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SHELBY – Shari Lynne Ball's naked, badly decomposed body was found by a hunter nearly 34 years ago along Route 63 in Orleans County, in a soggy wildlife refuge known to locals as the Alabama Swamps. But for more than three decades, no one knew who she was. She was listed in police reports as an unidentified "Jane Doe." Then, in 2014, State Police had her body exhum…

Boy Scout Troop 286 Scoutmaster Mark Oetinger obtained the highest rank in scouting 40 years ago as a member of the troop he now leads. He's one of 62 Scouts in the troop that have become Eagle Scouts in the 63 years since the troop was chartered in 1954 at Brighton Community Church in the Town of Tonawanda. On Wednesday night, six Town of Tonawanda high school senio…

WASHINGTON – Shares of the Australian biotech firm that Rep. Chris Collins touted to other members of the House and to leading Buffalo-area figures collapsed in value Tuesday after the company announced its once-promising new drug for multiple sclerosis had failed in clinical trials. Innate Immunotherapeutics stock, valued as high as $1.77 a share in January, quickly …

The Amherst Town Board next month could vote to borrow up to $255,000 to pay for improvements to Dann Lake Park in the town's northeast corner. It's the next step in the town's efforts to make it easier for people to fish, canoe or kayak on Dann Lake. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/13/amherst-wants-make-easier-find-dann-lake-park/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social&…

The public is invited to offer input on what kinds of development they'd like to see take place along the existing Metro Rail line in Buffalo and along the proposed expansion into the Northtowns at a workshop Wednesday on the University at Buffalo South Campus. The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority…

A new Dollar General store has opened at the corner of South Transit and Dunnigan roads in Pendleton. The "soft opening" occurred last week, and the formal grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. The first 50 adult shoppers that morning will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag contain…

An Amherst businessman hopes to force a Republican primary in September for two seats on the Town Board. Christopher A. Drongosky said his central goal is proceeding with eminent domain of the former Westwood Country Club and transforming it into a recreation park of athletic fields, rather than see it developed into housing. His candidacy sets up a potential primar…

It's still unclear whether a proposed land swap between Natale Development and Williamsville will go forward. But if it does, it won't be enacted until at least early 2018, village officials said. Two options have been presented to the Village Board. "Option A" is a proposal for up to 100 apartments and 30 townhomes on the former Darling Construction site, which N…

Randy W. Goble Jr. of the City of Tonawanda was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison for having sexual relationships with two North Tonawanda girls, ages 14 and 16. Goble, 23, of Morgan Street, had pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with an explicit cellphone video, made Nov. 1, involving the 16-year-old, and to a misdemeanor for sexual abuse of the 1…

The 37th running of the Subaru Buffalo 4-Mile Chase will start at 7 p.m. July 14 on Bidwell Parkway. Proceeds will benefit Erie County Medical Center and Police Athletic League of Buffalo. To register and for more info on the race and children’s run for those ages 5 to 10, visit buffalosubaruchase.com.

The Niagara Falls City Council was noncommittal Monday on a funding request from a group that includes WKBW-TV meteorologist Don Paul for help with a feasibility study for a high-tech weather attraction in the Falls. The proposal would place an interactive weather center with what Paul called "Disney-quality attractions" in the glass-walled One Niagara welcome center …

The Lewiston man who triggered a shelter-in-place order in the area around his Pletcher Road home on Sunday night faces rape, kidnapping and strangulation charges, according to police. Jon Ellington, 44, was arrested outside his home in the 900 block of Pletcher shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday after a search by members of four law enforcement agencies, Lewiston police s…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins and his aides have said time and again in recent years that it’s not a conflict of interest for him to work on legislation affecting drug companies because the Australian biotech firm he’s intimately tied to didn’t have any business before federal regulators. But last week, that company – which counts the Clarence Republican as it…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet Lucille Clifton, born in Depew on this date in 1936, “What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.” . . . TALES TO TELL – Mayor Byron W. Brown will be a guest reader as EPIC – Every Person Influences Children – kicks off its Storytime series for the summer at Canalside from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. B…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported five drunk driving arrests from over the weekend: Shawn Shearer, 38, of Orchard Park failed multiple field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test after he was stopped about 2:08 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road in Elma. A deputy observed Shearer's vehicle swerving in and out of its lane of travel. Shearer was charged…