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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz used his State of the County speech Wednesday to warn about the proposed spending cuts and policy changes in Washington while also promoting new initiatives he plans to roll out over the next few months. "We cannot afford to retreat into short-sighted mindsets that pit communities and peoples against each other, whether it is over…

A car being chased by police Wednesday afternoon in the city's Seneca-Babcock neighborhood struck two vehicles before coming to a stop when it slammed into a Buffalo school bus with six children aboard, authorities said. One child aboard the bus may have suffered a minor injury, but a driver in one of the other vehicles struck was seriously injured, according to Buffalo…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is delivering his 2017 State of the County address at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Poloncarz will outline his priorities and initiatives for the year. This is his fifth State of the County address as county executive. You can watch live here:   http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/29/county-executive-fears-downtow…

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning at Elmwood Avenue and Virginia Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to Buffalo police. The man was running at about 8:10 a.m. on Virginia when the vehicle, which was traveling south on Elmwood Avenue, struck him. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old Buffalo man, was transported to Buffalo General for n…

A Lockport man is accused of inflicting a brain injury on his live-in girlfriend's 2-year-old son. John M. Moudy, 28, of Clinton Street, was picked up Tuesday on a warrant charging him with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of child endangerment. Moudy is accused of injuring the boy Oct. 27 with "blunt force trauma," Niagara County First Assistant Dis…

LOCKPORT – A man and a woman from Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to felonies Tuesday for a burglary at a Ferry Avenue home where the resident was struck with a tire iron. Christine M. Harbeson, 46, of Pierce Avenue, faces as long as seven years in prison after admitting to third-degree burglary. Christopher S. Beard, 44, of Niagara Avenue, could spend as much as four y…

A trio of developers specializing in affordable housing wants to undertake a signature project by turning a longtime East Side industrial property on Broadway into apartments. Stuart Alexander and Associates has partnered with Rhonda Ricks and SCG Development to propose a new residential community aimed at workers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and other area res…

Danny Wegman has stepped down as chief executive of Wegmans Food Markets as his daughter Colleen steps into the role of president and CEO. Danny Wegman, 70, will take the role of company chairman, the Gates-based company announced Wednesday. The move is part of the family-owned company's succession plan, he said. “The time has come to create a structure for the …

A suspect in the fatal shooting of an employee at the Anchor Bar pleaded guilty this week to charges in another case, the attempted strangulation of his girlfriend. Gregory Ramos, 25, pleaded guilty to the violent felony for an altercation on May 23. http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/23/anchor-bar-murder-suspect-convicted-federal-gun-drug-charges/ Ramos, who was arre…

A project to turn the city's Northland Corridor into a light-industrial and commercial hub took a step forward this week as a city agency awarded a design contract and agreed to take on nine more city-owned properties for the project. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the city agency that is managing the redevelopment of the Northland Corridor project, approved a $1.…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt took the first step in his defense against felony election law charges Wednesday by claiming prosecutors never allowed him to provide relevant testimony to an Albany County grand jury during his voluntary appearance on March 23. Ortt, the North Tonawanda Republican who was indicted on a charge of “filing a false instrument” in a case that h…

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found on the Lake Erie shore in the Town of Sheridan on Wednesday morning. A man, whom the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office described as elderly, was found dead shortly after 7:30 a.m. off Route 5. No foul play is suspected, the Sheriff's Office said. The man's name was withheld pending family notification, officials…

Get your sweet tooth ready. Yotality Frozen Yogurt and Custard will give away free yogurt, custard and gelato Monday to celebrate five years in business. Customers can fill their cup with 4 ounces of frozen dessert and toppings for free Monday from open until close at all locations. Store hours vary. The offering includes new flavors such as Crème Brulee gelato; Chocol…

Frank Budwey, owner of Budwey's Market, was born to be a grocer. His grandmother started the family's first grocery store in 1925. More than four decades later, just as his widowed mother was about to give up on the failing business, Frank took the helm and turned the ship around. He was just 23 years old and fresh out of the Army, but was mentored by another grocer. Ov…

NIAGARA FALLS – Tim Baxter was like a lot of people. For years he had driven past the black iron gates of Oakwood Cemetery on Portage Road without really thinking about what might be inside. "It wasn't even a blip on my radar, and I grew up in Niagara Falls," said Baxter. "I drove by here thousands of times, but it might as well have been a brick wall for all I knew …