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ATLANTA – A deeply divided Democratic National Committee Saturday elected Snyder native Thomas E. Perez as its national chairman Saturday, capping an unusually intense fight in which party establishment forces narrowly defeated a candidate favored by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Perez got the required majority in the second round of voting, topping Rep. Keith Ellis…

Three people were arrested after a woman was assaulted and threatened with a handgun during an argument in the 300 block Millicent Avenue about 3:50 a.m. Saturday. The suspects were identified as Herman Billingsley-Thomas, 29, of George Street,  and Shaneaqua  Devost, 24, and Crystal Harris, 49, both of Millicent.  Police said  Devost tried to push the victim down a…

Two people are facing weapon and other charges after threatening a man with a handgun in the 100 block of Grant Street about 5 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said. Jamel E. Baxter, 21, of East Delavan Avenue, and Tanna J. Robinson, 25, of Debra Lane, are charged each with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing.  Robinson also was charge…

Olympic equestrian Darren Chiacchia was exactly where he wanted to be on Saturday - “out at a horse show jumping horses around.” This wouldn’t seem that remarkable except that nine years ago the Hamburg native and summer resident of Springville suffered “what was deemed an unrecoverable brain injury” in a riding accident, and then was caught up in a long battl…

CAMBRIA – Three recreational vehicles were broken into recently at Teeto’s Storage on Saunders Settlement Road,  Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said. A lock at the Baer Road gate to the business was cut on Wednesday, deputies said, and intruders  broke out windows to gain entry to three RVs stored at the site. Deputies contacted the owner of one of the vehicl…

A special legislative committee of the Buffalo Common Council will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on  a proposed law requiring that new apartment developments set aside a certain percentage of their units as affordable. The inclusionary zoning measure is currently being considered  by the Common Council. The legislative committee will accept comments from …

Three of the Williamsville Fire Department's trucks would be replaced under a proposal the Village Board will consider Monday night. Two 2003 pumper trucks and the department's rescue truck would be replaced at an estimated maximum cost of $1.35 million. The village would use $175,000 from its capital fire truck reserve and borrow $1,175,000 to purchase the new trucks.…

WESTFIELD -  Cristie Herbst, Chautauqua County Historical Society president and retired Jamestown Post-Journal editor, will discuss  Barcelona, which was  a thriving commercial fishing community for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries,  at 6 p.m. March 7 in the Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library. The program is co-sponsored by the Patterson Library and is b…

About a dozen residents of Orchard Park found their vehicles and property defaced with spray-painted swastikas and vulgar graffiti Saturday morning, and village police said reports had been coming in throughout the day. The vandals also wrote racial slurs and Nazi symbols on playground equipment at South Davis Elementary School. At least nine vehicles were vandalized…

Albert Makila appears to be living a refugee’s American dream – except for the broken heart. Fifteen years after fleeing tribal warfare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a modestly safer life in Kenya, and six months after arriving in America, the former school teacher and his family feel at home in Buffalo. He got a good job, as did his wife, a daughte…

NIAGARA FALLS - Depending on who you ask, the removal of the entire top management of the Niagara Falls Water Board Thursday was a deserved housecleaning or a union-engineered coup. With little advance notice, the board, bolstered by new members chosen by Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the City Council, replaced the agency's top three executives and its part-time attorney. Ne…

Bud Crumlish inherited a mess when he took over as CTG's new CEO last July. Six months later, he has a plan to fix the long-struggling Buffalo information technology company – and investors are buying into it, at least for the moment. "In short, we are taking the necessary steps to address sustainable and profitable growth," Crumlish said during a conference call …

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral has spent a decade trying to figure out what to do with a 121-year-old parish house on Pearl Street that has sat mostly vacant since it moved its offices down the street. At first, church leaders thought they would sell the four-story building. That wasn't successful. Then, they looked at all the downtown redevelopment around them an…

ATLANTA -- The political organization electing a new chairman here Saturday is called the Democratic National Committee, but to hear members tell it, in recent years it might as well have been called the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton). That didn't work out so well. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, and oth…