Plan to get outside, if you haven't already. Sunday promises to be in the mid-50s and mostly dry, except for some brief showers in the early afternoon. Not since early November have the stars aligned so that Buffalo area residents could enjoy a weekend above 50 degrees without significant rain. And this is January. By Monday, windy and rainy conditions return. And by…

With a flourish of fur, the Buffalo Zoo introduced its playful new baby ocelot to the public Sunday, announcing the new cat's name would be Nico. The little male kitten, who was born Nov. 17 to mother Ayla, was named following an online vote by the zoo's social media followers, who overwhelmingly selected their choice from among four options proposed by knowledgeable zo…

Betsy Goinski took a chance and invited a stranded, weary traveler into her home in cold, snowy December. The traveler – who spoke little English – told her he was on a journey to find a daughter he had not seen in three years. He said he had been robbed at the train station in Depew. But he thought he was in New York City, so he was intent on just walking to Manh…

A female pedestrian was seriously injured late Saturday when she was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of River and Williams roads in the Town of Wheatfield, according to Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour. The male driver of the vehicle has been charged, though Voutour did not say what the charges are, nor did he identify the driver. The incident occurred …

The Town of Amherst has been awarded $4.85 million from a state fund to replace one of two bridges that carries John James Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo. The concrete box beam bridge that carries southbound traffic was flagged by the state Department of Transportation because inspectors noted deterioration of the concrete and fasc…

The Erie Canal Harbor board of directors may have lost more than a trusted board member and workhorse when David Colligan resigned last week. It also may have lost its quorum. For more than two years, four of the seven voting members rarely missed a meeting of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. But those in the other three board seats missed more than half of th…

Residents of Rugby, N.D., about 45 miles south of the Canadian border, erected a stone obelisk marking it as the geographical center of North America. But that distinction should belong to a more aptly named city in North Dakota about 150 miles southwest of Rugby, according to the calculation of a University at Buffalo professor. Peter A. Rogerson’s new method for …

A small residential fire on Buffalo's East Side left four adults and eight children temporarily homeless Saturday afternoon. The fire at 310 Sobieski St. started around 1:17 p.m. and originated within a second-floor wall, according to Buffalo fire dispatchers. The fire caused an estimated $4,000 in damage to the 2 1/2 story wood-frame structure and $1,000 in damage to t…

Buffalo firefighters put out a fire at a vacant warehouse in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood Saturday night. The fire was discovered at about 8:40 p.m. at a warehouse at 25 Reno St., fire dispatchers said. It apparently ignited in the office area of a one-story, brick structure and was extinguished within an hour. Firefighters estimate $10,000 in damage to the building…

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 27-year-old man ran to a nearby home for help Saturday morning after being shot while walking in the 2100 block of Ferry Avenue, city police said. Justin T. Kent of Cleveland Avenue told police he was walking in the area around 11 a.m. when he heard what sounded like three gunshots, then felt a sharp pain in his leg. He turned to see a man clad in bla…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a double-shooting outside a Highland Avenue tavern early Saturday that police said left one man paralyzed from the neck down. Niagara Falls officers responded to the 3100 block of Highland Avenue just after 3 a.m. to investigate reports that a man had been shot and then run over by a vehicle. They encountered two people helping …

It’s unusual for Buffalo police and firefighters get called to a scene for a snake bite. It’s weirder still when the 2-foot-long snake is still attached to the victim, shows no sign of letting go, and is named for a drag queen. The mini-drama unfolded around 7:15 p.m. Saturday when dispatchers sent police and firefighters to a South Buffalo address on a snake bite c…

The Erie County Central Library invites all job seekers to attend a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Nearly 30 businesses and organizations will be participating in the job fair, offering positions in fields ranging from casinos and transportation to healthcare and housing. For a listing of specific companies, visit the Buffalo and Erie County website…

Joseph Tigano III, the Chautauqua County man serving 20 years in prison for growing marijuana, was denied clemency last week. Tigano, who was hoping President Obama would commute his sentence as one of his final acts, will now forward his appeal to the Trump administration. His lawyers, like the federal judge who sentenced him in 2015, believe his mandat…

Eleven hours and just a few minutes after Donald J. Trump officially became the 45th president, 11-year-old Siana Akauola and her grandmother, Valerie Akaoula, boarded a bus in Buffalo headed for the nation's capital. In eight hours they would join a massive crowd of at least 500,000 protesters determined to show the new president that they don't support his ideas about…