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Seems simple enough: You check your bag, it's tagged, and an airport attendant carts it off. What many might not know is that their rolling suitcase or camping sack, along with every other piece of checked-in luggage at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, travels through miles of conveyor belts, hulking bomb-detecting machines and is seen by no less than a dozen …

The Buffalo Police are investigating a dead body found Tuesday on Eagle Street between Washington and Ellicott streets downtown. Police reported the incident at 4:19 p.m. The street is blocked off and traffic may be affected.

Paperwork filed Tuesday morning with the Town of Cheektowaga confirmed Walden Avenue as the proposed site of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based chain of restaurants with 2,000 locations across the country, said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The 4,975-square-foot restaurant would be built on the site of the former Famous Dave's Barbecue at 1753 Walden Ave. It would be the fi…

Power Drives, the hose and tube assembly manufacturer that is consolidating its operations in Larkinville, is getting 100 kilowatts of low-cost hydropower through the state's Recharge New York program. The allocation is tied to the company's pledge to retain 75 jobs and invest more than $5.8 million in its operations. It is not tied to any pledge to create new jobs. …

Judge Sheila A. DiTullio decided that the heroin dealing case against Eric Mitchell had taken long enough. Despite a defense attorney's request that Mitchell’s sentencing for two felony drug convictions be adjourned for two weeks, the judge sentenced Mitchell to six years in prison, to be followed by five years post-release supervision, on Tuesday. Mitchell, curren…

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region is on the rise again. The local jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in June, up from 4.7 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, said the state labor department Tuesday. The local jobless rate currently has increased for two straight months as the pace of job gr…

An aide accused of physically attacking an 85-year-old resident at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is not working at the facility during an investigation into what happened. "The staff member associated with this incident is currently not on service while the investigation is still ongoing," according to the statement released by the Newfane nursing home. …

A Buffalo man convicted of possessing an illegal handgun and cocaine was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in prison. Michael Billups, 38, pleaded guilty in June to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. When Erie County Sheriff’s narcotics officers executed a search warrant at Billups…

Niagara County officials reported little flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline during a flood warning Tuesday, but they found evidence of significant erosion. John C. Lapham, the county's assistant emergency management director, said he visited Wilson and Olcott, the two most vulnerable locations, and saw waves striking the shoreline and splashing onto sidewalks, bu…

Five Star Bank's parent company said it generated net proceeds of $16.7 million from a stock offering during the second quarter. Warsaw-based Financial Institutions in late May announced an "at-the-market" program under which it could sell up to $40 million worth of stock, to support its growth and other corporate purposes. The bank sold about 572,000 shares during the …

Two Buffalo men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident earlier this month when shots were fired into a Monroe Street home where a baby was sleeping, police reported. Charles Boone, 39, and Casey Hester, 21, were charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a ch…

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy came to the rescue of an owl that became entangled in a soccer goal net Tuesday at Veterans Park on Grand Island. At about 11:30 a.m., the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page, deputies received a call about the stuck owl. Deputy Angela Kopacz responded and freed the tangled-up raptor. "After a brief 'once-over' the De…

The Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA) will hold a golf outing to raise money for scholarships, field trips and internships for Grand Island High School students. The GISBA tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at River Oaks Golf Club. Last year the golf outing raised $20,000 to support programs at the school. Registration forms are on the district website at gr…

A car stopped in the Town of Wethersfield with no windshield, doors or a license plate and with an ax in the roof led to the arrest of the driver on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. After receiving a report about a "suspicious vehicle" on Monday, deputies pulled over a car with many missing parts driven by Jar…