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A series of emails suggest that Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek tried to influence what should have been an impartial bidding processes for hiring professional services on the construction of a $17 million Culinary Institute in downtown Niagara Falls. The emails from 2010 show Klyczek changing the bid process for legal work midstream and atte…

Two women were victims in separate sexual assaults that occurred between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Buffalo police on Friday. The victims included a teenager and a woman in her 30s, according to police. The first assault happened at around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of the 300 block of Curtiss Street, when a teenage girl was walking h…

Two people were struck by gunfire just before 4:40 p.m. on Friday in the first block of Cornwall Avenue, according to Buffalo police. Both victims were identified as males, according to police. They were being treated at Erie County Medical Center for injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening, police said.

Agents seized 48 kilograms of cocaine in Illinois earlier this week, and that bust led to the dismantling of a Mexico-to-Buffalo drug trafficking network, federal officials announced Friday. The cocaine that was discovered as part of a traffic stop included 18 kilograms that was headed to Buffalo, the federal officials said. They estimated the wholesale value of the coc…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Friday to assault in State Supreme Court in connection with the shooting of another man last summer. Courtney A. Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault, in exchange for a promise from Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to impose a prison term of no more than 10 years when Wi…

Colvin Cleaners is looking for several thousand prom gowns to be donated for teenagers attending proms this year. The 12th annual Gowns for Prom campaign kicked off Friday. The project provides gowns free of charge to young ladies from high schools throughout Western New York who could not otherwise afford a gown. Gowns can be donated from Monday through March 31 at …

NIAGARA FALLS -- A dog and its owner were rescued from the Niagara River Thursday afternoon after another man walking a dog saw them in the water, Niagara Falls fire officials said. The incident took place at about 4 p.m. at the Hooker Docks by 53rd Street. A passer-by was walking his dog by the area when the dog began reacting strangely, said Fire Chief Michael Wink…

Amherst police were alerted to a robbery attempt at a Kenmore Avenue gas station near Englewood Avenue about 3 a.m. Friday. A  thief handed over a note claiming he had a firearm, and  the clerk pulled the alarm, police said. The thief fled on foot, failing to get any cash. Amherst police are working with Town of Tonawanda police in investigating the incident.

Jared Brown spent 15 months in prison for threatening then President Obama. He's going back to prison, this time for threatening President Trump. Brown, 20, of Niagara County, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo for violating the supervised release that followed his previous prison sentence. Brown was accused of m…

An elderly Orchard Park man was seriously injured about noon Friday when he apparently lost control of his vehicle on the west ramp of the I-290 to Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to Amherst Police. Earl C. Besecker, 86, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of back and chest pain and abrasions he suffered in the crash, according to C…

The 43-year-old man fatally shot Sunday at Ashley and Krupp streets has been identified by police as Sasheen Sheppard of Buffalo. Sheppard was shot at about 11:30 a.m. and died later that night, police have said. Police have asked anyone with information to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.

A 28-year-old man shot on Grider Street in November died earlier this month after he was taken off life support at Erie County Medical Center, according to Buffalo police. Charles E. Ridgeway Jr. was shot Nov. 27 on the 500 block of Grider, near ECMC. He died Feb. 11 inside the hospital. Ridgeway's funeral is scheduled for Monday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 …

Ninety pounds of Chef's rigatoni,  100 pounds of Wardynski Polish sausage and six-and-a-half kegs of Labatt beer are making their way to Sarasota, Fla., this weekend. All to satisfy the cravings of 750 snowbirds and Buffalo expats looking for a taste of home. Chef's Restaurant, Wardynski and Labatt are among 30 Buffalo businesses that will offer everything from …

A new Canadian contingent to the Peace Bridge Authority began taking seats on the bi-national body Friday following the change in government in Ottawa. Tim Clutterbuck, president of ASW Steel in Welland, Ont. was elected the authority’s new chairman at his first meeting. He and two others are appointees of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Transport Canada. Clutter…

For only the third time in Buffalo's weather recorded history dating back to 1870, the temperature reached 70 degrees in February. The city shattered the city's daily record for warmth Friday that dated back 111 years to a time when Theodore Roosevelt occupied The White House. The mercury officially soared to 71 degrees between about 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., breaking t…

Most of Amherst's property owners by now have had a chance to think about their new assessments. The town late last week mailed out preliminary notices for its 2017 Assessment Equity Project, a townwide reassessment of properties. Every property is reviewed, from the smallest home to the largest commercial property. The assessed value of a property determines its tax li…