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ATLANTA – Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, a Snyder native who often notes that he worked on a Buffalo garbage truck during college, won election as chairman of a divided Democratic Party Saturday. And it took him only seconds to see the depths of the party's division, and seconds more to act to try to bring the party's progressives and centrists back together.…

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 15-year-old Buffalo girl reported missing. The Buffalo Police Department said on its Facebook site that the girl, Halimah Allen, is missing from an address on East Utica Street. She was described as 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weighing 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket. Anyone with informat…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Three violent attacks believed to have been committed by a group of males were reported within 10 minutes of each other Friday night in the tourist area of Fallsview Avenue, Niagara Regional Police said. In addition, a fourth incident involving a single assailant was reported in the area early Saturday. Here is a list of the incidents, accordi…

A University at Buffalo student reported to UB police that she was the victim of an attempted sexual assault early Sunday morning in a dorm room on the university's North Campus, UB officials said in a statement. According to alerts sent out to the UB community Sunday morning, the student reported to police that the incident took place at about 2:30 a.m. in a student's …

No opponent yet faces County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., but the union representing more than 1,500 blue collar workers is already endorsing the Republican incumbent. “Our union support even comes before his own party has made an endorsement,” said Richard Canazzi, president of AFSCME Local 1095. “We are doing so in an early and strong way because we are …

Buffalo police said they are investigating a youth hockey fight that may have involved former Sabres forward Andrew Peters after a video surfaced of the incident that took place Saturday morning during a game he was coaching at HarborCenter. Peters is the coach of the Jr. Sabres Midget 15U team. The team was playing the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Saturday. In the video, f…

A sprawling suburban property in Lancaster that had once been destined to become an industrial and business park may now become a new housing development instead. Uniland Development Co., after 16 years of trying unsuccessfully to attract commercial tenants to the Eastport Commerce Center, is now seeking to turn nearly half of the land into a residential community. T…

NIAGARA FALLS -  A Niagara Falls man was charged with drug counts following a traffic stop on 15th Street about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, State Police said. Kareem Clark, 35, a passenger in the car, possessed about 38 grams of marijuana and more than  3  grams of cocaine, police said.  He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fif…

NIAGARA FALLS -  A Niagara Falls man  pulled over on 72nd Street about 3 p.m. Saturday after failing to heed a stop sign was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, police said. William Lamb, 55,  posted  a blood-alcohol level of .20 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit, police added.  He was issued appearance tickets for Niagara Falls City Court.

WARSAW -  A Batavia man was sentenced  by Wyoming County Judge Michael M. Mohun last week to 10 years in state prison for selling 13 bags of heroin laced with the horse tranquilizer xylazine to a confidential informant. Bradley J. Broadbent, 37, had been found guilty  by a jury on Jan. 10 of  third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.  The…

Parents and activists across the country have rallied around Kiarre Harris, the Buffalo mother who says her children were taken from her because she started home schooling them. But court records and interviews with experts familiar with Child Protective Services cases suggest there could be more to the situation. Although Harris and her supporters remain focused on …

A Thompson Street man  was arrested  late Friday shortly after he  stole $349 from the purse of a woman walking near his home, Buffalo police said. Wayne A. Dirig, 45, is  charged with a felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny. The theft occurred shortly before  8:30 p.m., police said.

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens teamed up to show off some of the region's most beautiful orchids at its annual Orchid Show on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The show continues Sunday.

Two teenagers were arrested in the second block of Newburgh Avenue about 1 a.m. Saturday for possession of a stolen handgun, Buffalo police said. Police said the handgun and bullets were found in a van linked to the two suspects. The handgun was reported stolen in Bradford, Pa.,  last March, according to police. Both suspects  - 17 and 18 years old - were charged …

A Hoffman Place man was arrested shortly after he broke into a home in the second block of Hewitt Avenue off Bailey Avenue about 5 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said. Anthony Lanier, 32,  is accused of breaking a first-floor window to get into the home. He is  charged with felony counts of second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

A  Town of Hamburg man is facing felony charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts while baby-sitting a child younger than 13 over the past two years. Scott C. Curnew, 40, is charged with criminal sexual acts in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested Friday by Eden Police officer Nicholas Blasz. Authorities were alerted after a c…