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The prosecutor in the drunken driving case against the daughter of a prominent Lockport attorney agreed with the defense motion to dismiss the main charges against her, a court transcript shows. So did the judge, who apologized to her. Niagara Falls City Court Judge Robert P. Merino, who was assigned the case after judges in two other cities recused themselves, agreed w…

An early morning fire caused more than $100,000 in damage to a mixed-use building on Broadway near Sweet Avenue, Buffalo fire officials said. The fire was reported just after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to the 2-1/2 story wood frame building that has a deli on the ground floor. Fire officials estimated the damage at $105,000. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaz…

A Dunkirk man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Sunday evening after he was pulled over by Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies in the Town of Sheridan, officials said. Phylip R. Greene, 54, was pulled over at about 8:50 p.m. Sunday on Route 39 after deputies said they observed him "traveling partially in the opposite lane of travel," officials said. …

A man was shot Monday night on Sprenger Avenue in what police are calling an "apparent drive by incident." The shooting place at 8:20 p.m. in the 100 block of Sprenger Avenue. The victim, whose name was not released, was transported to Erie County Medical Center with "apparent non-life threatening injuries," police said. Police asked anyone with information about …

If there was any doubt that chaotic Washington politics would be a central theme during local races this year in Amherst, that doubt was erased late last week. On the same night the Amherst Republican Committee endorsed Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger for supervisor, the Erie County Democratic Committee issued a news release condemning the selection and branding her and t…

Tom Rush remembers when stores lined Seneca Street and the neighborhood bubbled with activity. “Seneca Street was the heart of South Buffalo,” the 80-year-old Rush said as he tended bar at Hopper’s Rush Inn. “That’s where, if you needed something, you could find it.” Locals shopped at the Woolworth five and dime and ordered ham sandwiches and ice cream so…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet laureate Alfred Austin, born on this date in 1835, “Show me your garden, provided it be your own, and I will tell you what you are like.” . . . TALK THE TALK – The International Institute of Buffalo is offering a pair of two-week training courses for bilingual people who would like to become certified as medical interpreters…

Authorities have identified the man involved in Sunday morning's police standoff in South Buffalo. Martin Lachance, 35 of Duerstein Street, faces a slew of charges as a result of the standoff, which began as a domestic incident. The female victim involved in the crime reported being held against her will for 12 hours, during which she says she was hit with a hammer, …

Reusing Buffalo's abandoned grain silos is something talked about but rarely done. Light shows are projected nightly on the Outer Harbor's Connecting Terminal. Silo City comes alive several times a summer with artistic events at its cluster of grain elevators. Now, the most challenging project so far has been completed: Buffalo RiverWorks this past weekend opened a $…

A 42-year-old Buffalo man died after he was ejected in a roll over crash Monday afternoon on Dupont Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Buffalo police said. Investigators said a vehicle went through a stop sign at the intersection and was hit by a second vehicle just before 6 p.m. A Chrysler Sebring flipped over and the driver was ejected, police said. He was declared dead a…

Mercy Flight was called to respond to a motor vehicle accident in Royalton around 5 p.m. Monday evening, but the emergency rescue flight was cancelled after the victim died at the scene. The motorcyclist was driving northbound and struck a southbound truck which was turning into a driveway. The driver of the motorcycle was found unresponsive but was later determined to…

An Allegany County man charged with drunken driving early Monday now faces manslaughter charges following the death of the pedestrian his vehicle allegedly struck. Todd V. Gardner, 43 of Scio, faces second-degree manslaughter and DWI charges, according to State Police. Troopers responded at 12:29 a.m. to reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on County Route 18.…

New York State will put in place a 5 mph speed limit for recreational boaters within 600 feet of the Lake Ontario shore to help homeowners affected by flooding. Municipalities have established their own speed limits within 500 feet from shore. "We’re going to go further – 600 – and we’re going to make it statewide so you don’t have to guess what municipalit…

A University at Buffalo law student is the new Miss New York. Gabrielle Walter, who competed in the pageant in Staten Island this weekend as Miss Western New York, was crowned Sunday. She will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant this September. On her way to the title, Walter won the swimsuit competition, and she performed "All I Ask of You" from the musical…

Red Cross volunteers were called Monday to assist families displaced by fires in Buffalo and Kenmore. Two adults and five children were displaced following a fire Monday morning at a home on the city's East Side, fire officials said. Firefighters were called at 10:39 a.m. to 16 Theodore Street for a report of fire on the second floor of the two-story home. Damage wa…

Emergency demolition of a "possibly vacant" home on Kensington Avenue was requested Sunday night following a fire that injured four firefighters, Buffalo fire officials said. Firefighters were called to 894 Kensington about 8:39 p.m. for a report of fire in the 2½ story frame home. At 8:50 p.m. all firefighters were ordered out of the building as conditions worsened. …