As Buffalonians, we are proud that Charles Burchfield has long had a place among America’s great artists and helped usher in a new era of American art. But you don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate the lost and almost foreign-feeling past life of Buffalo captured by Burchfield’s brush in his nearly five decades here. Many of Burchfield’s cityscapes were…

University at Buffalo chemistry professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr. has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board. Gardella, an expert in environmental analytical chemistry, has been highly involved in identifying and quantifying pollutants in the environment, especially in Western New York. His te…

Buffalo Police reported that a body was found in the field behind a gas station in the 600 block of Tonawanda Street in the Riverside section of Buffalo just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Michael J. DeGeorge, spokesman for the department, said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. No details were released about the body. DeGeorge said homicide detective…

A semi-trailer ran into a school bus on French Road at Yvette Drive in Cheektowaga about 4:03 p.m. Tuesday. Cheektowaga Police reported there were school children on the bus but no injuries were reported. The Cheektowaga Police accident investigation unit were still at the scene of the incident about 4:30 p.m. No further information was initially issued.…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglarizing a bottle redemption center in Lockport on Aug. 12. Kenneth D. Robinson, 42, of Elmwood Avenue in the Falls, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon. She said Robinson risks a seven-year prison sentence if he fails in that…

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an indictment accusing him of beating his 5-week-old daughter on April 16. David R. Barnes, 33, of Chestnut Ridge Road, is charged with second-degree assault and reckless assault of a child. Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the girl suffered a compression fracture of the spine, two skul…

NIAGARA FALLS -- The first Amtrak train and its load of about 35 passengers arrived at the new $43 million train station here just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Most of the travelers, including a large contingent from the United Kingdom, were a bit confused as they were greeted by applause, cameras and curious onlookers. And while some called the new station beautiful, t…

LEWISTON  -- George Osborne, retired president of Artpark and Company, has been appointed the new chairman of the executive board of the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, celebrating its 16th year next Aug. 25-26. Other appointees to the executive board include: Carol Calato, of Calato Manufacturing, first vice chair; Margaret Toohey, of the Lewiston Insurance Agency, t…

A vice president at the State University of New York at Oswego has been selected to become D’Youville College's next president. The college’s board of trustees picked Lorrie A. Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oswego, from among four finalists for the job. She will be the college’s 15th president and the first one who is not a Catholic nun…

A local anti-drug organization on Wednesday will recognize Buffalo community police officers for supporting its work. The West Side Youth Development Coalition will present awards following the organization's quarterly meeting in the Northwest District station on Hertel Avenue. Those to be honored are Capt. Steven Nichols, officers Mary Beth Billings, Christine Siko…

LOCKPORT - Stacey M. Lewis, a Niagara Falls man shot by a police officer during a drug raid Sept. 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony gun possession and drug possession charges stemming from that incident. Lewis, 33, admitted to Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that he had an assault weapon and 4.67 ounces of crack cocaine in the house at 488 20th St. in t…

Erie County will spend more money in 2017 than ever before cracking down on property owners who repeatedly fail to pay their county taxes. And that money will enable the county to pursue foreclosures against more delinquent property tax payers, overall, than it has in the past 15 years. That's one of the highlights of a $1.72 billion county budget unanimously approved T…

The Cheektowaga man who killed another man in a barehanded beating in a parking lot fight pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to manslaughter. Cody J. Jeffords, 21, admitted in Erie County Court that he inflicted fatal injuries on 19-year-old Justin Vanderwalker on May 25. Jeffords originally was charged with second degree murder in Vanderwalker’s death, but pleaded to the…

ALBANY – The state’s chief fiscal watchdog has rejected the no-bid purchase of a $12.5 million helicopter intended for the State Police but also to ferry Gov. Andrew Cuomo around the state. Cuomo administration officials, however, insisted that the purchase effort for the Sikorsky S76-D is still underway and that they are in the process of answering Comptroller Thom…

A Kenmore man was sentenced Monday to five months in jail for a conviction of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, according to Cheektowaga police. Antoniel Colon, 33, of Sanders Road was pulled over on Harlem Road near Maryvale Drive on Sept. 30 for having an expired inspection, police said. When the officer approached Colon's vehicle, he sped away. Colon was locat…

A Buffalo man was charged with weapons possession Sunday at a Dick Road hotel, according to Cheektowaga police. Officers were called to the Homewood Suites at 760 Dick Road at 12:50 a.m. for a complaint of a group of people drinking and smoking marijuana and causing problems at the hotel. When officers arrived, they encountered a group of men carrying a bottle of whi…