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One bloody scrape trailed from her left eye to the corner of her mouth, where it met a wide bruise on her chin. More blood-red patches marred her nose, forehead and the skin between her eyes. Bobbie L. Mael of Lockport says in legal papers that her arms and legs were bruised, too, and she suffered a concussion when an Erie County Sheriff's deputy threw her face first on…

An apartment building now marks the spot where Orchard Park High School's Class of 1947 attended school. The students who graduated two years after World War II ended are around 88 years of age, and on Sunday, 14 of them and a number of their spouses showed their school spirit was still intact at their 70th high school reunion. "It's wonderful to get together," said …

Five people in Cattaraugus County have been arrested in the past two weeks for forging signatures on social services documents. Each arrest came after a Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services investigation. Here's the list from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office: · Leighann A. Russell, 30, of Salamanca was charged with three counts of first-degree off…

After Darryl McCunes was told by his sister he could not stay at her house Saturday, he slashed the ties on her car, according to Buffalo police. McCunes, of Buffalo, had an argument with his brother-in-law and returned later in the day to slash the four tires on his sister's 2010 Cadillac, officials said. The sister and brother-in-law saw him leave the scene of the …

A Napoli man was arrested on several DWI, traffic and child endangerment charges in the Town of New Albion on Friday. Craig A. Dechow, 39, of Allegany Road was arrested after a traffic stop just before 8 p.m. He was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a child under 15 in the vehicle, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, other traffic violations and three coun…

A funnel cloud spun through Wyoming County on Sunday, according the National Weather Service in Buffalo. It was one incident in a string of severe weather events in the area. https://twitter.com/NWSBUFFALO/status/889242878324727808 Flash flooding is expected tonight in northeastern Wyoming County and southeastern Genesee County, according to a release from the Nation…

When Chelsea Ellis began making plans for a trip across the world to Nepal, the Buffalo teacher didn't just consult travel guides. She went to her students at school who had grown up in refugee camps there. She gave them copies of a map of the South Asian country and asked them to label where they had lived and where they thought she should visit. One student, Prakr…

Roy Harris of Buffalo attempted to set fire to an apartment on the 400 block of Fillmore Avenue late in the morning on Saturday, according to Buffalo police. Police report that Harris jimmied the lock off the apartment's rear door and hit a person who was inside on the head with a bottle. Harris then allegedly poured rubbing alcohol over the person's bed and the apar…

Don't be surprised to see the Buffalo comptroller on your doorstep this week. Mark J.F. Schroeder already has visited thousands of homes this summer as he challenges incumbent Byron W. Brown for mayor in the September Democratic primary. And Brown, along with Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, could be expected to/is also looking to ramp up activity this week a…

On the corner of Suffolk Street and Minnesota Avenue in the city’s University District stands one of the biggest houses on its side of the block. The vacant, three-story building looks like it was a multi-family dwelling at one time. But a plan to open a Muslim community center by the end of the year will breathe new life into the boarded-up building — as cautio…

Emergency crews responded Sunday afternoon to a two-vehicle accident in the Town of Lockport in which one vehicle rolled over. The accident was reported at South Transit Road, near Rapids Road, according to Niagara County Fire Wire. A Buick Encore involved in the crash rolled over onto its roof. New York State Police, the Wendelville Fire Co., and Twin City Ambulan…

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition after being hit by a car Sunday afternoon in the Town of Lockport, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Emergency crews responded to the accident at about 12:30 p.m. at 6044 Ridge Road, according to the Niagara County Fire Wire. The child suffered serious injuries, and Mercy Flight flew her to Women & Ch…

A Silver Alert remains in effect for Harold Roberts, 79, who was last seen near Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said  in a release Sunday. Roberts is described as a black male, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 130 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray checkere…

The 5-month-old kitten that Ken Pieri bought last October brought much-needed joy to the 85-year-old Grand Island man. His wife was recovering from heart surgery. The cat he had owned for 18 years had to be put down. And then, suddenly, his son died. Lilly, the energetic and affectionate young tabby, often curled up on Pieri's lap. They were quick to bond. So Pieri …

Many people may be chanting "Lock them up!" Sunday in Hamburg when the Hamburg Historical Society unveils its newly restored "village lock-up." The small village lock-up was located on Center Street in the Village of Hamburg from 1895 to 1915. Society members restored the wood building and three jail cells to match descriptions in society records. And to help pay for…

If James May knew who owned the still-shining sword he keeps in a closet, he'd give it back. Days before the Japanese surrender in 1945, May, currently 92 years old, and others from the Army's 11th Airborne Division were ordered to knock on doors near the city of Yokohama and take swords from their owners to be dumped at sea. He figured he'd save one. But now he seem…