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Thomas Heath raised Alexandria Heath like she was his own child, even though she wasn't. He called "Allie" his daughter. She called him dad. But Friday, she and her boyfriend killed him, according to Buffalo police. The 17-year-old was actually Heath's step-granddaughter – a daughter of his ex-wife's daughter from another relationship. In recent months, the t…

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A Niagara Falls man who bit off parts of another man's ear during a New Year's Eve domestic incident avoided jail time Tuesday. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered five years' probation for Craig M. Moss, 34, of Seventh Street, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. If Moss were to violate probation rules, he risks …

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The University at Buffalo has hired a new vice president to lead its fundraising efforts. Rodney M. Grabowski, former president of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and vice president of advancement at the university, was named vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at UB. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the hire on campus Tuesday. Grab…

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The Welland Canal will close for the season on Dec. 31, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said. The canal's navigation season began March 20, tying a record set in 2007 for the earliest opening date. Through October, the amount of cargo shipped on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which includes the Welland Canal, was up 34 percent from the same period in 2016. The in…

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ALBANY – David Sweat, the prison escapee who led police on a weeks' long search through the Adirondacks two years ago, has been transferred to Attica prison. The transfer of Sweat from a maximum security prison in Seneca County to Attica, which occurred last Friday, was characterized as routine. “Based on biannual reviews, which include looking at concerns li…

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Boulevard Mall will hold "sensory-friendly" visits with Santa Claus for children with special needs. It will provide time with Santa in a more calm environment, which is less stressful for children with special needs such as those on the autism spectrum. The special hours will take place from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday and from 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 3. Photo packages will be…

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CSX Transportation has put the brakes on a plan to reduce rail service to General Mills' Buffalo plant, according to two elected officials. CSX this week had planned to cut back its service to the cereal and flour plant to once a day, instead of twice a day. For now, the railroad will maintain its twice-daily service. "We are glad CSX has been so responsive to our ca…

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A new Canadian "vaping" store may be coming to the northern end of the Elmwood Village. David Kompson and Joel D. Rudewicz are seeking Common Council approval to convert a vacant 660-square-foot former retail store at 1068 Elmwood Avenue, owned by Kompson, into an electronic cigarette shop called Vape Retail Store. According to the application to the city, the store woul…

A Clarence real estate investor has acquired a pair of mobile home parks in Depew, gaining 86 "pads" or sites for $2.1 million. Al Benedicto, through Benedicto Holdings LLC, paid $1.3 million to acquire the park at 5910 Transit Road from Tom Stanley of Orchard Park, through Stanley Holdings LLC. He also bought the park at 10 Cayuga Road from Stanley, for $800,000. …

One less used-car lot, one more gas station. Malik Imran, owner of 3223 Bailey Ave., wants to convert the former used-car sales lot in the city's South District into a new gas station. In his application for a special-use permit from the Common Council, he cited the need to meet a community need,  while also creating jobs and "business opportunity." He plans to remo…

Dr. Paul T. Biddle, an Orchard Park pain management specialist, is the latest doctor to face criminal charges tied to illegal prescriptions. Biddle, 53, is accused of writing prescriptions for patients, some of them dead, that ultimately were  sent to his own home or office. The prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, said evidence seized from …

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The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in October - its lowest level since May - as a tight labor market pushed the number of jobless workers close to a 17-year low. The drop in the unemployment rate, which inched down from 4.9 percent in October 2016, is a sign that the Buffalo Niagara labor market remains robust, even with a report last week indicat…

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A Buffalo man is accused of holding a woman's head underwater in a toilet during an attack early Monday, according to a police report. Gary D. Sullivan, 41, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at an apartment on Weyand Avenue, off Seneca Street, according to a report. Sullivan is also accused of slapping, punching and choking the victim, the report states. He …

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A Niagara Falls police officer accidentally wounded a fellow officer in the leg while shooting a pit bull that was attacking him Tuesday morning, police said. The two officers were dispatched at 11 a.m. to investigate a complaint about two loose dogs on the 1100 block of North Ave. The officers secured the dogs and were attempting to return them to their owner when a th…

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Everyone likes a bargain but, sometimes, that low, low price is a tip off, a red flag of sorts. You may be buying a fake. With the holiday shopping season upon us, federal law enforcement officials warned consumers Tuesday to be on the look out for counterfeit goods and suggested more than once that shoppers need to be the front line of defense. "If it's a popular…