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Nearly 50 years have passed since New York City police officer John E. Varecha died during a routine traffic stop that turned quickly into a shootout. And it's been more than 17 years since Albert Victory, one of the men who killed the rookie officer, was granted parole and then, when the word got out, rejected. Victory still won his release but now, after all that t…

One in five Americans experiences a mental illness in a given year and nearly one in two is likely to experience at least one during the course of a lifetime. Half of those with substance use disorders have co-occurring mental illnesses. So common, yet so troubling, is that many of these people suffer in silence and don't reach out for help. Michelle Scheib has an idea …

LEWISTON - No one was hurt Thursday afternoon when a driver crashed into the patio of a Center Street restaurant. The driver of an SUV crashed into the patio of 700 Bistro & Cafe, 700 Center St., at about 2:07 p.m., according to Lewiston police. No charges were filed, police said in a Facebook post.

After 62 years, the Thruway's bridge at Exit 57 over Camp Road is coming down. In its place will be a T-intersection from the Thruway entrance with Camp Road, which also is Route 75. "This bridge came up for a decision as part of the capital program," said Jennifer Givner, director of communications for the Thruway Authority. Givner said the review of the bridge l…

A transplant surgeon who is quietly becoming a major developer in the Buffalo area has received the final approvals he needs to build an upscale apartment complex on Transit Road in East Amherst. The Amherst Planning Board last week approved the site plan application for Dr. Fadi Dagher's Creek View Luxury Apartments and determined the $4 million project would not harm …

Democrats are looking for candidates for Town Board in North Collins. There are two four-year seats on the board that will be on the ballot in November. Potential candidates can send letters of interest by certified mail to Democratic Chairwoman Ann Converso at 2568 Marshfield Road, Lawtons, N.Y. 14091 by May 10. The four-year terms are currently held by Republicans…

Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Thursday commended C. Douglas Hartmayer for his more than 18 years as director of public affairs and chief spokesman. Hartmayer, a Navy veteran and former public affairs manager for Tops Friendly Markets, is retiring following a brief transition period over the next few weeks. Executive Director Kimbe…

A Georgia man wanted on an attempted murder charge was arrested this week in Niagara Falls, according to city police. Emanuel D. Williams Sr., 38, of Macon, Ga., was arrested by city police with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop on Robbins Drive, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Williams was charged in Ma…

Concern about traffic has prompted a two-week delay for Planning Board approval of a new school building and other facilities for Tapestry Charter School's proposed expansion. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its cur…

Here's a list of the town, village and school district meetings in Erie County in May: Akron/Newstead The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. May 1 and 15 in Village Hall, 21 Main St. • The Town Board holds a work session at 8 p.m. May 1 and its regular meetings at 8 p.m. May 8 and 22 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road. • The School Board holds a budget hearing at…

DMario  A. Caeser, 20, of Buffalo was charged with speeding and unlicensd driving after his car was pulled over by Amherst police early Thursday morning. After Caeser was flagged to the curb in the 200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard about 3:15 a.m. for  speeding, police said, Officers found his license had been suspended after a recent traffic incident.

The check is in the mail. It’s not you, it’s me. The fruit cake was delicious, Aunt Hilda. People who yearn to no longer allow those  fibs, embellishments and little white lies to spring from their lips, may find inspiration on Sunday. It is  National Honesty Day, the annual counterpoint to the quasi-holiday that starts the month, April Fools Day. Hone…

Lake Effect Ice Cream will receive a $100,000 short-term loan from the City of Lockport's development agency to help the company start construction of its new production facility. The company, owned by Lockport High School teachers Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf, recently spent $125,000 to buy a 7,000-square-foot vacant former auto parts store at 43-49 Niagara St., which …

Developers are invited to tour development sites in the Town of Tonawanda at a forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. In addition to the tour, there will also be information about development ready sites in the Brownfield Opportunity Area, advantages of locating in the Town of Tonawanda, case studies of successful development …

The family of a missing local man is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities find him. Kurt Beehler, 24, was last seen April 8 in Niagara Falls. He "is vulnerable and currently under a doctor's care," according to Niagara Falls police. Beehler is 6-foot, 180 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing white jeans, …