Buffalo’s new Green Code will do more than restrict where houses can be built and how tall buildings may stand. It also will restrict where beer and cigarettes can be sold and where hookah bars and vaping lounges can locate. Existing businesses are grandfathered and can continue operating, but any new businesses after the Green Code is enacted would be governed by …

An Akron man  pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J.  Arcara Wednesday to possession of child pornography. Robert J. Strach, 54,  admitted to being active in an online exchange of child pornography. On  March 7 agents of the Federal Homeland Securities Investigations' Child Exploitation Unit raided his home and seized his desktop computer with  two h…

A Stevenson Avenue man  is charged with the Nov. 20 attack on the owner of a store  in the 900 block of East Ferry Street who was  hit with a hammer and wooden table leg. Chas D. Moore-Seymore, 29, is one of  five men who brutalized the store's owner, police said.  He also is the only attacker who has been arrested, they added. Moore-Seymore, arrested Monday, i…

LOCKPORT - Two new police officers will be sworn in Thursday, as the City of Lockport is accelerating the hiring it committed to do in its contract with the police union. The Common Council voted Wednesday to put the officers on right away instead of waiting until after Jan. 1. The 2017 budget contains four new police positions that the city agreed to add under the term…

Casey Swain admitted robbing banks in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Kenmore and Niagara Falls and was suspected by law enforcement in several more. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo   sentenced him Friday to 57 months in prison. Swain, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of bank robbery but, in his plea deal, admitted to five robberies at First Niagara …

A Buffalo man found  asleep at the wheel of his parked car with its engine running in the 200 block of Niagara Street  about 4 p.m. Tuesday has been charged with driving while alcohol impaired. James E. White, 34, also was charged with driving with a revoked driver's license. White, who was drinking, police said, also admitted he had taken prescription medication. …

LOCKPORT - A City of Lockport man who sold fentanyl March 3 and 10 pleaded guilty Wednesday and entered a drug treatment program, risking as long as nine years in prison if he doesn't beat his drug addiction. Thomas McGrew, 43, of Mill Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Ano…

LOCKPORT - A Kenmore man was convicted Thursday of stealing a motorcycle while test-driving it and taking it to Texas. A State Supreme Court jury deliberated for nearly nine hours over two days before rejecting the version of events offered by defendant Daniel J. Harmon, who testified that he traded four pounds of marijuana for the motorcycle. That story was flatly reje…

South Buffalo Council Member Christopher Scanlon is upset that SolarCity isn't holding any of its information sessions on entry-level manufacturing jobs at its solar panel factory in the facility's own neighborhood. Scanlon said he was disappointed that SolarCity is holding three information sessions in Williamsville, but none of the 14 sessions is being held in South B…

LOCKPORT - A Buffalo woman who was found passed out at the wheel of her car in Lockport this summer pleaded guilty to two charges Wednesday in Niagara County Court. Sylvia A. Honeycutt, 27, of Manhattan Avenue, admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having about 6.5 grams of crack cocaine in her purse, as well as a reduced charge of…

Niagara University’s College of Business Administration has launched a new Food Marketing Center of Excellence that will work closely with regional food industry leaders on research, internships and career opportunities for students. The center is designed to enhance a new undergraduate degree in marketing, with a concentration in food and consumer packaged goods. The…

LOCKPORT - Dr. Justin D. Miller, owner of Niagara Ear Nose & Throat in Niagara Falls, has been appointed to a six-year term on the Niagara County Board of Health. The County Legislature confirmed the appointment Tuesday, after Miller was recommended by the Board of Health. By law, at least three of the board's 10 members must be physicians. The board chose Mille…

LOCKPORT - Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon sentenced a man to 18 months in state prison Wednesday for third-degree rape. James M. Williams, 25, of Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton, also will face 10 years of post-release supervision and registration as a sex offender. Williams pleaded guilty to violating New York's "no means no" law by having sex with a woman withou…

WILSON - The Wilson House, a restaurant that operated in the Village of Wilson for decades until closing a year ago, has been sold and will reopen this spring. Brian J. Hutchison, (CQ) attorney for the buyers, Christopher and Timothy White, said Wednesday that they plan some interior remodeling before restarting the business at 310 Lake St. "They're doing a little bit t…

LOCKPORT - A former substance abuse counselor avoided jail time Wednesday for having sex with a male resident of an inpatient treatment facility. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III placed Jessica Griffin, 39, of Tonawanda on six years' probation for a reduced misdemeanor charge of attempted third-degree rape. A co-defendant, Candace A. Seelbinder, 35, of Nia…

NIAGARA FALLS - Join the Niagara Falls Department of Youth Services for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. Children and their families are invited to enjoy an evening of music, food, games, prize giveaways, crafts and a visit from Santa. Everyone is encouraged to wear their best ugly hol…