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ATLANTA – Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, a Snyder native who often notes that he worked on a Buffalo garbage truck during college, won election as chairman of a divided Democratic Party Saturday. And it took him only seconds to see the depths of the party's division, and seconds more to act to try to bring the party's progressives and centrists back together.…

NIAGARA FALLS - Two men face felony charges after they were discovered in the Lockport Road yard of Page’s Automotive Friday afternoon, attempting to steal $2,800 in  scrap metal, Niagara Falls Police said. Vincent J. Merlo, 32, of Military Road, and Rodney B. Mitchell, 57, of Lockport Road were charged each with fourth-degree grand larceny. Mitchell also was charged…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police said they are looking for identical twins in connection with an assault on a 31st Street couple early Sunday. The attack occurred just after midnight in the doorway of a Third Street bar, police said. As the victims attempted to leave, they were followed by the two men, police said. One of the attackers punched a 27-year-old woman …

NIAGARA FALLS – Fire swept through an abandoned business at 620 1/2 19th St. early Sunday. Authorities reported flames shooting through the roof of the vacant, boarded-up building shortly after 8 a.m. Fire crews brought the fire under control within a short time. No one was in the building, authorities said. A damage estimate and cause were unavailable.

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man being arrested on drug charges early Sunday tried to flee, injuring a police officer in the process, Niagara Falls police said. Ronald J. Bennett, 36, faces charges including second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, unlicensed opera…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man who robbed the 7-Eleven at 8109 Niagara Falls Blvd. early Saturday may be the same person who robbed the store in December, Niagara Falls police said. Although the robber wore a black mask during the 6:30 a.m. holdup, a clerk said that she recognized the man's voice. The robber fled with $30 in cash, south on 82nd Street toward Lindbergh Avenue, …

Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk is in the final stages of a search for a new location after its board and relocation specialists Clark Patterson Lee Engineers, Stroudwater Associates and Turner Associates reviewed 24 sites, officials said. A hospital board subcommittee narrowed the list to six potential sites, and the next step will be to reduce the list to two fin…

Two people whose cars were parked around the corner of each other in the North Buffalo area reported having their windshields broken early Sunday morning, police said. The incidents were reported at 2:15 a.m. One of the cars was parked on Tioga Place and the other was around the corner on Fairchild Place.

Two men in black hoodies held up the AutoZone store at 1608 Main St. at gunpoint Saturday night, two workers reported to Buffalo police. Just before the 8 p.m. closing time, workers said, two men entered the automobile parts store near Main and Ferry streets and one of them displayed a black revolver. The workers said the gunman told the workers: "Open your safe." Th…

YORKSHIRE – A Hornell man was charged with driving while impaired by drugs early Saturday after his car found in a ditch along Route 16 in Yorkshire, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. Deputies responded to a call about the car in the ditch shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. The driver of the car, identified as Anthony D. Bulsch, 20, "had his ability…

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 15-year-old Buffalo girl reported missing. The Buffalo Police Department said on its Facebook page that the girl, Halimah Allen, is missing from an address on East Utica Street. She was described as 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weighing 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket. Anyone with informat…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Three violent attacks believed to have been committed by a group of males were reported within 10 minutes of each other Friday night in the tourist area of Fallsview Avenue, Niagara Regional Police said. In addition, a fourth incident involving a single assailant was reported in the area early Saturday. Here is a list of the incidents, accordi…

A University at Buffalo student reported to UB police that she was the victim of an attempted sexual assault early Sunday morning in a dorm room on the university's North Campus, UB officials said in a statement. According to alerts sent out to the UB community Sunday morning, the student reported to police that the incident took place at about 2:30 a.m. in a student's …

No opponent yet faces County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., but the union representing more than 1,500 blue collar workers is already endorsing the Republican incumbent. “Our union support even comes before his own party has made an endorsement,” said Richard Canazzi, president of AFSCME Local 1095. “We are doing so in an early and strong way because we are …

Former Buffalo Sabres forward Andrew Peters was suspended indefinitely from coaching the Jr. Sabres after a brawl between the 15-year-old players broke out on the ice Saturday and a video appears to show a coach punching an opposing player when the fight spills into his team's bench. “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffal…

A sprawling suburban property in Lancaster that had once been destined to become an industrial and business park may now become a new housing development instead. Uniland Development Co., after 16 years of trying unsuccessfully to attract commercial tenants to the Eastport Commerce Center, is now seeking to turn nearly half of the land into a residential community. T…