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William J. Mariani, president of Erie Community College from 1997 to 2006, died unexpectedly on Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute, D'Youville College announced on its website. He was 67. Mariani was executive vice president at D'Youville. He served as interim president of the college during a presidential search that resulted in the appointment last December of Lorri A…

A Clarence woman was arrested Saturday night after Erie County Sheriff's deputies broke up an underage drinking party. Deputies found about 20 juveniles, open beer cans and alcohol bottles in the basement of a home on Coyote Court shortly after 9:30 p.m. Some of the juveniles' parents outside the home told deputies they had been unable to contact the homeowner throughou…

WASHINGTON – Refugee admissions, which were the main source of new residents moving to Buffalo in recent years, could slow dramatically under a Supreme Court ruling Monday temporarily upholding parts of President Trump's executive order to curtail the refugee resettlement program and bar travel from several Muslim-majority countries. Trump's order calls for a 120-day …

Andrew D. Fitch, who had 21 pounds of marijuana when police raided his Hartland home in 2015, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree criminal possession of marijuana in State Supreme Court in Lockport. Fitch, 34, of Ridge Road, risks being sentenced to up to 2 1/2 years in state prison when he returns to court Aug. 29 before Justice Richard…

Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said Monday that he believes the town can pay its estimated $189,000 share of a new sidewalk on Krueger Road without imposing special district taxes in the neighborhood. The remainder of the projected $945,000 project would be paid for through an approved state grant. The sidewalk would be built at the scene of the hit-and-ru…

The Walden Galleria will hold a security lock down drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The drill is aimed at preparing employees for possible emergencies. It's performed by mall security and the Cheektowaga Police Department. The mall performs such drills quarterly. They're held during regular mall hours to simulate a more realistic environment. The drills make sure th…

Weeks before Michael Brady died in March from an opiate overdose, he went to a local hospital emergency department seeking help for withdrawal symptoms. But the staff told the 25-year-old Lancaster man his condition was not severe enough to be admitted. It was the third time time he had been taken to the emergency department but then sent home. "The first time I brou…

Amherst's townwide reassessment of properties resulted in new tentative values for all 44,000 parcels, from the smallest home to the largest commercial property. Assessments are important because they partly determine how much a property owner pays in taxes. Click on a parcel to see how the value of every property changed. The Buffalo News acquired assessments on April …

The Erie County Sheriff's Marine Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will be targeting boaters, kayakers and other water vessel operators who are impaired by alcohol or drug use as part of a national water safety program called Operation Dry Water. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said the goal of the program, in effect June 30 through July 2, is to enhance enforcem…

The tiny hamlet of Lawtons with a population of about 95 has struggled for years over its water supply which comes from a shallow, nearly century-old well. Lawtons faced two options, either undertake a $1 million upgrade to its current water supply or buy water from the Seneca Nation. On Monday, the Seneca Nation and the Town of North Collins, in which Lawtons is lo…

It was a scene that some members of the Amherst Planning Board had trouble processing. Neighbors of a planned development on Sweet Home Road had spent months criticizing the project. But at this month's board meeting, a handful of residents told the board the modifications made by developer Robert A. Savarino to address their concerns had changed their minds about the p…

A 48-year-old woman has died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday night in the parking lot of Tops Markets in East Aurora, police said. The woman was struck just before 10 p.m. outside the store on Grey Street and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she later died, according to East Aurora police. Authorities have not released her name. Investigators said t…

A Buffalo nonprofit agency that runs health clinics has bought a long-vacant former supermarket in Blasdell and converted it into its fourth Buffalo Niagara location. Neighborhood Health Center, formerly the Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center on Lawn Avenue, paid $1.1 million to buy the 34,898-square-foot retail store at 4233 Lake Ave. Formerly a Super Duper…