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Two dozen members of the Army and Air Force National Guard joined more than 100 Erie County highway and park personnel Friday in continuing tornado and storm-related damage to Hamburg and surrounding areas. The cost of damage and cleanup efforts is expected to reach into the millions. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the So…

Americans should know whether Russia interferedMany Trump supporters shrug their shoulders when confronted with evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to undermine Hillary Clinton in the last election. They say: “So what? The information was real. It was the truth. Where’s the harm? No law was broken.”Leaving aside the legality, here’s the problem:…

Call it a collision of politics and good old Western New York can-do attitude. The cleanup after the tornado that struck the Erie County Fairgrounds was well under way Thursday afternoon when an aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked that the cleanup be delayed – until after the governor arrived, fair CEO Dennis Lang said. "I said, 'You're kidding, right?'"Lang said he…

A judge has ruled construction can continue at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center to pave the way for the WNY Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca to be moved there. Appellate Court Judge Patrick H. NeMoyer on Thursday stayed a temporary restraining order issued earlier in the week by a lower court that barred Gov. Andrew Cuomo from vetoing a bill that would keep W…

Steve Vega, 25, of Rochester, was identified as a suspect in the robbery of a Bank of America in Batavia, according to Batavia police. During the robbery, the thief did not display or threaten to draw a gun. No one was injured. The robber fled the scenes on foot shortly before 4 p.m, police said. Vega is in custody of the Rochester Police Department for a separate in…

Christopher P. Gordon of Niagara Falls was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 20 years of post-release supervision, for sexually abusing an adolescent boy over a two-year period. Gordon, 46, of 60th Street, already was a registered Level 1 sex offender because of a 1999 sodomy conviction. He pleaded guilty on April 25 to a reduced charge of att…

Call it a hat trick. The powerful storms that spawned two tornadoes in the Southtowns Thursday, ripping through Hamburg, Orchard Park and Holland, also produced a third tornado: this one near Angelica in Allegany County. "The same storm put down multiple tornadoes," said National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds Friday. The first tornado, an EF2, struc…

Former North Tonawanda firefighter Matthew W. Jurado apologized Friday to the city's only African-American firefighter for setting his home on fire. But Kenneth D. Walker, who currently lives in Kenmore, didn't accept the apology. "This was justice for me, seeing him finally pay for what he did," Walker said after watching Jurado receive a 10-year prison sentence. N…

Gia M. Arnold, the former State Senate candidate who ran on a pro-Second Amendment platform, was sentenced to five years' probation Friday for possession of an illegal assault rifle. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski could have imprisoned her for up to seven years. Arnold, 26, of Rochester, urged repeal of New York's SAFE Act gun control law. It became…

Plans for a $30 million condominium project at Elmwood and Forest avenues got a major boost this week when the developer won approval for eight zoning variances. But that doesn't mean the still-boiling controversy is over. Next up is the city Planning Board. The highly visible project overcame a major set of obstacles when the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to grant C…

It’s been a frustrating summer for those who want to swim at Woodlawn State Park. Erie County health officials banned swimming 38 out of 56 days because their forecast models predicted poor water quality. What’s more annoying? On at least 22 of those days, the water turned out better than forecast and was safe for swimming. “Something’s happening and all of u…

A 20-year-old University at Buffalo basketball player tried to strangle a female acquaintance earlier this week in the City of Tonawanda and later was charged with witness intimidation, authorities said. Quate J. McKinzie has been indefinitely suspended from the UB Bulls men's basketball team. He appeared in Tonawanda City Court on Friday for further proceedings after a…

A Lockport man who tried to hire a fellow Niagara County Jail inmate to kill his wife and mother-in-law was convicted Friday of four counts of attempted murder. Benito Lendof-Gonzalez, 34, faces life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 15 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. Michael Shepherd, a former inmate, testified that Lendof-Gonzalez passed him n…

A Manhattan financial services firm that promises to bring up to 1,500 jobs to Amherst is kick-starting that investment by pouring $750,000 into a vacant office park building, a commitment that it earned $65,625 in tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday. Strategic Financial Solutions agreed to hire 300 workers in the initial phase of its pro…

Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decad…

July 27, 1935 – July 19, 2017 In John Yerger's work, it is difficult to tell where paint ends and reality begins. The accomplished Buffalo artist, who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday at 81 years old, created meticulous paintings within paintings that often stunned first-time viewers. They featured miniature picture postcards and tattered portraits of famous arti…