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Ever since he was a boy, Zack Vader has wanted to know why things work the way they do, or why there isn't a better way to do something. Vader, now 24, peppered his father, Scott, a mechanical engineer, with questions, and they hashed out the most interesting answers in a journal they've kept for years. Could there be a restaurant staffed by robots to ensure consi…

NIAGARA FALLS - A 16-year-old girl was attacked Tuesday night in Gill Creek Park by a man who tried pulling down her pants, according to police. The teen said the attack happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. She told police she was approached by a man who started with small talk but then asked questions "of a sexual nature," Niagara Falls Police Chief of Detecives Kelly Rizz…

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island. But Sam Hoyt said local officials who believe, based on conversations with him, that the Goat Island lodge proposal is dead haven't got the stor…

The HAWK is flying high again at Hilbert College. HAWK Radio, a web-based radio station that was grounded and silent for most of last year, is again spinning tunes for the Hamburg campus. The college station resumed webcasts this past January with new webcasting software and a new location inside Hilbert's Digital Media and Communication lab. The station plays modern…

It's official. Construction of the $270 million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is 85 percent complete and on schedule to open in November. After breaking ground in October 2014, the last of the building’s physical structure – consisting of steel columns and beams, a metal deck and reinforced concrete floors – is wrapped up, Kaleida Health officials announced. …

LOCKPORT - Those who abuse animals in Niagara County will find it harder to avoid being listed on the county's animal abuser registry, if a proposed new law passes the County Legislature. Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso said the amended law, which he and three colleagues introduced Tuesday, is aimed at preventing those charged with animal cruelty or neglect from e…

August 28, 1940 - January 30, 2017 Sheila A. Diebold, whose love of wildlife and art benefitted two leading cultural institutions, died Jan. 30 in Buffalo General Hospital, after a brief illness. She was 76. Born in New York City, the former Sheila Aldrich attended Chapin School, two blocks from her Manhattan home, where she was a top student and "a terrific athl…

LOCKPORT -Two teenage boys entered a Lockport tire recyling plant last August. A fire started - an arson, authorities say. Only one boy made it out alive. He is accused of criminally negligent homicide in Family Court. Testimony begins Wednesday in the trial of the 14-year-old boy for the fire that killed his friend and caused  $5.25 million in damage to the recyc…

LITTLE VALLEY - Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies early Wednesday morning charged a Salamanca man with assault and child endangerment after a domestic incident on Pigeon Valley Road. Deven J. Redeye, 21, injured the victim "in very close proximity" to a 9-year-old child, the Sheriff's Office said. The incident happened at about 2:45 a.m. Deputies charged Redeye w…

Winter parking rules along bus routes have been suspended in Buffalo "until further notice" because of the unseasonably warm temperatures over the next few days, the mayor's office announced Wednesday morning. High temperatures will reach the 50s and 60s through Friday, according to forecasters. [Related: 'Fore' the record, this February has been unusually warm]

An off-duty City of Tonawanda police officer stopped a residential burglary in progress  Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officer Adam Cruz noticed a woman acting suspiciously on Tussing Lane and saw her enter the side door a home at about 2:30 p.m. while the homeowner was outside in a side yard, City of Tonawanda police said. Cruz, who completed the police acade…

Hamburg's Senior Community Center opened two years ago on Southwestern Boulevard, and while there's many visitors to the gym, Adult Day Services, workout room, classrooms and dining room, the former Frontier Central Learning Center there gets less use. But visitors can get a look at the whole building at 4540 Southwestern Blvd., and get some discounts on select recreati…

Prospective school board candidates can find out what the job entails before they run for a seat in May. The Erie County Association of School Boards will conduct a free workshop for those thinking of running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4 at Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. Topics include information on school boards and the law, the election proces…

It appears that just one company submitted a proposal to build a hotel next to Amherst's Northtown Center ice rink complex. Developers interested in taking part in the project had until Friday to reply to the town's request for proposals, and though town officials are not yet saying who responded, The Buffalo News confirmed that just three companies expressed initial i…

Two public hearings -- targeting solar energy farms and flag lots -- were approved by Lancaster lawmakers Tuesday night. A six-month moratorium on solar farm development was proposed by Councilmember John Abraham Jr. to review zoning regulations and determine revisions and amendments to the town zoning code. "We're not saying that no solar can be done," Council membe…

State police charged a Chautauqua County man with driving while intoxicated and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Jason Dustin, 44, of the Town of Poland was  pulled over on West Main Street in  the Town of Falconer for a traffic violation and arrested after failing several field sobriety tests, according to state police. Two children, both under 16 ye…