Only 22 residents of Bethlehem Park have requested cleanup assistance in the aftermath of the stubborn  fire at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant that left a coating of soot and ash in many of their homes. One city official was surprised at how few residents acted on the offer from the owner  of  the facility that burned down last month, to pay for the cleanup of smok…

No struggling children get helped when the legal, human services and educational organizations that work with them hide findings from each other. No traumatized kids get helped when their parents wait months to access parenting education classes. And no opportunities are discovered when different groups collect heaps of data on the children and families they serve but d…

BEMUS POINT - State police on Wednesday charged a Bemus Point man with aggravated driving while intoxicated. Troopers pulled over Thomas Stanton, 65, on Maple Springs-Ellery Road after he was observed driving erratically, according to authorities. Stanton failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested and taken to the Jamestown barracks. He registered a blood-a…

The political winds already are blowing through the Village of Lancaster, three months before the next village election. Paul Maute will not seek re-election for a second term as mayor s chief in the March 21 election. Instead, the Citizens' Party is backing three-term Trustee William C. Schroeder for mayor, an office with a four-year term that pays $12,900 a year. …

Women & Children's Hospital plans to start moving seven of its outpatient clinics to the newly completed Oishei Children's Outpatient Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Jan. 3. The move of the initial outpatient clinics to the new Oishei Children's Outpatient Center at 1001 Main St. is the first phase of the hospital campus' 11-month transition from its…

LOCKPORT - A woman who robbed a Lockport gas station Wednesday night matches matches the description of a thief who held up a Wheatfield gas station earlier in the day, Niagara County Sheriuff's deputies said. The woman robbed the Crosby's gas station, 4531 Lake Ave., at 8:43 p.m., according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A Kwik Fill on Niagara Falls Bouleva…

YOUNGSTOWN -- The grounds at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine are aglow for the season, with more than 75 lighted Christmas displays on 15 acres available for free viewing from 5 to 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 6. A hike to the top of the Basilica of the National Shrine gives an astonishing bird’s-eye -- or angel’s -- view of the entire site at 1023 Swann Road, particularly …

A weakened lake-effect band will drop snow into the farthest southern portions of Erie County and into ski country Thursday morning, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel. In places like Hamburg and Orchard Park, the snow that's on the ground is really all those communities will get at this point, Apffel said. The existing band of lake effect will co…

A Buffalo man convicted of murdering two men and shooting six other people was sentenced to 131 years to life in prison Thursday morning by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case. Following a nonjury trial in October, the judge found Lewis guilty of two counts of second degree murder and of the attempted murders of five bystanders who were struck by his bullets at thr…

Matthew Kuzdzal, who was convicted in 2014 of killing  his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son, was denied bail when he appeared in State Supreme Court Thursday morning following a reversal of the jury’s guilty verdict. The Appellate judges of the Fourth Department ruled, in a 3-2 decision, that the trial judge should have questioned two jurors about statements an observer…

So, our esteemed state legislators want a pay raise for the fine job they’re doing. I have no problem with that, even if – in what typifies the culture in Albany – they can’t even be honest about how they intend to get it. They swear to any god who will listen that there is no deal-making going on, even as they pursue a raise while Gov. Andrew Cuomo – with forme…

Buffalo began last year with 25 schools – nearly half the district – on a state watch list that threatened them with takeover if their academic performance didn’t improve in a hurry. A year later, that picture doesn’t look nearly as dire. The state removed 10 of the schools from the list in June, after they showed two years of progress and their status was upgrad…

Commercial real estate developer Ron Alsheimer paid $3 million for a mostly vacant Amherst office building near University at Buffalo’s North Campus. Alsheimer, president of the Plaza Group, has bought the four-story brown building at 501 John James Audubon Parkway, adding the 71,632-square-foot facility to his firm’s holdings. The building, known as One Towne Center,…

Amherst Police are searching for a woman  who robbed the 7-Eleven store at 2006 Dodge Road about 2:46 p.m.  Wednesday. Police said the bandit, who claimed she had a gun but did not display one, fled on foot along North French Road with an undetermined amount of money. She was described as black,  5 feet, 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a Navy pea coat, gray pan…

Three SUNY Buffalo State football players have been charged with criminal mischief in connection with the vandalism of a house on Rees Street near the campus over the weekend. Police on Thursday identified those charged as Ryan Bauer, 20; Stephen Smaldone, 20; and Jordan Rychcik, 18. Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, at least four windows were smashed by players using golf c…