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Former Buffalo Sabres forward Andrew Peters was suspended indefinitely from coaching the Junior Sabres after a brawl between 15-year-old players broke out on the ice Saturday and a video appears to show a coach punching an opposing player when the fight spills into his team's bench. “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffalo…

The answer for why Jerry C. Bowman joined the Army after graduating East High School can be stated in three words: “I was poor.” The fourth oldest of eight children raised by their mother in public housing off Jefferson Avenue, Bowman said that he needed to move on and make his own way in life. So he took his older brother Carl’s advice and enlisted in the mi…

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation Department begins registration for its 2017 Kenmore Summer Youth Camp on Thursday. The camp is open to children ages 5 to 11 to participate in swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games, and weekly field trips, as well as enrichment and special guests. Camp is held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, from …

West Seneca now has a designated parking space for a combat wounded veteran outside the Town Hall. The "Combat Wounded Designated Parking" sign was created by Wounded Warrior Family Services, which distributes the signs around the country. The parking space was unveiled Friday, two days after the 85th anniversary of the creation of the modern Purple Heart medal. Ther…

Open ice skating, a cabin fever hike and the first big 5K run of the year are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. MONDAY Tai chi: Noon, DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Improve balance, relieve mild muscle and joint discomfort, and reduce tension and stress with a…

People who bought tickets to next month's Niagara Wheatfield High School musical online should double-check their credit card statements, according to the school district. Those who made the online ticket purchases through ShowTix4U.com may have had their credit card information compromised, the district said on its website. District officials were notified about the i…

Property owners in Amherst notified of a 20 percent increase or less in their new assessment may see their taxes remain the same or even a decline, according to the latest estimates from the Town Assessor's Office. It's still early in the town's reassessment,  but Town Assessor David C. Marrano  projects a 20 percent increase in the town's total taxable assessed value…

One of the area's newest "integrated" housing projects for both disabled and low-income residents is now taking tenant applications as its owner prepares to open the complex in the spring. People Inc. is finishing its conversion of the former Highland Elementary School in the City of Tonawanda into the new Highland School Apartments, with 38 affordable apartments in a c…

A Riverside home sustained about $60,000 in damage in a fire early Monday morning, according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office. The blaze at the two-story house at 73 Fuller St. was reported at 1:03 a.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents of the house.

Get ready for what is expected to be a $1 million-plus Buffalo mayoral race. So far, only three-term Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced he's running, but City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder has said he will formally announce this Sunday. And Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant says she is considering getting into the fray, as is Terrence A. Robinson, a member…

The new owners of the old Wehrle Golf Dome in Clarence recently completed extensive renovations from roof to floor at the 23-year-old venue, and the changes are clear to the golfers flocking there to shake the winter rust off their game. The venue was the first indoor driving range of its kind in the state when it opened in 1994, but it was badly in need of an update b…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck, born on this date in 1902, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” . . . They Call Us Buffalo Downshifting wintry machinery dispatches the dimple of spring. So what if snow belt snow plows have nowhere to scratch or sing? …

A  Winspear Avenue man is facing felony robbery counts after pulling a gold chain from the neck of a man at Genesee and Best streets about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police said. Noah Cotton, 18, was arrested on Rogers Street, off Genesee Street, and identified by the victim, said police, who added that the gold chain was found on the suspect as he was being booked. …

City of Tonawanda Police charged a Buffalo man with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he nearly crashed into the gazebo in the middle of Clinton Park about 3:20 a.m. Saturday. Gregory A. Reberholt, 28, of Ontario Street, posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit. Capt. Fredric Foels said Reberholt veered off the traf…

A City of Tonawanda man is back in custody just weeks after being paroled from state prison for a 2010 burglary. Harry A. Munoz, 43, of Simson Street, was arrested about 2 p.m. Friday after he tried to stab his bother in a family dispute, according to City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels. Munoz was tackled from behind while chasing his brother, police said. …

A Humboldt Parkway man arrested about 1 a.m. Sunday is accused of cutting the finger of a woman who grabbed for the knife he brandished during an argument with another man, Buffalo police said. Gregory Hayes, 58, is charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree assault and third-degree menacing. Further information was unavailable.