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Loriene Bridgett moved to Buffalo in January with big dreams and a small budget. The Brooklyn native, eager to start a new life after surviving a bus accident in 2015, settled into an apartment near East Delavan Avenue and Grider Street to begin her job search. But she soon learned her prospects were bleak: Without a car, Bridgett couldn’t reach the suburban customer se…

Amherst

Government meetings are typically good viewing, if you need a sleep aid. Not so Monday in the Village of Williamsville when the board held its meeting in a "Late Night" talk show format, complete with a monologue by Mayor Brian J. Kulpa and a live band. Kulpa is preparing to depart village government to become Amherst town supervisor and had always promised that he w…

Buffalo

What – or, better yet, where – is upstate New York? The New York Times recently took a crack at the divisive topic, with an article billed as "A Quest to Define 'Upstate.' " The author reached out to the governor's office, dug through state law and read the Associated Press Stylebook, none of which provided a concrete answer. Is it anything north of New York City?…

Crime

Two North Tonawanda residents have been charged with stealing liquor bottles from a liquor store in the City of Tonawanda, police said. Benjamin R. Rupert, 24, and Angeline M. Bendelow, 26, both of Oliver Street, were charged with petit larceny following the Dec. 2 theft at Isle View Fine Wines & Spirits, 533 Niagara St., according to City of Tonawanda police. On…

Buffalo

GObike Buffalo's community workshop on Colvin Avenue recently turned into Santa's workshop, with bicycle mechanics and volunteers transforming donated two-wheelers into gifts worthy to be set under the tree on Christmas morning. "A lot of it is about having an opportunity to do doing something good, to give back to the community," said Adam Ianni, head mechanic at the c…

Erie County

Roughly 50,000 Erie County pistol permit holders are at risk of losing their permits if they do not recertify their firearms by the end of January. Anyone who gained their pistol permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013 must recertify their weapons with State Police, said Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns in a joint press conference Thursday with Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. "I…

Business

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will host an event for native Western New Yorkers visiting over the holidays who want to learn what's new in the city's resurgence and specifically the growing campus, where the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and new home of the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are located. Matt Enstice, CEO and president of…

Crime

A Lancaster man who went to Niagara Falls on Aug. 16, planning to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. "You look benign, but you're a dangerous man," State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Larry J. Thompson, 60, of Cedarbrook Drive. Thompson had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal sexual act. …

Crime

A Buffalo man was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after he was shot multiple times on Niagara Street, Buffalo police said. The shooting took place at about 9 p.m. on Niagara, between Vermont and Rhode Island streets. Police described the victim as a 22-year-old Buffalo man. They did not release his name. The victim was initially driven i…

A Niagara Falls man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Antonio Carr, 24, is scheduled for sentencing on April 6 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Carr had the weapon on July 28 when Niagara County probation officers performed a home visit at his girl…

A man from Puerto Rico who attempted to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Bridge pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Joel Torres Diaz, 30, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years behind bars. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. P…

Crime

A Buffalo police officer who was brought up on departmental charges after twice overdosing on opioids has been fired, three sources have confirmed to The Buffalo News. Michael R. Moffett, 28, was fired earlier this week. The city sought Moffett's firing, and arbitrator Jeffrey M. Selchick, who presided over the disciplinary hearing, backed the city. The Police Dep…

Cheektowaga

Maryvale High School will honor alumnus and Hollywood actor William E. Fichtner at 2 p.m. Friday by dedicating its auditorium to him, said Joseph D'Angelo, superintendent of Maryvale Union Free School District. Fichtner, a 1974 Maryvale graduate, will also be inducted as a distinguished alumni, D'Angelo said. Fichtner will be joined by friends, members of his family and…

Business

The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school officially opened this week, but exterior finishing work on the building's Main Street canopy and other end-of-project touches won't completely wrap up until early next year. The canopy extending along Main Street will likely be done by late January, said UB spokeswoman Ellen Goldbaum. A day after Tuesday's gran…

Crime

A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of a North Tonawanda woman while she riding a motorcycle on Route 20A in Wyoming County. The July 9 collision also left three other motorcyclists seriously injured, Chautauqua authorities said. As part of the plea, Joshua D. Huntress, 29, of Mayville, admitted that his actions caused th…