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Amanda Lynn Wienckowski’s mother has filed a lawsuit accusing the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office of mishandling the investigation into the young woman’s death eight years ago. Wienckowski’s frozen body was discovered in a garbage tote, and prosecutors, relying on the medical examiner’s report, said the death was not …

SHERIDAN – A Fredonia man was captured as he was stealing two long guns from the vehicle of a South Roberts Road resident about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies said. Ryan A. Brown, 22, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of trespass. Short…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County Court jury convicted a Niagara Falls man Friday on three counts of possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines, which were found in his car during a traffic stop. Simeon D. Mokhiber, 41, of Willow Avenue, was arrested April 18, 2016, in North Tonawanda, where police said they found the Glock magazines after pulling him over for driving wh…

NEWFANE – A Wilson man was charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding past a Niagara County Sheriff's patrol vehicle, then pulling onto the shoulder of the road in hopes the patrol vehicle would pass, deputies said. Doyle W. Alexander, 30, of Dorwood Park, Wilson, also was charged with driving on the shoulder of the roadway and a moving violation. Police sa…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A Niagara Falls man was arrested recently after being caught driving without a license, which was revoked because he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test in a previous arrest. Town police said they stopped a car driven by Thomas J. Teeto, 31, of South Avenue, on April 17 after clocking him driving 47 mph in a 35 mph zone of Packard Road. A record…

Erie County's volunteer fire companies are enlisting in RecruitNY, a statewide effort Saturday and next Sunday to step up the recruitment of volunteer firefighters. Michael Loughran, a spokesman for the Fireman's Association of New York State, said volunteer fire departments will be open next weekend for the recruiting effort, with members on hand to explain what it tak…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A 56-year-old Brighton, Ont., man suffered a leg injury during a fall while hiking along the Niagara Gorge Saturday, the Niagara Parks Police Service announced Sunday. While hiking with family and friends near the Whirlpool Terminus of the Fisherman's Trial the victim lost his footing and fell, police said. Emergency responders attended to the in…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two years ago, Pasqua DiGianni had a bad night on the slot machines at Seneca Niagara Casino. After winning a jackpot and then losing most of it back because she wouldn't stop gambling, she ended up signing a document barring herself from the casino. On April 15, the Woodbridge, Ont., woman returned to the Niagara Falls casino for the first tim…

BARRE – A skydiving instructor who was the veteran of more than 700 jumps was identified as the victim of a skydiving accident in this Orleans County town Saturday night, according to the Western New York Sky Diving Club. Erick Miller, 30, was declared dead at the scene, off Pask Road near Pine Hill Road, about 7:30 p.m. by an Orleans County coroner. Miller and anoth…

Memories of the Holocaust were combined with concern for today's refugees and immigrants during an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony Sunday. Six "Buffalo Upstanders," as the organizers of the event called them, were honored for their work on behalf of newcomers and those subject to prejudice and persecution. Each came to Temple Beth Tzedek in Amherst to l…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 23, 1917: • After ousting five Buffalo School Board members who were unfriendly to his administration, Mayor Louis Fuhrmann was planning to appoint their replacements. The article read: "Public school affairs in this city have been pretty well disorganized and confused during the last 14 months as the re…

WASHINGTON – More than 19,000 Buffalo area residents on the state's Essential Plan health care option could be in danger of losing their insurance because the Trump administration is threatening to withdraw a huge part of the program's funding. Meantime, another 10,637 metro Buffalo residents who buy their health care on the state's insurance exchange could see dra…

Now that downtown has been selected as the location for a new train station, the peregrine falcons nesting atop the Central Terminal need not be concerned about Amtrak trains pulling into and out of the East Side landmark. On the horizon, though, is a developer who has been negotiating for more than a year to buy the terminal, with a deal possibly weeks or months away. …

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody by the Buffalo Police SWAT Team after shots were fired in the first block of Keystone Street just before 2 p.m. Saturday. The man had barricaded himself inside a downstairs flat and was apparently firing shots to the outside through a window with a shotgun, said Michael J. DeGeorge, spokesman for the police department.  Police were…

The battle over cell towers is moving closer to your front door. Growing demand for cellular data by smartphones, tablets and other devices has led wireless carriers across the country to deploy a new kind of wireless transmitter called "small cells" to provide better coverage in densely populated areas. About 4 feet tall and weighing about 400 pounds, small cells…