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June 2, 1951 - June 29, 2017 Theodore "Ted" C. Smeal, who built a company along with numerous structures in 30 years as the owner of the T.C. Smeal Construction company in East Aurora, died on June 29 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease psychosis. He was 66. Born in Buffalo, he was adored by his parents, the late Ken and Jean Smeal, who curated a collection …

A bicyclist struck by a car Saturday afternoon in the Town of Tonawanda was in stable condition at Erie County Medical Center, police said. The cyclist, an unidentified man, sustained a serious shoulder injury, according to a Town of Tonawanda police report. The cyclist was riding along Tonawanda's Rails to Trails bike path around 1 p.m. when he collided with a 4-doo…

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Dunkirk on Thursday, city police said. Rebecca Ruiz of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree murder after a man was shot outside her home on Lake Shore Drive East around 10 p.m. Thursday, Dunkirk police said. Officers said they arrived at Ruiz's home following reports of a gunshot victim an…

A 40-year-old woman died after she was struck in a hit-and-run Thursday night near the corner of East Ferry and Donovan streets, Buffalo Police reported Friday. She was identified by police as Ramona Sanders of Walden Avenue. She was struck at about 10 p.m. Someone called 911 and reported seeing the woman lying in the street, said Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo. Police r…

Kaden Mitchell, the 7-year-old Niagara Falls boy seriously injured in an attack by two rottweilers last month, will be released from Women and Children's Hospital Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for the hospital. It will be the first time Mitchell has been allowed to leave the hospital since his attack on June 6, said Michael Hughes, a spokesman for Kale…

A state prison corrections officer suffered a concussion Sunday when an inmate struck the officer on the head with a wall monitor, the state Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association said Thursday. The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Sunday at Erie County Medical Center, where the 32-year-old inmate from Attica Correctional Facility broke free of restrai…

Deputies responding to a crash on Wednesday in the Town of Newstead arrested both the driver and passenger after finding heroin and marijuana in the car, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies arrived at the Crittenden Road crash at 11:20 p.m. to find the vehicle off the road, where it had damaged a utility pole. The driver, 22-year-old Alisha Mehl of Lancaster…

Two people were arrested Wednesday evening in Amherst after authorities found them in possession of ketamine, LSD and marijuana, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Mateusz Ruszkiewicz, 23, of Depew, had the drugs in his vehicle at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, after deputies and Amherst police responded to a complaint of erratic driving and suspicious behavior at 5033 Transi…

City of Tonawanda Police arrested a man Wednesday after they caught him stealing metal shelving from a warehouse, according to a police report. Michael McCurry, 58, of the City of Tonawanda, was loading shelving worth $1,800 into his pickup truck behind the Leisure Living warehouse, 574 Main St., around noon when officers arrived, according to the police report. Officer…

Two of New York's most powerful politicians will be on the shores of two Great Lakes today to talk about flooding. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be in Wilson, ravaged by this year's high waters of Lake Ontario. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer will be in Hamburg to talk about the occasional flooding that occurs on Route 5 when winds whip up Lake Erie. Schumer…

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy makes mistake. Girl dumps boy. While Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick” sprinkles these familiar rom-com tropes with enough heart, humor and charm to make it a quality romantic comedy, it’s only when Showalter and husband-and-wife co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon turn the rom-com formula on its head th…

The Erie County Fair and Tops Friendly Markets are teaming up to help customers save money on tickets to the fair, scheduled Aug. 9-20. Fairgoers could save up to 30 percent off the normal $10 at-gate admission price by buying $7 advance ticket vouchers at Tops Friendly Markets, Marty Biniasz of the Erie County Agricultural Society announced Wednesday morning. Customers…

Buffalo police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured a 7-year-old boy Tuesday night and then fled. A gray vehicle struck the boy just before 11:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Loring Avenue, police said. At this time, investigators are searching for the driver, who they believe was driving a gray, 4-door sedan, but have yet to find any s…

A new study lists Buffalo as the nation's most dangerous city for online dating. It's wrong. The study, conducted by security review company SafeWise and HighSpeedInternet.com, ranked 56 U.S. cities based on two risk factors that researchers said were key to online dating safety: STD cases and violent crime rates, both adjusted for population. Using these metrics, re…

Five fires in Buffalo on the Fourth of July and in the early hours of July 5 kept firefighters busy, but investigators have no reason to suspect arson behind any of the blazes, the Buffalo Fire Department said. All five of the fires are believed to have been accidents, firefighters said, though one of the blazes, a house fire about 1 a.m. today at 84 Burgard Place, may …