OAKLAND – Trust me, I tried to be optimistic. I was ready to call it the Bills' biggest road win since the Super Bowl era. Really, I have the happy victory column stashed away here somewhere, the one I began dutifully assembling after the Bills took that commanding 24-9 lead six minutes into the second half. I should have known better. Long-suffering Bills watchers kn…

The warmest June 1 to Nov. 30 period in Buffalo's history is officially in the books. Now, about December? It's going to begin looking – and feeling – a lot like Christmas. Especially south of Buffalo. The possibility for snow is in the forecast in Buffalo every day between Tuesday and at least Sunday. Heavy accumulations aren't immediately forecast.…

Two people suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash Saturday in the City of Tonawanda that police say was caused by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. City police say Joseph B. Ditch, 28, of the City of Tonawanda, was heading east on Morgan Street at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday when he drove through the stop sign at the intersection with Seymour Street, ne…

ALBANY – Donald Trump received just 37 percent of the New York vote, but a strong majority of voters say the president-elect should be greeted by congressional Democrats with a spirit of collaboration rather than a wall of opposition to his policies, a new poll shows. Sixty-five percent of respondents in a Siena College poll released Monday said Democrats in Washingto…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man who police believe robbed four 7-Elevens and tried to rob another was arrested last week in the middle of his latest convenience store robbery. Chadwick K. Estes, 50, of Division Avenue was arrested last Wednesday night when police saw him wearing a blue mask and about to walk out of the 7-Eleven at Hyde Park Boulevard and Jerauld Avenue, accordi…

Yoga and meditation with a Christian twist, a pair of Saturday winter farm markets and and a talk on how to make 2017 your healthiest year yet are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. MONDAY Yoga for seniors: 10:45 a.m.; and same time Wednesday, West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. G…

The Buffalo News has filed a lawsuit to let the public see security-camera video of the violent beating of a handcuffed defendant in the Buffalo Police Department lock-up. The video, according to the FBI, shows a docile victim — who had just asked for a lawyer — being shoved through a door, tossed to the floor and dragged to an open cell with a trail of blood in his…

KENNEDY – A North Tonawanda woman was charged Sunday with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a one-vehicle crash in Chautauqua County. State police said Montana Allison, 27, drove off the road on Route 394, went into a ditch, hit a mailbox and jumped a driveway before coming to rest back in the ditch. Allison, who was not injured in the crash, register…

LOCKPORT - The City of Lockport has won a $200,000 federal grant that will help pay for the restoration of the 19th-century Erie Canal locks to working order as a tourist attraction. The city was approved for a National Maritime Heritage Grant that will pay half the cost of a new wooden gate on one of the locks, announced Brian M. Smith, city planning and development …

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from journalist and humorist Calvin Trillin, born on this date in 1935, “Did you know that five out of three people have trouble with fractions?” . . . December Applause! Fall foliage has withered now wholly unrecognizable autumn leaves so slippery sidewalks non-navigational Yet December heralds in a marvelous awakening preparing m…

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…

Burning incense was listed as the cause of a fire Sunday afternoon in a West Side apartment building, officials said. Buffalo firefighters were called at 4:23 p.m. to 205 Carolina Street, at the corner with Prospect Avenue, for a report of fire at a bow window on the second-floor of the three-story, six-unit occupied building, according to the Buffalo Fire Alarm Office.…

It was the day after Thanksgiving, and Jason Mergenhagen didn't know why he was feeling pain in his chest and having trouble breathing. But after about 20 minutes, the Hamburg father of two knew something was very wrong. And he knew he didn't have the strength to get help himself. So when his daughters, Carlie, 7, and Ava, 5, came downstairs, it was all he could do t…

WUFO-AM celebrated its 56th year with a party Sunday and news that the radio station will add an FM channel, improving sound quality and broadening its audience. The station, at 1080 on the AM dial, will simulcast at 107-FM. The station currently broadcasts an assortment of local and nationally syndicated African-American radio personalities from sun up to sun down on A…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County's total number of confirmed Legionnaires' Disease cases this year is up to 37, but the county public health director said Friday that could be attributable to more testing for the disease. Daniel J. Stapleton said 25 of the 37 cases are in the City or Town of Lockport, with the number of confirmed fatalities at two. Niagara County had onl…