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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that people have a little bit of extra cheer in their hearts, ready to give and share. Charities depend on that giving spirit this time of year. Even though a charity’s needs continue year round, the biggest bulk of their donations are received in November and December. If the spirit moves you to share your wealth…

Two people canoeing in Cazenovia Creek in South Buffalo were reportedly rescued Sunday afternoon after the canoe overturned. Buffalo police and Buffalo firefighters were called to the scene near Southside Parkway, according to @ErieCoBlotter. Buffalo fire dispatchers received a report of a person in the water at 2:38 p.m. Air temperatures were in the high 30s at the …

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NEW YORK — Lisa Marie Cater, the Buffalo woman who accuses longtime Cuomo administration figure Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment and assault, appeared with her lawyer on Sunday in front of the courthouse where she is filing a lawsuit — and said she hopes doing so will prevent other women from suffering through the kind of pain she endured. "It has been very difficult f…

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Rochester City Council members last week rejected a request from developer Robert C. Morgan's company for a $1.5 million loan on a downtown project on Court Street there. The vote was 5-3. At least two of the five members who voted against the loan cited an FBI investigation of Morgan's companies that started in Buffalo. "The investigation was the key factor in my v…

It was as mild a start to the snow season as can be – but it counts in record books anyway. The fifth of an inch of snow recorded Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport added up to the first measurable snowfall of the season for the Buffalo metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service. "It is official," said meteorologist Aaron Reynold…

Crime

State police arrested a Jamestown man for aggravated drunk driving after he was spotted driving erractically with two children in the car in southern Chautauqua County. Jason Green, 37, was stopped on Buffalo Street Extension in Jamestown after officers, responding to a complaint, observed his behavior firsthand. Green failed several field sobriety tests and was taken …

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A Jamestown man was shot in the abdomen during a home invasion and robbery Saturday night. Jamestown police, responding to reports of shots fired at 533 E. 5th St., found that two males reportedly entered the home, robbed the occupants and shot the man before fleeing. The perpetrators wore dark-colored hooded sweatshirts. The incident occurred at about 8:10 p.m. …

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Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies arrested an East Otto man for drunk-driving after a minor crash Friday morning that caused property damage in the town. Police charged Nathanial V. Lincoln, 39, with DWI, moving from a lane unsafely and refusing to take a breath test after the incident on Reed Hill Road at about 4:46 a.m. Lincoln's car had apparently gone off the r…

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A one-car crash in the Town of Salamanca late Saturday night resulted in the death of a passenger, who was ejected from the vehicle after it struck a tree. Details were still sketchy Sunday morning, but the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reported that the unidentified driver on Old Route 17 crossed the center line and went off the road. The force of the impact wi…

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A 17-year-old Buffalo girl and her boyfriend have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of the girl's 58-year-old father Friday night in their home. Alexandria Heath and Romaine Jirdon, 19, also of Buffalo, are accused of beating and stabbing Thomas Heath around 9:30 p.m. in their  West Ferry Street home, District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Sund…

Education

The total number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. grew to a record 1.08 million in 2016-17, including 7,252 international students at the University at Buffalo. But data reported last week by the Institute of International Education also showed that the number of new international students – those enrolled at a U.S. institution for the …

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ALBANY – The Buffalo  woman who recently told her story of being sexually harassed by Sam Hoyt, a former state lawmaker and top economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt for engaging in a “pattern of committing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation” against her. Lisa Marie Cater, who previously talked to …

Saluting Our War Heroes

As a youngster, Ronald Peoples stocked shelves at his family's East Side grocery store at Peckham and Monroe streets, but he also found time for sports. Raised across the street from Willert Park playground, he often joined in games of football on a gravel coated field – talk about a gridiron – and played basketball on the courts. He learned the games from "the o…

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The Niagara Falls Water Board's proposed $42 million budget would quadruple spending on repairs and upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. "Until we have a Christmas miracle and get a new plant, we have to repair the one that's there," said Board Member Gretchen M. Leffler. The proposed 2018 budget calls for $1.6 million in capital projects for sewers, compared …

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A small rate increase for residential customers next year coupled with a more substantial hike for commercial customers will fulfill a three-year plan to equalize rates and repair infrastructure, Erie County Water Authority officials say. Next year’s 1.9 percent increase for residential customers stems from water consultants’ previous recommendations that larger use…