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Robert G. Wilmers was much more than the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest banker. Wilmers, who died unexpectedly Saturday night, was a unifying force for the region's business community at a time when it was scattered and weakened by self-interest. As chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, Wilmers, 83, was one of the first to see the potential in the Buffalo Niagara regio…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two diamond rings that were thought to have been stolen from a woman's 101st Street apartment were later located inside the residence, but the woman's daughter says that $1,200 in cash remains missing. Two nurse's aides who work with the 78-year-old woman – a Parkinson's patient – were interviewed by police, but they denied any knowledge of the missing m…

WILSON – A Brayley Road woman was shoveling snow early Tuesday when she noticed smoke coming from the engine area of her car, parked in her driveway. The ensuing fire caused an undetermined amount of damage to the vehicle. Sheriff's deputies said that the 6:30 a.m. fire was brought under control by members of the South Wilson Fire Company. The victim said that mice chew…

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Ice skate, help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, or take a last look at the Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, Erie County…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Police were kept busy last week investigating three separate instances of bank fraud, including the theft of $4,800 from a South Transit Road man's bank account. That victim contacted police on Tuesday after discovering the money missing from his account. An investigation is ongoing and no further details were available. A Strauss Road woman told p…

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The day before Thanksgiving, a former Erie Community College student walked into a class in progress on the City Campus. The man wasn't supposed to be there, but when the instructor told him to leave, he spewed vulgarities and leaned his shoulder into her upon exiting. Then, in the campus cafeteria, the man made inappropriate comments to two women while sticking his hand d…

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Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour represented the Traffic Safety Committee of the National Sheriff’s Association last month at a program in front of U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington. Voutour joined Elaine L. Chao, secretary of transportation, for the kick-off remarks for the National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week event. The sher…

Obituaries

June 19, 1944 – Dec. 14, 2017 John J. Mattio, an attorney and longtime Wheatfield town justice, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 73. Born in Niagara Falls, he attended Bishop Duffy High School and was a 1969 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. He started his career as a public defender after military service during the Vietnam W…

A man bolted through the emergency exit doors of the Home Depot store in Niagara Falls Saturday morning after stealing a $700 snow blower, Niagara Falls police reported. The suspect fled the Builder's Way store through the garden department shortly after 10 a.m. with the red-and-black Toro machine. His method of escape from that point was not known.

Crime

Troopers responding to a 911 hangup call at a home in Ashville Sunday arrested a man who they said threw a woman to the ground and twice prevented her from calling 911, state police said. The suspect, Clint Apthorpe, 44, of Ashville also allegedly destroyed a cell phone. Apthorpe was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and se…

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A 35-year-old Randolph woman was arrested Friday after state police found that she had been providing a location for minors to gather so they could drink alcohol and consume drugs. Police, acting on a tip about illegal activity in a home, charged Amber Redeye with five counts of unlawful dealing with a child, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one co…

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Feels kind of balmy this morning, right? Temperatures are only expected to be in the upper 30s today, but it will feel a lot warmer than it has lately. By 7 a.m., the mercury broke above freezing for the first time since Dec. 9. It was 37 degrees in Buffalo. In some places north of the Niagara escarpment, however, it remained below freezing this morning with l…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite observation from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, born on this date in 1943, “It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.” . . . PERSPECTIVES – Nancy Stevens, executive director of the Maria Love Foundation Fund, will talk about history and the future at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring …

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The American Red Cross' Western New York chapter said Sunday that its volunteers responded to three separate fires in the last 24 hours, helping 15 people with emergency assistance. The fires occurred at Pheasant Run Road in Amherst, with two adults and four children impacted; Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, with one adult; and Dewitt Street in Buffalo, where eight adults an…

A poorly placed grill cost someone their Lexus while tailgating before the Buffalo Bills game on Sunday. Orchard Park Police said that they were called to a private parking lot on Southwestern Boulevard with a report of a fire at 12:22 p.m. They found a 2010 Lexus engulfed in flames. The Windom  Volunteer Fire Company responded and extinguished the blaze, which police s…

Niagara Falls High School will be closed for students and staff Monday due to ongoing problems with a water main break, school officials announced on the district website. A Niagara Falls Fire Department dispatcher said that the break, which was discovered Friday, is on 47th Street near Packard Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard. A section of 47th Street is closed, the di…