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Nearly 50 years have passed since New York City police officer John E. Varecha died during a routine traffic stop that turned quickly into a shootout. And it's been more than 17 years since Albert Victory, one of the men who killed the rookie officer, was granted parole and then, when the word got out, rejected. Victory still won his release but now, after all that t…

Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Thursday commended C. Douglas Hartmayer for his more than 18 years as director of public affairs and chief spokesman. Hartmayer, a Navy veteran and former public affairs manager for Tops Friendly Markets, is retiring following a brief transition period over the next few weeks. Executive Director Kimberley…

A Georgia man wanted on an attempted murder charge was arrested this week in Niagara Falls, according to city police. Emanuel D. Williams Sr., 38, of Macon, Ga., was arrested by city police with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop on Robbins Drive, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Williams was charged in Ma…

Concern about traffic has prompted a two-week delay for Planning Board approval of a new school building and other facilities for Tapestry Charter School's proposed expansion, The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Avenue for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its c…

Here's a list of the town, village and school district meetings in Erie County in May: Akron/Newstead The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. May 1 and 15 in Village Hall, 21 Main St. • The Town Board holds a work session at 8 p.m. May 1 and its regular meetings at 8 p.m. May 8 and 22 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road. • The School Board holds a budget hearing at…

DMario  A. Caeser, 20, of Buffalo was charged with speeding and unlicensd driving after his car was pulled over by Amherst police early Thursday morning. After Caeser was flagged to the curb in the 200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard about 3:15 a.m. for  speeding, police said, Officers found his license had been suspended after a recent traffic incident.

The check is in the mail. It’s not you, it’s me. The fruit cake was delicious, Aunt Hilda. People who yearn to no longer allow those  fibs, embellishments and little white lies to spring from their lips, may find inspiration on Sunday. It is  National Honesty Day, the annual counterpoint to the quasi-holiday that starts the month, April Fools Day. Hone…

Lake Effect Ice Cream will receive a $100,000 short-term loan from the City of Lockport's development agency to help the company start construction of its new production facility. The company, owned by Lockport High School teachers Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf, recently spent $125,000 to buy a 7,000-square-foot vacant former auto parts store at 43-49 Niagara St., which …

Developers are invited to tour development sites in the Town of Tonawanda at a forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. In addition to the tour, there will also be information about development ready sites in the Brownfield Opportunity Area, advantages of locating in the Town of Tonawanda, case studies of successful development …

The family of a missing local man is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities find him. Kurt Beehler, 24, was last seen April 8 in Niagara Falls. He "is vulnerable and currently under a doctor's care," according to Niagara Falls police. Beehler is 6-foot, 180 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing white jeans, …

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s tax reform plan would potentially hurt upper-income New Yorkers, and maybe even the middle class, compared to taxpayers in other states – which is why Republican lawmakers from New York and other high-tax states are already lining up to try to change it. The 200-word outline of a tax plan that Trump released Wednesday would eliminate…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian and former late night TV host Jay Leno, born on this date in 1950, “The New England Journal of Medicine reports that nine out of 10 doctors agree that one out of 10 doctors is an idiot.” . . . BATTLEFIELD QUEST – The story of New York Tribune correspondent Sam Wilkeson’s search for his son among the wounded after the Battle of …

The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested five people on drug-related charges after a 6 a.m. raid Thursday on a house at 853 Pendergast Ave., authorities said. A search of the lower apartment turned up more than three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, $3,570 cash and drug paraphernalia, police said. Five people were arrested at the site, including Angel L. Ortiz-R…

Firefighters were on the scene of a barn fire in Orchard Park, at East Quaker Road and Quaker Terrace in the town, Orchard Park Police confirmed Thursday evening. The cause of the fire was not available.   Lightning, which accompanied a series of thunderstorms that rolled into the region, touched down in some spots in the Southtowns, according to the Nat…

Lives will be saved with $16 million in state funding for Western New York to fight the heroin and opioid crisis, officials predicted Wednesday afternoon, hours after leaders of towns, villages and cities from across Erie County convened in Williamsville to talk about how to react to the crisis at the local level. "It's hard to find someone these days who hasn't been pe…