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The rows of empty cubicles inside Strategic Financial Solutions in Amherst are a sign of what's coming: more employees. A lot more. The Manhattan-based firm is in the midst of a hiring push, as it aims to have at least 1,500 local employees in five years. So far, though, the company has a long way to go. It has more than 30 employees on board and expects to double…

Crime

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Friday stuck by his promise not to put up with any violations of probation from a woman responsible for a crash that killed one of her passengers. Kloch sentenced Taylor J. Clause to one to three years in state prison for first-degree vehicular manslaughter in the death of Jasmin P. Dubuc, 19. Dubuc was ejected from Cl…

Erie County

Don Vidler thinks the weather will be perfect for the 45th annual Carolcade in front of Vidler's 5 & 10 in East Aurora on Saturday. He also thinks there will be more people this year than last year, when the Carolcade tried to set a Guinness World Record for the largest caroling event outdoors. The unofficial count from last year, when it was cold and rainy, is 2,30…

Crime

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman told the father of Richard A. Metcalf Jr. Friday morning she will not bring any criminal charges against Erie County Holding Center deputies in his death, according to the family's attorney. The five-year statute of limitations on potential charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide expired a few wee…

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George Arthur was thinking Thursday about a police officer he knew as a kid, an officer everyone called "Red the Peanut Man." Arthur described him as a classic beat cop. He was stationed out of Buffalo's old Precinct Four, and he would walk every day – in rain, sun or snow – along what was the commercial heart of William Street. "Everyone knew Red," Arthur said. It turn…

Buffalo

A warehouse storage building off Genesee Street is being targeted for redevelopment into a new apartment facility and neighborhood clinic in the latest effort by a developer to strengthen an East Side neighborhood. Larry Regan's Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, N.Y., wants to convert the 100,000-square-foot building at 19 Doat St. into 74 affordable-housing apartment…

Erie County

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society has provided gifts of fresh pine boughs to senior residents living at the Kenmore Housing Authority. The Greens for Seniors initiative was started by the society to provide a token gift to the more than 200 residents of the senior apartments that will serve as a reminder that they are fondly thought of during the holiday season, a…

Family

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submissions …

Amherst

Government meetings are typically good viewing, if you need a sleep aid. Not so Monday in the Village of Williamsville when the board held its meeting in a "Late Night" talk show format, complete with a monologue by Mayor Brian J. Kulpa and a live band. Kulpa is preparing to depart village government to become Amherst town supervisor and had always promised that he w…

Buffalo

What – or, better yet, where – is upstate New York? The New York Times recently took a crack at the divisive topic, with an article billed as "A Quest to Define 'Upstate.' " The author reached out to the governor's office, dug through state law and read the Associated Press Stylebook, none of which provided a concrete answer. Is it anything north of New York City?…

Crime

Two North Tonawanda residents have been charged with stealing liquor bottles from a liquor store in the City of Tonawanda, police said. Benjamin R. Rupert, 24, and Angeline M. Bendelow, 26, both of Oliver Street, were charged Wednesday with petit larceny following the Dec. 2 theft at Isle View Fine Wines & Spirits, 533 Niagara St., according to City of Tonawanda pol…

Buffalo

GObike Buffalo's community workshop on Colvin Avenue recently turned into Santa's workshop, with bicycle mechanics and volunteers transforming donated two-wheelers into gifts worthy to be set under the tree on Christmas morning. "A lot of it is about having an opportunity to do doing something good, to give back to the community," said Adam Ianni, head mechanic at the c…

Erie County

Roughly 50,000 Erie County pistol permit holders are at risk of losing their permits if they do not recertify their firearms by the end of January. Anyone who gained their pistol permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013 must recertify their weapons with State Police, said Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns in a joint press conference Thursday with Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. "I…

Business

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will host an event for native Western New Yorkers visiting over the holidays who want to learn what's new in the city's resurgence and specifically the growing campus, where the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and new home of the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are located. Matt Enstice, CEO and president of…

Crime

A Lancaster man who went to Niagara Falls on Aug. 16, planning to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. "You look benign, but you're a dangerous man," State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Larry J. Thompson, 60, of Cedarbrook Drive. Thompson had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal sexual act. …