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The procession of top Niagara County Republicans into an Albany courtroom continued Thursday afternoon as former state Sen. George D. Maziarz pleaded not guilty to three felony violations of election law. Maziarz, who followed the morning appearance and not guilty plea of Sen. Robert G. Ortt in a related case, offered no comment after his appearance in Albany County Cou…

Town of Tonawanda Police are investigating an unconfirmed report of an armed student at NorthTowns Academy, 333 Dexter Terrace. The school is currently in lockdown, police reported. Dexter Terrace is closed to vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic at Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police are asking parents to go to the Home Depot plaza at 2065 Niagara Falls Blvd. i…

Buffalo Niagara employers are on a hiring spree to start 2017. The region added 7,000 jobs during February, buoyed by a flurry of hiring at local financial services firms, health and social services companies and temporary help agencies, the state Labor Department said Thursday. The February hiring spurt, which added jobs at a 1.3 percent annual pace, followed a stro…

Lisa A. Miller and her daughter disappeared seven years ago and the two men who helped her flee have been arrested, convicted and punished for taking part in an international kidnapping that grabbed headlines across the nation. The only defendant in the case who hasn't been caught is Miller, who is believed to be living in Nicaragua with her now 14-year-old daughter, I…

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court -- and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination. "After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Suprem…

For well over 34 years, Lancaster Town Police have been trying to find out who killed 18-year-old James Adamski after a Halloween party. The vicious crime has been investigated repeatedly since 1982, without luck. Now, police are hoping a $10,000-plus reward will help them to find the answers that have eluded them for decades. Town police and officials of the Crime …

Walsh Duffield Wellness Team Leader Marie Story has been named as one of the Wellness Council of America’s Top 50 Health Promotion Professionals. Story is one of three wellness coordinators on staff at Walsh Duffield, a Buffalo-based insurance agency that focuses on selling business insurance and employee benefits, as well as personal insurance. Those named in the …

The Seneca Nation of Indians is looking to make financial agreements directly with the three cities that host its casinos, President Todd Gates said Thursday. "Our obligation to the state ended," Gates said during a news conference on the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. "This will be something new." The Seneca leader contends that the Senecas' 2002 gamblin…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in an Albany courtroom Thursday after his Wednesday indictment on election law violations by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The North Tonawanda Republican appeared in Albany County Court, one day after a grand jury indicted him and former Sen. George D. Maziarz as part of Schneiderman’s …

Interested in the latest on cancer research, screening and treatment options? Roswell Park Cancer Institute wants you to tune into a series of new podcasts featuring talks from experts about research, treatment, survivorship and prevention. The podcasts available on Roswell Park's website are geared toward to patients and their families. Content is shared from the …

Zipping around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and downtown streets on two wheels is about to get easier. The Reddy Bikeshare rental station will soon return to Buffalo's streets with more bikes and a new station on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. There will be 35 stations with 200 bikes throughout the city, possibly with a few different locations from last…

A Dunkirk man who was convicted on drug and weapon possession charges was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 8 years and 1 month in prison. David Jesus Pagan, 40, was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pagan and co-defendant Rafael Burgos were the…

Good news, Orchard Park Central students: The School Board has saved the April break. But because the school district called more snow days than it had allotted this  year, there are a few tweaks to the schedule. The district put three snow/emergency closing days into this year's calendar, but school was closed four days for snow and emergencies, and South Davis Ele…

It's almost spring kitten season, and the Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption group is gearing up. The club will hold its longest running fundraiser, Furball, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 at the Knights of Columbus’ Banquet Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Founder and President Marie Edwards said Furball is an event in which the shelter and its supporters “spring into ac…