Mayor Byron W. Brown officially declared that he will run for a fourth term Monday at a rally at Erie Community College's City Campus. Heavy security was present at the event, which attracted dozens of supporters. A dozen elected officials stood on stage, including members of the Common Council, County Legislature, State Assembly and Senate, Erie County Executive Mark P…

Buffalo police they have increased patrols in Allentown after two gay men reported they were assaulted outside an Allentown pizzeria over the weekend. Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said detectives in the Central District were "making progress" in the investigation, he said. The two men said that at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Allen Street, near Elmwood Avenue, a…

Area golfers itching to get their game out of winter hibernation can head to the Buffalo Tournament Club Golf Course in Lancaster, which will open for the next four days, the first time ever that the club has opened for play in February. The course at 6432 Genesee St., east of Ransom Road, is opening up for play from Tuesday through Friday, with riding carts allowed on …

Indaysha Chambers will arrive at Buffalo City Court Tuesday with her toddler daughter to tell a judge what happened to the little girl. But the mother is also determined to let her daughter speak out on her own behalf. Leah Shan' Tae Lee, who is almost 3, told a Buffalo News reporter on Monday about the second-degree scalding injuries that covered 16 percent of her …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Anthony L. Restaino, representing the next generation of a prominent Niagara Falls-area political family, announced Monday he's running for town justice. Restaino, 32, is the son of Niagara County Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino and the nephew of former Niagara Falls City Judge Robert M. Restaino. A Democrat, Restaino said he inte…

An Akron manufacturer that got its start with school rulers and pencils wants to triple the size of its warehouse and manufacturing building to handle the growth of its newer promotional items business. Aakron Rule Corp., a 50-year-old company whose products are found in schools and hardware stores, wants to add more than 25,000 square feet to its 12,000-square foot wa…

He will be remembered as the sculptor who created "Scary Lucy." But David Poulin – still bruised by the national reaction to his Lucille Ball portrayal – has lost interest in bronze statues. So he has given away his tools of the trade. Poulin has donated some $15,000 worth of his foundry equipment to the Buffalo Maritime Center, where it will be used to cast par…

The bomb threat that forced the local Jewish Community Center to evacuate both its buildings, on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and North Forest Road in Amherst, late Monday morning was part of a nationwide effort that saw at least 10 such centers targeted with similar threats, according to local and national officials. Similar threats were reported Monday -- on Presidents …

LEWISTON – An ambulance crew was tending to a patient with multiple stab wounds early Monday when the suspect in the assault emerged from nearby woods and turned himself in, according to police. Shortly after 3 a.m., the Lewiston Police Department received a call about a stabbing at an address on Indian Hill Road, police said. Patrol officers found Evan Stafford, 2…

Two people were arrested and a police officer was injured following a traffic stop Saturday in West Seneca. An officer pulled over a speeding vehicle at about 4 a.m. on Seneca Street because the driver, Eric J. Luman, was traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone, West Seneca police said. Luman, 24, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated, pol…

As West Seneca police officers had one suspected drunk driver pulled over on Union Road, a second one crashed a vehicle into the back of a police SUV last week, according to authorities. Two West Seneca officers were conducting a traffic stop on the side of the road at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when they heard squealing tires coming from behind them and a skidding car ap…

Nearly 40 new wells are proposed for installation at the former site of the coke oven at Lackawanna's Bethlehem Steel site, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The wells are on the former steel plant property across the Hamburg Turnpike from last November's fire site and not associated with the cleanup of that location. The new wells woul…

State troopers arrested a Sears employee Friday and charged him with stealing $2,500 of store merchandise over a period of time, police reported. Joshua Kendrick, 21, of Williamsville worked at the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, where troopers were called Friday to investigate a report of employee theft. Kendrick took items worth approximately $2,500 over a period o…

A 27-year-old Cheektowaga man was charged with drunken driving and other charges after being pulled over by Amherst Police for allegedly speeding in the 1300 block of Sweet Home Road Friday morning. Peter Griffin was charged about 7 a.m. with driving while intoxicated, speeding, making an unsafe lane change and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance after he w…

A growing medical practice in Amherst that plans to move down North Forest Road to larger offices received final approval from the town Planning Board last week. Audubon Women's Medical Associates hopes to move by this fall into a 14,500-square-foot space at 2240 and 2250 N. Forest Road, near Millersport Highway, about a mile and a half from its existing, 8,600-square-…