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Dave Andreychuk's wait is over. He's in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The longtime NHL scorer was part of a seven-person class elected Monday. Buffalo native Jeremy Jacobs also got the call from the hall. He is the longtime owner of the Boston Bruins. The Sabres drafted Andreychuk with the 16th overall pick in 1982, and he became one of the best goal scorers in history. H…

Joseph Ciffa wasn't satisfied with using abusive tactics just once in collecting a bad debt, investigators say. In what came to be known as "re-dos," the Niagara Falls and Kenmore debt collector would use the same fraudulent practices to collect on the same debt a second time, they claim. Ciffa and five others are charged in a new federal complaint that is certain to…

Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash testified Monday that settling the teacher contract was necessary to execute his plan for turning around the struggling school system. Cash was the first witness to testify on the third day of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his Park District seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. The teacher contract negotiati…

Another former First Niagara Bank branch is off the market. Financial Trust Federal Credit Union paid $525,000 for an ex-First Niagara branch at 6520 Webster Road in Orchard Park, near the intersection with North Buffalo Road, according to county records. It was among 22 First Niagara and KeyBank branches in Western New York that closed late last year, after Key fi…

Several months after a dispute over payments led to a suspension of activity, workers have resumed cleanup of the former AM&A's Department Store in downtown Buffalo, in preparation for converting the complex into a Wyndham hotel by early next year. The New York City-based owners of the mammoth building brought in a local construction veteran to take over the redevel…

Police charged a Niagara Falls man with driving while intoxicated after a rollover crash Sunday night on Porter Road near Hyde Park Boulevard, according to a city police report. Witnesses told police two men ran from the scene after a gold Cadillac Escalade flipped at about 8:10 p.m., the report said. Police spotted two men matching their description a few blocks to …

The rain was a challenge, but hardly a reason to call off the big farewell. Yes, the teachers at Waterfront Elementary School in Buffalo might have to give up on blowing bubbles, which has become a regular part of this rite of June. But even a steady drizzle couldn't stop them from offering "The Waterfront Wave." Friday was the last day of classes for public schools …

William J. Mariani, president of Erie Community College from 1997 to 2006, died unexpectedly on Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute, D'Youville College announced on its website. He was 67. Mariani was executive vice president at D'Youville. He served as interim president of the college during a presidential search that resulted in the appointment last December of Lorrie …

A Clarence woman was arrested Saturday night after Erie County Sheriff's deputies broke up an underage drinking party. Deputies found about 20 juveniles, open beer cans and alcohol bottles in the basement of a home on Coyote Court shortly after 9:30 p.m. Some of the juveniles' parents outside the home told deputies they had been unable to contact the homeowner throughou…

WASHINGTON – Refugee admissions, which were the main source of new residents moving to Buffalo in recent years, could slow dramatically under a Supreme Court ruling Monday temporarily upholding parts of President Trump's executive order to curtail the refugee resettlement program and bar travel from several Muslim-majority countries. Trump's order calls for a 120-day …

Andrew D. Fitch, who had 21 pounds of marijuana when police raided his Hartland home in 2015, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree criminal possession of marijuana in State Supreme Court in Lockport. Fitch, 34, of Ridge Road, risks being sentenced to up to 2 1/2 years in state prison when he returns to court Aug. 29 before Justice Richard…

Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said Monday that he believes the town can pay its estimated $189,000 share of a new sidewalk on Krueger Road without imposing special district taxes in the neighborhood. The remainder of the projected $945,000 project would be paid for through an approved state grant. The sidewalk would be built at the scene of the hit-and-ru…

The Walden Galleria will hold a security lock down drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The drill is aimed at preparing employees for possible emergencies. It's performed by mall security and the Cheektowaga Police Department. The mall performs such drills quarterly. They're held during regular mall hours to simulate a more realistic environment. The drills make sure th…