Buffalo’s new Green Code will do more than restrict where houses can be built and how tall buildings may stand. It also will restrict where beer and cigarettes can be sold and where hookah bars and vaping lounges can locate. Existing businesses are grandfathered and can continue operating, but any new businesses after the Green Code is enacted would be governed by …

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…

Buffalo Police late Wednesday confirmed that 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 spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the  names of the three suspects were not released.  Further information was unavailable.  …

WHEATFIELD - A woman who claimed she had a gun robbed the Kwik Fill station at 3945 Niagara Falls Blvd. about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Niagara County Sheriff's Office said the bandit drove off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The bandit was described as black, heavyset, about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and wearing a black button-down pea coat with a hood and a black hat. Anyo…

A Hinman Avenue man arrested about 5 p.m. Wednesday as he sat in his car in a parking lot in the 1800 block of Kenmore Avenue parking is facing drug charges. Paichel T. Graves, 45, is charged with fourth-degree possession of marijuana. Police said they found two large plastic bags of marijuana, another plastic bag of marijuana, marijuana packaging material and  drug sc…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Fee hikes for water and sewer charges and use of the community center were reviewed Wednesday during a work session of the Town Board. Minimal increases for water and sewer use have been recommended to cover operation and maintenance costs, according to the officials. Users who consume 9,000 to 30,000 gallons would pay $2.50 per 1,000 gallons for …

Sept. 21, 1931 – Dec. 1, 2016 Robert R. Hesse, who spurred the modern revival of Chautauqua Institution during his six-year tenure as president in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Dec. 1 of complications from cancer. He was 85. Named Chautauqua’s 14th president in 1977, he brought new vigor to the then-struggling education center and summer resort by improvin…

Nov. 3, 1935 – Dec. 6, 2016 NIAGARA FALLS – Frank P. Scaletta, a teacher and high school coach, died Tuesday under hospice care in his Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. He was 81. Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he won numerous awards as a football and baseball player. He attended the University of Buffalo…

A member of the Loiza Boys gang of West Side cocaine and heroin dealers pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Oscar Romero, 35,  faces a federal prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $2 million when…

LOCKPORT - The Lockport Town Board on Wednesday passed a one-year extension of its moratorium on allowing the use of biosolids on land in the town. The moratorium, which would have expired Dec. 17, was originally passed in September 2015 and was extended for nine months in March. It was originally passed because of the controversy over the use by local farmers of byprod…

Delta Sonic is proposing to build its third car wash and gas station location on Niagara Falls Boulevard, this one in the Town of Tonawanda, to join locations in Amherst and Niagara Falls. The combined site at 2494-2520 Niagara Falls Boulevard, just south of Ellicott Creek Road, actually already contains a Dr. Huggs Car Wash, as well as three additional properties to th…

An Akron man  pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J.  Arcara Wednesday to possession of child pornography. Robert J. Strach, 54,  admitted to being active in an online exchange of child pornography. On  March 7 agents of the Federal Homeland Securities Investigations' Child Exploitation Unit raided his home and seized his desktop computer with  two h…

A Stevenson Avenue man  is charged with the Nov. 20 attack on the owner of a store  in the 900 block of East Ferry Street who was  hit with a hammer and wooden table leg. Chas D. Moore-Seymore, 29, is one of  five men who brutalized the store's owner, police said.  He also is the only attacker who has been arrested, they added. Moore-Seymore, arrested Monday, i…

LOCKPORT - Two new police officers will be sworn in Thursday, as the City of Lockport is accelerating the hiring it committed to do in its contract with the police union. The Common Council voted Wednesday to put the officers on right away instead of waiting until after Jan. 1. The 2017 budget contains four new police positions that the city agreed to add under the term…

Casey Swain admitted robbing banks in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Kenmore and Niagara Falls and was suspected by law enforcement in several more. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo   sentenced him Friday to 57 months in prison. Swain, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of bank robbery but, in his plea deal, admitted to five robberies at First Niagara …