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There were angry allegations from Ross M. Cellino Jr. about Stephen E. Barnes' "lies," "bullying" tactics and "secret meetings. " He accused his estranged law partner of improperly funneling $1.3 million in law firm funds to a California operation that financially benefits only Barnes. There were angry claims from Barnes that Cellino engaged in selfish, appalling and "r…

A Niagara Falls man was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday, following a one-car crash on Route 104 underneath the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, according to State Police. Timothy O’Keefe, 48, was traveling north on Route 104 when he swerved to the right and struck a guardrail, State Police said. O'Keefe's vehicle crossed four lanes of traffic, struck the …

WASHINGTON — People who are 50 and older would be able to buy into Medicare, the government-run health insurance plan for seniors, under legislation unveiled Thursday by Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and several of his Democratic House colleagues. The bill, to be formally introduced in the fall, would allow anyone ages 50 to 64 to buy Medicare coverage on any of the h…

The Girls Coding Project — designed to encourage more girls to study computer coding — wraps up on Friday at SUNY Buffalo State, where the three dozen girls who took part in the two-week program will show off their new tech skills to Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. Billed as the only all-girls computer coding program, the Girls Coding Project was created to help close th…

French economist Philippe Dessertine is convinced big changes are coming to the global economy. Dessertine, a University of Paris professor and a member of the panel that sets economic forecasts for the French government, recently came to Buffalo on the invitation of M&T Bank Chairman Robert G. Wilmers to share his economic vision with a group of top local business …

Evans Bank's parent company hit a record high for deposits during the second quarter, reaching the $1 billion mark. "We're experiencing exceptional results across all our business lines, despite all the announced competition," said David J. Nasca, president and CEO of Hamburg-based Evans Bancorp. Nasca said the $1 billion in deposits "assures we can continue the so…

WASHINGTON – "Upper New York" clearly doesn't have a stiff upper lip. Instead, upper lips were quivering with rage all across upstate New York Thursday in reaction to President Donald Trump's suggestion that manufacturing workers may want to leave the region. Leading the outrage was Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, who took to social media to invite the pre…

Jennifer Marchant, a former internet pornography performer who stabbed her boyfriend to death in North Tonawanda four years ago, should not have been convicted, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court concluded. The court majority said the jury got it wrong when it rejected Marchant's claim that she acted in self-defense. Marchant's conviction for first-degree…

M&T Bank finally has the green light to start making deals again, after federal regulators on Thursday lifted a restriction that had been in place for four years. But the long-awaited decision doesn't necessarily mean the Buffalo-based bank is about to embark on a buying spree. "We won't do anything unless it enhances our ability to create value for our c…

Damage at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from the July 20 tornado is estimated to reach $2.5 million to $3 million, but Erie County Fair CEO Dennis Lang said Thursday that insurance will pay for the repairs. "Our insurance coverage will be stressed to the limit," he said. He said 95 percent of the debris has been removed. Repairs to air conditioners, roofs, signs, building …

The grounds of Wheatfield Town Hall are serving as the headquarters for the 118th annual Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention, which opened Thursday and continues through Sunday. Frontier and St. Johnsburg fire companies are hosting the event in a tent city being set up on the town campus, 2800 Church Road. Beer tents with live music are open to t…

Ivan Perez, who armed himself with a machete and barricaded himself in his Niagara Falls bedroom with his two small daughters on the night of Feb. 3-4, accepted a plea offer Thursday. Perez, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree kidnapping in exchange for a pledge from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to sentence him to no more than 10 y…

Thomas M. Bailor, who pleaded guilty to raping a widow in her Niagara Falls apartment Feb. 7, was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision. The 62-year-old victim called Bailor, 58, "a sick sexual predator" and said since the attack, she has been taking drugs for HIV and hepatitis C, just in case he infected her. "You saw an o…

The Niagara Falls Planning Board unanimously rejected a site plan for a five-story, 50-room hotel proposed by the owners of the Caravan Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Falls. The new hotel was to have been built on adjoining lots on Third and Fourth streets, north of Seneca Niagara Casino. The lots are now occupied by a vacant former dental office and a vacant h…

Ellicott Development is hoping Erie County will help it offset the cost of renovating the Buffalo Christian Center as part of a larger, $75 million project to build a new 12-story building on Pearl Street. Ellicott, owned by Carl and William Paladino, is seeking sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the ad…