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ATLANTA – A deeply divided Democratic National Committee Saturday elected Snyder native Thomas E. Perez as its national chairman Saturday, capping an unusually intense fight in which party establishment forces narrowly defeated a candidate favored by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Perez got the required majority in the second round of voting, topping Rep. Keith Ellis…

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens teamed up to show off some of the region's most beautiful orchids at its annual Orchid Show on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The show continues Sunday.

Two teenagers were arrested in the second block of Newburgh Avenue about 1 a.m. Saturday for possession of a stolen handgun, Buffalo police said. Police said the handgun and bullets were found in a van linked to the two suspects. The handgun was reported stolen in Bradford, Pa.,  last March, according to police. Both suspects  - 17 and 18 years old - were charged …

A Hoffman Place man was arrested shortly after he broke into a home in the second block of Hewitt Avenue off Bailey Avenue about 5 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said. Anthony Lanier, 32,  is accused of breaking a first-floor window to get into the home. He is  charged with felony counts of second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

A  Town of Hamburg man is facing felony charges for allegedly engaging in sexual acts while baby-sitting a child younger than 13 over the past two years. Scott C. Curnew, 40, is charged with criminal sexual acts in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested Friday by Eden Police officer Nicholas Blasz. Authorities were alerted after a c…

There are 25,000 species of orchids -more than any other flowering plant in the world, and that is one of the reasons they are such popular flowers. Many are on display this weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. [PHOTO GALLERY: Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens] Orchids grow just about everywhere in the world, on all continents, including No…

ATLANTA – Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, a Snyder native who often notes that he worked on a Buffalo garbage truck during college, won election as chairman of a divided Democratic Party Saturday. And it took him only seconds to see the depths of the party's division, and seconds more to act to try to bring the party's progressives and centrists back together.…

Three people were arrested after a woman was assaulted and threatened with a handgun during an argument in the 300 block Millicent Avenue about 3:50 a.m. Saturday. The suspects were identified as Herman Billingsley-Thomas, 29, of George Street,  and Shaneaqua  Devost, 24, and Crystal Harris, 49, both of Millicent.  Police said  Devost tried to push the victim down a…

Two people are facing weapon and other charges after threatening a man with a handgun in the 100 block of Grant Street about 5 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said. Jamel E. Baxter, 21, of East Delavan Avenue, and Tanna J. Robinson, 25, of Debra Lane, are charged each with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing.  Robinson also was charge…

Olympic equestrian Darren Chiacchia was exactly where he wanted to be on Saturday - “out at a horse show jumping horses around.” This wouldn’t seem that remarkable except that nine years ago the Hamburg native and summer resident of Springville suffered “what was deemed an unrecoverable brain injury” in a riding accident, and then was caught up in a long battl…

CAMBRIA – Three recreational vehicles were broken into recently at Teeto’s Storage on Saunders Settlement Road,  Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said. A lock at the Baer Road gate to the business was cut on Wednesday, deputies said, and intruders  broke out windows to gain entry to three RVs stored at the site. Deputies contacted the owner of one of the vehicl…

A special legislative committee of the Buffalo Common Council will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on  a proposed law requiring that new apartment developments set aside a certain percentage of their units as affordable. The inclusionary zoning measure is currently being considered  by the Common Council. The legislative committee will accept comments from …

Three of the Williamsville Fire Department's trucks would be replaced under a proposal the Village Board will consider Monday night. Two 2003 pumper trucks and the department's rescue truck would be replaced at an estimated maximum cost of $1.35 million. The village would use $175,000 from its capital fire truck reserve and borrow $1,175,000 to purchase the new trucks.…

WESTFIELD -  Cristie Herbst, Chautauqua County Historical Society president and retired Jamestown Post-Journal editor, will discuss  Barcelona, which was  a thriving commercial fishing community for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries,  at 6 p.m. March 7 in the Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library. The program is co-sponsored by the Patterson Library and is b…