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The rain was a challenge, but hardly a reason to call off the big farewell. Yes, the teachers at Waterfront Elementary School in Buffalo might have to give up on blowing bubbles, which has become a regular part of this rite of June. But even a steady drizzle couldn't stop them from offering "The Waterfront Wave." Friday was the last day of classes for public schools …

Police charged a Niagara Falls man with driving while intoxicated after a rollover crash Sunday night on Porter Road near Hyde Park Boulevard, according to a city police report. Witnesses told police two men ran from the scene after a gold Cadillac Escalade flipped at about 8:10 p.m., the report said. Police spotted two men matching their description a few blocks to …

William J. Mariani, president of Erie Community College from 1997 to 2006, died unexpectedly on Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute, D'Youville College announced on its website. He was 67. Mariani was executive vice president at D'Youville. He served as interim president of the college during a presidential search that resulted in the appointment last December of Lorrie …

A Clarence woman was arrested Saturday night after Erie County Sheriff's deputies broke up an underage drinking party. Deputies found about 20 juveniles, open beer cans and alcohol bottles in the basement of a home on Coyote Court shortly after 9:30 p.m. Some of the juveniles' parents outside the home told deputies they had been unable to contact the homeowner throughou…

WASHINGTON – Refugee admissions, which were the main source of new residents moving to Buffalo in recent years, could slow dramatically under a Supreme Court ruling Monday temporarily upholding parts of President Trump's executive order to curtail the refugee resettlement program and bar travel from several Muslim-majority countries. Trump's order calls for a 120-day …

Andrew D. Fitch, who had 21 pounds of marijuana when police raided his Hartland home in 2015, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree criminal possession of marijuana in State Supreme Court in Lockport. Fitch, 34, of Ridge Road, risks being sentenced to up to 2 1/2 years in state prison when he returns to court Aug. 29 before Justice Richard…

Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said Monday that he believes the town can pay its estimated $189,000 share of a new sidewalk on Krueger Road without imposing special district taxes in the neighborhood. The remainder of the projected $945,000 project would be paid for through an approved state grant. The sidewalk would be built at the scene of the hit-and-ru…

The Walden Galleria will hold a security lock down drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The drill is aimed at preparing employees for possible emergencies. It's performed by mall security and the Cheektowaga Police Department. The mall performs such drills quarterly. They're held during regular mall hours to simulate a more realistic environment. The drills make sure th…

Weeks before Michael Brady died in March from an opiate overdose, he went to a local hospital emergency department seeking help for withdrawal symptoms. But the staff told the 25-year-old Lancaster man his condition was not severe enough to be admitted. It was the third time time he had been taken to the emergency department but then sent home. "The first time I brou…

Amherst's townwide reassessment of properties resulted in new tentative values for all 44,000 parcels, from the smallest home to the largest commercial property. Assessments are important because they partly determine how much a property owner pays in taxes. Click on a parcel to see how the value of every property changed. The Buffalo News acquired assessments on April …

The Erie County Sheriff's Marine Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will be targeting boaters, kayakers and other water vessel operators who are impaired by alcohol or drug use as part of a national water safety program called Operation Dry Water. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said the goal of the program, in effect June 30 through July 2, is to enhance enforcem…

The tiny hamlet of Lawtons with a population of around 100 has struggled for years with its water which comes from a shallow, nearly century-old well. The water was free, but for the last decade the roughly 40 households in Lawstons that relied on that well couldn't always safely drink the water that came out of their taps because of contaminants that seeped in. "Ou…