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Nearly 50 years have passed since New York City police officer John E. Varecha died during a routine traffic stop that turned quickly into a shootout. And it's been more than 17 years since Albert Victory, one of the men who killed the rookie officer, was granted parole and then, when the word got out, rejected. Victory still won his release but now, after all that t…

A criminal case that raised questions about bitcoin and its legal status as a currency ended Thursday with a guilty plea. Richard Petix, a 32-year old Rochester man, admitted making a false statement and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business as part of a plea deal that ends his two-year old prosecution. Petix, who has a previous child pornography convic…

National Grid is proposing a rate hike that would result in a residential electricity customer's monthly bill increasing 14 percent, or $11.23, and a residential natural gas customer's monthly bill rising 14 percent, or $10.38. The state Public Service Commission must approve the request after a review process that is expected to last 11 months. If approved, the hikes w…

Bank on Buffalo has pushed back the opening date for two additional branches. Its Orchard Park and Amherst locations probably won't open until late August or early September, said Martin T. Griffith, Bank on Buffalo's president. The bank had targeted opening a branch at 5190 Sheridan Drive in late May, followed by a location at 3049 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park a f…

The value of Rand Capital's investment portfolio slipped by 1 percent as the Buffalo venture capital firm reduced its valuation on a some of its investments. The net asset value of Rand's investments slipped to $32.3 million, or $5.10 per share, at the end of March, compared with $32.6 million, or $5.16 per share, at the end of last year. During the first quarter, Ra…

One in five Americans experiences a mental illness in a given year and nearly one in two is likely to experience at least one during the course of a lifetime. Half of those with substance use disorders have co-occurring mental illnesses. So common, yet so troubling, is that many of these people suffer in silence and don't reach out for help. Michelle Scheib has an idea …

LEWISTON - No one was hurt Thursday afternoon when a driver crashed into the patio of a Center Street restaurant. The driver of an SUV crashed into the patio of 700 Bistro & Cafe, 700 Center St., at about 2:07 p.m., according to Lewiston police. No charges were filed, police said in a Facebook post.

After 62 years, the Thruway's bridge at Exit 57 over Camp Road is coming down. In its place will be a T-intersection from the Thruway entrance with Camp Road, which also is Route 75. "This bridge came up for a decision as part of the capital program," said Jennifer Givner, director of communications for the Thruway Authority. Givner said the review of the bridge l…

A transplant surgeon who is quietly becoming a major developer in the Buffalo area has received the final approvals he needs to build an upscale apartment complex on Transit Road in East Amherst. The Amherst Planning Board last week approved the site plan application for Dr. Fadi Dagher's Creek View Luxury Apartments and determined the $4 million project would not harm …

Democrats are looking for candidates for Town Board in North Collins. There are two four-year seats on the board that will be on the ballot in November. Potential candidates can send letters of interest by certified mail to Democratic Chairwoman Ann Converso at 2568 Marshfield Road, Lawtons, N.Y. 14091 by May 10. The four-year terms are currently held by Republicans…

Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Thursday commended C. Douglas Hartmayer for his more than 18 years as director of public affairs and chief spokesman. Hartmayer, a Navy veteran and former public affairs manager for Tops Friendly Markets, is retiring following a brief transition period over the next few weeks. Executive Director Kimbe…

A Georgia man wanted on an attempted murder charge was arrested this week in Niagara Falls, according to city police. Emanuel D. Williams Sr., 38, of Macon, Ga., was arrested by city police with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop on Robbins Drive, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Williams was charged in Ma…

Concern about traffic has prompted a two-week delay for Planning Board approval of a new school building and other facilities for Tapestry Charter School's proposed expansion. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its cur…

Here's a list of the town, village and school district meetings in Erie County in May: Akron/Newstead The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. May 1 and 15 in Village Hall, 21 Main St. • The Town Board holds a work session at 8 p.m. May 1 and its regular meetings at 8 p.m. May 8 and 22 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road. • The School Board holds a budget hearing at…

DMario  A. Caeser, 20, of Buffalo was charged with speeding and unlicensd driving after his car was pulled over by Amherst police early Thursday morning. After Caeser was flagged to the curb in the 200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard about 3:15 a.m. for  speeding, police said, Officers found his license had been suspended after a recent traffic incident.

The check is in the mail. It’s not you, it’s me. The fruit cake was delicious, Aunt Hilda. People who yearn to no longer allow those  fibs, embellishments and little white lies to spring from their lips, may find inspiration on Sunday. It is  National Honesty Day, the annual counterpoint to the quasi-holiday that starts the month, April Fools Day. Hone…