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Frank Budwey, owner of Budwey's Market, was born to be a grocer. His grandmother started the family's first grocery store in 1925. More than four decades later, just as his widowed mother was about to give up on the failing business, Frank took the helm and turned the ship around. He was just 23 years old and fresh out of the Army, but was mentored by another grocer. Ov…

LOCKPORT – A man and a woman from Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to felonies Tuesday for a burglary at a Ferry Avenue home where the resident was struck with a tire iron. Christine M. Harbeson, 46, of Pierce Avenue, faces as long as seven years in prison after admitting to third-degree burglary. Christopher S. Beard, 44, of Niagara Avenue, could spend as much as four y…

A trio of developers specializing in affordable housing wants to undertake a signature project by turning a longtime East Side industrial property on Broadway into apartments. Stuart Alexander and Associates has partnered with Rhonda Ricks and SCG Development to propose a new residential community aimed at workers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and other area res…

Danny Wegman has stepped down as chief executive of Wegmans Food Markets as his daughter Colleen steps into the role of president and CEO. Danny Wegman will take the role of company chairman, the company announced Wednesday. The move is part of the family-owned company's succession plan, he said. “The time has come to create a structure for the future that wi…

A suspect in the fatal shooting of an employee at the Anchor Bar pleaded guilty this week to charges in another case, the attempted strangulation of his girlfriend. Gregory Ramos, 25, pleaded guilty to the violent felony for an altercation on May 23. http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/23/anchor-bar-murder-suspect-convicted-federal-gun-drug-charges/ Ramos, who was arre…

A project to turn the city's Northland Corridor into a light-industrial and commercial hub took a step forward this week as a city agency awarded a design contract and agreed to take on nine more city-owned properties for the project. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the city agency that is managing the redevelopment of the Northland Corridor project, approved a $1.…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt took the first step in his defense against felony election law charges Wednesday by claiming prosecutors never allowed him to provide relevant testimony to an Albany County grand jury during his voluntary appearance on March 23. Ortt, the North Tonawanda Republican who was indicted on a charge of “filing a false instrument” in a case that h…

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found on the Lake Erie shore in the Town of Sheridan on Wednesday morning. A man, whom the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office described as elderly, was found dead shortly after 7:30 a.m. off Route 5. No foul play is suspected, the Sheriff's Office said. The man's name was withheld pending family notification, officials…

Get your sweet tooth ready. Yotality Frozen Yogurt and Custard will give away free yogurt, custard and gelato Monday to celebrate five years in business. Customers can fill their cup with 4 ounces of frozen dessert and toppings for free Monday from open until close at all locations. Store hours vary. The offering includes new flavors such as Crème Brulee gelato; Chocol…

NIAGARA FALLS – Tim Baxter was like a lot of people. For years he had driven past the black iron gates of Oakwood Cemetery on Portage Road without really thinking about what might be inside. "It wasn't even a blip on my radar, and I grew up in Niagara Falls," said Baxter. "I drove by here thousands of times, but it might as well have been a brick wall for all I knew …

Neighbors who want to check up on properties on their block that "no one is taking care of" may soon have a new tool. City lawmakers are proposing a public database of dilapidated properties aimed at tackling urban blight and the "chronic absentee landlords" who contribute to it. The new system will contain property maintenance violations, housing court status and in…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz gave away reusable bags decorated with the county seal at his 2016 State of the County address, when he was pushing an initiative to ban grocery stores and retailers from distributing plastic shopping bags. This year, he's giving out passports. Not the kind that allows you to cross international borders. Instead, these little g…

A fundraiser for the victims of a fire that destroyed a Buffalo apartment building raised more than $45,000, organizers of the event announced. Fire ripped through the Lafayette-Barton Apartments on the West Side on March 11, leaving more than 80 people without a home. Several families escaped with only the clothes they were wearing. http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/1…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A Lewiston man has been charged in the February death of a pedestrian on Erie Avenue, North Tonawanda police said Wednesday. George A. Spizzirri Jr., 55, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death without reporting it, police said. Spizzirri is accused of running over James W. Edel, 53, just before 10…

Some stole to cover gambling debts. Others financed a lifestyle of luxury. One man paid for a $10,000 hair transplant. Going back decades, large-scale embezzlement is nothing new for the Buffalo area. A longtime financial official for Towne Automotive Group on Tuesday admitted stealing $4.1 million from the company. That figure is believed to be the largest single e…