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The development team behind the second location for the Emerson School of Hospitality is now finalizing lease negotiations and hopes to begin construction soon at a former livery stable on West Huron Street. The Buffalo School Board formally awarded the  project to McGuire Development Co. and Mark Croce's Buffalo Development Co., ending an unusually visible battle that…

Just days after one of three damaging tornados put the Hamburg Fairgrounds directly in its sights, Erie County Fair organizers are now cleaning up the considerable damage, but they are also taking some time to celebrate the area's resilience. A T-shirt which proclaims "I survived Fairnado" is being promoted on the Erie County Fair's Facebook page. "Thank-you again fo…

Three teens are accused of breaking into a Cricket Wireless store at 2483 Bailey Ave., Buffalo police reported. Police responded to a burglary-in-progress call at 4 a.m. Wednesday and reported finding a damaged door and window. After reviewing the store's security video and obtaining a description of three suspects, police went to a home on Gerald Avenue where they f…

A Buffalo woman told police that her 15-year-old daughter was raped Friday night by a man known to the family  only as Greg, according to a police report. The man provided the girl with narcotics and alcohol, forced her into a bed and forced himself on her over the teen's protests, according to a police report. A rape kit was completed at Erie County Medical Center …

Local health insurance executive Art Wingerter is branching out into economic development. Wingerter, the president of Univera Healthcare, last month was named chairman of Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local economic development and marketing group. Wingerter replaces Randall Clark, the local Dunn Tire executive who has been involved with Invest Buffalo Niagara since i…

A New York Alert to "shelter in place" was lifted at 11:20 a.m. for Lewiston residents in the area of Garlow, Stolz, Kline, and Laurel roads and Donna Drive. New York State police had responded to a a barricaded suicidal subject on Garlow Road and were able to take him into custody without incident, according to State Police spokesperson Trooper James O'Callahan. Sta…

A 30-year-old Zelmer Street man reported that two men being stabbed him as he walked  south on Walden Avenue and Harmonia Street just after 1 a.m. Friday. The victim  said the men, who were both about 19 or 20 years old, approached him and fought with him. As the fight escalated, Hodge was stabbed four times, in the left hip, left ribs, left bicep and left tricep, …

WASHINGTON -- Major portions of the Senate Republican health bill -- including Rep. Chris Collins' effort to reduce county property taxes -- likely will end up on the cutting room floor, thanks to a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian. The parliamentarian -- in essence, the umpire who decides whether provisions of Senate legislation are fair or foul -- ruled that major…

After nearly a dozen incidents involving boats and jet skis near the New York Power Authority intake valves in less than two months, the New York State Park Police are  warning these operators that they could face federal charges for operating in a restricted zone. Despite  warning buoys and signage that operators are in a federally restricted exclusionary zone, boate…

Residents of Oakgrove Drive in Williamsville in late May called for parking restrictions on their street after an estate sale drew thousands of antiques hunters and curiosity seekers to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek. A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24 in Village Hall on a proposal to ban parking on the east and north sid…

Vincent K. Smith Jr. of Niagara Falls has pleaded guilty to two felonies for a drive-by shooting and a gunfight in which a man was shot in the face, In return for the guilty pleas, Smith drew a promise of an eight-year prison term. Smith, 21, admitted to two counts of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Smith was involved in gunfire outside…

James P. Kennedy Jr. in February pointed to his lack of political friends and allies, Republican or Democrat, to suggest his chances of becoming the top federal prosecutor in Buffalo were, at best, a long shot. Five moths later, Kennedy's reputation as an independent, career prosecutor is being viewed as a plus, not a negative, and the primary reason why President Trump…

The owners of the Fox Creek Estates senior apartments in East Amherst plan to build a mixed-used development of apartments, office and retail space next to their Transit Road property. Two, three-story buildings are proposed at 9540 Transit Road, north of Casey Road. The same partners behind the 9540 Transit site own the townhomes just to the south at 9512 Transit and t…

Twelve alumni have been named to the Williamsville Central School District's Wall of Fame. From Williamsville South: Bridget E. Niland, '90, Daemen College's director of athletics and special assistant to the president; Mark P. Pitirri, '85, Amherst police detective; Lindsay Anne Shookus, '98, Emmy award-winning "Saturday Night Live" producer; and Ronald S. Shubert, '70…

WASHINGTON -- A day after Rep. Chris Collins was heard off the House floor discussing the possible sale of  an Australian biotech stock, the company issued a news released further  confirming its experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis had failed in clinical trials. Collins' conversation and the  strongly worded news release from Innate Immunotherapeutics promp…