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When a local police officer or sheriff’s deputy determines an individual in custody has entered the country illegally, the local agency typically turns that person over to federal agents for deportation. Now the Trump administration wants to give state and local law enforcement agencies expanded powers to do the same work as Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs E…

A Buffalo man was charged in connection with a larceny from a vehicle in Alden after the Erie County Sheriff's Office said he used a stolen credit card at a convenience store. Joshua Angielczyk, 26,was charged in connection with the Feb. 17 theft from a vehicle on Rusher Road in Alden. Credit cards, bank cards and personal identification cards were taken from a vehicle …

The first time Jaden Jeswald won a scholarship to attend Rushford Environmental Education Camp, she was in sixth grade. Fast forward six years, and she will be going to the camp again this summer on a scholarship. When she was in sixth grade, the only thing the Blasdell girl knew about the camp run through the state Department of Environmental Conservation was that i…

A global money management firm with an Amherst data center and a small company co-founded by Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas were accepted into the state's Start-Up NY program, which lowers or eliminates most state taxes for 10 years for businesses that agree to create jobs. BlackRock promises to create 50 jobs at its data center at 350 CrossPoint Parkway in CrossPoi…

Buffalo Manufacturing Works could be headed to a new home – and a bigger role in helping the region's companies become more innovative and more productive. The second phase of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Buffalo Billion plan would move the innovation hub from Main Street to the Northland Corridor on the East Side, partly to spread more of the program's benefits to a stru…

Andrew Bannister grows hops in his garden in Larkinville, and brews beer at home, but that isn't how he and his friend Tara Sasiadek make part of their living. Instead, they brew and sell kombucha: a black tea fermented by wild yeast – and often softened by herbs and fruits – and packed with antioxidants and probiotics. "It has a nice mouthfeel to it," Bannister…

A sharp cold front will cross the Buffalo Niagara region Saturday, blowing the weather from May back to late February. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a wind advisory for Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Chautauqua counties from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The winds are being gener…

Candidate packets are available for anyone interested in running for the Williamsville Board of Education. Qualified candidates must be able to read and write; be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years of age; and be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the election. The School Board election will be held with the annual distric…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Artwork from students of the Cheektowaga Central School District will be on display at Cheektowaga Town Hall and Senior Center during the months of February, March and April. “I wanted to do something that would involve the many talented students and children of our town, as well as something that would encourage families to visit Cheektowaga Town Hall to see what is …

Political pundits in Hamburg chuckle a little when you ask them about this year's local elections. Control of the Town Board is up for grabs, with four seats up for election in November. A highway superintendent and town justice also will be elected. "From past history, I would think it would be a free for all," said Raymond F. Gallagher, a former state senator and h…

FREEDOM - A woman with two DWI convictions in the last 10 years faces a felony DWI charge, the State Police said. Susan R. Wilson, 54, of Freedom, was pulled over at about 2:37 p.m. Thursday on State Route 98 for either a missing license plate or a plate that was obstructed. She failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, police said. She registered …

Whole Foods Market can begin building the interior of its 50,000-square-foot store in Amherst, now that the Austin, Texas, upscale grocer has received the necessary town permit. "Today they were issued a permit to do the build-out of the store, to finish up the store now," Douglas Gesel, senior code enforcement officer in the town's Building Department, said Thursday. …

Amherst officials are negotiating leases for two new cell towers on town property with a company working on behalf of Blue Wireless. Upstate Tower Communications wants to build one cell tower at the town's Highway Department, on North Forest Road, and a second tower at the town's Wastewater Treatment Plant, on Tonawanda Creek Road. The tower at the Highway Department…

Fire damaged an apartment building on Genesee Street near Jefferson Avenue early Friday morning. Buffalo firefighters responded at 4:33 a.m. to a two-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment at 574 Genesee. The fire started on the third floor. The fire department estimated damage at about $190,000. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investiga…