The federal indictment of Louis P. Ciminelli and two of his top deputies is sure to affect the 56-year-old construction company he leads. The question is how much. Supporters say LPCiminelli is much bigger than three executives, with a deep cadre of leaders to carry on. State, county and city officials say it’s not barred from seeking government work, and the company …

WASHINGTON – The election of Donald J. Trump as president turned Rep. Chris Collins from back-bencher to power broker. After three relatively low-key years in Congress followed by a year as one of Trump's most outspoken supporters, the Republican from Clarence now finds himself as the point person for recommending a new U.S. attorney for Western New York as well as,…

Cars are being broken into in several neighborhoods in Orchard Park, Orchard Park police officials said Friday. Town police urged residents to lock any vehicles left out in the open. Residents are also being urged to never leave valuables in vehicles, said Lt. Patrick Fitzgerald. If a theft occurs, residents should call the Orchard Park Police Department at 662-64…

A Buffalo police officer learned Friday he was cleared of criminal responsibility by an Erie County Grand Jury in the 2012 shooting case that resulted in the deaths of a drunken driving suspect and an innocent bystander on Fillmore Avenue. The grand jury found Officer Kenneth Agee, now an eight-year veteran with the Buffalo Police Department, was justified in the Dec. 6…

The City of Buffalo - with help from a lot of others - is promising a full-fledged attack on poverty. The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County as well as the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo are being hired, Mayor Byron W. Brown said, to help develop a plan to attack what some view as Buffalo's most important issue and most stubborn problem: The large number …

Aaron J. McDuffie, 21, allegedly known to WNY drug addicts as "G," was arrested and jailed Friday on federal charges of distribution of heroin and an especially strong version of fentanyl causing a drug death and possession with intent to distributethe fentanyl. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. lauded investigative work on the case by Cheektowaga police office…

This week in pictures: Nov. 19- 25, 2016, highlights news, entertainment and sports images taken by Buffalo News photographers. Bringing a visual recap of the week through pictures and stories - from a salute to the military at the Bills game - to soulful stews. We hope you enjoy our favorites. Military Escort - Buffalo Bills Marquise Goodwin is introduced prior to …

Green Lake in Orchard Park, which was drained last year for dredging, will be refilled starting next week. "We expect to have the project completed soon and a public ceremony with the closing of the gates will take place at noon on Thursday," Supervisor Patrick Keem said in an announcement on the town's website. Keem said the final concrete pour took place in late Oc…

For Elon Musk, the hard work is just beginning now that Tesla Motors has gobbled up SolarCity. Musk succeeded in getting shareholders to buy into his vision that the $2.1 billion merger was a linchpin in his vision of turning Tesla into a renewable energy powerhouse, offering solar panels, electric vehicles and the batteries that each uses. The question now facing Mu…

LOCKPORT - A Wilson man pleaded not guilty Friday to a 10-count indictment accusing him of a hate crime for allegedly using racial slurs during an assault on an African-American man. The indictment accuses Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, of assaulting Cornell Ford, 39, of Niagara Falls, with a rock or brick, a tree branch and his feet in Bell's kitchen at a…

Local artist Matthew Crane has always sought to be a standup guy. A freelance painter, Crane has stood up for organized labor, and even met his wife, Megan, at a Labor Day parade. And while many of his peers headed off to college from high school 14 years ago, Crane stood up for his country by joining the Navy, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, he …

A former sheriff’s deputy who had been accused of smuggling opiates to inmates in the Erie County Holding Center pleaded guilty this week to one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Adam Fiegl, 32, of Orchard Park entered his plea before Erie County Judge David Foley. In exchange, the judge dismissed felony counts of accepting a bribe an…

Gibraltar Industries plans to close five facilities and eliminate 250 jobs as the Hamburg-based manufacturer drops its Alabama-based bar grating product line and stops selling residential solar racking systems in Europe. The job cuts, expected to take place within the next four months, are part of Gibraltar's efforts to put more of its capital into its most profitable a…

A group of faculty at Canisius College want the institution to increase focus on justice and diversity issues and the college become a "sanctuary campus" in the wake of several racial incidents. Canisius faculty also want the college administration to create a "director of equity and inclusion" after recent incidents, faculty members wrote in a letter addressed to the c…