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Wardel Davis' death during an in-custody struggle with Buffalo police in February has been ruled a homicide by the Erie County medical examiner, two sources close to the case confirmed Friday. An autopsy showed the 20-year-old man's death was brought on by his respiratory ailment, the sources said. Officers Todd C. McAlister and Nicholas J. Parisi stopped Davis on th…

The third lane of the  Peace Bridge should be reopened around May 15 as the first phase of a three-year, $100 million rehabilitation project winds down. All three lanes will be available throughout the peak travel season until construction resumes in October,  Chief Operating Officer Thomas A. Boyle said. Authority contractors have been working since October 2016 o…

Move over, Shark Girl. Have a seat, Scary Lucy. There's a new statue in town that bears the likeness of Mark Twain, cast in bronze and already seated on its own bronze park bench. The artwork was delivered earlier this week to the Ellicott Square building, where it will be on permanent display in the interior courtyard of the historic office complex. For the time …

They lie in rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, a father and a son, a storyteller and a soldier, both legends of the Civil War's most legendary battle. Now, though, the story of Sam Wilkeson and his son Bayard's death at Gettysburg has been told in more detail than ever before – all because a Washington reporter between jobs decided to tell it. That reporter, Chuck Raasc…

The Buffalo News editorial team came out on top in the Buffalo's Smartest Company Trivia competition Friday. The event benefits Cradle Beach. The 11th annual competition, held in Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Lancaster, was another tight contest, according to Carol Russo, chief News copy editor and captain of The News editorial team. "We won by 10 points, so that…

DUNKIRK -- Five people were arrested on various drug charges Friday following a police raid on an East 2nd Street residence, according to authorities. The Southern Tier Regional Task Force and Dunkirk police were issued a warrant to search 51 E. 2nd St., as well as several arrest warrants for individuals who were suspected of using the residence to sell crack cocaine, a…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office put out a "Silver Alert" on Friday in connection with an Amherst man who is missing and reported to be suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia or related cognitive disorders, according to authorities. Paul M. Cieslak, 63, was last seen at 163 South Union Road, Amherst, authorities said. Cieslak is described as 6' 1" tall and …

A Niagara County man was arrested Friday at his home on charges of robbing a woman in Newfane, according to authorities. Brian R. Lederhouse, 31, was charged with third-degree robbery and petit larceny, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Niagara County Sheriff's deputies said Lederhouse allegedly robbed a woman about 10:23 p.m. Thursday in the parking …

WASHINGTON – President Trump is vowing to make the tax code simpler – but historic preservationists and developers in Buffalo fear he will go so far as to wipe out the federal tax credits that have been a central part of the city's revival. Federal historic preservation tax credits have been used to help finance 65 major development projects in the Buffalo area over…

Ticket prices for Buffalo Bills home games would fluctuate based on demand, under a new pricing model announced by the team on Friday. Prices for individual game tickets at New Era Field will be categorized into five tiers – platinum, gold, silver, bronze and preseason – based on the Bills' opponent and time of the year. As football fans purchase tickets for indi…

The confession of Matthew W. Jurado, who told North Tonawanda police he set fire to the apartment of the city's only black firefighter, will be admissible at his trial, now scheduled for July 10. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ruled Friday that he saw no legal reason to prevent the prosecution from using Jurado's statement, which was made Aug. 4, the day af…

Lacory K. Edwards Jr., of Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison for shooting a man five times in the Falls last year. The sentence was imposed by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., who on Thursday handed down a 10-year sentence for Edwards' co-defendant, Courtney A. Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue. Both men also will face five ye…

Dozens of volunteers in the village of Hamburg on Friday began building a $450,000 playground that will be more than your average swing set and slide. The Hamburg Community Playground will be "a true destination playground," playground committee member Jennifer Gallardo predicted during the planning. With five slides, swings, ring climber, spinner and a two-way zip l…

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