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One bloody scrape trailed from her left eye to the corner of her mouth, where it met a wide bruise on her chin. More blood-red patches marred her nose, forehead and the skin between her eyes. Bobbie L. Mael of Lockport says in legal papers that her arms and legs were bruised, too, and she suffered a concussion when an Erie County Sheriff's deputy threw her face first on…

On the corner of Suffolk Street and Minnesota Avenue in the city’s University District stands one of the biggest houses on its side of the block. The vacant, three-story building looks like it was a multi-family dwelling at one time. But a plan to open a Muslim community center by the end of the year will breathe new life into the boarded-up building — as cautio…

Emergency crews responded Sunday afternoon to a two-vehicle accident in the Town of Lockport in which one vehicle rolled over. The accident was reported at South Transit Road, near Rapids Road, according to Niagara County Fire Wire. A Buick Encore involved in the crash rolled over onto its roof. New York State Police, the Wendelville Fire Co., and Twin City Ambulan…

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition after being hit by a car Sunday afternoon in the Town of Lockport, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Emergency crews responded to the accident at about 12:30 p.m. at 6044 Ridge Road, according to the Niagara County Fire Wire. The child suffered serious injuries, and Mercy Flight flew her to Women & Ch…

A Silver Alert remains in effect for Harold Roberts, 79, who was last seen near Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said  in a release Sunday. Roberts is described as a black male, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 130 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray checkere…

The 5-month-old kitten that Ken Pieri bought last October brought much-needed joy to the 85-year-old Grand Island man. His wife was recovering from heart surgery. The cat he had owned for 18 years had to be put down. And then, suddenly, his son died. Lilly, the energetic and affectionate young tabby, often curled up on Pieri's lap. They were quick to bond. So Pieri …

Many people may be chanting "Lock them up!" Sunday in Hamburg when the Hamburg Historical Society unveils its newly restored "village lock-up." The small village lock-up was located on Center Street in the Village of Hamburg from 1895 to 1915. Society members restored the wood building and three jail cells to match descriptions in society records. And to help pay for…

If James May knew who owned the still-shining sword he keeps in a closet, he'd give it back. Days before the Japanese surrender in 1945, May, currently 92 years old, and others from the Army's 11th Airborne Division were ordered to knock on doors near the city of Yokohama and take swords from their owners to be dumped at sea. He figured he'd save one. But now he seem…

ALBANY – As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s point person for economic development in the region, Sam Hoyt is charged with growing private sector job opportunities throughout Western New York. In 2013, it appears he also had an additional task: letting Steve Pigeon, the longtime Democratic operative, know about job openings in state government. The jobs weren’t for Pigeo…

The decaying Bethlehem Steel ovens and abandoned engine and boiler houses along the hundreds of acres on Route 5 in Lackawanna remind passing motorists every day of the region’s decline. But local leaders see the opposite. They see unmatched potential. “This property represents one of the most marketable pieces of industrial property in all of North America,” s…

Families expecting a new baby or who already have one are invited to four Healthy Baby Festivals in coming weeks. Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program will host the free events, which offer activities for children and information for parents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days: Dunkirk: Tuesday in Washington Park. Buffalo…

Federal and state agents five weeks ago raided the headquarters of Grassroots – one of Buffalo's most influential political organizations – along with the home of its founder, Maurice L. Garner, amid reports that authorities are following a money trail tied to campaign finance reports. Even though investigators are believed to be scrutinizing the records and compute…

Although James P. Klyczek resigned as president of Niagara County Community College almost three months ago, his legacy – in the form of unguarded comments surreptitiously recorded by colleagues – lives on. A 48-year-old Lewiston woman who told police she was sexually assaulted on the college's Sanborn campus, has sued Klyczek and the college, accusing them of defam…

Dec. 24, 1929- July 21, 2017 The Rev. Robert Bellingham, a Presbyterian pastor for 50 years, died Friday in his Lewiston home under the care of his family. He was 87. Rev. Bellingham received his schooling in music education at the Hamilton Conservatory and Moody Bible Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in theology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and hi…

The great structure is almost unimaginable for its size, stretching for a distance of not quite 2 miles at a height of 42 feet, with a width that extends at its base to 150 feet. It is a vast wall of stone, impossible to see in its entirety, its function and history intertwined with the absolute DNA of why Buffalo exists. While much of it is invisible, it is the ultimat…