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For four months, the residents of leafy Zimmerman Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda haven't seen a certain visitor who became well-known for his weekly visits. Wednesday, for the first time since a fluke floor hockey injury knocked him off his lunchtime routine, John Pawlowski returned to his favorite spot under his favorite shade tree to eat his lunch. That's right…

The Buffalo Police Department reported being on the scene of a reported shooting late Thursday in the 300 block of Leroy Avenue. There were reports of two men having been struck by gunfire around 9 p.m., according to a tweet from the Buffalo Police Department on Thursday night. Traffic could be affected in the area, the Buffalo Police tweet stated.

The Buffalo Police officer who first drew wide attention in February 2016 after he was suspended from the force for making outrageous and sometimes crude social media videos — known as “Angry Cops” — and posting them online has again been suspended for similar activity, a Buffalo Police Department spokesman said Thursday night. Officer Richard Hy was suspended…

When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Chito Olivencia was up all night calling friends and family in his little hometown of Hormigueros to make sure everyone was okay. "I couldn't get anybody," said Olivencia, a longtime leader in Buffalo's Puerto Rican community. Lucy Candelario has been trying to reach her cousin, Roger, in Humacao, located along the easte…

Lockport's budget surpluses in the past three years have helped raise the city's credit rating. "The outlook is positive," S&P Global Ratings said after it raised the rating from BBB to BBB+ for general obligation bonds. Bond ratings affect the city's costs when it borrows money through bonds. "The city has operated to surpluses in each of the past three ye…

Marcel Worthy talked about the now-infamous City Grill shooting that left his girlfriend and three others dead, as well as his efforts to remember her through a photo in a rap music video. On the witness stand, Worthy also talked about another shooting – a drive-by that killed a 16-year old boy – and his role in that decade-old murder. But it was toward the en…

Erie County officials are likely to move forward with a new policy that requires county government-bought products and materials be made in America. But it's not going to be the law originally proposed by County Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga. Morton's proposed law, which originally passed in the Legislature by a 9-1 vote, would require county contractors to g…

ALDI will unveil a new look at its Jamestown store next week. The store, at 930 Fairmount Ave., will reopen Wednesday with the company's latest decor and layout concept after being closed for renovations. ALDI has committed to investing $1.6 billion in 1,300 stores across the country by 2020. Improvements include airy ceilings and natural lighting as well as expan…

A Town of Boston man has admitted in State Supreme Court to repeatedly sexually abusing a 5-year-old child over the course of nearly a year, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. David Stitt, 63, pleaded guilty before Justice John L. Michalski to one count of course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree. Stitt reportedly engag…

A tanker truck hauling milk rolled over Wednesday morning in Wyoming County, according to authorities. The driver was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center for leg and chest injuries after he was extricated from the wreckage, the Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies said. Investigators believe the driver, Ja-Ryan Marquis Steen, 24, of Arcade, was driving east on Beave…

Three more national chains are coming to the gradually revamped Northtown Plaza in Amherst, including the first Buffalo area location for home furnishings retailer West Elm. Williams Sonoma, a gourmet kitchenware and home decor seller, and home furnishings store Pottery Barn will be moving to the plaza from their exiting locations at Walden Galleria, said Brian Sciera, …

Ann M. Hood's retirement from leading the largest Western New York-based credit union is still a little ways off, but a search for her successor is under way. Hood has served as president and CEO of the Lockport-based Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union since 2000. She is set to retire Feb. 28, wrapping up a career at Cornerstone that began in 1983. Hood st…

Less than a month after opening its doors to students from SUNY Buffalo State and other colleges, the owner of a sprawling student-housing community on Buffalo's West Side has put it up for sale. DHD Ventures, co-owned by Thomas Masaschi of Rochester, is seeking a buyer for the Monarch 716 complex at 100 Forest Ave., located near the intersection of the Niagara Thruway …

In February 2014, James Hanley paid $2,695 to Wurtz Funeral Home in Boston to cover his future funeral and burial expenses. Last October, Hanley moved into a nursing home out of state closer to where his daughter, Sharon, lives. When he became gravely ill and died in April just before his 83rd birthday, Sharon Hanley tried to contact the funeral home. She found out i…

A Corfu man died after his car struck a tractor-trailer Thursday morning in the Town of Middlebury in Wyoming County, state police said. Shortly after 8:30 a.m., Dean M. Dale, 54, was eastbound on West Middlebury Road when he failed to yield to a tractor-trailer that was northbound on East Bethany Road. Dale's vehicle struck the truck, troopers said. Troopers and Gen…

After spending 10 months investigating the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site, the Buffalo Fire Department declared the cause "undetermined" on Thursday. James Otwell, chief of Buffalo Fire Investigation Unit, said investigators were not able to pinpoint what started the fire Nov. 7 that burned for four days in Lackawanna, forcing residents of about 300 hom…