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WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area political consultant Michael R. Caputo wants to testify publicly before a House committee that asked to interview him privately about his involvement in the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A source told The Buffalo News on Monday that Caputo wants to appear in public before the House Intell…

Williamsville school officials have asked Amherst police for an increased presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student last week "made a possible threat to the school," the district said. Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman sent the following in an email message to parents on Monday: "Last week, we were informed that a student had ma…

Here's a little secret from the new gardens planted in front of the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Many of the plantings, shrubs and trees are rooted in medicine. The historic August Feine home at 766 Ellicott St. just finished its 2017 Decorator Show House tour and is the newest addition to the Kevin Guest …

Construction of University at Buffalo's new $375 million medical school on the western edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is expected to wrap up by Labor Day, marking the end of nearly four years of construction on the eight-story building. The downtown medical school will have 178 percent more educational space than the school currently uses on the universit…

The SPCA Serving Erie County is waiving animal adoption fees for current and past members of the military. The waiver, in honor of the men and women of the armed services for Memorial Day, will take place through May 31. The SPCA will waive the adoption fees for those on active duty, reserves, honorable discharge and service-disabled veterans, or those retired from m…

Speed contributed to a one-car crash Monday in the Town of Oakfield that sent two teens to the hospital, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. The car went off the road and hit a tree near Maltby and North Pearl roads at about 5:51 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said. The driver, identified as Isaac L. Mejia, 17, of Batavia, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in R…

The Family Justice Center of Erie County, which provides free domestic violence support to women and their children, is hoping to open a third FJC satellite location that would serve the Grand Island and neighbors to the north. FJC Executive Director Mary Travers Murphy and a Grand Island team will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Launch Club,…

Buffalo police responded to the Niagara River on Tuesday morning after receiving a report of a body in the water. The department's Underwater Recovery Team was called to the scene near Unity Island, the department said on Twitter. The report came in shortly after 7 a.m., according to department radio communications. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/86699370212…

Vibrant, multi-colored stained glass windows grace Libby's Chapel just off the lobby of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. The main panel of windows is a strong presence in the chapel, showing children playing sports, a mother holding her infant, an expectant mother and a doctor with a stethoscope examining a young child. There even is a black-and-white soccer …

Dunn Tire has filed plans with the Town of Amherst for its proposed 10,500-square-foot store on Sheridan Drive. The new store at 3424 Sheridan Drive is 50 percent larger than the company's existing store at 3045 Sheridan Drive in the Northtown Plaza. The new building, which currently houses Color-Tech Photo Lab, is just east of Sweet Home Road. The Town Board already ha…

Advocates for removal of the tollbooths at the Grand Island Bridge will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Town of Tonawanda about the health impacts of motor vehicle traffic idling at the tollbooths. The meeting will be in the American Legion Post 205, 3354 Delaware Ave. The presentation will feature newly released information about elevated …

The Town of Tonawanda is taking the last steps to purchase 30,000 garbage totes at a cost of nearly $1.4 million. A public hearing to approve a bond for the purchase will be held at 7 p.m. June 5 in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. said these are the final steps to bring the covered recycling bins to residents. If approved, t…

An estate sale drew thousands of antique-hunters and curiosity-seekers over three days in late April to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville. It also caused headaches for the neighbors on Oakgrove Drive, near the castle. Grass along the public right-of-way was torn up by vehicles, visitors parked in front of fire hydrants, and res…

Non-hearing appeals to Amherst's Board of Assessment Review must be received at the Assessor's Office in Town Hall, or to the Board of Assessment Review, by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to challenge property assessments, also known as “Grievance Day,” is May 23 in most communities, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Tentative assessment…

A man with a gun who tried to rob a food trailer Sunday night in downtown Niagara Falls ran away when confronted by a relative of the victim, according to a city police report. The victim told police he was getting ready to close for the evening just before midnight when a man tried entering the trailer near the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street, accordin…

A free rabies clinic will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. May 24 by the Town of Tonawanda and Erie County Department of Health at the Highway Department garage, 450 Woodward Ave., Kenmore. The clinic will offer free rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets. Residents are asked to bring pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. For additional information, please contact the Hig…