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A poorly placed grill cost someone their Lexus while tailgating before the Buffalo Bills game on Sunday. Orchard Park Police said that they were called to a private parking lot on Southwestern Boulevard with a report of a fire at 12:22 p.m. They found a 2010 Lexus engulfed in flames. The Windom  Volunteer Fire Company responded and extinguished the blaze, which police s…

Niagara Falls High School will be closed for students and staff Monday due to ongoing problems with a water main break, school officials announced on the district website. A Niagara Falls Fire Department dispatcher said that the break, which was discovered Friday, is on 47th Street near Packard Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard. A section of 47th Street is closed, the di…

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M&T Bank Chairman Robert G. Wilmers cared about urban public education at a time when many of his business colleagues had written off Buffalo schools as a lost cause. Never a believer that poverty should doom children to failure, Wilmers aggressively worked to prove that community investment in schools could lead to stronger outcomes for public school children. That…

A New Albion man has been charged with two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter in the deaths Friday evening of Salamanca Town Supervisor Michael Phillips and his wife, Donna, the town clerk-elect, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday. Kevin L. Donaldson Jr., 27, of Leon Road, near the Village of Cattaraugus, also was charged with driving wh…

As word of the sudden death of Robert G. Wilmers reached into the community, words of praise flowed in from those who knew and worked with him: "While many will remember Bob Wilmers for his unparalleled skill in business, I will always remember him for his wonderful generosity and his love for Buffalo and WNY. Mr. Wilmers has been a tremendous asset to our community a…

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The death of M&T Bank chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers on Saturday leaves a leadership gap at a bank that was already coping with the loss of a prominent executive earlier this year. In February, M&T president and chief operating officer Mark J. Czarnecki died after a battle with cancer. Rather than name a new president to succeed him, the bank divided Czarnec…

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It's not every day that the Oracle of Omaha invests in your company. In the case of M&T Bank Corp., it was 1990, and the Buffalo-based bank had the opportunity of a lifetime: the two dominant financial institutions in Buffalo, Empire of America and Goldome, had been seized by federal regulators during the savings & loan crisis. Now the regulators were looking fo…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man known locally as "Kenny Krack" became irate after being denied holiday handouts at a 19th Street convenience store early Sunday, and began cursing at customers and upending displays. Police were called to the Coastal gas station at 5 a.m.  after receiving reports of a man destroying things inside the store. By that time the alleged offender had lef…

NIAGARA FALLS – The mother of a 20-year-old Sanborn man drove to a downtown motel at 6 a.m. Sunday after being unable to contact her son via telephone for several hours. She found him dead from an apparent heroin overdose inside his motel room. The woman told police that she tried to call her son at 9 p.m. Saturday but received no answer. After trying again around 5 a.m…

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A power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday has grounded all incoming and outgoing flights, according to multiple media reports. Buffalo travelers were among the thousands affected by the outage, with more than 1,000 flights to and through the Atlanta hub delayed or diverted. That left some people stranded between destinations as the can…

A 26-year-old Jamestown man was jailed Saturday night after forcing his way into a Broadhead Avenue residence and holding a woman against her will, police said. Police said Ethan E. Nieder had left the scene by vehicle but was stopped by officers around 7:15 p.m.  An investigation determined that he had pushed the victim into a bathroom and held her there after violatin…

A 30-year-old Jamestown man was arrested early Sunday after reports that a man had threatened someone with a gun on Barrett Avenue. Officers stopped a vehicle quickly leaving the area that matched the description of the suspect's vehicle at around 5:18 a.m. They reported finding Shane P. Corrigan with a loaded gun. Corrigan was being held in Jamestown City Jail, awai…

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Robert G. Wilmers was much more than the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest banker. Wilmers, who died unexpectedly Saturday night, was a unifying force for the region's business community at a time when it was scattered and weakened by self-interest. As chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, Wilmers, 83, was one of the first to see the potential in the Buffalo Niagara regio…

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M&T Bank on Sunday issued this press release regarding the death of its chairman and chief executive officer, Robert G. Wilmers. BUFFALO, N.Y. — With deep sadness, M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE:MTB)("M&T") announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wilmers died suddenly and unexpectedly at home late last night.  He was 83. In accordance wi…