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Dennis Roberson's failing vision was a private misery. The solid 6-foot-2-inch Roberson was an outdoorsman who led whitewater rafting trips down the Ocoee River in Tennessee. When he was not rafting, he worked his usual 50-hour week as a waiter at FoodWorks, a casual upscale restaurant in Chattanooga. It was early April and it seemed his deteriorating vision – stea…

The Fredonia Police Department is warning that it plans to post on Facebook all the arrests its officers make in the village over the coming weekend. A press release issued Wednesday by Fredonia Police Chief Bradley C. Meyers did not specifically allude to why the department was taking such measures, beyond stating its "anticipation of the possibility of illegal activit…

Damage caused on the I-290 near the Sheridan Drive overpass early Wednesday morning is under investigation by the Amherst Police Department, officials confirmed. A Cheektowaga man who witnessed the incident called and reported it about 4:15 a.m., according to police officials. Officials did not release further details on the incident because the investigation is ongoing…

Gregory Ramos was sentenced in State Supreme Court Wednesday for a domestic violence conviction. But he has more court appearances ahead of him. He already was convicted in federal court on drug and firearms charges. And he faces a murder charge in Erie County Court. Ramos, 25, is accused of being the driver for the gunman in the fatal shooting last May of an emp…

LOCKPORT – Gia M. Arnold, who ran for the State Senate in 2014 on a platform opposing New York's SAFE Act gun control law, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal possession of a semiautomatic assault rifle. Arnold, 26, of Rochester, who was arrested last year in Niagara Falls after police found the gun in her vehicle, said she accepted a plea offer on the recommendation …

SANBORN – James P. Klyczek retired Wednesday afternoon as president of Niagara County Community College, less than three hours before the college Board of Trustees was expected to fire him. Klyczek has been under fire for insulting remarks he reportedly made regarding a woman who reported being sexually assaulted on campus last summer. A federal grand jury also is …

A woman from Romania was sentenced to time served Wednesday for her role in an ATM skimming scheme that targeted Bank of America customers in the Buffalo area. Marinela Unguru-Ducila, one half of a husband and wife team, had previously admitted using skimming devices and cameras at several local ATMs to steal bank account information from consumers. Skimming devices, whic…

A new reciprocal agreement between the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and two Canadian chambers of commerce was in the works long before President Trump was even a candidate for the White House. But his views on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the potential fallout for international business relationships have made its intent all the more relevant. "It helps…

A Buffalo man called as “backup” when a friend was in a fight admitted Wednesday killing a man to protect his friend’s “turf.” Russell M. Adams, 19, said he shot and killed Myron Kemp the night of Aug. 31 on a West Side street corner. Prosecutors believe that Kemp had gone to Grant and Breckenridge streets that evening to confront the drug dealer he bel…

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency had a record-setting day on Wednesday. The economic development agency approved tax breaks for seven projects – the largest number of projects that it has provided subsidies for in a single meeting since it was created in 1970, agency officials said. "It shows the economic development activity that is happening in our r…

Irvin Bates worked for one of the only companies in the country that manufactures postage stamps. He also stole some of the stamps while on his lunch break. Bates, 64, a former employee of Ashton Potter in Williamsville, was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for his guilty plea to theft of government funds. As part of a plea agreement, Bates admitted s…

Research has shown that people diagnosed with prediabetes can make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. To help those at risk, YMCA Buffalo Niagara next week will start its next session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program at four of its branches. “We’ve seen great results with the Diabetes Prevention Program," said Kelly S…

Milling on an 800-foot stretch of William Street east of Transit Road will continue through Friday, according to Lancaster Town Supervisor Johanna Coleman. The roadway – damaged by an Erie County Sewage Department project last summer and fall – must be milled, paved and striped, said Coleman. Traffic will be rerouted around the work area.  

LOCKPORT – A jury had been selected for the trial of Christopher P. Gordon, accused of predatory sexual assault, when the defense lawyer learned that a second accuser, not named in the original indictment, had come forward. That led to a round of plea negotiations that resulted in Gordon, 46, of Niagara Falls, pleading guilty to a reduced charge on the original indic…

Two pedestrians were injured Tuesday night when a driver crashed into another vehicle, a utility pole and then four parked vehicles, Buffalo police said. One of the pedestrians, who was identified by police only as a female, suffered serious injuries. Both pedestrians were taken to Erie County Medical Center, police said. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. ne…

A South Buffalo man was arrested Tuesday on gun and drug possession charges, police said. Buffalo police responded to a call of a man with a gun in a home on the first block of Turner Avenue. They found a loaded handgun, a shotgun and cocaine, according to police. Seth DeAnthony, 44, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fo…