LOCKPORT – Koyuki Nakahara – the Japanese woman who told police she was robbed, beaten and sexually abused on a late Christmas 2015 night in Niagara Falls State Park – identified Robert E. MacLeod in court Tuesday as the attacker. "Him," she answered, pointing with her right index finger at MacLeod, when Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco …

Michelle Obama most likely will receive lots of gifts and well-wishes for her birthday Tuesday. But some local musicians wished the first lady a happy birthday with her very own song, and they want help from fellow Buffalonians in getting her attention. Da’Von McCune, a youth coordinator with the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, created the website that o…

LOCKPORT - Joseph J. Lloyd, a former home improvement contractor who was placed on probation last year for bilking three Southtowns women out of a total of $17,900, admitted Tuesday that he violated probation by not paying back the money. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he could send Lloyd to prison for as long as 11 years when he returns to court March …

A proposed senior housing project planned for Buffalo's Symphony Circle neighborhood will be geared toward upscale independent living for seniors, rather than the originally planned assisted-living facility. The $30 million project has been taken over by Ellicott Development Co., which replaced an out-of-own firm that had previously partnered with the owner of the forme…

Tops Markets is exploring a plan to consolidate its headquarters from several locations into a single site in Amherst, according to paperwork filed with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. Tops would move into a building now occupied by PHH Mortgage at 1760 Wehrle Drive, at Youngs Road across from the Erie Community College North Campus. The grocery-store cha…

There's a new kitten at the Buffalo Zoo. And it needs a name. A male ocelot kitten was born Nov. 17, the Zoo announced Tuesday. The public may vote for one of four names, with the winning name being announced Sunday morning when the kitten makes his public debut. Votes should be cast by connecting with the zoo's social media accounts. The name choices: Javiar, Ni…

While serving as an adult chaperone on an overnight trip, Daniel Huzinec took sexually explicit photos of a 16-year old boy. On another ocassion, the Boy Scout volunteer from South Buffalo posed as a girl in order to receive sexually explicit photos emailed  from another underage boy. Huzinec, 25, who also worked with young people as an employee of Child and Family…

A woman who was attending a meeting at Town Line Lutheran Church in Alden Tuesday morning claims she was stabbed in the abdomen after leaving the church, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said. The suspect in the incident is still at large, Howard said. Authorities described the suspect as a white man in his 30s wearing a gray hoodie and a black hat. The woman was transport…

State police charged a Batavia man with aggravated driving while intoxicated Sunday night in Newstead. A state trooper pulled over Adam L. Rumley for speeding at about 10:22 p.m. on the mainline Thruway. Rumley, 26, was transported to the Batavia barracks where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, according to the St…

A driver with a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated faces a felony DWI charge after State police pulled him over Sunday night. Troopers charged Joseph R. Monthony Jr., of Hamburg, after a traffic stop at about 8:30 p.m. on the mainline Thruway in West Seneca, the State Police said. Monthony, 37, was arrested and taken to the agency's Buffalo barracks, w…

The St. Gerard church and rectory on Buffalo's East Side will soon have a new owner, as long as a State Supreme Court justice does not object. The buildings – which have been owned by St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church Society of Buffalo – would stay in place at the corner of Bailey and East Delavan avenues. [Gallery: Buffalo's St. Gerard Catholic Church] …

Depew residents came out strong Tuesday to determine the fate of their village. At noon, when the polls at Depew Village Hall opened, about 100 voters waited patiently in a line that snaked from the voting area through halls and out the door. "What are we giving away?" said Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz, as he watched the parade of residents pass by his office. "Your hon…

  ALBANY –Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not plan on releasing details of his $150 billion-plus budget until 7:30 tonight, but some information is leaking out. That includes: * a $1 billion hike in state aid to public schools. Details on how the money would be directed -- favoring, for instance, poorer versus wealthy districts -- were not given to lawmakers. The st…

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers had a strong finish in December to an otherwise down year at local factories. The region's manufacturers finished 2016 with four straight months of growth, including the biggest increase in 18 months during December, after struggling for most of the year, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. "We had an overall strong month to…