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Former Buffalo Sabres forward Andrew Peters was suspended indefinitely from coaching the Junior Sabres after a brawl between 15-year-old players broke out on the ice Saturday and a video appears to show a coach punching an opposing player when the fight spills into his team's bench. “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffalo…

A one-car rollover crash Monday morning on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation led to marijuana possession charges against three people, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The crash happened at about 2:46 a.m. on Versailles Plank Road, the Sheriff's Office said. Karrigan Jimerson, 20, of Brant; Mark Swantek, 23, of Brant; and Keith Renaldo, 33, of Angola, were cha…

Will Foods on Buffalo's East Side will close its doors in March, forcing 71 employees to lose their jobs. The company, formerly known as Will Poultry, has filed a notice with the New York State Labor Department saying it will cease operations in coming weeks. It has told the state it will completely close by March 24. Economic issues were cited as the reason for clos…

A father and son from Youngstown were charged with drug possession early Sunday morning after a traffic stop on the I-190 on Grand Island, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's deputy pulled the pair over at about 2:48 a.m. near Long Road. The trooper found marijuana in the vehicle and both occupants were smoking opiates, the Sheriff's Office said. …

A Derby man pulled over by a state trooper on Sunday had marijuana and hydrocodone hidden in what was meant to look like a can of WD-40, according to the New York State Police. James V. DePasquale Jr., 46, was pulled over at about 5:45 p.m. on Dawn Avenue in Evans, according to authorities. After detecting an odor of marijuana, a trooper searched the vehicle and fo…

Ex-Buffalo Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters began his radio show Monday morning by saying "there's something I need to address." Peters, 36, who coaches the 15-and-under Buffalo Jr. Sabres hockey team, talked briefly about the altercation that broke out during a game Saturday at HarborCenter. Fighting in 'youth sports' is unacceptable ... in all sports, not just hockey,…

A 3-D printing start-up company founded by a father-son team in Amherst has drawn the attention of Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Hochul plans to visit Vader Systems at its headquarters in Uniland Development Co.'s CrossPoint Business Park at 1 p.m. today. The founders of Vader Systems, Zack Vader and his father, Scott, have developed an efficient, low-cost method of 3-D liquid…

The answer for why Jerry C. Bowman joined the Army after graduating East High School can be stated in three words: “I was poor.” The fourth oldest of eight children raised by their mother in public housing off Jefferson Avenue, Bowman said that he needed to move on and make his own way in life. So he took his older brother Carl’s advice and enlisted in the mi…

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation Department begins registration for its 2017 Kenmore Summer Youth Camp on Thursday. The camp is open to children ages 5 to 11 to participate in swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games, and weekly field trips, as well as enrichment and special guests. Camp is held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, from …

West Seneca now has a designated parking space for a combat wounded veteran outside the Town Hall. The "Combat Wounded Designated Parking" sign was created by Wounded Warrior Family Services, which distributes the signs around the country. The parking space was unveiled Friday, two days after the 85th anniversary of the creation of the modern Purple Heart medal. Ther…

Open ice skating, a cabin fever hike and the first big 5K run of the year are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. MONDAY Tai chi: Noon, DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Improve balance, relieve mild muscle and joint discomfort, and reduce tension and stress with a…

People who bought tickets to next month's Niagara Wheatfield High School musical online should double-check their credit card statements, according to the school district. Those who made the online ticket purchases through ShowTix4U.com may have had their credit card information compromised, the district said on its website. District officials were notified about the i…

Property owners in Amherst notified of a 20 percent increase or less in their new assessment may see their taxes remain the same or even a decline, according to the latest estimates from the Town Assessor's Office. It's still early in the town's reassessment,  but Town Assessor David C. Marrano  projects a 20 percent increase in the town's total taxable assessed value…

One of the area's newest "integrated" housing projects for both disabled and low-income residents is now taking tenant applications as its owner prepares to open the complex in the spring. People Inc. is finishing its conversion of the former Highland Elementary School in the City of Tonawanda into the new Highland School Apartments, with 38 affordable apartments in a c…

A Riverside home sustained about $60,000 in damage in a fire early Monday morning, according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office. The blaze at the two-story house at 73 Fuller St. was reported at 1:03 a.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to assist seven residents of the house.

Get ready for what is expected to be a $1 million-plus Buffalo mayoral race. So far, only three-term Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced he's running, but City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder has said he will formally announce this Sunday. And Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant says she is considering getting into the fray, as is Terrence A. Robinson, a member…