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When a Buffalo cell-block attendant beat a defendant back in May, as two city police officers stood by,  surveillance cameras recorded the attack. Months later, the video has been seen by only a select few. A state judge recently ruled the video should remain hidden from public view, at least until the cell-block attendant's criminal trial concludes. "Until the crim…

Anthony Prep knows his way around the dozen or so church, fire and VFW halls that sponsor bingo in Cheektowaga. Prep is one of four part-time bingo inspectors each paid $6,000 a year by the town to monitor bingo operations run by nonprofit organizations. Or he was until he was recently let go. The Cheektowaga Town Board in a 4-3 vote did not renew the 89-year-old …

An employee of the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia has been accused of harassing and endangering three children in his care. Kenneth L. Darch, 57,  allegedly struck two of the children on an outing and used abusive language toward them. Darch also is alleged to have taunted all three by directing their bus driver to take them to a local jail, with the th…

Step inside Preservation Pub on Main Street and a quick glance at the walls takes you back in time. There's the 1929 black and white picture of City Hall under construction. Photographs of Main Street circa 1911, the Americana docked by Buffalo's imposing grain elevators and the Statler Building hosting a 1935 conference. Sandwiched in the mix is the framed 1923 dent…

Ash Wednesday ashes for people on the go will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. March 1 in the parking lot of the Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. The church is taking the ancient tradition of Ash Wednesday and its practice of imposition of ashes by offering prayer and ashes to people who drive through in their cars. Ashes on …

Downtown Buffalo will get some attention from the Buffalo Planning Board next week, as a pair of neighboring rehab projects come up for consideration. Property owner and developer J. Roger Trettel wants to combine three adjacent buildings in the 500 block of Main Street into a single mixed-use facility, with four first-floor commercial or storefront spaces plus eight li…

The National Weather Service canceled a dense fog advisory that was in place for parts of Western New York. The advisory had been in place until noon for northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. Some areas of fog may still develop during the day on Thursday, according to the weather service.

Elmwood Village residents and others will get a chance to discuss Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s proposed Reverie project next week at a public meeting sponsored by Delaware District Councilmember Joel P. Feroleto. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue. The controversial project, prop…

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…

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 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…