Raw sewage in Scajaquada Creek near the Buffalo History Museum. Manure and pesticides in Chautauqua Lake. Elevated levels of lead in drinking water in schools and homes. Floatable debris polluting beaches and even Canalside. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he wants to address problems like these with a $2 billion proposal to improve water quality in the Buffalo Niaga…

A private plane that flew from Genesee County crashed Monday in Michigan, injuring the pilot, according to multiple media reports. The crash happened at the Livingston County Airport in Howell, Mich., just before noon, according to aviation-safety.net. The Cessna 525C apparently skidded off the runway as it tried to land. https://twitter.com/camillefox2news/status/8…

LOCKPORT - Brookfield Renewable, which owns a small hydroelectric plant beside the Erie Canal locks in Lockport, presented the city with a $1,500 grant Monday to help pay for new signs to explain the workings of the original canal locks, which are being restored as a tourist attraction. David R. Kinyon, president of the city's Locks Heritage Development Corp., said …

Demeris Petty, 20, was arrested on a weapons charge late Friday night after a confrontation with another man and then with police on the first block of Niagara Street, Buffalo police reported. Officers saw Petty push another man to the ground and walk away about 11:30 p.m. clutching a bulge in his right jacket pocket. Petty was repeatedly told to stop, according to a…

A garage fire at a fence business on Transit Road in Clarence caused an estimated $200,000 in damage overnight, authorities said. The blaze at Picket Fence & Exteriors, 6695 Transit, was reported at about 1:36 a.m. by an Amherst police officer on patrol who saw smoke coming from a storage garage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Firefighters found fire inside a…

Six people have been killed in Buffalo so far this year, making it the most deadly January in at least the last decade. Half of the victims were killed New Year's Day. As part of The Buffalo News' ongoing coverage of crime and criminal justice, take a look at an interactive map to get more information about each homicide. The map will be updated throughout 2017. …

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has inducted the following four new members to its 2016-17 board of directors. EPIC provides research-based and evidence-informed year-round programming in family engagement in education, encouraging early literacy and building parents’ capacity to become more actively involved in their children’s education through workshops, …

Roads are wet and salt trucks are out for the Tuesday morning commute as a freezing rain advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Amherst police have reported icy surfaces, and the Erie County Sheriff's Office has reported icy conditions near Transit and Miles roads in Clarence. "For the most part, most of the roads have just become wet," said David Thomas, meteorol…

Today could signal the dawning of a new era in Depew as voters head to the polls to decide whether to dissolve their 124-year-old village. The fate of Erie County's second-largest village, with 15,146 residents, depends on the outcome of Tuesday's referendum. If voters decide to nix the village, it could become the first village eliminated in the county, at least since …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on this date in 1942, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” . . . SPARKS FLY – As the economy continues to grow in Western New York, manufacturing and construction firms need more welders. To h…

An 11-year-old Hagen Street girl who was reported missing early Monday afternoon was reportedly found, according to Buffalo Police late Monday evening. Ellis Duplantis was found safe, police said, but they did not release any further information.

A Goemble Avenue man was arrested Friday after he allegedly struck a parked car and sped off, according to Buffalo police. Odell Willkens, 36, was arrested by officers after being stopped at Goemble and Hazel Place at about 3 p.m., according to a Buffalo police report. He had allegedly struck a parked car on Goemble and then sped off, driving past three stop signs, …

The crash of a car on Sunshine Drive, off Sweet Home Road and North French Road, at about 6 p.m. Monday is under investigation by the Amherst Police Traffic Accident Investigation Bureau. No further information was released Monday night.

STOW -- Two Pennsylvania men were charged with marijuana possession after being pulled over for speeding on I-86 by state police Sunday, according to authorities. Dylan Folk, 24, and Stephen Coester, 20, both of Butler, were both charged with the marijuana charge, and Coester was also charged with speeding, police said. After searching the vehicle, which was driven b…

JAMESTOWN -- A Buffalo man was charged with possession of marijuana after being spotted by state police talking on a cell phone while driving Sunday on Route 60 in Gerry, according to authorities. Michael Dilaura, 28, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after troopers reported finding in his car a bag allegedly containing three grams of marijuana and a p…

Firefighters from the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company on Monday extinguished a rubbish fire that was reported in the 8500 block of Erie Road in the Village of Angola. The initial call was put out around 4:54 p.m. and was reported as a possible oil tank on fire with heavy smoke in the area and possible traffic delays as a result. However, it turned out to be a rub…