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Damage at the Erie County Fairgrounds is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the Southtowns. The National Guard has been called in to help. The effort to clean up from Thursday's twin tornado strike is ongoing. About 1,600 New York State Electric & Gas customers remained witho…

Studio Hue, a company that leads Buffalo-themed arts and crafts projects at parties, will open a brick-and-mortar location this fall. Similar to the "paint and sip" concept, where patrons learn to paint in a cocktail party setting, Studio Hue's art instructors walk participants through craft projects.  It books lessons in private homes, restaurants and bars, where part…

Wild Birds Unlimited, a retail franchise specializing in regional backyard bird feeding, will open in East Amherst Aug. 5. The store is located at 8485 Transit Road. In addition to selling high-quality bird food, bird feeders and feeding supplies, it will sometimes host educational events. The franchisee is Clarence resident and bird watcher Angel Swann. Another loca…

Buffalo venture capital firm Rand Capital has invested an additional $3 million in Florida surgical instrument manufacturer Genicon. Rand said it made the investment as part of a $6.6 million round of fundraising that included money from venture firms Advantage Capital and Coastal Enterprises. Rand previously had invested in Genicon, which now is the largest single i…

Buffalo drug development company Athenex Inc. is launching an early-stage clinical trial for an oral form of a drug that potentially could be used as part of a treatment for gastric cancer. The Phase 1b clinical trial of its Oraxol drug, administered in conjunction with another drug, ramucirumab, is underway, with a patient recently receiving the first dose of the drug,…

The parents of a University at Buffalo student struck and killed in May as she crossed an accident-prone intersection in Amherst have filed a notice of claim against the town and Erie County. The traffic and pedestrian lights at the intersection of Sweet Home and Chestnut Ridge roads were "in a defective and unsafe condition," according to the claim filed by Marcia and…

The Lockport Housing Authority and Buffalo Geothermal LLC of Cheektowaga are receiving an award for their installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at its Autumn Gardens apartment complex on East High Street. The equipment, installed in 2015, replaced an electric heating system in the 72-unit complex that dated from 1972. The system provides year-round c…

A father of five was placed on five years' probation Thursday for firing a gun on a Niagara Falls street when there were several people in the vicinity. "It's clear to me you didn't go there with the intention to endanger anyone," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Demetrius R. Hayes, 29, of Pierce Avenue in the Falls. Hayes pleaded guilty to a charge of…

A Franklinville man who was barred from all Walmarts because of a history of shoplifting was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in state prison for trying to wheel a cart full of Red Bull energy drinks out of the North Tonawanda Walmart last year. Tracy R. Maracle, 46, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for the May 12, 2016 crime. He appeared in court in a…

A 37-year-old Lockport man was arrested Wednesday night after an eight-month-long narcotics investigation. Joshua L. Meadows was arrested  at a house on the third block of Washburn Street in Lockport just after 10 p.m., according to a news release. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. He was also charge…

A 35-year-old Buffalo man was arrested for falsely reporting an incident after his threat to blow up his house led to a SWAT standoff Wednesday night. Although police arrested the man, they did not identify him. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center to be evaluated after his surrender. He had staged a multi-hour standoff with police, reportedly threatening to…

The administrator who has been a substantial link to the city's startup community at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is leaving for Nashville where he has family. Vic Nole, director of business development, joined the non-profit organization's team in early 2014, focusing on growing Buffalo's entrepreneurial base and broadening strategies to support growth of compani…

A Bank of America in Batavia was robbed Thursday afternoon. Police said that just before 4 p.m., a white man in a navy hoodie, white Yankee's cap and blue jeans fled on foot after robbing the bank. Police said he has a neck tattoo. The thief did not display or threaten to draw a weapon, and there were no injuries. Police said he was headed north on Bank Street. Th…

Don't expect to see amusement rides at Lackawanna Festival unfolding this weekend at Veteran's Stadium, 2960 South Park Ave. Instead, the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with back-to back softball tournaments, continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a three-on-three basketball tourney and winds down Sunday on bicycles with a 10-mile ride through the Stee…

An addition to the growing Baker-Victory Services campus at 100 Martin Road toasts the charitable effort of a Western New York family and fulfills a need for other families who desire a place to stay. The 3,100-square-foot building that opened this week will be used to accommodate families while their children receive treatment at the Baker-Victory Residential Trea…