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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins faces challenges that might be enough to knock off a typical politician: a stock investment that led to an ethics investigation, deep ties to an unpopular president – and the occasional habit of saying something controversial. But, so far, 17 months before his next election, the Clarence Republican lacks the most important challenge. …

Lockport attorney Ronald J. Winter tried to use his position as a former prosecutor and his connection with a Niagara County Sheriff's lieutenant to  prevent the arrest of his daughter on a drunken driving charge last year, a police video shows. "Do you recognize my name at all?" Winter asked Deputy Timothy Caughel, the arresting officer, in a telephone call picked up …

It’s easy this time of year to dig into the farm-to-table movement, and become a kind of “farm” that supplies your food, no matter where you live. “We do a big garden in the back but I like the container gardening closer to the house,” said Allyson Odachowski, a registered dietitian who lives in Akron. “Not everyone lives in the country, where they have lots…

As many Western New Yorkers gear up for holiday weekend planting, a Catholic Health physical therapist offered some tips about how to avoid the toll that can come from repetitive bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting. “Spring time is a great time to get outside and do yard work. But, I can’t stress enough to make prevention a priority,” said physical therapist…

For a few more days, High Street remains the public's only entryway into the Conventus medical office and research building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But that will change soon, when the building's Main Street access opens up next week. The High Street entrance has a high-end revolving door that can handle 40 people per minute. It is especially designed for …

Children don't leave bullying and poor behavior behind at school when summer comes. It follows them to the playground and summer recreation programs. It can be pushing and shoving, even spitting, or not including a peer in the lunch group. Last year, one of the campers in an Orchard Park Recreation day camp made a video criticizing a counselor, and showed it to other…

The University at Buffalo has secured several hundred parking spaces on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in preparation of opening a new medical school building later this year. Dr. Michael E. Cain, dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president of health sciences, said this week that the university has secured spots in a…

Martin Boryszak, the new president and chief executive officer of Sisters Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, came to health care from what seems like an unusual route – UPS. The differences in the businesses are not as great as you might think. As Boryszak sees it, they both adhere to basic business principles. The Buffalo native was working for the…

Local veterans groups and municipalities will host Memorial Day parades, services and other events to pay tribute to fallen veterans throughout the Buffalo Niagara region area this weekend. Here's an alphabetical list of public events planned: Akron: The Commemorative Air Force Buffalo Heritage Squadron will hold a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast and Fly In, from 7:30…

Bulldogs in the 'Burg begat the bulldog in the circle. A metal bulldog sculpture designed by Hamburg High School art students and produced in partnership with Griffis Sculpture Park and Essex Art Center now stands outside the high school's main doors. The bulldog, which is the school mascot, is dedicated to creative thinkers at the school, said art teacher Michael Ed…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested seven people in a sweep for individuals with active warrants out of Erie County Family Court, the agency said. The Sheriff's Office's Family Court Warrant and Child Support Enforcement Unit conducted the sweep in Buffalo and across the county, authorities said. Arrested were: Norma Lattimore, 23; Samuel Pez…

There's no such thing as a typical day for a Niagara County coroner, but the stress and time demands can be too much for some. "There are times when there's no calls for days, and then there are days when you're gone from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. I've done that," Coroner Michael A. Ross of Lockport said. For the fourth time in less than 18 months, a coroner is resigning, as…

You go to your favorite grocery store hungry, spend way more than usual, then come home to find, as you start putting things away, that you already have many of the items you just bought. Worse, your significant other asks how you just spent $200 and didn’t manage to grab enough items to put together even one complete, healthy meal for the family. Allyson Odachowsk…

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty on heroin charges Thursday in U.S. District Court. Juan Oliverias-Arbello, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin when he stood before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges also carry a penalty of…

Four Niagara County men were arrested on federal charges  and accused of operating a cocaine distribution network in Niagara Falls and Lockport between April 2016 to May 2017. Ramone Westbrook, 27, Rico Freeman, 33, Corey Bradberry, 34, all of Niagara Falls, and Darius Dix, 27, whose alias is Darius Jenkins, of Lockport, were charged with conspiracy to possess and pos…

Buffalo police want the public's help locating a missing 77-year-old man. Rafael Vizcarrodo-Ocasio is described as a Hispanic male, 6-feet tall and 220 pounds with white hair. Vizcarrodo-Ocasio was last seen driving a blue Smart car. Police did not say when or where he was last seen. He is known to frequent shopping centers in West Seneca and on Seneca Street, p…