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About 1,700 New York State Electric & Gas customers remained without power as of about 7 a.m. Friday, a day after two tornadoes ripped through the area. The tornado that touched down in Hamburg was rated an EF2, which had an estimated maximum wind speed of 105 mph, according to The National Weather Service. The tornado that touched down in Holland was classif…

The Lockport Housing Authority and Buffalo Geothermal LLC of Cheektowaga are receiving an award for their installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at its Autumn Gardens apartment complex on East High Street. The equipment, installed in 2015, replaced an electric heating system in the 72-unit complex that dated from 1972. The system provides year-round c…

A father of five was placed on five years' probation Thursday for firing a gun on a Niagara Falls street when there were several people in the vicinity. "It's clear to me you didn't go there with the intention to endanger anyone," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Demetrius R. Hayes, 29, of Pierce Avenue in the Falls. Hayes pleaded guilty to a charge of…

A Franklinville man who was barred from all Walmarts because of a history of shoplifting was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in state prison for trying to wheel a cart full of Red Bull energy drinks out of the North Tonawanda Walmart last year. Tracy R. Maracle, 46, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for the May 12, 2016 crime. He appeared in court in a…

A 37-year-old Lockport man was arrested Wednesday night after an eight-month-long narcotics investigation. Joshua L. Meadows was arrested  at a house on the third block of Washburn Street in Lockport just after 10 p.m., according to a news release. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. He was also charge…

A 35-year-old Buffalo man was arrested for falsely reporting an incident after his threat to blow up his house led to a SWAT standoff Wednesday night. Although police arrested the man, they did not identify him. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center to be evaluated after his surrender. He had staged a multi-hour standoff with police, reportedly threatening to…

The administrator who has been a substantial link to the city's startup community at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is leaving for Nashville where he has family. Vic Nole, director of business development, joined the non-profit organization's team in early 2014, focusing on growing Buffalo's entrepreneurial base and broadening strategies to support growth of compani…

A Bank of America in Batavia was robbed Thursday afternoon. Police said that just before 4 p.m., a white man in a navy hoodie, white Yankee's cap and blue jeans fled on foot after robbing the bank. Police said he has a neck tattoo. The thief did not display or threaten to draw a weapon, and there were no injuries. Police said he was headed north on Bank Street. Th…

Don't expect to see amusement rides at Lackawanna Festival unfolding this weekend at Veteran's Stadium, 2960 South Park Ave. Instead, the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with back-to back softball tournaments, continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a three-on-three basketball tourney and winds down Sunday on bicycles with a 10-mile ride through the Stee…

An addition to the growing Baker-Victory Services campus at 100 Martin Road toasts the charitable effort of a Western New York family and fulfills a need for other families who desire a place to stay. The 3,100-square-foot building that opened this week will be used to accommodate families while their children receive treatment at the Baker-Victory Residential Trea…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

The plaque, a replica of a gift to the people of Dunkerque, France, hangs in the second floor corridor of Dunkirk City Hall, a couple of blocks from Lake Erie. It has been there for decades, a gesture to emphasize a bond of deep affection, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sees it as a daily reminder of civic purpose. "We need to remember," he said, "great things can happe…

Mayor Byron W. Brown has more than a half million dollars in his campaign chest, far ahead of his opponents in the Democratic primary for City Hall's top job. The three-term incumbent in the last six months raised almost $440,000, four times more than Mark J.F. Schroeder, the city comptroller, raised and 70 times as much as Betty Jean Grant, an Erie County legislator, a…

OLAF FUB SEZ: An insight from Canadian philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan, born on this date in 1911, “Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.” . . . BARGAIN HUNT – The Judges Row Block Club in Eggertsville, which includes streets between Eggert Road, Huntley Avenue, Kensington Avenue, Croy Avenue, Eldon Road, Burke Drive and Treehaven Road, wil…

Erics – and their BuffaLove – ruled the night. Two bands featuring singer-songwriters (and bandleaders) named Eric performed at a soggy – yet sunny – Canalside Live on Thursday night. After a second consecutive Thursday of torrential rain, and funnel clouds whipping through the Southtowns during the afternoon, the sun came out to shine upon this pre-weekend part…