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Wardel Davis' death during an in-custody struggle with Buffalo police in February has been ruled a homicide by the Erie County medical examiner, two sources close to the case confirmed Friday. An autopsy showed the 20-year-old man's death was brought on by his respiratory ailment, the sources said. Officers Todd C. McAlister and Nicholas J. Parisi stopped Davis on th…

Bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the Peace Bridge can catch a breath over the next year: Shuttle vans soon will start ferrying them between the United States and Canada. The south sidewalk of the bridge, facing Lake Erie, will be torn up beginning in mid-June as part of the $100 million rehabilitation of the international span. So until approximately May 15, 2018, t…

Erie Community College appears headed toward a seventh consecutive year of tuition increases. Faced with a budget gap of $3.7 million in 2017-18, college trustees are weighing a tuition hike of 3 percent, a move administrators said would raise about $1.3 million toward closing the gap. Tuition currently is $4,733 per year – 43 percent more than in 2010, which is th…

Democrats in the County Legislature’s District 2 will consider at least three candidates to run for the seat being vacated by mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant during a Wednesday meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Martha Mitchell Community Center on Oakwood Avenue. Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said other potential candidates are invited, too. But he sai…

Jasper E. Rivera says his early days in Colorado on the family's ranch taught him how to be self-sufficient, a quality that has served him well over his long life. "We had our own equipment and we raised all of our own food and we shared with our neighbors and other people in our church during the Great Depression," he said. Rivera's family history also inspired him …

Three major Buffalo medical organizations started construction Friday on a project to build a radiation oncology center in the Southtowns. The partnership, named the Roswell Park Care Network, consists of the cancer institute, as well as the Catholic Health hospital system and the Buffalo Medical Group. The 5,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open by ea…

An Orchard Park man is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol Saturday night after his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree head-on after hitting several other objects, town police reported. Police were called about 8 p.m. to Baker Road, north of Orchard Park High School, for a report of a driver "knocked out behind the wheel," police said in…

Dr. Louis Lazar stamped his own personal style on his family practice office on Peoria Street in the city’s Black Rock-Riverside area for nearly six decades. Patients never made appointments. They were treated on a first-come, first-served basis, after walking up half a flight of stairs, taking a deli-like number and sitting in a waiting room with couches and chairs. …

The two Great Lakes and the Niagara River’s waterfalls get most of the attention. Now another natural gem needs looking after. Cattaraugus Creek may not be as world famous as some other bodies of water around here, but anglers, hikers, kayakers and bird watchers head there for recreation in breathtaking scenery. The 550-square-mile watershed: • Offers a cr…

A 54-year-old Rochester man was shot to death Saturday evening at a girls basketball game in what West Seneca police called an apparent domestic dispute. The man was shot multiple times in the entrance to the Niagara Frontier Sports Complex, 425 Meyer Road, where a girls AAU basketball tournament game had just finished, police said. The suspect, Andre M. Lewis, 3…

TOWN OF CHAUTAUQUA - A Jamestown is facing drug and child endangerment after a traffic stop on Hannum Road early Saturday, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies said. David A. Burkholder, 34, is charged with  fourth-, fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substances, criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child. Deput…

The Buffalo Police Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the possibility that  mechanical problems triggered the crash of  a sport utility vehicle into the window of the H&R Block offices  in Stuyvesant Plaza, on Elmwood Avenue near North Street, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported. Further  information was unavailable.

One afternoon in April 2013, an inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility tore a strip of linen from his bed sheet. He anchored one end to a fixture in his cell, knotted the other around his neck and leaned downward. Unable to breathe, he passed out. Then, as a report indicates, the linen came undone, and he tumbled to the floor. That’s how a corrections offi…

A Theodore Street man was charged with  choking and injuring a neighbor during an argument Saturday morning. Quindale G. Holston, 30,  was charged with second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. He was arrested shortly before 7:30 a.m., police said. The attack occurred as the two argued in the woman's home. The victim, who  tol…

On Feb. 1, 1917, trains bound for places like Binghamton, Scranton and Jersey City first steamed out of Buffalo’s new Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Terminal. The Buffalo Evening News that day proclaimed the new station as “spic and span.” The depot was torn down in 1979, but a century after it opened, the train shed at the foot of Main Street awaits…

Jan. 23, 1934 - April 27, 2017 As a child, Sophie Dobosiewicz experienced firsthand the horrors of war when Russian troops forced her father and older siblings from Poland and into work camps in Siberia. She would never see him or most of her seven older siblings again. Mrs. Dobosiewicz, who died Thursday at the age of 83 in her Depew home, was born Sophie Wilk in Ja…