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ALBANY – To listen to top state officials, Washington is poised to hammer the finances of New York State government. Notwithstanding President Trump’s decision to halt the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act, which had billions of dollars at stake for New York, other proposals in the Washington pipeline would reduce federal money for public education, and cut bl…

An Oakfield man, who earlier was warned not to drive after going the wrong way on a one-way street, was later stopped again for drunk driving in the City of Tonawanda. Christopher M. Oliveras, 25, of Lockport Road, had already been told to park his car Saturday night after he was pulled over for driving the wrong way. Later, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Tonawanda police…

A Cheektowaga man was arrested by City of Tonawanda police Saturday night after he kicked in a door and threatened another man with an aluminum baseball bat. Ian C. Arnitz, 29, of Huth Road, was charged with third-degree menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from a dispute with a man living on Johnson Street in Tonawanda. At about …

A late-night fire Saturday near Doat Street caused about $60,000 in damages to the building and contents of two-and-a-half-story home, but no one was injured, Buffalo fire officials said Sunday. The 11 p.m. fire in the frame house at 215 Keystone St. started on the first floor before extending to the attic. Fire crews attacked the blaze from the front and rear before ex…

A conference to discuss a "spiritual solution" to the deadly opioid epidemic gripping the region and country is set for Tuesday at the Newman Center on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. Organizers are urging local clergy to attend so that they can gain insights into how to help their congregations, including how to set up support groups. The Rev. Jan Hubbard of…

Months before any trial begins, State Sen. Robert G. Ortt already is mounting his defense against the felony election law charges lodged against him last week. And he is squarely aiming at his accuser – state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman – and the “politics” that the North Tonawanda Republican claims spawned the “ridiculous and baseless” accusations…

A 35-year-old Niagara Falls man has been charged in the stabbing of four people in a Niagara Falls bar last night that sent two men and two women to the hospital. Niagara Falls police on Sunday identified the suspect in the fight at Third Street Tap Room as Eddie Alnardo Mayo of Willow Avenue. He was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assa…

Norman R. Hameister took his uncle's advice and enlisted in the Navy, rather than face the likelihood of the Army drafting him into World War II. His Uncle Charlie knew all about the Army and marching into harm's way. He had served in the  killing fields of World War I. "I had about two years of high school at Hutch Tech and quit to join the Navy at 17. My uncle sig…

When Father Joseph F. Moreno Jr., was found shot to death in October 2012, Buffalo police and other authorities declared his death a suicide. Investigators, after an autopsy, said they believed the 54-year-old priest killed himself with a handgun that was found by his side in the rectory of St. Lawrence Church. Members of the priest’s family never accepted that findin…

Even now, after years of penetrating their armor and finding her way into the dark secrets of refugees, Kim Griswold finds herself taken aback by their stories of trauma and torture. “What people do to each other,” she says. “It’s hard to wrap your head around.” For three years, the Buffalo physician has sat with refugees from some of the worst war-torn reg…

An 11,000-year-old mastodon can't walk into the offices of a radiology group and ask for a CT scan to see what's ailing it. But a retired curator from the Buffalo Museum of Science studying a set of mastodon bones thought running them through a CT scanner would help him understand what caused some of their unusual features. The diagnostic equipment at Great Lakes Me…

It's been quieter this year in the lead-up to New York State English language arts assessments, which begin this week. It seems the lines have not moved much since more than 200,000 students around the state refused to take the standardized test last year. "Opting out" started in spring 2012, when small numbers of children in school districts in pockets around the state…

A Decker Street man is accused of harassing a woman and hurling bricks at her car Saturday morning. Mark E. McCarthy, 33, was charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. He was arrested by Buffalo police at Delaware Avenue and Nottingham Terrace about 10 a.m. Police said the suspect forced his way into the victim's car at a gas s…

A Condon Avenue man is accused of drunken driving after veering onto the sidewalk and nearly striking a parked car in the 2100 block of Niagara Street about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police said. Sai Thi Ha, 40, posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice that state's legal limit, police said. A a bottle of vodka was found in his car, police added. …