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The decaying Bethlehem Steel ovens and abandoned engine and boiler houses along the hundreds of acres on Route 5 in Lackawanna remind passing motorists every day of the region’s decline. But local leaders see the opposite. They see unmatched potential. “This property represents one of the most marketable pieces of industrial property in all of North America,” s…

More than 19,000 Western New Yorkers signed up for the spring Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge, making it the most successful challenge to date. Overall, 3,285 new participants registered for the online communitywide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 24 through June 4. The series of six-week challenges – which …

A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting another 14-year-old with an air rifle has been charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Deputies began an investigation on June 25 after the victim was taken to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The boy had been shot with a pellet gun on June 22 in the Town of Elma. …

Lake Ontario's southern shoreline is about to get swamped again. The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe and Wayne counties from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. "The combination of high lake levels and wave action may worsen flooding in low-lying areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline," the weather service statement said. …

A 64-year-old man who set fire to a 10-unit apartment building because he was angry at his son was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. Roger Cornell previously pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a reduced charge of second-degree attempted arson, a felony, for starting the blaze at 437 Bailey Ave. in the early morning of Jan. 21. According to his attorney, C…

Mayor Byron W. Brown's plan for Buffalo's public housing agency goes beyond appointing new board members, and includes bringing in what amounts to financial and housing development gurus to help reform the struggling agency. Gary M. Crosby, a former Buffalo city schools chief financial officer and former president of First Niagara Bank, has agreed to advise the BMHA o…

Northwest Bancshares reported $31 million in net income in the second quarter, bolstered by the sale of three Maryland offices that generated an after-tax profit of $10.3 million. That was a big turnaround from a year ago, when the Pennsylvania-based bank reported a $7 million loss. During that quarter, the bank's results were dragged down by a $37 million pretax pe…

No candidate for mayor will receive backing from the Buffalo Central Labor Council this year. A knowledgeable source within the organization who asked not to be identified said Monday that the influential labor group affiliated with the AFL-CIO will not support incumbent Byron W. Brown nor challengers Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant in the September Democratic …

After a five-day trial in federal court, a jury acquitted a Buffalo man last week of distributing crack cocaine. Michael Jones, 34, was arrested on Westminster Avenue in 2015 by two Buffalo police officers who said they found a black bag containing crack in his possession after he initially fled the scene. The jury acquitted Jones of the felony distribution charge ag…

Larkinville's newest addition, the Swan Street Diner, will be open for business by September. The vintage diner that Larkin Development Group principal Howard Zemsky bought and transported from Central New York is being installed on its new site at 694 Swan St. Located across from Larkin Square and next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant operated by Zemsky's son, it'…

Evan Stafford, who assaulted a WIVB-TV reporter and cameraman in Niagara Falls Oct. 22, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have imposed for attempted second-degree robbery. Murphy added three years of post-release supervision. Stafford, 26, of Donna Drive, Town of Niagara, tried to steal …

Buffalo police said Monday they have a woman in custody in connection with a hit-and-run that happened Saturday in a parking lot on Main Street. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/889512139001671680 A driver struck a man as she backed out of a parking spot in a lot in the 2500 block of Main Street at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, police previously said. The vehicle was r…

A 48-year-old woman appears to have tried to commit suicide by lying on the Metro Rail tracks Monday morning near the Summer-Best station, according to a spokeswoman for Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police. Witnesses told police the woman was able to move away from the train. She suffered head injuries and was taken to Erie County Medical Center wit…

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy wants New York State officials to re-think how to convert the Scajaquada Expressway into a lower-speed boulevard. The organization also wants the stone arch bridge over Delaware Avenue to be used only for pedestrian and bicycle use. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to correct a 1950s mistake: this dividing and intrusive expres…

Erie County has signed a purchase agreement, after years of negotiations, to take control of nearly 150 acres of remediated Bethlehem Steel property before the end of the year. The first 60 acres are expected to be transferred to county control before the end of the month, and that's only the start of what's planned for the site. Highlighted on the map below are the ex…

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2017 American Legion Department State Convention in Syracuse on Friday. The State Convention parade features military units from across the state. The Tonawandas group was awarded first place in the American Legion category with a score of 93.44. Second place went to Yankee Doodle Band from Rensselaer wit…