Is this the real world, or have you stepped into a Christmas card? Well may you ask yourself that, standing in awe outside Vidler's Five and Ten, the legendary East Aurora five-and-dime. The sprawling store, founded in 1930, stands on a quaint main street, across from another storied stop on our 100 Things tour, the Aurora Theatre. [Gallery: Vidler's Five and Ten…

Buffalo police officers arrested a Potomac Avenue man Thursday on drunk driving charges, while responding to another call on Germain Street, off Amherst Street, Buffalo police said Friday. Jean Safari, 21, was stopped by officers as he was about to drive from Germain onto Amherst at about 8 p.m., according to police. Officers reported that Safari allegedly had an odor o…

A Fredonia man was taken into custody by Buffalo police on Thursday, in connection with a sex incident that allegedly happened in downtown Buffalo, according to a Buffalo police report. Abdulla O. Mahmood, 26, of Water Street, was taken into custody during questioning at police headquarters on Franklin Street, according to the police report. Mahmood was charged with …

National Grid crews were working in South Buffalo to install a temporary overhead line to compensate for a failed underground cable that knocked out power to over 250 customers Friday and also affected some stop lights earlier in the day, according to Kathy Hill, a spokeswoman for the utility, on Friday evening. Some were still affected later in the day on Friday. The …

The national rate of teen-age pregnancy has fallen to historic lows. Yet pockets of high rates persist in some areas of the country -- including parts of Buffalo. HOPE Buffalo represents an initiative, funded by a major federal grant, to do something about the situation. Project representatives will hold two community forums in Buffalo to discuss a goal of reducing t…

Buffalo Police are looking for at least two men who posed as utility workers to get into a Normal Avenue house Thursday afternoon. The victims said they the men claimed there was a gas leak in the house and let them in. Once inside, the suspects tied up one of the victims and struck him, causing facial injuries that required treatment at the Erie County Medical Cente…

Michael H. Wilson raised a few eyebrows when he arrived in town and bought a $6.3 million home in Hamburg in 2008. Only 22 at the time, Wilson had a reputation as a savvy, young investor from Cleveland. On Friday, he returned to Buffalo but, this time, as a criminal defendant accused of operating an $8 million investment scam. Wilson, who has been on the run, was …

LOCKPORT - A Wilson man could spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of sexually abusing a girl from July 2014 through March of this year. Alfonso C. Cutaia, 41, of New Road, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child after about six hours of jury deliberations that wrapped up a two-week trial. Assistant District Atto…

LOCKPORT - A father was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court on an indictment accusing him of assaulting his newborn son twice before the child was a month old. Eric L. Fehr, 29, of Royalton Center Road, Royalton, was living on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport when the crimes allegedly occurred between June 6, when the baby was born, and July 3. The baby was t…

Keri Chentfant, an English Language Arts seventh-grade teacher is one of the regulars at a hot new dining spot at Lackawanna High School run by five special needs students. “This is the best group of workers we’ve got right here,” said Chentfant, who favors the healthy breakfast wraps and lunch specials at The Lunch Box Garden Fresh Cafe, tucked into a former facu…

The pigment that gives spinach and other plants their verdant color may improve doctors’ ability to examine the human gastrointestinal tract, according to research conducted in part by the University at Buffalo. “Our work suggests that this spinach-like, nanoparticle juice can help doctors get a better look at what’s happening inside the stomach, intestines and ot…

LOCKPORT - A truck driver from Ohio who traveled to North Tonawanda to sexually molest three boys was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision. Bradley M. Heinichen, 29, of Mayfield, Ohio, victimized the children of friends between May 2014 and June of this year, prosecutors said. "I just want to say sorry," Heinichen said. …

Julie Blackman grew up on a Niagara County dairy farm before she became a University at Buffalo-trained physical therapist. She spent two decades plying her trade at Medina Hospital and a private practice in Lockport – and lived in those communities – until the family farm called her home. The call came slowly at first. It followed a trip about eight years ago to Sa…

New York State's SAFE Act gun control law requires all residents who had pistol permits before 2013 to renew them or lose them, but Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski said Thursday the state hasn't done what it needs to do to make that possible. The law says the renewals are supposed to be done by Jan. 31, 2018, via a State Police website. However, Jastrzemski …