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A family of five fled an early Tuesday morning fire — three of them escaping by jumping from a second-floor window. The owner of the home, Jeffrey Neureuter, described the fire as "suspicious." And Hamburg Police later discovered a man near the home with property taken from inside the severely damaged home. Nicholas A. Harms, 31, of Eden, faces several charges, no…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that earlier this month he ordered a stop to all discharges from the sediment basin at the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant during the ongoing investigation into the foul-smelling black spill July 29 into the Niagara River. In a statement, the governor noted, “At my direction, DEC (the State Department of Environmental Conse…

Two people are dead following the collision of a car and a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday morning at Eagle Harbor Road and Route 31A in the Town of Barre, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office. A woman passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene, Undersheriff Christopher M. Bourke said, and the man who was driving died in Strong Memorial Hospital…

The ministry behind Bailey Avenue Café & Bake Shoppe is used to helping other people get back on their feet. Now, it's the one struggling to pick up the pieces. Saving Grace Ministries opened the not-for-profit soul food restaurant and bakery in 2014 to provide on-the-job training and work experience to carefully screened former criminal offenders, who are often sh…

In January, Noorullah Aminyar's lawyer predicted almost certain death if the former Afghan solider ever returned home. The warning came just weeks after Aminyar's brother was found dead in their village, a threatening note from the Taliban left next to his body. Eight months later, Aminyar is a free man, granted asylum by a Buffalo immigration court. "It's almost …

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Wednesday called on the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the wake of revelations that 526 patients may be at risk of infection due to improperly cleaned medical scopes. http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/16/va-medical-center-warning-patients-infection-risk-me…

There's no disputing that the Buffalo Niagara region isn't Silicon Valley. It's not even close. But officials at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are hoping to shine a spotlight on the region's undersized tech sector and try to give it a boost by hosting a global contest for the technology industry's top developers, designers and data scientists in October. The …

Real estate investor and developer Nick Sinatra expanded his holdings again this week, adding a 104-unit apartment complex in West Seneca for $7.6 million. Sinatra & Company Real Estate, through West Seneca Apartment Group LLC, bought the Oakridge Estates Apartments from Nicholas B. Tzetzo's Tzetzo Companies LLC, which owned it through Oakridge MFR Holdings LLC, acc…

A public rally to celebrate diversity will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Niagara Falls State Park. The rally follows in the wake of the recent violent protest in Charlottesville, Va. Organizer Nicholas D'Angelo said the rally will be held just inside the park entrance at Old Falls and Prospect streets. D'Angelo is active in the Niagara County Democratic Party, but …

A pattern of controversial deaths at the Erie County Holding Center is now emerging as a major topic in this year’s contest for sheriff. Democrat Bernard A. Tolbert, the former FBI agent challenging Republican Timothy B. Howard, charged Wednesday that the incumbent’s “obfuscation and misinformation” about Holding Center deaths – including cases recently outlin…

On hold for nearly nine months, the trial of two Buffalo police officers accused of using excessive force against four teenagers is moving forward and may reveal for the first time what was said in a secret hallway conversation between the defendants. The trial will begin in December, nearly a year after it was first postponed, and one of the key witnesses is expected t…

When a Niagara Falls man robbed and assaulted a Japanese tourist on Christmas night 2015, surveillance video provided the crucial evidence that led to his rapid arrest and eventual conviction. But when a teenager was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Wheatfield in 2014, the case lagged for months before an arrest could be made, in part because of the inabili…

Marie's Dressing will be serving free salads for lunch next week at the Tops at 9660 Transit Road Tops in Amherst. The Marie's Dress to Impress truck, a promotional food truck that makes stops around the country, will park at the Amherst Tops from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 31. The truck will be showcasing four Marie's dressings, including Avocado Poblano Vinaigrette, Ro…

A Buffalo native who worked as a director at QVC is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the company in a fraud scheme that funded his luxury lifestyle, according to an indictment unsealed earlier this month by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia. James D. "Jamie" Falkowski, 42, worked for QVC from 2008 until 2013, when he was fired, according to the Philadelp…

Mark Chason wanted to build a four-story, 315-foot-long condominium building at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues. He had already lowered the height by one story and shortened the length by five feet to address neighborhood objections. But, he argued, he couldn't do any more because he needed the project to work financially. So he sought eight exceptions from…