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"Thanks to Deputy Richard, the streets were safer that evening." – Erie County Sheriff’s Chief John Greenan ... Technically, Greenan was right. Since Deputy Lee Richard was in a parking lot – not on the streets – when he slammed 57-year-old Bobbie Mael to the pavement, leaving her face a bloody mess of cuts and bruises, the streets themselves were safer, at least…

Fresh produce from area farmers will continue at Kaminski Park & Gardens on the Roswell Park campus through September. The Wednesday farmers' market will continue during August, despite an earlier announcement that it would suspend it for that month and take a reprieve until September. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the park on the Roswel…

Washington developer Douglas Jemal is shifting his plans for the lower portions of One Seneca Tower, trimming back the number of apartments while bringing in more space for retail stores and restaurants. Jemal is turning to the second phase of his planned redevelopment of the tower, even before real construction work begins on the first phase that was already approved.…

William Geary Jr. is Erie County's new Department of Public Works commissioner. Geary has served as deputy commissioner of the department's Highway Division since 2012. He replaces Charles Sickler, the interim commissioner after former Commissioner John Loffredo retired in January. “Bill Geary is a great choice for commissioner, a conscientious and detail-oriented …

Advancing plans for the new Buffalo Billion-funded Workforce Training Center at the Northland Corridor, the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. authorized its architects to start designing the space for the primary tenants of the main building at 683 Northland Ave. BUDC on Tuesday approved a $342,640 contract with Watts Architecture & Engineering to prepare schematic de…

A state Supreme Court justice declined Thursday the state's request to dismiss a lawsuit that aims to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca. Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto did not renew, however, a restraining order she had issued earlier this month which temporarily barred Gov. Andrew Cuomo from vetoing a bill that bars the sta…

Residential activity is picking up on a stretch of West Utica Street in the Elmwood Village, as the city Planning Board reviews two new apartment and townhome projects on either side of Elmwood Avenue. Whitesand Family LP of Williamsville is proposing to demolish a vacant rooming house on a 0.16-acre lot at 297 West Utica St. and construct a nine-unit apartment building…

With the help of a witness who recently came forward, prosecutors have indicted a man in a double shooting from 2013 that killed an innocent woman and wounded a friend of hers. Leron Bailey, 35, was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Authorities said they believe Bailey was the gunman who fired repe…

M&T Bank has the green light to resume making acquisitions, after federal regulators on Thursday lifted a restriction in place for more than four years. M&T has been blocked from dealmaking under a June 2013 "letter of agreement" between the bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Federal regulators said they had found "deficiencies" in the bank's …

Developer TM Montante is beginning to talk with neighbors about another new building on its sprawling site at Gates Circle that could include an urban grocery store and more apartments. Montante officials confirmed that they have begun talking with both potential tenants and the community about the next proposed building for the planned Lancaster Square at Gates Circle …

A 79-year-old man who went missing Friday was found Tuesday in a wooded area near his home in the area of Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, police said. Harold Roberts, a retired Air Force pilot, told Town of Tonawanda police he used his military survival skills to stay alive. Investigators believe Roberts wandered into the wooded area and fell, unable to get u…

A 35-year-old man was found fatally shot Thursday morning on Detroit Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. The man was found dead on the first block of Detroit, just north of William Street, at about 5:15 a.m., the spokesman said. Detroit Street is three blocks west of Fillmore Avenue. Police have not released the victim's name. Police ask anyone who may have a…

A third person has died following a crash Sunday night in Hartland. Mary Ruth Haberman, 77, of Eggertsville, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center. She had been in critical condition following the crash, which happened at Quaker and Ridge roads, according to authorities. Haberman was in the front passenger seat of a 2014 Toyota Camry that was struck while traveli…

Erie County Fair rides will be safe, fair officials said today. They were reacting to the accident Wednesday night at the Ohio State Fair that left one person dead and seven injured. Erie County Fair officials vouched for their ride inspection protocol, explaining there are three levels of inspection involving the midway provider, New York State and an independent am…

Northerly winds will generate increased waves over Lake Ontario Friday and Friday night and could result in more shoreline flooding, the National Weather Service said. The weather service posted another lakeshore flood watch from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday for shoreline communities in Niagara, Orleans, Monroe and Wayne counties. Wave heights are expected to…