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When the City of Buffalo announced it was lifting alternate-side parking restrictions on more than a dozen streets in Elmwood Village last summer, Janice Kyle was relieved. Being able to park on both sides of Ashland Avenue meant not having to walk entire blocks to and from her car for half the year. The change seemed especially promising to her husband, Bennie Kyle, 60…

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A woman who drove her minivan into a pond in the Town of North Collins was arrested on a felony driving while intoxicated charge early Friday morning by Erie County Sheriff's Office deputies. At 4:41 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Sisson Highway and Shirley Road after receiving calls about a car stuck in a pond. Deputies found Sonya Gelster, 37, of Boston, smoking a …

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Strong, fast-moving thunderstorms rolled through the region Friday, knocking down trees, downing power lines, creating water spouts on Lake Erie and even stranding people on the water. The weather also set the stage for a dramatic rescue along Buffalo's waterfront. It began around 12:30 p.m., when the skies darkened as the storm approached the city. "We were watch…

A federal grand jury indicted two men from Cattaraugus County on multiple charges of fraud for running a fraudulent debt restructuring business out of two offices in the Western New York area. Sergiy Bezrukov, 33, and Mark Farnham, 24, both of the City of Salamanca, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering, following…

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Charles J. Ernst, 34, of East Aurora, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex with a child, according to the Erie County District Attorney. Ernst pleaded guilty in June to two counts of criminal sex act in the first degree, a Class B felony, and admitted to oral sexual abuse of a 6-year-old. The crimes reportedly took place in the Town o…

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A Buffalo man was arrested on felony drug charges Wednesday in Salamanca after investigators found several bags of heroin and crack cocaine while searching an apartment, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force said. Reginald James Davis, 33, of 515 Clinton St., was charged with third-degree and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to…

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The body found in a Costco parking lot in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 18-year-old Brendon Lee Campbell Schult, of Freedom in Cattaraugus County, according to records from the Cook County medical examiner's office. Chicago Police said the body was discovered at around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of South Ashland Avenue on Chicago's Near West …

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A house fire forced 10 people from their home on Buffalo's East Side early Wednesday morning, but no injuries were reported, the Buffalo Fire Department said. Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 2 a.m. at 22 Rustic Place. Four adults and six children were evacuated from the two-and-a-half story home. The fire caused $15,000 in damages to the building and $…

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Tuesday launched a new food drive called “Givn’ and Groovn' ” to help people in need. A special Givn' and Groovn' bus will travel to designated stops four days this week, collecting as many canned goods and nonperishables as possible. Donors ages 18 and older will be eligible to enter to win a yearlong supply of mil…

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In its heyday, Boeing B-17 bombers were the  symbol of U.S. air power during World War II, earning the nickname of "flying fortress" in countless missions. One of those famed aircrafts, "Madras Maiden," will land at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Monday, Aug. 7 for a weeklong exhibition sponsored by the Liberty Foundation's 2017 Salute to Veterans tour. …

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The U.S. Coast Guard issued a list of guidelines Monday outlining safe and unsafe boating activities for residents in Niagara and Erie counties, following a string of accidents on the Lower Niagara River this month. Citing a series of cases involving unsafe activity on July 23 in the Lower Niagara River, the Coast Guard reminded boaters of the importance of safe boating…

A 27-year-old Fort Erie, Ont., woman was killed in a crash at 11245 Sodom Road in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Saturday morning, the Niagara Regional Police Service reported Monday. Police said the woman was ejected from a 2005 Pontiac G6 after the vehicle veered off Sodom Road and hit a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A second passenger, a 38-year-old man fro…

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 …

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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…