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After Sean McDermott finished reviewing the Bills' three picks on the final day of the NFL Draft, I posed the question: Was he prepared to give a vote of confidence to Doug Whaley and his scouting staff? "Right now, I'm focused on this draft," the first-year head coach said. "Honestly, I'm going to focus on this draft and what we have in front of us going on right now w…

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…

WARSAW - Two Wyoming County bartenders were accused of serving minors Friday during an underage drinking enforcement detail by the State Police and the State Liquor Authority. Elizabeth Colkitt, 36, of South Wales, was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child,  allegedly selling alcohol to an underage drinker at the Flipside Bar in the Town of Sheldo…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT - Authorities are hunting for an East Amherst man who used counterfeit $100 bills at the South Transit Road McDonald’s restaurant twice last week. The man  took off from the restaurant drive-through about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after trying to pay for an order with a bogus bill, then observed an employee scrutinize the money  with a counterfeit-detecti…

LITTLE VALLEY -   Two  men pleaded not guilty before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz last week to indictments accusing them of operating methamphetamine laboratories in separate cases. Daren D. Tinque Jr., 27, of Machias  was charged with second- and-third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled sub…

RIDGEWAY - Orleans County Sheriff's deputies and State Police searched Saturday for a man believed armed with as many as three handguns who was seen running into the woods following a domestic confrontation. A shelter-in -place order was issued by Orleans County officials just after 1 p.m., when the man was spotted near North Gravel and Ridge roads, after a physical dom…

Friends of Gregory T. Miller this weekend are recalling the president of the Erie County Bar Association as a man who recognized the special requirements of his profession. “Being a lawyer alters your world view and perspective on matters big and small,” he once said, “because of the degree of responsibility that you have to others.” Miller, an Orchard Park r…

Martin Milner and George Maharis rode a sleek, low-slung, long-hooded Chevrolet Corvette, wandering from episode to episode in the popular early-1960s series "Route 66." Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys sang about the archetypal sports car. Later, Prince did as well in "Little Red Corvette." Movies associated with fast cars have also long showed off Corvettes, from th…

Theresa Banks always liked science, and she wants a high school where she can learn about forensics or biomedical research. Adacelis Mendez thought she would pursue a career in carpentry, but after learning about a new solar panel manufacturing program, she now thinks that might be a better path. And although Treviyon Slaughter isn't quite sure what he wants to do, h…

Hundreds of Buffalo voices were joined Saturday by an influential international voice during a rally to protest President Trump's stances on climate change and environmental protection. Michael E. Mann, a Nobel Prize winner and climate scientist, was among the roughly 300 people who gathered in Niagara Square to decry Trump's reversal of long-standing federal policies t…