Hundreds of supporters and an array of Democratic elected officials are slated to join Mayor Byron W. Brown at Erie Community College's City Campus at 5 p.m. Monday, when he officially declares his candidacy for a fourth term. A top source close to the campaign said the mayor will make official what he has promised for weeks, as he attempts to match the late James D. Gr…

The Welland Canal is set to begin its navigation season on March 20, tying a record for the earliest opening date. The March 20 opening will match a record set in 2007 and tied the following year. Last year, the canal's season began on March 21. The season begins each year with a "top hat" ceremony in St. Catharines, Ont.  The canal links Lake Erie and Lake Ontario …

Charles J. Zoerb never set foot in Vietnam, but from his printing presses on Okinawa he helped create weapons to expose North Vietnamese infiltrators and help demoralize the enemy. So, in his case, you could say the pen was mightier than the sword. And Zoerb was well prepared for his role in the Army’s 15th Psychological Operations printing branch. Before he was dr…

A Buffalo man was charged with second-degree burglary after Buffalo police found him hiding in a bedroom closet in the 600 block of Riley Street about 5:40 p.m. Saturday. The suspect, identified as James Gardin, 61, remained in custody in the Erie County Holding Center Sunday. Police said Gardin and possible accomplices broke the glass in a back door of the house and f…

An Amherst man was arrested shortly after he harassed a neighbor at her workplace Saturday evening, Buffalo police said. Deandre A. Eaton, 32, of Travers Circle, is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. He remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday evening. Police said Eaton confronted the vic…

Sunday was a great day to hit the beach. Yes, we're talking Buffalo in February. But with sunny skies and the temperature rising to 48 degrees, Erin Schroeder and Sandy Marvin trekked down to the sand at Erie Basin Marina to collect driftwood they use to create crafts. "It beats shoveling," Schroeder said. That was a popular sentiment around town on Sunday. Winter…

Developer Rocco Termini is seeking tax breaks for his fourth real estate development project in a North Buffalo neighborhood, as he works to create a new technology business incubator and beer-bottling facility in a former industrial plant. Termini, through his R&M Leasing LLC, wants to convert the former Linde Air Manufacturing facility at 155 Chandler St. into a m…

An unidentified Buffalo man in his early 20s remains in serious condition in  Erie County Medical Center after Buffalo police rescued him from a burning car shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The victim was a passenger in a car that collided head-on with another car at East Ferry Street and Goodyear Avenue, then careened into a parked car, according to police spokesman Mi…

A brutal assault outside an Allentown pizzeria early Saturday morning is sparking concern as a possible hate crime, after two gay men were called derogatory names by a group of unidentified males and one was abruptly punched in the face. Mike Slater of Buffalo suffered bruising and a cut above his right eye from the attack, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Saturday night after her car rear-ended a stopped tour bus with 49 people aboard, police said. No one aboard the Covered Wagon Tours bus was injured in the crash, which occurred about 9:42 p.m. in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police said the bus was stopped for a …

Buffalo Police are seeking help from the public after a 43-year-old man was fatally shot about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Broadway-Bailey area. Detectives said the shooting occurred at Ashley and Krupp streets and that the victim, who was not identified,  was taken to a hospital and died Sunday night. Further information was unavailable. Anyone with information is ask…

A City of Tonawanda man was charged Sunday morning with four felonies after he allegedly angrily confronted two people in a Dexter Street home with a shotgun, which went off when he was pushed. No one was hurt. Michael P. McCurry, 57, was allegedly upset that he had been left at a motel room on Niagara Falls Boulevard after a night of drinking. When he arrived back …

A pair of early evening skiing accidents at Holiday Valley on Saturday sent two trauma victims to Erie County Medical Center by helicopter, just 15 minutes apart. A 17-year-old male skiier from Pennsylvania "went over a bump" and crashed on a slope at the popular ski resort in Ellicottville at about 5:15 p.m., causing a possible concussion. He was transported by Mercy …

A body was pulled from the waters off Buffalo Harbor State Park around noon Sunday. Anglers fishing off the dock at the park said they spotted a man in a blue hoodie floating face down in the water and notified authorities. Buffalo police and firefighters responded to the scene to retrieve the body. No other details were immediately available. Anyone with info…