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Emergency management officials in the Town of Lancaster said "it looks worse than it is." But it looked pretty bad. Scajaquada Creek, a stream constantly plagued by sewage overflows during heavy rains, was dyed red Tuesday when rainwater apparently helped mulch dyes from a Walden Avenue company run off into the creek. "We're monitoring the flow of it now," said Ro…

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…

A 43-year-old Buffalo man died after an ATV accident at a Wyoming County campground, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said. Jason Krull was pinned under an ATV for an unknown amount of time Sunday at Mockingbird Campgrounds on Genesee Road, the Sheriff's Office said. A friend found him and called for help. Ambulance personnel who were first to arrive on the scene …

If you're curious about what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter, now's your chance to find out. The RecruitNY Open House Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday. A total of 26 volunteer fire departments across Erie County are opening their doors to residents as part of a statewide recruitment effort. "Volunteer firefighters are on the front lines of communit…

Michele Gawronski tried the traditional route to a college degree fresh out of Hamburg High School 28 years ago. It didn't work. She's trying again now. The single mother of two teenage daughters takes night classes while working two jobs to make ends meet. As a state income taxpayer, Gawronski will help fund recently adopted enhancements to financial aid programs in…

Ukraine has been engaged in a war to defend its borders for the past three years, leading to the deaths of more than 10,000 volunteers, soldiers and civilians and creating an estimated 2 million internal refugees. A benefit concert illustrating Ukraine's fight for freedom, dignity and  independence will be held Saturday night in Buffalo. The Ukrainian American Civi…

The U.S. Surgeon General and other health and wellness leaders hope you'll consider burning off 90 to 120 calories during lunchtime today – by walking. Today is National Walk at Lunch Day, when all Americans who are able are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of …

It's no surprise that Buffalonians drink more Labatt beer than in any other city in the United States. So what better place to highlight the brand's history with a restaurant, while also developing and testing new brews? Labatt USA confirmed Wednesday it will open a flagship restaurant and small test brewery called the "John Labatt House" in the Cobblestone District as …

Construction is set to begin on the new Western New York Workforce Training Center on Buffalo's East Side, now that the city Planning Board has approved the Buffalo Billion project and the city is set to finalize a "bridge" loan to support it. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., which owns more than 35 acres of industrial buildings and vacant land in the Northland Corr…

Carol Speser dated a young man in college for three years before they both realized they were homosexual and made a suicide pact.  Her boyfriend died, but Speser lived. She then was subjected to two years of conversion therapy in a mental hospital to try and turn her "straight." Now 68, Speser recalled enduring shock treatments, days of isolated confinement and hea…