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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…

With the muffled sound of protesters calling for his removal in the backdrop, Buffalo School Board member Carl P. Paladino took the stand in the hearing that will determine whether he can be removed from his elected position. He took the stand as protesters gathered outside of the state education department in Albany, chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, Paladino has got to go." …

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has completed the first phase of a $25 million renovation of its pre-clinical simulation center and patient clinics. This is the school’s first major renovation in more than 30 years with a goal of significantly upgrading Squire Hall on the South Campus as an educational and clinical treatment facility. The new si…

Hamburg's timeout from its proposed public/private ice rink and sports facility could last six months or more. And as the town steps back from approving the multisport complex, questions about the feasibility of the $25 million to $30 million project continue. One youth sports group said there's no way it could afford basketball court time if the cost is the $1…

In what will likely be the last day of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his seat on the Buffalo School Board, his ally Larry Quinn took the stand and testified that the disclosure of information about teacher contract negotiations was done in the public interest. Quinn also noted that the Artvoice article in which Paladino revealed information given to board …

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Monday night in Buffalo's Hamlin Park neighborhood, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. The killing is the city's 27th homicide of the year. The man was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he later…

Dash's supermarket has decided not to pursue a controversial change to the city's zoning plan – known as the Green Code – to accommodate its plan for a larger Hertel Avenue supermarket. Owner Joe Dash released a letter to neighbors announcing the company will not seek a zoning change and instead will go through the zoning appeals process for a myriad of exemptions …

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.