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WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area political consultant Michael R. Caputo wants to testify publicly before a House committee that asked to interview him privately about his involvement in the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A source told The Buffalo News on Monday that Caputo wants to appear in public before the House Intell…

The Summit, a largely vacant shopping mall on Williams Road in Wheatfield, is receiving a three-year allocation of low-cost electricity from Niagara County for use in an inflatable sports dome to be built behind the mall this year. The 96,000-square-foot dome will house several athletic fields and courts. According to Summit Outlets' application for 184 kilowatts from…

Four people were arrested at two Town of Tonawanda motels last week as part of an investigation into sex trafficking, police said Tuesday. The four people were charged last Wednesday and Thursday during undercover sting operations at the Knights Inn, 1970 Niagara Falls Blvd., and the Days Inn, 1120 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda police said. Those arrested in…

Two girls said they were followed in separate incidents by a man in a vehicle near Southside Elementary on Tuesday, according to Buffalo Public Schools officials. One girl said she was followed from the fire station at the corner of Southside Parkway to the playground at the elementary school. Another girl said the man followed her and then pulled into the parking lot…

Immigrants and refugees settling in Buffalo sometimes run into difficulties, and when difficulties occur, police frequently respond to help sort out the problems. But how to communicate, when thousands of refugees speak dozens of different languages in Buffalo? Buffalo police came up with a way. They carry a card listing 75 different languages that are spoken in the …

An 12-year-old girl abducted Tuesday morning in Lyndon in Cattaraugus County is "in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death," State Police while issuing an Amber Alert. A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old took the girl, police said. They were believed to be driving a stolen, red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with New York license plates CXA5836 and  carrying tw…

The Erie County Health Department is hosting two free rabies clinics this Wednesday and next Wednesday for all dog, cat and ferret owners. The first free rabies clinic will be held from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Town of Tonawanda Highway Garage, 450 Woodward Ave. The next clinic will be held at the same times on May 31 by the Broadway Market at 999 Broadway in…

A grand jury has indicted a Marilla teenager on charges of murder by depraved indifference and manslaughter in the beating death of a toddler in March. Devon M. Vanderwege, 17, is scheduled to be arraigned in Erie County Court on Wednesday. On March 10, a 911 call alerted authorities about a child not breathing at 2039 Hemstreet Road in Marilla. Police and rescue…

State health officials have issued an advisory that some people may have been exposed to measles May 11-12 at four locations, including Niagara Falls. A tourist from India with measles visited the locations, according to the Health Department. People lacking immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated should contact their physician if they develop measl…

What do you get when cross a golf course groundskeeper with three successful restaurateurs in Lewiston? Visitors to the main drag in the Niagara County village will find out this weekend when the Brickyard Brewing Co. holds an open house as part of the Taste of Lewiston. “We really want to try to wow people,” said Eric Matthews, who along with Ken Bryan owns of t…

The search for a new president of Erie Community College is winding down. Four finalists for the job will be on campus beginning next week to give public presentations and meet with members of the ECC Board of Trustees. The board has scheduled a special meeting for June 7 to vote on a new president. "These four are immensely qualified," said Dennis A. Murphy, chai…

The State Senate passed a bill Monday that would create a $55 million fund to be tapped by Lake Ontario property owners whose land or structures have been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said the grant program would offer state grants of up to $15,500 to homeowners and up to $50,000 to small businesses or farms. Not-fo…

A Niagara Falls teenager was denied youthful offender status and sentenced to two years in state prison Monday for attempting an armed robbery. Karlin N. Ryan Jr.,  17, of Walnut Avenue, also will have to serve three years of post-release supervision on his guilty plea to attempted second-degree robbery, State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered. Niag…

The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, a man shot by Buffalo police, is a homicide, according to a lawyer representing Hernandez-Rossy's family. "The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide by gunshot wound, and that is consistent with the independent investigation conducted by my office," Nelson Torre tol…

Erie County has created a free, self-guided Junior Ranger program program to encourage children and families to visit more of the county's 18 recreational parks. Participants can pick up the 30-page, full-color passport books at designated county parks and hunt for codes at each one. The passports can also be downloaded online. To become a Junior Park Ranger, participa…

Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student "made a possible threat to the school," Williamsville School District officials said. School officials learned last week about something "supposedly to occur sometime this week," Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Mond…