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Hovering over wings and beers at the Swanee House on Ohio Street one night last week, the four friends didn't look all that deplorable. Scott Then and Robert Orlowski, both athletic and articulate at 45, sat kitty-corner to Cheryl Wehling, smiling and fresh-faced and, at 59, quick with a quip. But then there was the matter of Phil Pantano and his T-shirt. The shirt exp…

A Jamestown man was arrested Monday in connection with the robbery of a Falconer credit union, according to authorities. Kyle R. Senear, 22, was charged in connection with a robbery at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on Main Street in the Town of Ellicott, according to Jamestown and Ellicott police. Police said that Senear allegedly walked into the bank a…

A Jamestown man was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges related to the alleged kidnapping of a woman who told police she had been held against her will from Friday to Sunday in the man's apartment, according to authorities. Joshua I. Turybury, 31, of McDaniel Ave., was arrested Monday at his apartment, according to Jamestown police. Police had taken a criminal com…

Hamburg town officials said there is enough money in this year's budget to pay for the increase in minimum wage for part-time workers. The 2017 budget for the Buildings and Grounds Department lists 33 seasonal laborers working at $8 an hour, 40 hours a week for 12 weeks. But the minimum wage is $9.70 per hour. A similar thing occurred in the Recreation Department bu…

More than 150 residents of the McCarley Gardens housing development on Buffalo's East Side will be living in new apartments by 2020. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave the green light to Michael Chapman, pastor of St. John Baptist Church, and developer Nick Sinatra for a comprehensive renovation of the garden-style apartment community that the church owns…

A Buffalo man has been indicted on a charge of vehicular assault for allegedly driving while high last spring, causing a crash that left a Tonawanda man seriously injured. Maxamillion Hernandez, 20, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week in Erie County Court on charges of vehicular assault in the second degree and assault in the second degree, both felonies. He…

Doctors who prescribe powerful painkillers are worried they could be prosecuted for doing their jobs. Recent comments by public officials about holding doctors legally accountable for their role in the opiate epidemic sparked a sharp response from leaders of local and state medical societies. Patients suffering from chronic pain already have a hard time finding a willin…

The Week in Pictures highlights news, entertainment and sports images taken by Buffalo News photographers, giving you a visual recap of the week of Feb. 20-26.

NIAGARA FALLS - A state trooper dislocated his shoulder trying to arrest a man who fled a traffic stop Sunday morning on Eighth Street. State police pulled over the driver of a 2005 Ford at about 12:45 a.m. for having tinted windows. While troopers interviewed the driver, identified as Ron J. Bennett, 36, of Niagara Falls, they saw narcotics in the vehicle, authorit…

Two years after February 2015 set the mark for the coldest month in Buffalo's history, this year's version of February will be a record-breaker of its own – on the other end of the thermometer. February 2017 featured a record-breaking day in the 70s last Friday, two other days in the 60s and five more days of at least 50 degrees or better. It appears it will go int…

Mark J. Czarnecki built a distinguished 40-year career at M&T Bank, rising from assistant to branch manager to the bank's president and chief operating officer. But for all the promotions he earned, Czarnecki's colleagues and friends remember him more for his kindness and humility, and his dedication to his job and the community. Czarnecki died at age 61 on Sunda…

A one-car rollover crash Monday morning on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation led to marijuana possession charges against three people, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The crash happened at about 2:46 a.m. on Versailles Plank Road, the Sheriff's Office said. Karrigan Jimerson, 20, of Brant; Mark Swantek, 23, of Brant; and Keith Renaldo, 33, of Angola, were cha…

Will Foods on Buffalo's East Side will close its doors in March, forcing 71 employees to lose their jobs. The company, formerly known as Will Poultry, has filed a notice with the New York State Labor Department saying it will cease operations in coming weeks. It has told the state it will completely close by March 24. Economic issues were cited as the reason for clos…

A father and son from Youngstown were charged with drug possession early Sunday morning after a traffic stop on the I-190 on Grand Island, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's deputy pulled the pair over at about 2:48 a.m. near Long Road. The trooper found marijuana in the vehicle and both occupants were smoking opiates, the Sheriff's Office said. …

A Derby man pulled over by a state trooper on Sunday had marijuana and hydrocodone hidden in what was meant to look like a can of WD-40, according to the New York State Police. James V. DePasquale Jr., 46, was pulled over at about 5:45 p.m. on Dawn Avenue in Evans, according to authorities. After detecting an odor of marijuana, a trooper searched the vehicle and fo…