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City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' $22.3 million budget proposal went into effect Tuesday -- after the Common Council failed to adopt an alternative budget. Davis' 2018 budget calls for an increase in property taxes of 4.99 percent, which would raise taxes nearly $90 per year for an average home. The Council held a public hearing on the budget Nov. 8, but had publis…

Education

The kindergartner wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t stop screaming. So Greg Johnson scooped her up and brought her into his school’s new room where she let off some steam bouncing on the small trampoline in the corner. “Three jumps later, she stopped screaming and started talking,” recalled Johnson, principal at the George E. Blackman School of Ex…

Buffalo Police said Tuesday charges are pending in a case involving the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine at a South Buffalo residence that brought police and the Buffalo Fire Department's hazardous materials team Monday to a Macamley Avenue home. During a news conference Tuesday, Lt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said the Buffalo Police's narcotics unit executed a search warr…

A Salamanca man was charged Tuesday with second-degree manslaughter following a fatal motor vehicle accident Saturday on Old Route 17, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Damion R. Taylor, 21, of Jimerson Road, was arraigned in Salamanca Town Court and held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, the Sheriff's Office said. The…

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Money continues to roll in by the millions of dollars — but there's no harmony between battling law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes. On Tuesday, Barnes accused Cellino of trying to burn the Cellino & Barnes law firm "to the ground," regardless of how many employees are hurt. He accused Cellino of trying to hire a former information technology…

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Buffalo police conducted more traffic checkpoints this year in Lovejoy than in any other Common Council district, according to figures released Tuesday. But no one's complaining to Lovejoy Common Council Member Richard A. Fontana about the 92 checkpoints in his district. “No one’s complained to me,” Fontana said. “They realize it’s keeping the community saf…

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Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

A Marilla man charged with robbing a Mighty Taco in Orchard Park on Sunday has also been accused of robbing a Subway in Newstead earlier this month, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Ryan Loos, 30, was already in the Erie County Holding Center on charges related to the Mighty Taco gunpoint robbery when sheriff's deputies charged him with the Nov. 1 holdup a…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who bit off parts of another man's ear during a New Year's Eve domestic incident avoided jail time Tuesday. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered five years' probation for Craig M. Moss, 34, of Seventh Street, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. If Moss were to violate probation rules, he risks …

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The University at Buffalo has hired a new vice president to lead its fundraising efforts. Rodney M. Grabowski, former president of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and vice president of advancement at the university, was named vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at UB. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the hire on campus Tuesday. Grab…

Business

The Welland Canal will close for the season on Dec. 31, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said. The canal's navigation season began March 20, tying a record set in 2007 for the earliest opening date. Through October, the amount of cargo shipped on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which includes the Welland Canal, was up 34 percent from the same period in 2016. The in…

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ALBANY – David Sweat, the prison escapee who led police on a weeks' long search through the Adirondacks two years ago, has been transferred to Attica prison. The transfer of Sweat from a maximum security prison in Seneca County to Attica, which occurred last Friday, was characterized as routine. “Based on biannual reviews, which include looking at concerns li…

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Boulevard Mall will hold "sensory-friendly" visits with Santa Claus for children with special needs. It will provide time with Santa in a more calm environment, which is less stressful for children with special needs such as those on the autism spectrum. The special hours will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 3. Photo packages w…

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CSX Transportation has put the brakes on a plan to reduce rail service to General Mills' Buffalo plant, according to two elected officials. CSX this week had planned to cut back its service to the cereal and flour plant to once a day, instead of twice a day. For now, the railroad will maintain its twice-daily service. "We are glad CSX has been so responsive to our ca…