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An overdue tribute will be paid to C. Wade McClusky Jr., the Buffalo native credited with playing an instrumental role in helping win World War II's pivotal Battle of Midway. Philip M. McClusky, the deceased war hero's only surviving child, will attend a series of events at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and at his father's alma mater, South Park Hi…

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. …

A man was struck multiple times by gunfire Sunday night in the city's Fruit Belt neighborhood, Buffalo police reported. Officers responded just before 10 p.m. to the first block of Lemon Street, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. Detectives say a male in his early 20s was struck multiple times by gunfire. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center with…

The tractor-trailer driver who died Sunday night when his rig veered off the I-90 westbound Thruway and crashed into a home in the Town of Hamburg has been identified as David K. Raney, 57, of Owen Sound, Ont. Raney was traveling westbound near Exit 56 just before 8 p.m. when he suffered an apparent medical emergency and drove off the north shoulder of the roadway, St…

A Lancaster woman is accused of drunken driving early Saturday in the City of Tonawanda after she was stopped for allegedly speeding and talking on her cellphone, police said Monday. Jaquelyn J. Schiefer, 35, was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. on Delaware Street, Police Capt. Fredric Foels said in a news release. Schiefer was charged with aggravated DWI after her bl…

A city public works employee already on probation for felony drug and weapons convictions was arrested May 15, when he was pulled over in a van that contained 1.75 pounds of cocaine and $17,000 in cash, court records show. Dominic Daniels, 30, pleaded guilty last October to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and attempted criminal posses…

June 5, 1920 – May 22, 2017 Mary Jane Luhr never edited her remarks. She called it like she saw it. She volunteered many hours over her life to health-related causes and was an expert at crafts, from needlepoint to knitting. A skilled bridge player, she also played golf. She lived most of her life on Grand Island and wintered in Florida where her family loved to visi…

Work to make Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Kenmore safer for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to begin Tuesday, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced Monday. The project includes new 6-foot sidewalks, new driveway aprons and curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act that will run along the entire east side of Elmwood in the village, …

Therapeutic nutrition intervention for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer will be the topic of a free Breast Cancer Network of Western New York educational seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the network’s center, 3297 Walden Ave. in Depew. The seminar will feature Mary Jo Parker, a registered dietitian nutritionist, nutrition therapist and consultant. It w…

In Kenmore, two men with the same name and title also have the same goal: to protect the village from harm. It's only fitting that they are father and son. Kenmore's police chief is Peter J. Breitnauer, a lifelong resident who has been on the police force since 1984 and was a Kenmore fire chief before then. His son, Peter D. Breitnauer, was appointed last month as…

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…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President John F. Kennedy, born on this date in 1917, “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.” . . . SOME GAVE ALL – An exhibit on local residents who served in World Wars I and II is a highlight of open house tours from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in the …

A 43-year-old Hamburg man was struck by a vehicle Sunday night while attempting to cross Southwestern Boulevard, town police reported. The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was struck about 9:37 p.m. by a vehicle traveling westbound on Southwestern near South Park Avenue, police said. Police did not say if the man was injured or the nature of any injuries. The…

Gregg Allman, who died Saturday at the age of 69, was no stranger to Buffalo when he came here in July 1975 to seek treatment for addiction. Along with others in the Allman Brothers Band, he had been regularly checking into Linwood Bryant Hospital, now BryLin, for help with drug problems. And then there was that infamous gig in 1970 at Aliotta’s Lounge on Hertel Av…