C. O’Neill be placed under his mother’s supervision in a rental apartment as he recovers. The location of O’Neill’s …

WARSAW – The son of a former town justice was arrested as State Police wrapped up their lengthy investigation into the theft of more than $36,000 in fines and fees from Castile Town Court.The charges against Scott P. Carmichael, 51, of Castile, aren’t directly related to that investigation, however. He was charged last week with misdemeanor counts of unlawful growing o…

Buffalo

Traffic lanes on the Scajaquada Expressway/Route 198 are being narrowed to 11 feet and stop signs will be installed at on-ramps, as part of “traffic calming” measures planned for an area where a toddler lost his life in May.Work on restriping the road began Monday and is scheduled to last through Saturday – weather permitting, according to a spokeswoman for the state…

Ominous clouds were rolling into the area Monday morning and it was raining, but for the most part the rain’s not hitting the ground.That’s known as virga, a term for precipitation falling from clouds but evaporating before it hits the ground, explained Dan Kelly, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Buffalo. The rain is falling at approximately 8,000 to…

A federal court hearing Thursday related to the immediate future of Wheatfield bombing suspect Michael C. O’Neill was ordered continued to Aug. 5.O’Neill, 45, had to have his left leg amputated after the July 21 explosion in a Walmore Road garage and, after several days of hospitalization at Erie County Medical Center, has been moved to a rehabilitation unit.At Thursda…

The man charged with making explosive devices in a garage in the Town of Wheatfield was arraigned Monday in the hospital where he is recovering after a device detonated and severely injured a leg.Michael C. O’Neill, 45, pleaded not guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.O’Neill w…

Crime

Law enforcement officers will cast a broad net Tuesday in the ongoing investigation of the death and dismemberment of a 46-year-old Niagara Falls woman whose partial remains were discovered last month.Approximately 90 officers will work together in a large-scale, information-gathering mission targeting specific areas of Niagara Falls, based on facts developed in the case, …

Amherst

When residents on a normally quiet East Amherst street heard popping sounds Saturday morning, they assumed fireworks and thought nothing of it.The next day, they learned that those sounds were gunshots and that two neighbors were dead in what police say was a murder-suicide.The small home on Ransom Oaks Drive, shaded by a number of trees on the edge of a cul-de-sac with pl…