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The new USS Little Rock is decorated in patriotic red, white and blue bunting, its crew will wear freshly dry-cleaned uniforms, and thousands of spectators are expected to converge on Canalside for today's commissioning of the ship. History will be made. "I love the seagoing service and have a great respect for the Navy, even though I'm in the Coast Guard Academy," said…

Bills

When the Buffalo Bills are in town, data shows that guests are too – in Western New York's Airbnbs. With one exception: Last Sunday's "Snowvertime" game versus Indianapolis. New data provided by New York City-based Risa Heller Communications shows there's been a surge in visitors to Buffalo on Saturday nights before a Bills home game with occupancy up by more than 60…

Crime

A 21-year-old man faces first-degree robbery and petit larceny charges after he allegedly held up a Town of Niagara gas station just after midnight today, the Niagara County sheriff's office reported. Brandan J. Kruszka is accused of brandishing a loaded rifle and holding up the A-Plus Sunoco at 6730 Packard Road. An employee of the gas station called 911. Sheriff's …

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The lake-effect snow is refusing to go quietly. So, places like Angola, Silver Creek, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda and Westfield will need to gird their loins for another day of heavy snow, hazardous travel and digging out. The band even sneaked up farther north than original forecasts projected, affecting areas of the Buffalo metro area. https://twitter.com/TJPigna…

Niagara County

Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline property owners are being urged to complete an online survey detailing the flood and erosion damage their properties sustained this year because of an extremely wet spring and record high water levels. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee is working with Conservation Ontario to conduct the …

Crime

A woman who struck another woman with her car in Niagara Falls after a Jan. 12 confrontation was sentenced Friday to one to three years in state prison. Victoria R. Mozell must pay $2,000 of the victim's medical bills after her release from prison, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III also ruled. Mozell, 32, of Hope Boulevard, also was ordered to stay away from…

A second-time felon from Lewiston will serve a year in Niagara County Jail for growing marijuana in his home. Mark J. Light, 28, of Model City Road, was sentenced Thursday for a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of pot. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said police seized 6.53 pounds of marijuana when they raided Light's home Jul…

Robert E. Draper, a Level 3 sex offender from Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to a year in the Niagara County Jail for failing to visit Police Headquarters every 90 days to re-register, as required by the state Sex Offender Registration Act. Level 3 is the considered the most serious of the three categories of sex offenders. Draper, 57, of Ashland Avenue, was placed…

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A Buffalo man faces numerous weapons charges after Buffalo police stopped him in his vehicle Thursday, armed with a rifle and ammunition in the 400 block of Fox Street. Marven D. Lee, 27, a previously convicted felon, is accused of waving a loaded shotgun outside a bar in the 600 block of Fox Street. Police, who were responding to a 911 call about the incident, said Lee…

A Miami, Fla., woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and now faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Yordani Ramirez Salgado, 28, who stood before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Friday, admitted to conspiring with two others to use 129 counterfeit access devices to purchase gift cards at various Walmart stories in Erie, Niagar…

Crime

The victim in a fatal shooting Sunday on  Guilford Street shooting has been identified by Buffalo police. The deceased man is 50-year-old Craig Hadley of Buffalo, police said. The shooting occurred about 2:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Guilford.

Buffalo

When state officials announced a Buffalo Billion grant to improve Lovejoy's historic storefronts, one of the first neighborhood businesses to pop up was Barberians Barber Shop. To hear investigators talk, the offerings there included more than just a haircut or shave. Steve Alejandro, the operator of Barberians, was arrested with three others last month and accused o…

The annual first hike of the year at Allegany State Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1. The self-guided hike starts at the Red House picnic area. Participants are asked to start at the picnic shelter to sign in, pick up a trail map and a winter scavenger hunt sheet, and then make their way along the marked trail past Red House Lake, out to the Arboretum …

Columns

It was not the destination a kid from Olcott expected. David Donovan is a longtime resident of the island of Vieques, in Puerto Rico. Before he enlisted in the Navy, more than 40 years ago, Donovan's longest journey beyond Western New York was to Toronto. Things turned out in a way he could not envision. For that, Donovan credits the Navy — and the absolute symbol of th…

Erie County

New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the big gainers and losers among Buffalo Niagara neighborhoods. Often, they're right next to each other. Twenty census tracts — either city or suburban neighborhoods or huge swaths of rural towns — showed gains of 15 percent or more over the past five years. But 11 of them adjoin tracts whose populations fell …