It was 6 a.m. when Youngstown mom Nicole Mombrea emerged from her car in the freezing dark of a Target parking lot one recent Saturday morning. The home care nurse heard the store was getting a shipment of the season’s elusive Hatchimal toys and she hoped to get one for her daughter, Claire, in time for Christmas. Mombrea wasn’t the only one. By the time she arrived…

LOCKPORT - A former employee of Armstrong Pumps in North Tonawanda, who joined his brother in stealing $34,000 worth of metal objects from the plant, was placed on three years' probation Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon because he came up with his half of the restitution tab. Nicholas R. Pompeo, 40, of Ermann Drive, Kenmore, was allowed to plead guilty to a m…

The first public meeting of the 17-member train station committee that will recommend the location of a new Amtrak station will be held Dec. 15. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Buffalo Common Council Chamber on the 13th floor of Buffalo City Hall. “We are pleased that there is so much community interest in the train station selection project…

Everyone's going to feel pre-winter's wrath next week. The coldest air of the season is expected to grip the Buffalo Niagara region starting about Wednesday. And, it's expected to last until at least the end of the week. Daytime high temperatures might not escape the teens to mid-20s next Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service's morning for…

The Food Bank of WNY provided 15.1 million pounds of food over the last year. That's at least 500,000 pounds more than given away the previous fiscal year and 3 million pounds more than five years ago, reflecting the area's increased demand. The organization gave 18 percent more food to seniors, 11 percent more to individuals and 8 percent more to  families during t…

Concern by family members for a North Buffalo man's well-being resulted in the discovery of his body and a marijuana grow operation inside his home Friday morning, police said. Officers arrived at the house on Carmel Road at about 10:10 a.m. and had to force their way inside when no one answered the door. The man, described as in his early 40, was deceased, according to…

MAYVILLE – State grants totaling more than $4.7 million have been provided for 23 projects in Chautauqua County in the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards, Chautauqua County Executive Vincent W. Horrigan reports. The largest grant, for $1.48 million, was given to the City of Jamestown to create green space in Tracy Plaza, which surrounds City …

1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in six bars along Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here, while attendees must check in to receive a wristband at VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Commentary: If you see a peculiar-yet-jolly mass of characters strolling down Chippewa on Saturday afternoon, don't be surprised. The annual SantaCon is a merry bar…

All eyes are on the sky in the Southern Tier, where skiers will be hitting the slopes as early as this weekend. Holiday Valley in Ellicottville will open five slopes and four lifts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, said Jane Eshbaugh, resort spokewoman. “It’s still snowing,” Eshbaugh said Friday morning. “We’ve had 15 inches since Thursday, and we have started making …

A two-building medical office park on Maple Road in Amherst is on the selling block, after a loan servicer took possession of the property on behalf of investors following a loan foreclosure. CWCapital Asset Management LLC is trying to unload the 20,000-square-foot MedFour Medical Park at 1825-1829 Maple, on 2.16 acres at the southeast corner with Ayer Road. The two-…

The Southtowns has long needed a new hockey complex. There are now plans to build two in Hamburg, including one with former Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta as a partner. Liberatore Management Group and Ellicott Development are finalizing plans with the Kaleta Group for a 186,000-square-foot sports and entertainment complex in Hamburg, The Buffalo News has learned. The rec…

LOCKPORT - There are more than 100 abandoned homes in the City of Lockport, and city officials are looking for ways to keep them from dragging down the neighborhoods where they're located. One idea, being tried for the first time in Lockport on Tuesday, Dec. 13 is to require the winning bidder for a particular home at the annual tax foreclosure auction to live there for…

There is still opposition to closing the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center, despite assurances made by the State Office of Mental Health that it has addressed concerns about the state's plans to move juvenile psychiatric patients from the West Seneca facility into the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Last month, the state agency announced that it would begin see…