LONG ISLAND CITY – Robert Kinkel had a hefty problem. It was the mid-to-late 1980s, and he was a successful studio musician and jingle writer in New York City. Years earlier, he had dropped plans of becoming a doctor, and later, quit out of a full ride to Columbia University’s graduate school. Kinkel wanted to pursue the one passion that, from the time he was a litt…

WHEATFIELD - Connie S. Brown, who has served as interim president of the United Way of Greater Niagara for the past six months, has been named the permanent president, the organization announced Saturday. Brown, a Niagara Falls native, takes over for Carol G. Houwaart-Diez,  who resigned this summer to join the United Way in Martin County, Fla. Brown worked 25 yea…

LOCKPORT - A Lockport woman was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with assaulting her boyfriend outside her Clinton Street home. Daisy Woods, 35, was charged shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly striking the man in the ear with a set of car keys, city police said. The man reportedly was cu…

MIDDLEPORT - State Police arrested a Middleport man Friday night and charged him with a series of acts of sexual abuse against a child under the age of 13. Erik T. Chraston, 39, was sent to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after his arrest on a charge of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a Class B felony carrying a maximum prison ter…

A child riding a bicycle was injured about 5:50 p.m. Saturday when the bike was struck by a vehicle at Fillmore Avenue and Sycamore Street, the Buffalo Fire Department said. There were two children on the bike, but only one appeared to be injured. That child was taken by ambulance to Women and Children's Hospital. Further details were unavailable.  …

Students living near the University at Buffalo’s South Campus are on edge following a series of knifepoint robberies on campus and in the neighborhood, including an attack late Thursday afternoon that sent a female student to Erie County Medical Center with stab wounds. “I’m very concerned. When that stabbing happened, it was at 5:30 and I walked home at 6 p.m. th…

Two men were arrested Friday for trying to grab a package delivered to a Riverside home that turned out to contain four pounds of marijuana, Northwest District police said. Charged with fifth-degree marijuana possession and first-degree criminal nuisance were Leonard Shannon, 27, of Newburgh Avenue, and Mark Nash, 28, of Hertel Avenue. A Lamont Place man said the sus…

Gunfire was exchanged about 9:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Citywide Food and Beauty Supplies, 137 Maple St., Central District police said. Multiple shots were fired from a passing vehicle that was northbound on Maple Street, and a man in the parking lot wearing a red hoodie returned fire before running away, heading east on Virginia Street. No one was struck by …

A fire on the city's East Side left four firefighters injured overnight. The fire broke out at 1:23 a.m. in a vacant home at 92 Rohr St., which is near the Buffalo Museum of Science. It started on the first floor of the 2-and-a-half-story frame house before spreading to the second floor and eventually the attic. No further information was available about the injured …

The fate of Buffalo's Central Terminal could be shaped as much by the people who would live there as by those catching trains. Indeed, while Toronto developer Harry Stinson envisions the return of trains to the abandoned art deco marvel he wants to redevelop on the East Side, his plan doesn't depend on them. Stinson recently received a six-month extension as designat…

Looking at the calendar, you could say we’re past due. Most Western New Yorkers still have yet to see any accumulated snow this first week into December. But it appears that’s going to change soon enough. Weather forecasters say that a blast of lake effect snow could be in the offing for Western New York by the end of next week, as temperatures dip and wind sp…

JAMESTOWN – Three Jamestown men were arrested and over a pound of crystal methamphetamine was recovered in two court-authorized car searches Thursday afternoon, according to the Jamestown Police and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force. A car driven by Beau K.C. Jones, 32 , was pulled over by Jamestown Police on Newland Avenue near Sampson Street about 2:15 p.m. Thursd…

NIAGARA FALLS - For Niagara County football fans who don't want to drive to Orchard Park or want a less expensive alternative to watch live professional football, a new option may soon be coming your way. Plans are in the works to bring arena football to Niagara Falls and possibly Lockport. Gladiator Sports and Entertainment met with the Niagara Falls City Council re…

Jesse Lewis, 46, a previously convicted Buffalo felon who was arrested after a Sept. 30 search of his North Ogden Street home by Buffalo and Lackawanna police, was remanded following his initial Federal Court  appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer Friday. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said during a court-approved Sept. 30 search officers…