A Buffalo police officer learned Friday he was cleared of criminal responsibility by an Erie County Grand Jury in the 2012 shooting case that resulted in the deaths of a drunken driving suspect and an innocent bystander on Fillmore Avenue. The grand jury found Officer Kenneth Agee, now an eight-year veteran with the Buffalo Police Department, was justified in the Dec. 6…

The District 5 Winter Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), which awards silver points at games in local clubs, will be held from Monday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 11, at participating ACBL sanctioned clubs. High-scoring winners have a chance to earn bonus silver points at the district level. The Airport Bridge Club will have two STaC pairs games daily, at 10 a.m. and 1…

The City of Buffalo - with help from a lot of others - is promising a full-fledged attack on poverty. The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County as well as the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo are being hired, Mayor Byron W. Brown said, to help develop a plan to attack what some view as Buffalo's most important issue and most stubborn problem: The large number …

First-team offense Pos.    Player            School           Ht.      Wt.     Yr. QB      Eric Bartnik   Cheektowaga           5-11   170     12 RB       Brad Benson  Maple Grove          5-8      175     12 RB       Alton Ingram            Dunkirk        …

Today's local Division I college hockey action: RIT at Niagara, 7:05 p.m. Bentley at Canisius, 7:35 p.m. The teams meet at the same times and sites on Saturday. Keep track below: A Twitter List by TBNSports Check out capsule previews and other [BN] Rinkside here at our college sports page.…

Three goals in two games. Two wins. One roaring home crowd. Jack Eichel's week has already been a whirlwind. But things are going to get even crazier for the Sabres' star center. Now that he's back from his high ankle sprain, Eichel can put all his focus on something else: Helping his team grow its winning streak. The Sabres play the Boston Bruins Saturday afternoon …

Aaron J. McDuffie, 21, allegedly known to WNY drug addicts as "G," was arrested and jailed Friday on federal charges of distribution of heroin and an especially strong version of fentanyl causing a drug death and possession with intent to distributethe fentanyl. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. lauded investigative work on the case by Cheektowaga police office…

Follow live updates of Big 4 basketball action here. Canisius men at Manhattan, 7 p.m. Rider at Canisius women, 7 p.m. Niagara men at Marist, 7 p.m. Monmouth at Niagara women, 7 p.m. Tweets from all Big 4 team accounts will appear below: Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/big-4-basketball !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p…

While it can be hard to be a Bills fan sometimes, that's not the only thing that's tough. Here's 13 problems most Western New Yorkers can relate to: https://twitter.com/ceejoshgo/status/791510451670560768 https://twitter.com/WirfelJacob/status/773895135696388098 https://twitter.com/ashleyy39/status/592393211689054208 https://twitter.com/becka_stargirl/status/76…

As members of the Buffalo Bills' secondary studied the Oakland Raiders' passing game this week, they couldn't help but notice a disturbing trend. It wasn't the Raiders' ability to strike quickly and frequently with big plays, although that would figure to be a bit intimidating for them to watch. No, what troubled the Bills' defensive backs was seeing opponents …

With their defense corps getting thinner by the day, the Buffalo Sabres have pulled the trigger on a surprising recall, summoning Brendan Guhle from the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League on an emergency basis. Guhle, 19, was Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2015 draft. He had three goals in four games since being acquired by Prince George in a a trade…

The Alfred University football team try to continue its progress in the NCAA Division III tournament when it hosts the University of Mount Union on Saturday. Kickoff is at noon at Yunevich Stadium. Alfred is unbeaten with a 12-0 record. The Saxons defeated Western New England in a second-round game last week. Mount Union (11-1) defeated Johns Hopkins to advance. Alfr…

By Barack Obama In the final weeks of my administration, we are as focused as ever on a promise I made in my inaugural address: putting American ingenuity to work to help Americans live healthier lives. In honoring this promise I remain committed to addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, a crisis that is taking a devastating toll on far too many familie…

We're #PrepTalkLive from a new season. It's the first busy Friday night of the season -- as it traditionally is, as it is the first Friday after Thanksgiving. Check out our Homeroom Announcements, from Corey Desiderio, for some of today's top events -- including the Cataract Classic at Niagara Falls. We follow ALL the high school action, and in all sports, via …

The Buffalo Sabres' penalty killing units have become bedraggled. Their ugly numbers could use a boost and their next two opponents have not been dynamos on the power play. The Boston Bruins come into KeyBank Center Saturday with the No. 23 power play in the NHL while the Washington Capitals, Monday's opponent in Verizon Center, are No. 25. But lately, every unit hittin…