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A possible tornado ripped through Southern Erie County today, ripping off roofs, snapping trees and blowing out windows of cars. Over 6,000 people had no power as of 6 p.m., according to National Grid and NYSEG. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a "no unnecessary travel advisory" for southern Erie County, particularly …

It was Jim McDonnell’s 70th birthday Thursday and he decided to stop by the casino at the Hamburg Fairgrounds to celebrate. “On your birthday they give you some freebies,” he said. He was at the slots at about 12:30 p.m. when the lights suddenly shut off and he heard what sounded like a dozen bombs detonating. “We heard: Boom! Boom! And the rain was pourin…

Commuters will find some roads closed this afternoon in Erie County due to the possible tornado that downed trees and power lines in Hamburg, Orchard Park and places east and south of there. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a travel advisory for the Towns of Aurora, Hamburg and Orchard Park because of the storm, warning …

The Fruit Belt turned to residential parking permits last summer after neighborhood residents became frustrated by the increasing lack of street parking tied to the growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Now the eastern section of Allentown bordering the campus seems poised to try the same. The one-block stretch of North Pearl Street between Virginia and Allen…

The Buffalo Republican who last week submitted designating petitions for mayor has declined the nomination, resulting in no GOP candidate to oppose the winner of the Democratic primary in the November general election. A GOP source said Mary Jo Carroll will not follow through with a mayoral campaign, explaining her name was circulated on petitions to “protect the inte…

If you like catfish, you may want to head to Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls, where 2,500 channel catfish were stocked Thursday, providing new targets for anglers. The young fish are six to eight inches long and were bought by the city from Hickling's Fish Farm in Edmeston with a $5,000 grant from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. They are said to favor s…

In the pantheon of industrialists and philanthropists who made Buffalo a great city, A. Conger Goodyear holds a special spot. Born here, he gained wealth and stature during the early 1900s as a railroad and lumber executive and avid art collector who owned works by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. When Goodyear died, his personal letters went to the Buff…

The former Lord Amherst Hotel, reborn as the "upper upscale" Reikart House following a nearly $20 million renovation, is now open to guests. The owners of the 92-room, boutique hotel at 5000 Main St. in Snyder held a soft opening Thursday. The hotel that opened in 1962 as the Lord Amherst motor lodge is the first in New York state to operate as part of Marriott Internat…

The Ford Friendship Express program is now taking applications from nonprofits and community groups for its 2017 edition. The program awards one or more free Ford vans a year. To be eligible, an organization must reside in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. The application deadline is Sept. 29. The winner, or winners, will be…

The Buffalo Niagara region's sluggish job market didn't heat up in June. The region added jobs at a 0.5 percent annual pace – three times slower than the nationwide increase – during June, extending a stretch of tepid hiring that began in March and has continued for four months, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. The job growth was even slower during J…

A 78-year-old Elma man had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease long before he shot his son in the kitchen of his Clinton Street home on Oct. 26. On Thursday, State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia accepted Thomas L. Manuszewski’s plea that he was not responsible for the shooting “by reason of mental disease or defect.” The younger Manuszewski, 3…

Plans for a new Dash’s market in North Buffalo and condominiums in Elmwood Village got another green light this week, moving them one step closer to fruition. Joe Dash, owner of Dash Markets Inc., wants to construct a 47,550-square-foot store at 1764 Hertel Ave. on the northeast corner of the intersection with Starin Avenue. On Wednesday, the city Zoning Board of App…

Brandon White, 32, of Gowanda, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting of a Gowanda man on July 12, now faces an additional misdemeanor assault charge for a domestic violence issue that occurred before the shooting, according to the Erie County Sheriff's office. White is accused of causing severe injuries to his girlfriend's head and face. The 49…

A middle school science teacher in the Williamsville Central School District is one of 10 teachers nationwide chosen to help promote the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kenneth L. Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School, was named this week to serve as a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. The program aims to train the teachers in communicat…

The Town of Amherst is one step closer to preserving as parkland 60 acres of green space that were the subject of a bruising legal fight with a developer who wanted to build a subdivision there. The land, largely made up of wetlands, was as far back as 2000 the intended site of the 57-home, Gramercy Park Estates subdivision between Casey and North French roads, west of …