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A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty on heroin charges Thursday in U.S. District Court. Juan Oliverias-Arbello, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin when he stood before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges also carry a penalty of…

There are many wonderful places to picnic in the Buffalo area. Countless parks to make countless memories. But beyond the location and having some little sweeties to share it with, there’s not much needed for a perfect picnic. The trick is to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Here are ten things to include in your picnic basket. Sunscreen. In my opinion, it…

On Oct. 25, 1986, North Buffalo tavern owner Tom Murray fired his bartender. For laughing. This dismissal may sound unreasonable, but understand the following: Murray is a devout Boston Red Sox fan. The bartender in question was a New York Yankees fan. And the reason for the laughing? It was Game 6 of the World Series, and Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner had just let…

Four Niagara County men were arrested on federal charges  and accused of operating a cocaine distribution network in Niagara Falls and Lockport between April 2016 to May 2017. Ramone Westbrook, 27, Rico Freeman, 33, Corey Bradberry, 34, all of Niagara Falls, and Darius Dix, 27, whose alias is Darius Jenkins, of Lockport, were charged with conspiracy to possess and pos…

Buffalo police want the public's help locating a missing 77-year-old man. Rafael Vizcarrodo-Ocasio is described as a Hispanic male, 6-feet tall and 220 pounds with white hair. Vizcarrodo-Ocasio was last seen driving a blue Smart car. Police did not say when or where he was last seen. He is known to frequent shopping centers in West Seneca and on Seneca Street, p…

Connors Hot Dogs used to be a stand with a few picnic tables on the sandy gravel. The Evans institution is starting its 74th season with its familiar grilled Wardynski hot dogs, locally grown potatoes and hand-cut pickles, but there's something new, too. There's a 16-foot addition across the front of the building that enlarged the area where orders are taken. Condim…

Opioid-related emergency room visits at Erie County Medical Center more than doubled from 2009 to 2016, a startling rise reflective of the addiction epidemic in Western New York and across the country. The growth mirrors an increase in opioid deaths and, like the fatalities tied to drug abuse, the patients come from every corner of the region – urban, suburban and rur…

Mackenzie Donahue saved her best lap for last. The Daemen senior ran her fastest 400 on the final lap, 1:15.80, to finish ninth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National meet in Bradenton, Florida. Donahue, a native of East Aurora, ran a 35:55.69 for the ninth-place finish and second-team All-American status. Donahue earned the invita…

Canisius College took an early lead, but errors proved costly as the Golden Griffins dropped a 6-2 decision to Marist in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls. Chris Conley had a two-run double in the first inning to put the Griffs up early. But Marist responded with three runs in the sixth off two Canisius errors and…

Lancaster wanted another opportunity to play for a girls lacrosse sectional title. The Legends will get that chance after holding off Orchard Park, 15-11, in the Class A semifinal. Lancaster will meet Frontier for the title on Thursday. “I felt like we kept saying all season we want the opportunity to play for a championship again,” Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri…

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Friday 1. Softball - Class C-1 & C-2 finals (POSTPONED to Saturday) The two Class C finals at Prommenschenkel Park in Dunkirk were rescheduled due to rain yesterday. Class C-1 - 3-Cassadaga Valley vs. 4-Chautauq…

Sectional title champions – that has a nice ring to it. "That has an incredibly good ring to it," Medina head coach Amber Cleaveland exclaimed after her team defeated the No. 1 seeded Eden Raiders on Thursday night. "For the first time in history, that’s awesome. It was something that probably was on the high pedestal of ‘maybe.’ First it was OK we won the league …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French artist and novelist Edmond de Goncourt, born on this date in 1822, “A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.” . . . POUR IT ON – Celebrity bartenders are among the attractions at the fourth annual In For a Penny fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Cente…