WASHINGTON – The election of Donald J. Trump as president turned Rep. Chris Collins from back-bencher to power broker. After three relatively low-key years in Congress followed by a year as one of Trump's most outspoken supporters, the Republican from Clarence now finds himself as the point person for recommending a new U.S. attorney for Western New York as well as,…

A fire on the city's East Side left four firefighters injured overnight. The fire broke out at 1:23 a.m. in a vacant home at 92 Rohr St., which is near the Buffalo Museum of Science. It started on the first floor of the 2-and-a-half-story frame house before spreading to the second floor and eventually the attic. No further information was available about the injured …

The fate of Buffalo's Central Terminal could be shaped as much by the people who would live there as by those catching trains. Indeed, while Toronto developer Harry Stinson envisions the return of trains to the abandoned art deco marvel he wants to redevelop on the East Side, his plan doesn't depend on them. Stinson recently received a six-month extension as designat…

Looking at the calendar, you could say we’re past due. Most Western New Yorkers still have yet to see any accumulated snow this first week into December. But it appears that’s going to change soon enough. Weather forecasters say that a blast of lake effect snow could be in the offing for Western New York by the end of next week, as temperatures dip and wind sp…

JAMESTOWN – Three Jamestown men were arrested and over a pound of crystal methamphetamine was recovered in two court-authorized car searches Thursday afternoon, according to the Jamestown Police and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force. A car driven by Beau K.C. Jones, 32 , was pulled over by Jamestown Police on Newland Avenue near Sampson Street about 2:15 p.m. Thursd…

NIAGARA FALLS - For Niagara County football fans who don't want to drive to Orchard Park or want a less expensive alternative to watch live professional football, a new option may soon be coming your way. Plans are in the works to bring arena football to Niagara Falls and possibly Lockport. Gladiator Sports and Entertainment met with the Niagara Falls City Council re…

Jesse Lewis, 46, a previously convicted Buffalo felon who was arrested after a Sept. 30 search of his North Ogden Street home by Buffalo and Lackawanna police, was remanded following his initial Federal Court  appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer Friday. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said during a court-approved Sept. 30 search officers…

Jerry Rolon-Alvarez, 37, of Lackawanna Friday was ordered to serve a 28-month federal prison term by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. on his Sept. 9 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said that during a court-warranted search of the suspect's Colton Avenue home on Nov. 29, 2014…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police Department Friday asked for public assistance in locating Daniel F. Sparks Sr., 44, of Niagara Falls, who was last seen in early October. Sparks is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds with green eyes and brown hair, if he has not shaved his head, according to police officials. He has physical and mental health issues…

GERRY – James N. Emmott, 59, of Nelson Hill Road, Sinclairville, was pulled over on Rt. 60 here by Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies about 5:30 p.m. Friday for numerous traffic infractions. Once parked, he was found to be intoxicated and to have had a DWI conviction within the last decade, officials said. Emmott was charged with felony driving while intoxicated,…

A woman was charged with felony drunken driving after her car left the road and struck a house in the area of 6071 East Lake Road in Newfane at 4 a.m. Saturday, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies reported. The driver, Jennifer Burch, 41, was extricated from the car by the Olcott Volunteer Fire Company. She was taken to Lockport Eastern Niagara Hospital for treatment of m…

Individuals renewing or buying health insurance for next year on the New York State Department of Health marketplace must do so by Dec. 15. Here are some tips for those who look to renew coverage: Read your renewal notice from the marketplace. Carefully follow instructions within the notice. It may ask you to contact the marketplace directly or update your account…

Ron Golden entered the decade flying high. He had a nearly six-figure income as a collections agency supervisor. A wife and two kids. A nice house in Orchard Park and two cars in the driveway. But he couldn’t kick a painkiller addiction that started a few years earlier after a car crash. “The drugs were controlling me,” he said. “That was my life. I went from Lorta…

Charles W. Burns enlisted in the U.S. Air Force a quarter century ago and worked as an electronics specialist on the cruise missile program during Operation Desert Storm. But his interests turned to health care after he returned to his native Western New York and enrolled in the biomedical technology program at Erie Community College. “We had to take anatomy and physi…

This is not a test. If it was a test, the National Weather Service would not be making statements like this: Consider it advance scouting on Old Man Winter's first ambush of the season. The weather service's forecast discussion on Friday stated that since the expected snowfall is still at least a week out and "significant model differences" still exist on fore…