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If you want the secret, maybe it was the shoes. Officer Patrick McDonald does not wear your grandfather's thick-soled leather police shoes. He wears jet black, uniform-matching, department-approved black Under Armour sneakers, which allow him to be nimble in any number of split-second on-the-job situations. Let's say, for instance, he was playing wide receiver in a game…

A City of Lockport man accepted a plea offer Wednesday in connection with a Feb. 4 home invasion in which a Town of Lockport man was robbed at gunpoint in his Lincoln Avenue apartment. Markevious K. Davis, 23, of South Street, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery and faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced Sept. 13 by Niagara Co…

A girl was injured in a two-car crash Wednesday morning in the village of Silver Creek, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. The incident took place at about 10:20 a.m. at Central Avenue and Hanover Street. The driver of one of the vehicles, Robert Fisk, 87, of Silver Creek, was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way. He was scheduled to appear…

Fido might love taking a dip or a sip from ponds, lakes or streams. But, if they're tainted with hazardous blue-green algae, it could be deadly. That's why New York Sea Grant and the State Parks system collaborated to issue a fact sheet and a brochure to help dog owners educate themselves about the dangers of harmful algal blooms. "Dogs can be particularly susce…

The Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative has been awarded a 30-month, $342,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to form an integrated care network of community-based organizations and Area Agencies on Aging in Western New York. The collaborative is made up of member community-based organizations and aging agencies that provide …

Sentient Science, a Buffalo industrial equipment monitoring company, has raised $22.5 million in new funding from a Toronto venture capital firm. The funding will help Sentient Science expand its workforce by about 70 people and also expand its presence in the wind energy industry, where the company's materials science-based software is used to predict maintenance and s…

The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor. Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and French roads, the supervisor said. "I promised the revitalization of this plaza would be one of my top priorities and after cou…

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at YourCare Health Plan, 446 Main St., near Lafayette Square. Community organizations that w…

David Menzies made a living preparing tax returns. On the side, he also bought and sold information about phony dependents. Menzies, a 51-year old tax preparer from Floral Park, served hundreds of clients in Western New York and, over a five-year period, filed fraudulent tax returns that claimed false dependents and resulted in refunds his clients were not entitled to. …

Friday is a milestone day for Tesla Inc. That's when Tesla has said it will hand over the keys to the first 30 buyers of its long-awaited Model 3 electric vehicle at an event in Los Angeles. It's only 30 cars, but the public launch of the Model 3, Tesla's $35,000 electric vehicle for the masses, has a lot of bearing on Buffalo and the solar panel factory the company …

Amazon is hoping job seekers will find its hiring bonanza a prime opportunity next week. The online retailing juggernaut will hold open interviews next Wednesday to fill jobs at its distribution center in Lancaster. It's part of a larger Jobs Day initiative to hire 50,000 employees at its hiring hubs across the country. The interviews will be held from 8 a.m. to noon…

The death of a 51-year-old man found Tuesday afternoon on Eagle Street has been ruled a suicide, Buffalo police said. The man, from West Seneca, was found shortly before 4 p.m. on the sidewalk next to the Robert B. Adam Parking ramp at Eagle and Washington streets. A police spokesman said it appears the man jumped from the ramp. A woman committed suicide by jumpin…

Eight years after rejecting the idea of installing cameras at intersections to catch drivers who run red lights, Buffalo officials are again considering the proposal after a rash of recent hit-and-run accidents, including two fatalities. University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt is holding a public hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Common Council chambers  to expl…

Work has started to shore up parts of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street to prepare it for a new use as Ellicott Development Co. moves forward with a plan to build a six-story office and retail building next door. Structural repairs are underway so that work can be done safely on the church near Main and Best streets, said William Paladino, chief executive office…