LOCKPORT – Koyuki Nakahara – the Japanese woman who told police she was robbed, beaten and sexually abused on a late Christmas 2015 night in Niagara Falls State Park – identified Robert E. MacLeod in court Tuesday as the attacker. "Him," she answered, pointing with her right index finger at MacLeod, when Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco …

WASHINGTON – Chris Collins put his money down on a small New Zealand biotech firm more than 15 years ago, back when he was just a businessman. He stuck with the company after he became Erie County executive and after he became a member of Congress in 2013. Then last August, he put even more money down on the company now known as Innate Immunotherapeutics and based in…

Grand Island residents are already surrounded by water, but could they someday be surrounded by solar panel farms? Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray admits he is a big fan of the futuristic technology, but he also knows his whole board doesn't share his enthusiasm. He said there are two giant solar projects that are being proposed for Grand Island. While they a…

The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization is hosting "Crossing the Border: A Discussion on Race and the Presidential Election" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at East High School, 820 Northampton St. A panel of students and teachers will discuss race, the recent presidential election and the recent controversy involving Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino. Others participati…

St. Gerard’s Catholic Church, at the corner of Bailey and East Delavan, is in the process of being sold to a local owner. The church, which at one point, was going to be dismantled and rebuilt near Atlanta, will now stay in town. A building behind the church is home to the Lyceum, which was built in the 1920s and has an intact retro bowling alley in it.

Michelle Obama most likely will receive lots of gifts and well-wishes for her birthday Tuesday. But some local musicians wished the first lady a happy birthday with her very own song, and they want help from fellow Buffalonians in getting her attention. Da’Von McCune, a youth coordinator with the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, created the website that o…

LOCKPORT - Joseph J. Lloyd, a former home improvement contractor who was placed on probation last year for bilking three Southtowns women out of a total of $17,900, admitted Tuesday that he violated probation by not paying back the money. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he could send Lloyd to prison for as long as 11 years when he returns to court March …

A proposed senior housing project planned for Buffalo's Symphony Circle neighborhood will be geared toward upscale independent living for seniors, rather than the originally planned assisted-living facility. The $30 million project, which was previously approved last year by the city, has been taken over by Ellicott Development Co., which replaced an out-of-own firm tha…

Tops Markets is exploring a plan to consolidate its headquarters from several locations into a single site in Amherst, according to paperwork filed with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. Tops would move into a building now occupied by PHH Mortgage at 1760 Wehrle Drive, at Youngs Road across from the Erie Community College North Campus. The grocery-store cha…

There's a new kitten at the Buffalo Zoo. And it needs a name. A male ocelot kitten was born Nov. 17, the Zoo announced Tuesday. The public may vote for one of four names, with the winning name being announced Sunday morning when the kitten makes his public debut. Votes should be cast by connecting with the zoo's social media accounts. The name choices: Javiar, Ni…

While serving as an adult chaperone on an overnight trip, Daniel Huzinec took sexually explicit photos of a 16-year old boy. On another ocassion, the Boy Scout volunteer from South Buffalo posed as a girl in order to receive sexually explicit photos emailed  from another underage boy. Huzinec, 25, who also worked with young people as an employee of Child and Family…

A woman attending a meeting at Town Line Lutheran Church in Alden Tuesday morning claimed she was stabbed in the abdomen after leaving the church, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said. The suspect in the incident is still at large, Howard said. Authorities described the suspect as a white man in his 30s wearing a gray hoodie and a black hat. The woman was transported t…

State police charged a Batavia man with aggravated driving while intoxicated Sunday night in Newstead. A state trooper pulled over Adam L. Rumley for speeding at about 10:22 p.m. on the mainline Thruway. Rumley, 26, was transported to the Batavia barracks where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, according to the St…

A driver with a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated faces a felony DWI charge after State police pulled him over Sunday night. Troopers charged Joseph R. Monthony Jr., of Hamburg, after a traffic stop at about 8:30 p.m. on the mainline Thruway in West Seneca, the State Police said. Monthony, 37, was arrested and taken to the agency's Buffalo barracks, w…