Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017. It could be worse. Last year started more deadly. During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took agg…

The head of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board said she would like to have a new superintendent chosen by May, before the school board elections. Jill Y. O'Malley, the board's president,  said she would like the board members involved in the search to be the ones who vote on the final candidate. Two seats are up for election. But O'Malley said she would not ins…

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls  man charged at city police officers with a box cutter last week, and police used a Taser to subdue him, according to a police report. Officers responded to the 400 block of 12th Street last Friday night for the report of a mental health situation and a person cutting himself with a box cutter. Police could hear a fight coming from an up…

Ever wish you could relive the Bills’ dismal 6-3 loss to the Browns in 2009? Or that “what just happened?” 2007 defeat at the hands of the Cowboys on Monday Night Football? Your chance has arrived. There’s a new podcast, or “DroughtCast,” created by Ryan Nagelhout that is actually churning out a game-by-game recap of the Bills’ 17-season playoff drought…

The Bisons hosted some of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospects last weekend, giving fans a chance to meet the team’s stars of the future. Among them: Tim Mayza, one of the club’s pitchers. It turns out the 25-year-old also wields a pretty mean light saber. The Bisons event featured an appearance by the North Ridge, the Star Wars club whose members are stars of …

City of Tonawanda police went into the Tim Horton's coffee shop on Niagara Street about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday because of a call that a man was exposing himself in the women's restroom. They left the coffee shop after arresting an Amherst man they said was in possession of nearly 700 pills. Officers charged Kevin R. McNinch II, 32, with three counts of a controlled subs…

The Amherst Planning Board  has put off for two months action on a $250 million, mixed-used redevelopment plan for the former Westwood Country Club. Members voted 6-1 Thursday to adjourn any decision on the developer's request to rezone 147 acres of the 171-acre site until the board's March meeting at the earliest. Planning Board members also said they won't act on …

KENNEDY - State Police tried to stop a driver for speeding on Interstate-86 Thursday, but he just kept going  - at 109 mph, they said. The driver got off the interstate at the School House Road exit, according to the State Police, and with assistance from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, he was  eventually stopped in Randolph. In addition to speeding, Trist…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum on this date in 1896, “You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.” . . . GIVE LIFE – Unyts has a critical need for blood donors for patients in local hospitals. The agency notes that demand has increased this month an…

A Buffalo man was taken into custody at his home in the first block of Gorski Street, off Clinton Street, on Thursday afternoon following an incident in which he allegedly cut the cheek of a female neighbor with a steak knife during an argument, according to Buffalo police. Cornell Edwards, 44,  was arrested at about 2 p.m. and charged with a felony counts of second-d…

Benderson Development Company wants to meet the region's need for industrial and manufacturing space by converting a vacant retail plaza on the Cheektowaga-West Seneca border into a sprawling new light industrial complex. The Sarasota, Fla.-based real estate firm, whose roots remain in Buffalo, plans to redevelop the 178,000-square-foot Garden Village Plaza at 2343 Unio…

The Buffalo Preservation Board, fresh off a heated meeting a week ago, has scheduled a new public hearing early next month over Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s controversial project proposed for Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. The board will hold a special public hearing at Lafayette High School, at 370 Lafayette Avenue, at 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2. The subject will be …

WASHINGTON – When reporters overheard Rep. Chris Collins bragging last week about “how many millionaires I've made in Buffalo the past few months," he appears to have been talking about letting friends and business colleagues know about a company he knows well. The largest shareholder in an obscure Australian biotech company called Innate Immunotherapeutics as well …

Antonya Quinones of Lackawanna’s First Ward does not have a car. The mother of four can barely afford to put food on the table – and that’s only if she can catch a bus to a grocery store. But most buses in the First Ward do not run on weekends, and there are no grocery stores in the First Ward. Residents of the First Ward gathered Thursday night at the Willie C…

A 3-year-old drug-making subsidiary of Pine Pharmacy plans to build a $5.6 million drug compounding facility in the Town of Tonawanda to accommodate its nationwide growth. Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC, owned by Alfonse J. Muto, wants to construct a 25,000-square-foot, single-story building on a 4.2-acre undeveloped parcel at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Tec…

A Buffalo man who ran into the woods after a traffic stop on Route 16 in the Town of Holland and his female passenger were arrested by Erie County sheriff deputies late Wednesday night, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Thursday. Jamie Wilson, 47, and Jenna Shoup, 26, also of Buffalo, were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled su…