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The family of the boy shot in the face by a homeowner on Buffalo's East Side isn't calling for charges against the shooter. The boy – who is celebrating his 13th birthday today – lost his right eye, has shotgun pellets embedded in his brain and has a collapsed lung after he was hit by a shotgun blast in the face and chest outside a home on Quincy Street just before …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda's commitment to being a green, energy-conscious community could add up to some green in town coffers, as well. The town completed a series of actions -- including a discount solar installation plan, solar code training and the purchase of an electric vehicle and electric charging station for town use -- in order to be designated a Clean Energy Comm…

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ALBANY – A woman making sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Cuomo administration economic official Sam Hoyt stopped speaking with state investigators when she felt the inquiries would not be fair, her lawyer said Monday. Paul Liggieri, a Manhattan lawyer representing Lisa Marie Cater of Buffalo in a newly filed federal lawsuit, conceded Monday tha…

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Contributors have donated or pledged $107 million to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, exceeding a capital campaign goal of $100 million set in 2015. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the final tally Monday evening in the Catholic Center on Main Street. "Raising $107 million by Western New Yorkers for Western New York has never been done before," Malone said in a sta…

Crime

Caleb E. Bell Jr. admitted Monday that he set fire to the Lockport house in which his mother had died less than three weeks before. Bell, 35, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to third-degree arson for the Nov. 8, 2016, blaze that heavily damaged the interior of the house at 605 E. High St. Bell's mother, Holly Seiler, was found dead in her second-floor bedroom…

Crime

Two City of Tonawanda residents were charged with felony drug possession with intent to sell following an investigation by City of Tonawanda police and the Niagara County Drug Task Force last week at 139 Grove St. Assisted by the Town of Tonawanda K-9 drug dog, officers seized heroin, crack cocaine and Fentanyl, according to police. Cassie L. Poppenberg, 35, and Juan…

Business

Reduced CSX rail service to the General Mills plant in Buffalo could negatively affect the cereal maker's operations, two elected leaders said. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins said they were "distressed" to learn CSX was reducing its twice-daily service to the South Michigan Avenue plant to just once a day, and that General Mills was given "only limited…

Art

Oct. 1, 1942 – Oct. 10, 2017 Sylvester J. Ferrari and his wife, Kathryn, moved from the Buffalo area to Cleveland in 1968, but they never severed their connections to Western New York. Devoted collectors of works by regional artists from Buffalo and Cleveland, they were major donors to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, including loaning their own art work. They al…

Buffalo

The Holiday Market on Bidwell opens for the first time this season Saturday, according to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. Shoppers can find the holiday market inside St. John's Grace Episcopal Church at 51 Colonial Circle, near its regular outdoor market at Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway. It opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue operation for eight consecutive …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man had one of his fingertips ripped off Sunday night after a driver tried to hit him and then drove off with the pedestrian hanging onto the vehicle's hood, according to a police report. The 28-year-old told police the driver tried hitting him on Fargo Avenue between Vermont and Connecticut streets shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to the report. The vi…

Crime

Jamil T. Alhorebi, already under indictment in connection with a Town of Lockport gas station robbery, has been indicted for a similar stickup in the City of Lockport. Alhorebi, 31, of Lakeview Drive, Somerset, pleaded not guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to new charges of robbery and grand larceny stemming from a Sept. 25, 2016 holdup at the 7-Eleven store at Sout…

Crime

Two Niagara Falls men, both repeat felons, pleaded guilty Monday in connection to a Jan. 22 shooting incident in the city. Robert K. Cox, 27, of Walnut Avenue, and Jose C. Rivera, 26, of Michigan Avenue, admitted to felony weapons possession charges. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told both men that he will sentence them to no more than seven years …

Crime

A man who struck the mother of his children with two baseball bats May 26 accepted a plea offer Monday in State Supreme Court. Jason Evrard, 33, of Quain Place, Town of Niagara, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced Jan. 16 by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. The couple was living on Lockport…

Crime

Jha'mere M. Mulkey, a Niagara Falls man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to being the driver in a drive-by shooting, has been indicted as an alleged crack cocaine dealer. Mulkey, 19, of Whitney Avenue, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of making three drug sales to undercover Niagara Falls police, two on July 25 and one on July 27. Niagara County Judge Matth…

Education

Long before Buffalo ever had charter schools, it had BUILD Academy. The school on the city's East Side was once the pride of the African-American community and a symbol in its fight for quality education. It infused black culture and heritage into its curriculum and pioneered a model that gave the community a say in running the school. So when news came that the St…

Buffalo

Next month's scheduled commissioning ceremony of the new USS Little Rock LCS 9 has been the hottest ticket in Buffalo. On Monday, the commissioning committee ended registration for the Dec. 16 event at Canalside. No more tickets are left. “We have seen an overwhelming request for tickets and capacity for this event at Canalside has been reached.” said Maurice L…