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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson is a staff reporter who writes about development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence. He is a native and resident of the Town of Tonawanda and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Business

A California real-estate investment trust has purchased the AMC Maple Ridge 8 movie theater building in Amherst for $18.1 million, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. San Diego's Realty Income, which invests in shopping centers, dollar stores and drug stores, bought the property at 4276 Maple Road, at Sweet Home Road, from American Multi-C…

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A Bronx woman has admitted she was part of a ring that committed mortgage fraud by obtaining home loans for unqualified borrowers, causing M&T Bank and other financial institutions to lose $1.75 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo announced Friday. Tina Brown, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud affecting a financial instituti…

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Amherst police have made an arrest in a shooting in January on Hartford Road. Police from Amherst and Cheektowaga served a search warrant Friday morning on Marne Road in Cheektowaga and took Raaquim McCrayer into custody, according to Amherst police. McCrayer, 25, of Cheektowaga, is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Jan. 28 shooting of a…

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Orchard Park police have arrested a 75-year-old maintenance worker at an apartment complex who is accused of sexually assaulting several female residents of the building over the summer. Town police arrested Robert J. Bykowicz, who was a resident of the complex, on Oct. 11. The department announced the arrest Friday. Bykowicz is charged with two counts of sexual abuse, …

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The U. S. Marshals Service is asking people in Western New York to keep an eye out for a fugitive from northern Ohio wanted for the aggravated murder and rape of a 13-month-old girl. Joshua Gurto, 37, was last seen in Girard, Pa., near Erie, Pa., driving a truck that appears to have a New York license plate. He was traveling with an unknown male and may be in or travel…

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When James Helminiak of Buffalo first scratched off his winning lottery ticket, he thought something had to be wrong. Instead, everything was just fine – to the tune of $1 million. Helminiak, 52, was introduced Friday as the New York Lottery's latest local big winner. He won the top prize on the New York Poker ticket, which Helminiak has played since 2005. Helmi…

EduKids, the region's largest day care business, has won approval to build a new, $2.5 million day-care center on Main Street in Amherst just outside the town's only gated community. EduKids plans to move its center now located at 235 College Parkway to a building it would own at 6286 Main St., near Stonham Way, on a 1.7-acre parcel along the driveway that leads into Ma…

A proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard cleared a key hurdle at Thursday's meeting of the Amherst Planning Board. The Planning Board voted, 5-1, to recommend rezoning the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Old Niagara Falls Boulevard, north of East Robinson Road, from general business to motor service. The …

Business

Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels has paid $6.5 million to add a Courtyard by Marriott in Amherst to its growing portfolio of hotels, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The Cheektowaga-based group bought the 108-room hotel at 4100 Sheridan Drive, near the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, from DelMonte Hotel Group of Rochester. …

Business

Audubon Women's Medical Associates, the largest OB/GYN practice in the Northtowns, has moved into its new office in Amherst. The practice had been located since 1993 in an 8,600-square-foot office at 1360 North Forest Road, near Maple Road, but sought more room to accommodate growth and new services provided by its employees. Audubon Women's Medical Associates has 33 …

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A Delta Sonic proposed for Niagara Falls Boulevard is on the agenda for Thursday's Amherst Planning Board meeting after the project was delayed for months to give the developer time to meet with neighbors to address their concerns. The company is planning to build a car wash, gas station, oil change building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at the longtime …

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New York State is giving a $1.3 million grant to the Erie County Water Authority to pay for critical repairs to water transmission systems in Amherst that serve 215,000 customers in the Northtowns but have a history of breaks. The money will pay for 60 percent of the $2.1 million cost to replace a 36-inch transmission main. The most notable water break involving this ma…

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A Republican candidate for Amherst Town Board is calling on the chair and vice chair of the town's Industrial Development Agency board of directors to resign because the board paid the agency's former executive director for an additional eight months of salary after he resigned. Joe Spino issued the statement after The Buffalo News reported on compensation paid to top I…

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Hamburg police and firefighters pulled an unresponsive 62-year-old man from his vehicle after it went off the road and deep into a pond late Monday. The victim was taken by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday morning in the intensive care unit. A police report and Hamburg police officials described a harrowi…

Crime

It's a bold, but simple, plan: Steal an Amazon package and pass it off as your own. Buffalo police say Andrew Betancur tried to pull off this scheme, and it was working until 12:15 p.m. Sunday. That's when Peter J. Massicci, a probationary officer, said he saw him on Delaware Avenue near West Tupper Street opening an Amazon package. Massicci asked if it was his. Bet…