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Developers, restaurateurs and hoteliers all kicked the proverbial tires on the lakeside mansion in Derby that served for years as a Catholic retreat house. But the prospective buyers of the property intend to use it as a single-family residence, the way it was originally built in 1924. Listing agent Bret Llewellyn of Realty USA and a spokesman for the Catholic Dioces…

For about seven hours Thursday, leachate from the Chautauqua County landfill escaped from a pipeline headed for a treatment plant and may have entered small creeks downhill from the leak, according to a report late Thursday by the NY-Alert system. The report stated the rate of discharge was estimated to be about 10 gallons per minute. It affected a pond at the Towerv…

A Lockport man who is a Level 3 sex offender in New York state was arrested Thursday on a warrant for a parole violation out of North Carolina, authorities said. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office said it received information that John Anthony Szwalla, 32, was wanted on a fugitive warrant. Szwalla was arrested without incident and is being held in the Niagara Co…

Tuesday is a big anniversary on KeyCorp’s calendar: one year since its colossal deal for First Niagara Financial Group took effect. On Aug. 1, 2016, the Buffalo Niagara region effectively said goodbye to a locally based institution that had grown far beyond its humble Lockport roots, and hello to an expanded version of a Cleveland-based bank that was already operating…

Cellphone, laptop and tablet users in Buffalo won't have to worry about traffic jams on the information superhighway if new equipment is installed that will enable telephone and other poles throughout the city to act as cell towers. But first, a dispute over the fee the city would charge to use its poles may have to be worked out. The "small cell" attachment sy…

He has a revoked license and a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated, but that didn't stop an East Aurora man from getting in a car and driving drunk again, Erie County Sheriff's deputies say. And this time, he crashed his car, they said. When deputies arrived at the intersection of Seneca Street and North Star Road in Elma at about 11 p.m. Thursday, they found…

The City of Tonawanda will spend $1.7 million from its capital fund as part of the sixth phase of a more than $20 million, state-mandated sanitary sewer improvement plan to lower infiltration and inflow into sanitary sewers. The city has bonded to fund the state Department of Environmental mandate, but was able to get some relief by qualifying for a $17 million interest…

Buffalo is at least 500 miles from nearest saltwater shoreline, but its apparent love affair with sharks endures, as evidenced by the local popularity of “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel. The average Buffalo resident spends 4 hours and 58 minutes a week watching Discovery Channel throughout much of the year, according to data compiled by Verizon Fios. During Sh…

Maj. Edward J. Kennedy, a Buffalo native with 28 years as a state trooper, has been appointed commander of Troop A, headquartered in Batavia. Kennedy replaces Maj. Steven Nigrelli, who has been promoted to staff inspector of professional standards for the western region, covering 18 counties at this end of the state. Kennedy said his priority is to "provide the utmos…

With commercial property growing scarce in Clarence, the Town Board has adopted a new zoning code that increases the amount of retail space in a multi-family developments from 25 percent to 5o percent retail. Multi-family properties are not allowed in residential and rural areas. "The town is very limited on commercial property  and we don't want it to be developed …

An area of Williamsville's Glen Park could be designated as a play space full of trees, logs, branches, rocks and pinecones to help connect kids with nature. The space would be an alternative to the metal and plastic structures that make up many of today's playgrounds, said Village Trustee Deb Rogers, who presented the idea Monday to the Village Board. The concept i…

You know how you can almost get lost in the nooks at the Vidler's 5 and 10 store? For years customers have told staffers that they lost their husband, wife or friends in the store, owner Don Vidler said. It's not hard to do — the store has more than 16,000 square feet of retail space in four connected buildings on two levels on East Aurora's Main Street. "They alw…

A  Gerogia  man Thursday was sentenced to 18 months in prison following his conviction on being a felon in possession of a firearm. Eric Hubbard, 34, of Stone Mountain was arrested June 19, 2014, after a pair of Buffalo Police officers approached him  while walking down Genesee Street, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case. A…

By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – The Senate early Friday rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, seemingly derailing the Republicans’ seven-year campaign to dismantle the health care law. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., cast the decisive vote to defeat the proposal, joining two other Republicans, Susan Colli…