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Robert G. Wilmers was much more than the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest banker. Wilmers, who died unexpectedly Saturday night, was a unifying force for the region's business community at a time when it was scattered and weakened by self-interest. As chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, Wilmers, 83, was one of the first to see the potential in the Buffalo Niagara regio…

Colleges

SANBORN – No one can blame LaTerrance Reed for playing with an edge. The former Canisius High School hoops star has gone from co-New York State Player of the Year, to prep school, to junior college – a trek that has tested his patience in hopes of landing a Division 1 scholarship. It’s been a long journey of 1 a.m. ice baths, crack-of-dawn shootarounds and hearing co…

Crime

A Jamestown man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his estranged wife last year as she was parking her car at work, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced. Keith Robbins, 37, pleaded guilty in October to one count of first-degree manslaughter. Robbins shot Sharri Robbins on the morning Nov. 10, 2016 in the parking l…

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The resident of about 100 Niagara Falls homes, whose drinking water runs through lead pipes connecting their homes to city water mains, may receive new tap-ins, courtesy of a state grant. Niagara Falls received $567,492 under a state Health Department lead pipe replacement grant program, Niagara County Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said. He estimated that …

Amherst

Before Barry A. Weinstein joined the Amherst Town Board in 2008, its meetings had a reputation as contentious free-for-alls that would carry on until well after midnight. “My patients would come in the office in those days and tell me they were watching the Town Board on TV for entertainment value,” said Weinstein, a retired family physician. At his first meeting as …

NIAGARA FALLS – Two diamond rings that were thought to have been stolen from a woman's 101st Street apartment were later located inside the residence, but the woman's daughter says that $1,200 in cash remains missing. Two nurse's aides who work with the 78-year-old woman – a Parkinson's patient – were interviewed by police, but they denied any knowledge of the missing m…

WILSON – A Brayley Road woman was shoveling snow early Tuesday when she noticed smoke coming from the engine area of her car, parked in her driveway. The ensuing fire caused an undetermined amount of damage to the vehicle. Sheriff's deputies said that the 6:30 a.m. fire was brought under control by members of the South Wilson Fire Company. The victim said that mice chew…

Family

Ice skate, help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, or take a last look at the Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, Erie County…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Police were kept busy last week investigating three separate instances of bank fraud, including the theft of $4,800 from a South Transit Road man's bank account. That victim contacted police on Tuesday after discovering the money missing from his account. An investigation is ongoing and no further details were available. A Strauss Road woman told p…

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The day before Thanksgiving, a former Erie Community College student walked into a class in progress on the City Campus. The man wasn't supposed to be there, but when the instructor told him to leave, he spewed vulgarities and leaned his shoulder into her upon exiting. Then, in the campus cafeteria, the man made inappropriate comments to two women while sticking his hand d…

Obituaries

June 19, 1944 – Dec. 14, 2017 John J. Mattio, an attorney and longtime Wheatfield town justice, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 73. Born in Niagara Falls, he attended Bishop Duffy High School and was a 1969 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. He started his career as a public defender after military service during the Vietnam W…

A man bolted through the emergency exit doors of the Home Depot store in Niagara Falls Saturday morning after stealing a $700 snow blower, Niagara Falls police reported. The suspect fled the Builder's Way store through the garden department shortly after 10 a.m. with the red-and-black Toro machine. His method of escape from that point was not known.

Crime

Troopers responding to a 911 hangup call at a home in Ashville Sunday arrested a man who they said threw a woman to the ground and twice prevented her from calling 911, state police said. The suspect, Clint Apthorpe, 44, of Ashville also allegedly destroyed a cell phone. Apthorpe was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and se…

Crime

A 35-year-old Randolph woman was arrested Friday after state police found that she had been providing a location for minors to gather so they could drink alcohol and consume drugs. Police, acting on a tip about illegal activity in a home, charged Amber Redeye with five counts of unlawful dealing with a child, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one co…

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Feels kind of balmy this morning, right? Temperatures are only expected to be in the upper 30s today, but it will feel a lot warmer than it has lately. By 7 a.m., the mercury broke above freezing for the first time since Dec. 9. It was 37 degrees. Forecasters said the unseasonably cold, snowy stretch that dates back nearly two weeks comes to an end today with a da…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite observation from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, born on this date in 1943, “It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.” . . . PERSPECTIVES – Nancy Stevens, executive director of the Maria Love Foundation Fund, will talk about history and the future at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring …