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Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis objects to calling the city's new "Blue and Greenways Intermodal Hub" a million dollar bathroom. "It's a lot more than that," said Davis. The city will cut the ribbon on Aug. 5 on the rest stop and plaza it spent $1.14 million to build, designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century carriage house with concrete sidewalks that resemble a bicycle…

A 35-year-old man was found fatally shot Thursday morning on Detroit Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. The man was found dead on the first block of Detroit, just north of William Street, at about 5:15 a.m., the spokesman said. Detroit Street is three blocks west of Fillmore Avenue. Police have not released the victim's name. Police ask anyone who may have a…

A third person has died following a crash Sunday night in Hartland. Mary Ruth Haberman, 77, of Eggertsville, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center. She had been in critical condition following the crash, which happened at Quaker and Ridge roads, according to authorities. Haberman was in the front passenger seat of a 2014 Toyota Camry that was struck while traveli…

Erie County Fair rides will be safe, fair officials said today. They were reacting to the accident Wednesday night at the Ohio State Fair that left one person dead and seven injured. Erie County Fair officials vouched for their ride inspection protocol, explaining there are three levels of inspection involving the midway provider, New York State and an independent am…

Northerly winds will generate increased waves over Lake Ontario Friday and Friday night and could result in more shoreline flooding, the National Weather Service said. The weather service posted another lakeshore flood watch from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday for shoreline communities in Niagara, Orleans, Monroe and Wayne counties. Wave heights are expected to…

A National Grid line worker was hospitalized Wednesday after he was shocked while doing work on Glenwood Court in Cheektowaga, officials said. Cheektowaga police said the man was part of a crew installing a utility pole. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center, police said. A National Grid spokesman said a worker was injured "in the course of performing his job," …

Join me. That's the message Kevin Gaughan sent this week to leaders of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and to David Colligan, a former chairman. Gaughan has been pitching a $42 million plan with golf legend Jack Nicklaus to create two Nicklaus-designed golf courses in South Park and Delaware Park. The plan also calls for restoring Frederick Law Olmsted's arb…

A burglar made a hard landing in his escape from a window at Grand Island home Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Sheriff's deputies reported. He landed "face-first in a row of cacti plants," deputies said. While investigating the report of a suspicious vehicle on Harvey Road with two males inside at about 1:30 p.m., authorities found signs someone had entered a house,…

June 11, 1909 – July 17, 2017 Nora K. Barnes, a longtime employee of the former Western Savings Bank, died July 17 in St. Ann’s Community, Rochester, where she had been a resident for several years. She was 108. Born in Trout Creek, Ont., near North Bay, the former Nora Kelly was the daughter of Irish immigrants and came to Buffalo with her family when she was 3.…

Aug. 12, 1965 – July 24, 2017 Dr. Anthony J. Bianchi Jr., of Williamsville, a chiropractor for more than 20 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 51. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Maryvale High School, where he played varsity baseball, football and hockey. He attended the Unive…

About 120 golfers, many of them veterans, are expected to play Saturday at Concord Crest Golf Course in East Concord in the third annual Stars & Stripes classic annual golf tournament to benefit area veterans groups. Proceeds from the tournament will go to Dog Tags New York, Patriot Guard Riders and the Capt. John J. Levulis Memorial Foundation. Proceeds also will p…

The developer of the Dockside Village apartment complex in East Amherst is planning an expansion onto Transit Road. Rane Property Management plans to construct two buildings at 10800 Transit Road, just north of the Dockside Parkway entrance into the development. The first building would have offices or retail on the first floor and eight fully furnished, extended-sta…

A "zombie home" in the Village of Williamsville that has been a nuisance to neighbors will be demolished, the Village Board decided this week. The home at 96 S. Long St., south of the Lehigh Memorial Trail, has been the subject of numerous complaints from residents about rats and the tattered tarp covering the roof, said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. A "zombie home" is a vac…

WASHINGTON – EMILY's List, a political group that promotes women in politics, announced Thursday that it will target Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, in the November 2018 election. “Women voters are furious at his shameful lack of courage and leadership – especially when it comes to protecting the safety and well-being of their families," said Stephanie …

Erie County wants to spend $50,000 to assist human trafficking victims forced into sexual slavery and controlled through addiction to opioid drugs. The International Institute of Buffalo was the only non-health organization to be recommended for one of three county grants to help residents break the fatal grip a the opioid epidemic. This drug crisis is believed to ha…

The National Labor Relations Board issued a summary judgment last week ordering the Elderwood at Grand Island nursing home to bargain with the collective bargaining unit 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, which employees joined in October 2016. The NLRB stated that Elderwood of Grand Island has "engaged in unfair labor practices" by refusing to recognize the barg…