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SANBORN – The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees has hired an outside law firm to help investigate allegations that the bidding was tainted on construction of the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls. The construction management firm on the 2011-12 project, which cost about $17 million, was LPCiminelli, the same firm whose former top executiv…

The snowy owl that was found with a broken wing and emaciated in December was released in the Town of Wilson by Marianne Hites of Messinger Woods Wildlife Care & Education Center, who nursed him back to health, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

Opening night of the annual WNY Boat Show at the Adpro Sports Fieldhouse at One Bills Drive, Orchard Park. A whole football field of water craft were on display to delight all and make summer come a little bit faster.

Feisty until he was set free, the snowy owl found near death two months ago had no problem catching the wind -- and soaring above the Lake Erie plain -- when he was released into the wild late Wednesday afternoon. He had been discovered sick and emaciated, with a broken wing, in rural Cattaraugus County on Dec. 20. [Gallery: The snowy owl gets released] A farmer h…

The man killed in a shooting Tuesday on Roma Avenue has been identified as 23-year-old Mychal Brown, according to Buffalo police on Wednesday evening. Brown was struck by gunfire shortly before 6 p.m., according to Northeast District officers who responded to the call. Brown was declared dead at the scene, Buffalo police said. The shooting was the 11th homicide in…

The SolarCity solar panel factory in Buffalo is expected to begin production this summer, with the solar roofing tiles that will be one of the factory's flagship products hitting the market by the end of the year. That's what Tesla Inc. said Wednesday, in its first update since the electric vehicle maker acquired the solar energy systems installer in November. The fa…

LITTLE VALLEY – Brandon Warmley, 35, formerly of Buffalo, was sentenced Tuesday to a total of nine years in prison for possessing drugs and raping a teenaged Olean girl three years ago. A jury found Warmley guilty Dec. 15 of third-degree criminal possession and criminal sale of controlled substances. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Warmley was dealing cocain…

A Cuban national caught a small break in Erie County Court on Wednesday afternoon when Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced him to one day less than a full year in jail. The 364-day sentence gives Deladier Benitez, 34, of Miami a better chance to try to remain in this country when he is returned to Florida after serving his time in New York. Benitez pleaded guilty in Dece…

The mother who accuses the Buffalo Public Schools of instigating her arrest for home schooling her children is now taking her case to the federal government. Kiarre Harris, whose children were removed from her custody by a Family Court judge, has filed civil rights complaints with both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that …

Anthony Bannon, a former Buffalo News critic and filmmaker who guided the Burchfield Penney Art Center through two major periods of growth, will retire from his post as director of the institution on July 1. Bannon's departure, which he announced to the Burchfield Penney's board Wednesday afternoon, will cap off the center's yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversa…

A 17-year-old Amherst girl was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday morning after she pleaded not guilty to a criminal mischief charge in Amherst Town Court. The girl is accused of throwing a brick through a window of an Eggerstville home late on Feb. 10, according to police records. She remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday in …

Erie County is taking the first step toward turning a significant portion of the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site from an industrial wasteland into an industrial park. With a deal in place for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to acquire nearly 148 acres of land along Route 5 from Dona Street to the south and just beyond Ridge Road to the north, county of…

NIAGARA FALLS - City police charged a 79th Street man with driving while intoxicated after a two-car rollover crash Tuesday afternoon that sent a woman to the hospital. At about 3:45 p.m., an Oldsmobile Bravado driven by John T. Wheeler, 48, ran a stop sign on Edison Avenue and struck a Dodge Neon heading north on 72nd, according to a police report. A police officer…