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Damage at the Erie County Fairgrounds is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the Southtowns. The National Guard has been called in to help. The effort to clean up from Thursday's twin tornado strike is ongoing. About 1,600 New York State Electric & Gas customers remained witho…

Christopher P. Gordon of Niagara Falls was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 20 years of post-release supervision, for sexually abusing an adolescent boy over a two-year period. Gordon, 46, of 60th Street, already was a registered Level 1 sex offender because of a 1999 sodomy conviction. He pleaded guilty on April 25 to a reduced charge of att…

Call it a hat trick. The powerful storms that spawned two tornadoes in the Southtowns Thursday, ripping through Hamburg, Orchard Park and Holland, also produced a third tornado: this one near Angelica in Allegany County. "The same storm put down multiple tornadoes," said National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds Friday. The first tornado, an EF2, struc…

Former North Tonawanda firefighter Matthew W. Jurado apologized Friday to the city's only African-American firefighter for setting his home on fire. But Kenneth D. Walker, who now lives in Kenmore, didn't accept the apology. "This was justice for me, seeing him finally pay for what he did," Walker said after watching Jurado receive a 10-year prison sentence. Niag…

Gia M. Arnold, the former State Senate candidate who ran on a pro-Second Amendment platform, was sentenced to five years' probation Friday for possession of an illegal assault rifle. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski could have imprisoned her for up to seven years. Arnold, 26, of Rochester, urged repeal of New York's SAFE Act gun control law. It became…

Plans for a $30 million condominium project at Elmwood and Forest avenues got a major boost this week when the developer won approval for eight zoning variances. But that doesn't mean the still-boiling controversy is over. Next up is the city Planning Board. The highly visible project overcame a major set of obstacles when the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to grant C…

It’s been a frustrating summer for those who want to swim at Woodlawn State Park. Erie County health officials banned swimming 38 out of 56 days because their forecast models predicted poor water quality. What’s more annoying? On at least 22 of those days, the water turned out better than forecast and was safe for swimming. “Something’s happening and all of u…

A 20-year-old University at Buffalo basketball player tried to strangle a female acquaintance earlier this week in the City of Tonawanda and later was charged with witness intimidation, authorities said. Quate J. McKinzie has been indefinitely suspended from the UB Bulls men's basketball team. He appeared in Tonawanda City Court on Friday for further proceedings after a…

A Lockport man who tried to hire a fellow Niagara County Jail inmate to kill his wife and mother-in-law was convicted Friday of four counts of attempted murder. Benito Lendof-Gonzalez, 34, faces life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 15 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. Michael Shepherd, a former inmate, testified that Lendof-Gonzalez passed him n…

A Manhattan financial services firm that promises to bring up to 1,500 jobs to Amherst is kick-starting that investment by pouring $750,000 into a vacant office park building, a commitment that it earned $65,625 in tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday. Strategic Financial Solutions agreed to hire 300 workers in the initial phase of its pro…

Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decad…

July 27, 1935 – July 19, 2017 In John Yerger's work, it is difficult to tell where paint ends and reality begins. The accomplished Buffalo artist, who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday at 81 years old, created meticulous paintings within paintings that often stunned first-time viewers. They featured miniature picture postcards and tattered portraits of famous arti…

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

North Tonawanda police will have a separate radio channel on Niagara County's emergency dispatching system as of Jan. 1, officials announced Friday. The city's police union had complained that dispatching by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, using on a common channel with other police agencies, had sometimes produced slow response times. Sheriff James R. Voutour,…

Two new small residential projects are proposing to create 11 new homes in Buffalo. Ellicott Development Co., owned by Carl and William Paladino, wants to put up two new attached townhomes at 55 Ojibwa Circle, in the Waterfront Village condo development. Designed by AP Architects, the two-story brick townhomes – shorter than other three-story buildings on the site …

It was Day 4 of Media Camp at Hilbert College in Hamburg Thursday and the nine school-aged campers had just returned from a field trip to the Edward Cotter – the Buffalo Fire Department's historic fire boat – to learn about how to do a feature story. Then a tornado touched down just a mile down South Park Avenue and turned the day into an unexpected lesson on brea…