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While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

A Niagara Falls man was stopped by State Police at 9:56 a.m. Saturday on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara and charged with drunken driving. Troopers said someone called 911 to report a possible intoxicated driver. Police stopped the suspect, Ruben Flores, 50, and he was taken into custody. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, which three an…

A cast iron sign that touts "Birthplace of the Grain Elevator" was reported stolen to the Buffalo Police Department on Saturday by Industrial Heritage Committee President Lorraine Pierro. The heavy, metal sign was taken off a concrete post located near lamp post No. 7 on Erie Street. Pierro said it wasn't certain exactly when the sign was taken, but the Buffalo Histo…

Instead of risking hypothermia in April, Buffalo’s Burmese community waits until it is shorts-and-sandals weather to get wet. Hundreds of people attended the annual Buffalo Myanmar Water Festival on Saturday, celebrating the Burmese New Year, which occurred in mid-April. In Burmese culture, water is sacred. On a day-to-day basis, it sustains life; on their New Year, i…

Dec. 20, 1937 – June 18, 2017 Whether it was working as an office boy for the Butler family or serving customers as a district manager, Donald J. McPhee Sr. was always proud of what he did for a living. Proud enough to spend 46 years doing it at The Buffalo News. Mr. McPhee, a longtime district manager, died Sunday at his home in Alden. He was 79. Born and ra…

Phillip Jackson, 24, of Buffalo, who was on probation for selling drugs when he was caught selling drugs again, was sentenced to prison on Friday. Jackson received a probationary sentence of five years in February after being convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree. Just four days later the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit executed a …

A Buffalo man was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for a drunken driving crash that paralyzed another driver. Kevin Reyome, 55, was sentenced by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on Friday. In March, Reyome pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 16, Reyome drove his…

WASHINGTON – The Senate Republicans' health care bill will cost New York billions more than the House bill passed last month. That's the consensus that health care experts reached after a close look at the legislation. What concerns analysts most is the Senate's different approach to changing Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor and the lower middle cla…

The City of Lockport was approved earlier this week for a $470,000 state grant that Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said would pay for new computer hardware and software, including more efficient payroll and water and sewer billing systems. Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said there also will be connections to the Niagara County Information Technology Department two blocks f…

A robber struck a convenience store at 975 Abbott Road early Saturday, a clerk told Buffalo police. The robber carried what appeared to be a gun, but it was covered with a black plastic bag. He told the clerk he'd shoot her if she didn't hand over cash. He made off with about $50, according to a police report of the incident.

The teenage driver of a car that hit a tree and rolled over, with several passengers inside early Saturday, has been arrested on several charges, Buffalo police said. The 19-year-old male, who was not immediately identified, faces counts of reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. At least five peo…

Someone didn't want a tow truck driver to repossess an auto early Saturday. Police are treating the incident as a case of criminal mischief and harassment. The tow truck operator told police that shortly after midnight he tried to hook a car in the 400 block of Stockbridge Avenue, not far from Buffalo's Bailey and Kensington Avenue intersection. Someone then ran from…

Richard A. Metcalf Sr. has waited four and a half years for the criminal justice system to address the homicide that took his son's life in November 2012. "Obviously, the whole process has been very tedious, very frustrating and very painful to my wife and myself," Metcalf said. "It doesn't get any easier." A breakthrough may be near. An outside district attorney …

City of Lockport firefighters accepted the privatization of city ambulance service in a new contract ratified this week. The city will pay 33 union members $6,000 each in exchange for the union's decision to drop litigation over the 2014 privatization. However, in July, the Fire Department will resume offering paramedic service on major rescue calls, union president S…

ALBANY – State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is no stranger to the antics of the Buffalo School Board, and in her brief time as New York State's top educator has already conveyed she does not intend to tolerate any of its nonsense. That's especially true on her own turf, where Buffalo School Board members descended Thursday and Friday for the start of the unpr…

Don Paul says a high-tech interactive weather science center would be a boost to Niagara Falls. But his chances of getting city funding for a feasibility study? The forecast isn't promising. Paul, the veteran meteorologist now working for WKBW-TV, is vice president of a group seeking to construct a World Weather Center in downtown Niagara Falls. The center would…