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The decaying Bethlehem Steel ovens and abandoned engine and boiler houses along the hundreds of acres on Route 5 in Lackawanna remind passing motorists every day of the region’s decline. But local leaders see the opposite. They see unmatched potential. “This property represents one of the most marketable pieces of industrial property in all of North America,” s…

After a five-day trial in federal court, a jury acquitted a Buffalo man last week of distributing crack cocaine. Michael Jones, 34, was arrested on Westminster Avenue in 2015 by two Buffalo police officers who claim they found a black bag containing crack in his possession after he initially fled the scene. The jury acquitted Jones of the felony distribution charge a…

Larkinville's newest addition, the Swan Street Diner, will be open for business by September. The vintage diner that Larkin Development Group principal Howard Zemsky bought and transported from Central New York is being installed on its new site at 694 Swan St. Located across from Larkin Square and next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant operated by Zemsky's son, it'…

Evan Stafford, who assaulted a WIVB-TV reporter and cameraman in Niagara Falls Oct. 22, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have imposed for attempted second-degree robbery. Murphy added three years of post-release supervision. Stafford, 26, of Donna Drive, Town of Niagara, tried to steal …

Buffalo police said Monday they have a woman in custody in connection with a hit-and-run that happened Saturday in a parking lot on Main Street. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/889512139001671680 A driver struck a man as she backed out of a parking spot in a lot in the 2500 block of Main Street at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, police previously said. The vehicle was r…

A 48-year-old woman appears to have tried to commit suicide by lying on the Metro Rail tracks Monday morning near the Summer-Best station, according to a spokeswoman for Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police. Witnesses told police the woman was able to move away from the train. She suffered head injuries and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, th…

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy wants New York State officials to re-think how to convert the Scajaquada Expressway into a lower-speed boulevard. The organization wants the stone arch bridge over Delaware Avenue to be used only for pedestrian and bicycle use. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to correct a 1950s’ mistake: this dividing and intrusive expressw…

Erie County has signed a purchase agreement, after years of negotiations, to take control of nearly 150 acres of remediated Bethlehem Steel property before the end of the year. The first 60 acres are expected to be transferred to county control before the end of the month, and that's only the start of what's planned for the site. Highlighted on the map below are the ex…

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2017 American Legion Department State Convention in Syracuse on Friday. The State Convention parade features military units from across the state. The Tonawandas group was awarded first place in the American Legion category with a score of 93.44. Second place went to Yankee Doodle Band from Rensselaer wit…

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to visit Jamestown this morning to tout a bill she believes will help stem opioid abuse. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is co-sponsoring the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act, which she introduced in April along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The bill would limit the length a doctor could initially prescribe an opioid to a patient sufferi…

A 47-year-old Buffalo man is in fair condition after he was shot Sunday night on Grey Street, a police spokesman said. The man was shot shortly before 10:30 p.m. on the first block of Grey Street, just north of Broadway east of Jefferson Avenue, police said Monday. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police ask anyone with information about what happened t…

Fifty years ago, the manufacturing giant that bought Lackawanna Steel produced millions of tons of steel a year, employed 22,000 workers and supported entire cities. “Help Wanted” posters papered the complex. The legacy: hollowed-out buildings, piles of brick and broken glass and tall trees that grow in places that once would have withered a blade of grass. Here's a…

A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile gu…

A slick, wobbly ladder over muddy water swamped the Mathletes' quest for $250,000. A group of University at Buffalo students competing in the NBC obstacle course show "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" advanced to the semifinals on Sunday night along with five other teams. But the UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island, Zoe Herrick, of Rochest…

As wet weather persists in the Great Lakes basin, the U.S.-Canadian agency that sets the rate of water flows out of Lake Ontario has decided to maintain the record flow levels it began in the second week of June. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control continues to allow nearly 2.75 million gallons of water per second to flow into the St. Lawr…

A Blasdell man whose driver's license has been suspended 36 times was arrested Saturday night after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a car near a major Orchard Park intersection, according to authorities. Orchard Park police reported finding Tyler M. Melisz, 25, on Southwestern Boulevard at the "five corners" intersection at about 7 p.m. in his vehicl…