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I'm the editor supervising The Buffalo News reporters that cover Erie County's suburbs. I started at The Buffalo News in July 2016 after working for three decades for newspapers in Syracuse and Pottsville, Pa.

LITTLE VALLEY - A Cattaraugus County man was charged with manslaughter Tuesday following an investigation into a Jan. 26 collision that killed his mother. Andrew J. Armbruster, 30, of East Otto, was under the influence of a narcotic, driving at a high rate of speed in slippery conditions, and distracted by his cellphone when his car failed to stop at a stop sign at 1:45…

Niagara Falls police said Monday evening they have arrested a third person in connection with the April 12 death of Jose Hewitt, a bystander who died during a robbery. Police charged Devante L. Beasley, 18, of 1626 Weston Ave. and 649 Ashland Ave., Niagara Falls, with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary for his role in Hewitt's death…

As Western New Yorkers shoot each other with squirt guns, tap each other with pussy willows, or celebrate Dyngus Day today in some other fashion, The Buffalo News will bring you live coverage of the festivities at the Dyngus Day parade and the Central Terminal party. Reporter Harold McNeil and photographer Mark Mulville will be at the Dyngus Day gatherings, and will be …

One day after news broke that a grand jury is investigating allegations of bid rigging at Niagara County Community College, the college made news for a much better reason. Schools.com ranked NCCC the second best among 39 community colleges in New York State, NCCC announced Wednesday. Only Jefferson Community College in Watertown was ranked higher. NCCC "offers big le…

Buffalo police and firefighters rushed to a Kensington Avenue home Friday afternoon after a van crashed into the front of the residence, according to authorities. At least one person was taken to the hospital after the incident at about 3:10 p.m. near Poultney Avenue. At least one person taken to hospital after car crashes into house at Kensington & Poultney aven…

The Skyway will be closed to commercial vehicles from 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday because of high winds. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the state Department of Transportation to close the elevated section of Route 5 due to the threat of winds of up to 60 mph. Commercial traffic will be restricted on Route 5 from Church Street in Buffalo south to state Route 179. Detour…

After West Seneca police charged Daniel Polis with driving while intoxicated, he called his pal to pick him up at the police station and drive him home, according to police. But when the friend, John Seep of Williamsville, arrived, officers said it was clear that Seep had been drinking because he had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Seep told an officer that he had walke…

A Kennedy man died Saturday morning in a house fire that started in the home's furnace, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. William C. Caldwell, 60, of 3967 Sprague Hill Road,  was found in that residence by Kennedy and Ellington firefighters when they responded to the 9:38 a.m. fire, the Sheriff's Office said. He was taken to WCA hospital where he was pronoun…

Randy Dullen thought he was a goner. He had dropped about 12 feet down into the frigid Niagara River after his dog, Coco, had fallen off a dock into the water near 53rd Street in Niagara Falls. Dullen had managed to push his dog onto a piece of rotting wood sticking out of a retaining wall. But that effort, the cold water and the current had sapped him of his strength. …

Oct. 1, 1956 – Jan. 30, 2017 Dr. David S. Conschafter, a chiropractor in Cheektowaga for 27 years, died unexpectedly last Friday in his Williamsville home. He was 60. Born in Davenport, Iowa, the son of a chiropractor, he came to the Buffalo area with his family as a child and was a graduate of Williamsville North High School. He attended colleges and lived…

Here's a transcript of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's regional State of the State speech in Buffalo on Monday afternoon at the University at Buffalo. It was provided by the governor's office. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Well it is great to be at UB. Let’s give Satish Tripathi and Nancy Zimpher, a great round of applause for their great work. Really an e…

Military Times has ranked several Western New York colleges as best colleges for vets in 2017. Among four-year colleges and universities, D'Youville College was ranked as the 5th best in the country. Niagara University earned a ranking as the 44th best and the University at Buffalo as the 77th best out of 130 schools that won honors. Niagara Community College was ran…

The Cheektowaga Police Department is improperly withholding from the public the name of a 28-year-old man it arrested who later died in a town holding cell, according to the state's foremost expert on the Freedom of Information Law. The police department on Thursday denied a Freedom of Information request from The Buffalo News, declining to release any records pertainin…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town Board agreed Tuesday to join a growing number of municipalities across the state to fight for local control of solar and wind energy projects. By a unanimous vote, the board voted to call for the State Association of Towns to “aggressively support the constitutional rights” of local governments to determine how land will be utilized and …

Barker The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 8708 Main St. Hartland The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, Gasport. Lewiston The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road. Also this week: • The Town Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. …