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Hovering over wings and beers at the Swannie House on Ohio Street one night last week, the four friends didn't look all that deplorable. Scott Then and Robert Orlowski, both athletic and articulate at 45, sat kitty-corner to Cheryl Wehling, smiling and fresh-faced and, at 59, quick with a quip. But then there was the matter of Phil Pantano and his T-shirt. The shirt ex…

The young man who admitted shooting another person in December at the University Metro Rail Station is “a total enigma,” his attorney told a State Supreme Court judge on Tuesday before the teen -- a former honors student -- was sentenced. Arkeil Gaskin, 18, who pleaded guilty in January to attempted assault in the first degree and second degree criminal possession o…

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls man faces a driving while intoxicated charge after a crash that sent three people to the hospital on Monday night. A Chrysler minivan and a Chrysler sedan collided at about 10:54 p.m. at the intersection of Falls and 27th streets, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Police charged the minivan driver, identified as David A. Wink…

NIAGARA FALLS - A woman was slashed in the face and chest Monday night during an altercation in the parking lot of the Coastal gas station at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The 32-year-old victim told police that at about 10:30 p.m. she got in an argument with a man in the parking lot. The man told her he would be calling a w…

No charges will be filed against former Sabres forward Andrew Peters for his involvement in a brawl during a youth hockey tournament at the HarborCenter Saturday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday. Peters, 36, of Hamburg, who is the coach of the Junior Sabres team, was suspended Sunday from coaching indefinitely after video of the incident su…

LOCKPORT - State police on Sunday charged a Newfane man with stealing a purse in Walmart on Transit Road. Ronnie W. Clines Jr., 45, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, authorities said. The victim told investigators she inadvertently left her purse in a shopping cart and it was gone when she returned to the cart. Store surveillance showed the…

King Condrell's, an old-fashioned soda fountain and chocolate shop in Kenmore for 51 years, has been keeping more under wraps than just its candies. For the past month, the business at 2804 Delaware Ave. has kept its doors shut while it undergoes a major remodeling. On Sunday, March 5, the unwrapping will begin with a celebration from noon to 3 p.m. featuring giveawa…

The Amherst Planning Board won't vote on two large-scale, high-profile projects at its March meeting. A sprawling mixed-used redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club and a 133-home subdivision eyed for the Muir Woods site were tentatively scheduled to be discussed at the Planning Board's March 16 meeting. Whenever the Westwood project or previous plans to de…

Dunn Tire expects to close on its purchase of a new location on Sheridan Drive in Amherst by summer. Dunn Tire is planning to move from its longtime store in the Northtown Plaza, at 3045 Sheridan Drive, to a building about 1 mile east, at 3454 Sheridan Drive, just east of Sweet Home Road, that now houses a Color-Tech Photo Lab. Dunn Tire has been in the Northtown Pl…

The low-income apartment complex in Lackawanna appeared doomed from the start, but on Monday night lawmakers green-lighted a $8.5 million project they hoped would jump-start development on a barren stretch of Ridge Road. In a 3-2 vote and after a lengthy executive session, City Council members approved the 32-apartment project at 264 Ridge, the former site of Friendship…

BN Chronicles continues a weeklong look at Delaware Avenue: “The skyline of Buffalo’s famous avenue is ever-changing, obliterating Buffalo landmarks, erasing fond memories, and beckoning to the onrush of new business,” wrote the great Buffalo historian Roy Nagle, expressing the prevailing attitude among many in Buffalo in the mid-1950s - especially those, like Nag…

Here's a list of town, village and school district meetings scheduled in March in Erie County's suburbs: Akron/Newstead The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 20 in Village Hall, 21 Main St. • The Town Board holds its regular meetings at 8 p.m. March 13 and 27 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road. • The School Board meets at 7 p.m. March 8 and 22 in the…

The Tonawanda Town Board approved Monday night a special use permit for Boss Cars to sell used autos at 797 Sheridan Drive in a C-general business district. The dealership is moving from its current location on Sheridan at Parkside. Under the approved conditions - Boss Cars will only be allowed to sell four used cars in good condition on the lot and will operate from 9 …

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will replace six vehicles, including one that erupted into flames in January The 2015 Ford Explorer police vehicle is one of the six police vehicles which will be upgraded to 2017 models by the town, at a total cost to the town of $134,000 - which is $202,600 minus trade-ins. The Town of Tonawanda Board is also replacing its pa…

The Town of Hamburg has joined Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, the Town of Tonawanda and other municipalities in suspending its winter overnight parking ban. Supervisor Steven Walters conferred with Police Chief Gregory Wickett and Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. on Monday night, and they agreed that it is not needed with the mild weather. The ban was to be lifted Apri…