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Justice can be slow. But for Adam Pritchard and Erie County, slow means waiting years. Thirteen years, to be exact. Pritchard, 37 at the time, filed a lawsuit in 2004 challenging the county's use of strip searches at its jails. His case, like hundreds of other civil suits in Buffalo federal court, remains unresolved years later. While Pritchard's case is the extre…

West Seneca has a new finance director. The Town Board created the position Monday night, and appointed Megan Wnek to the position. The position is "budget neutral," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said, because the town will no longer need to contract with outside accounting firm Drescher & Malecki for $140,000. Wnek will be paid $70,000 a year. Her salary and the c…

Five times this century, the mercury has soared to 80 degrees in Buffalo on gameday. The sixth is forecast this Sunday when the second-place Buffalo Bills host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. at New Era Field in Orchard Park. The National Weather Service calls for sunny skies and a high of 85 degrees. The weather service forecast shows a kickoff temperature of 82…

The only people behind the judge's bench in the new $6.8 million Clarence Public Safety Building this past week were a couple of construction workers who were building a brand-new bench. The lobby is empty and the judges' chambers are still unfurnished offices. But it's another story on the other side of the building. New York State Police have begun moving into thei…

A parent taking care of a special-needs child with a life-threatening illness or disability is hard work, and that work that can go unnoticed or sometimes misunderstood. That is why researchers at Palliative Care Buffalo in Cheektowaga created "The Photographs of Meaning Program." They asked parents and caregivers to use photography and social media to tell others about…

A man was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center following a two-motorcycle crash Monday night on the LaSalle Expressway in Niagara Falls, state police said. Two motorcycles crashed at about 10 p.m., according to preliminary reports. A Mercy Flight helicopter took one of the victims to ECMC. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, troopers s…

Lancaster Town officials voted Monday night to curb runaway development by imposing a moratorium on rezoning that could conflict with an impending comprehensive plan. The six-month freeze would stop the processing of rezoning applications and avoid land use development that could counter the master plan that officials hope to complete by March 2018. Lancaster Town Co…

Steve Metz, the father of 14-year-old James Metz who was killed in a plane collision in 2014, thanked the Lancaster Town Board Monday night for allowing the installation of signage at Keysa Park's twin basketball courts. The James Metz Memorial Basketball Courts were rebuilt in September 2016 to mark the life of James, who was killed along with the pilot when two small …

A 17-year-old girl riding a bicycle was seriously injured when she was struck by a motorcycle on Main Street, just east of the Youngmann Expressway Monday night, Amherst police said. At about 9:30 p.m., Justin Clukey, 32, of Williamsville was southbound on North Forest Road when, police said, his motorcycle struck the girl. Police said the girl suffered serious injur…

Uber drivers will be doing more, starting Tuesday, than taking passengers from Point A to Point B. Drivers with the ride-sharing company also will be delivering takeout – from restaurants across the city. UberEATS, an online marketplace, will start bringing prepared meals to customers with the tap of an app on their smartphones. John Feldman, general manager for…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought in the wake of the Cleveland winning streak from author Roger Angell, born on this date in 1920, “Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.” . . . HALLS OF IVY – More than 80 schools will be on hand Wednesday e…

Buffalo Police responded to a shooting Monday evening in which the victim reportedly was struck by gunfire multiple times, according to a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department. The shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Donovan Drive, the police spokesman said. The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center and was undergoing surgery, t…

The owners of the former Westwood Country Club asked a judge to put the brakes on the Amherst Town Board's "accelerated" review of their proposal to redevelop the 170-acre site, mostly into homes. Mensch Capital Partners filed suit Monday in State Supreme Court — hours before a public hearing on the project's environmental impact — seeking to prevent the hearing and…

Grand Island firefighters Monday put out a mulch fire that ignited some vinyl siding on a house on Jamestown Road, fire officials said. Firefighters were alerted to the fire shortly before 8 a.m. by a 911 dispatcher who got reports from neighbors that flames were shooting out of a nearby house. According to Dan Mathes, assistant fire chief with the Grand Island Fire …

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration so that he could keep receiving disability benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced on Monday. Ari Elias Baum, 32, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he returns for sentencing Nov. 15 before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. …