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When a local police officer or sheriff’s deputy determines an individual in custody has entered the country illegally, the local agency typically turns that person over to federal agents for deportation. Now the Trump administration wants to give state and local law enforcement agencies expanded powers to do the same work as Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs E…

Political pundits in Hamburg chuckle a little when you ask them about this year's local elections. Control of the Town Board is up for grabs, with four seats up for election in November. A highway superintendent and town justice also will be elected. "From past history, I would think it would be a free for all," said Raymond F. Gallagher, a former state senator and h…

FREEDOM - A woman with two DWI convictions in the last 10 years faces a felony DWI charge, the State Police said. Susan R. Wilson, 54, of Freedom, was pulled over at about 2:37 p.m. Thursday on State Route 98 for either a missing license plate or a plate that was obstructed. She failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, police said. She registered …

Whole Foods Market can begin building the interior of its 50,000-square-foot store in Amherst, now that the Austin, Texas, upscale grocer has received the necessary town permit. "Today they were issued a permit to do the build-out of the store, to finish up the store now," Douglas Gesel, senior code enforcement officer in the town's Building Department, said Thursday. …

Amherst officials are negotiating leases for two new cell towers on town property with a company working on behalf of Blue Wireless. Upstate Tower Communications wants to build one cell tower at the town's Highway Department, on North Forest Road, and a second tower at the town's Wastewater Treatment Plant, on Tonawanda Creek Road. The tower at the Highway Department…

Fire damaged an apartment building on Genesee Street near Jefferson Avenue early Friday morning. Buffalo firefighters responded at 4:33 a.m. to a two-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment at 574 Genesee. The fire started on the third floor. The fire department estimated damage at about $190,000. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investiga…

Efforts have started to honor all of Western New York's military veterans with a sprawling five-point star beside the Marion J. Fricano Memorial Town Park in North Collins. "This tribute will consist of a five-point star over 100-feet wide, with each point of the star highlighted by a flag of its associated branch of military service," said Neil I. Ross, a spokesman for…

A woman whose sport utility vehicle was struck by a snowplow four years ago will receive a $125,000 settlement from the City of Niagara Falls. The City Council agreed to pay the money to Tessia C. Harris, 38, who was in an accident with a snowplow at Niagara Avenue and 11th Street on Jan. 18, 2013. In a two-day State Supreme Court trial last July, the jury ruled tha…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, born on this date in 1955, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” . . . KEEPSAKES – The Niagara County Central Rotary Club will hold its 21st annual Cabin Fever A…

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton goes for walks in the woods near her Westchester County home now, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is back to doing what he's been doing for 10 years: giving Senate floor speeches on behalf of the little guy. But the battle between the two for the 2016 Democratic nomination lives on, strangely, in the fight for the future of the Democratic Party. …

SINCLAIRVILLE – Arson was believed to be the cause of fires about 9 p.m. Wednesday that destroyed two camper trailers and an all-terrain vehicle in a field off Engdahl Road and Edson Road in the Town of Gerry, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies and the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team examined the scene and…

CASTILE – The owner of the Castile Diner has been charged with allegedly starting the fire that burned the business shortly after midnight on Feb. 15, according to Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph. Amy S. Goodenow, 36, of Castile, was arraigned in Castile Village Court on a charge of third-degree arson, authorities said. She was at the scene during the fir…

Doug and Jim Beitz of Attica & Arcade Maple syrup producers entertain agriculture students from nearby Attica Central Schools in their production of maple syrup, even tapping some of the trees on the lawn of their elementary school.

If Erie County is to avoid another of its periodic budget crises, it must now find a compromise solution to the borrowing needs of Erie County Medical Center. After the County Legislature’s failure Thursday to muster a “super majority” vote approving $100 million in borrowing for the hospital’s capital needs, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was already lookin…

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…