Two hundred years ago Sunday, a pair of young speculators bet their fortunes on the future of a frontier village. George Coit and Charles Townsend handed over $2,296.53 to Willem Willink (one of the original investors of the Holland Land Company), purchasing 473 acres of what is now downtown Buffalo and the Inner Harbor. While the route of the proposed Erie Canal was…

Two hundred years ago Sunday, a pair of young speculators bet their fortunes on the future of a frontier village. George Coit and Charles Townsend handed over $2,296.53 to Willem Willink (one of the original investors of the Holland Land Company), purchasing 473 acres of what is now downtown Buffalo and the Inner Harbor. While the route of the proposed Erie Canal was…

DUNKIRK – An Angola man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated early Saturday after being stopped for speeding on Millard Fillmore Avenue, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies said. Guy A. Peterson, 30, of Taft Avenue, Angola, was taken into custody shortly before 2 a.m. and released for a future appearance in City of Dunkirk Court, authorities said. …

A man posing as a Time Warner Cable employee and wearing a Time Warner shirt with ID attempted to enter a house on Gatchell Street about 7 p.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said. Police said the resident contacted the cable company and learned the man was a fraud but by the time officers arrived at the scene, the poser had fled. Police urge residents to exercise caution …

The Central Terminal had its first Christmas tree lighting since the 1970s on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. The event was put on by AllAboardCT.com. Their purpose was to appeal to visitors for their support of the Central Terminal as the location for the new train station. Visitors took the opportunity to get many photos of the impressive building interior. Fillmore District Co…

WHEATFIELD - Police are investigating the theft of $1,350 in cash from  Opportunities Unlimited on Lancelot Drive. Employees of  the facility for the intellectually and developmentally disabled told Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies that the money was removed from a metal  lockbox stored in a controlled medicine cabinet. The money is believed to have been stolen…

PORTER -  Police and school officials are investigating the recent theft of several cellphones during a weekend basketball tournament at Lewiston-Porter High School. Four members of the school’s basketball team reported phones stolen from  gym bags  in lockers at the Creek Road school on Dec. 2. One player also reported the theft of a wallet containing credit cards…

NIAGARA FALLS - A LaSalle-area homeowner told police Saturday that someone broke into his garage and stole $1,700 worth of tools and other items. The victim, a 69th Street resident, said he had not been inside the garage since October, and that a faulty side door allowed easy access. Tools were found scattered around the floor of the garage, and several others were miss…

Dec. 12, 1946 – Dec. 5, 2016 Richard A. Angrisano, a retired Erie County employee and Hamburg resident known for his support of local sports and social clubs, died Monday in Hamburg. He was 69. A Lackawanna native who maintained connections and friendships in his native city throughout his life, Mr. Angrisano was an alumnus of Lackawanna High School and worked as a…

Sister Reyna Jesusa Ontón Ñahui stood before a group of women Saturday and professed her commitment to the Catholic Church and community. The service was the first time since 2009 that a new sister took her final vows at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities motherhouse in Williamsville. Even in this latest instance, Sister Ñahui will not be stayin…

With wintry weather here, Erie County public health officials issued a reminder that residents can use a new mobile app in case of snow-related emergencies. The free ReadyErie app will send push notifications, allow users to locate emergency shelters, view up-to-date evacuation maps and create a personalized emergency preparedness plan, officials said. The app also i…

M&T Bank is continuing its annual Holiday Music Under the Dome series at its Fountain Plaza branch, Main and Genesee streets. The concerts, which are free to the public, will be held from noon to 1 p.m.  Monday through Friday. The schedule of performers is available at: https://newsroom.mtb.com/content/1017/files/Holiday%20Music%20Under%20the%20Dome%202016%20FIN…

A 44-year-old man was  shot in the leg about 12:20 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Sprenger Avenue, Buffalo police reported. The victim, who was not identified,  was involved in a dispute with another man in front of a home on Sprenger, where he was shot, police said. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center, then released. Further information was unavailabl…

WASHINGTON -- Congress late Friday finalized legislation that could help school districts across New York and the rest of the country to test their drinking water for potential lead contamination. The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, said the bill was included in the Water Resources Development Act that both houses of Congress passed and that President Ba…

WASHINGTON -- Congress has given its final approval to legislation intended to cut congestion on the Peace Bridge by allowing U.S. officials to inspect truck cargo at the larger inspection plaza on the Canadian side in Fort Erie. By voice vote, the Senate Friday  approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, which would allow U.S. Customs a…