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Less than a month after opening its doors to students from SUNY Buffalo State and other colleges, the owner of a sprawling student-housing community on Buffalo's West Side has put it up for sale. DHD Ventures, co-owned by Thomas Masaschi of Rochester, is seeking a buyer for the Monarch 716 complex at 100 Forest Ave., located near the intersection of the Niagara Thruway …

Lockport's budget surpluses in the past three years have helped raise the city's credit rating. "The outlook is positive," S&P Global Ratings said after it raised the rating from BBB to BBB+ for general obligation bonds. Bond ratings affect the city's costs when it borrows money through bonds. "The city has operated to surpluses in each of the past three ye…

Marcel Worthy talked about the now-infamous City Grill shooting that left his girlfriend and three others dead, as well as his efforts to remember her through a photo in a rap music video. On the witness stand, Worthy also talked about another shooting – a drive-by that killed a 16-year old boy – and his role in that decade-old murder. But it was toward the en…

Erie County officials are likely to move forward with a new policy that requires county government-bought products and materials be made in America. But it's not going to be the law originally proposed by County Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga. Morton's proposed law, which originally passed in the Legislature by a 9-1 vote, would require county contractors to g…

ALDI will unveil a new look at its Jamestown store next week. The store, at 930 Fairmount Ave., will reopen Wednesday with the company's latest decor and layout concept after being closed for renovations. ALDI has committed to investing $1.6 billion in 1,300 stores across the country by 2020. Improvements include airy ceilings and natural lighting as well as expan…

A Town of Boston man has admitted in State Supreme Court to repeatedly sexually abusing a 5-year-old child over the course of nearly a year, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. David Stitt, 63, pleaded guilty before Justice John L. Michalski to one count of course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree. Stitt reportedly engag…

A tanker truck hauling milk rolled over Wednesday morning in Wyoming County, according to authorities. The driver was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center for leg and chest injuries after he was extricated from the wreckage, the Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies said. Investigators believe the driver, Ja-Ryan Marquis Steen, 24, of Arcade, was driving east on Beave…

Three more national chains are coming to the newly revamped Northtown Plaza in Amherst, including the first West Elm in Western New York. West Elm, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn were confirmed Thursday as the latest additions to the plaza, which is owned by WS Development. The brands join other lead tenants L.L.Bean and Whole Foods Market, which opened last week i…

Ann M. Hood's retirement from leading the largest Western New York-based credit union is still a little ways off, but a search for her successor is under way. Hood has served as president and CEO of the Lockport-based Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union since 2000. She is set to retire Feb. 28, wrapping up a career at Cornerstone that began in 1983. Hood st…

In February 2014, James Hanley paid $2,695 to Wurtz Funeral Home in Boston to cover his future funeral and burial expenses. Last October, Hanley moved into a nursing home out of state closer to where his daughter, Sharon, lives. When he became gravely ill and died in April just before his 83rd birthday, Sharon Hanley tried to contact the funeral home. She found out i…

A Corfu man died after his car struck a tractor-trailer Thursday morning in the Town of Middlebury in Wyoming County, state police said. Shortly after 8:30 a.m., Dean M. Dale, 54, was eastbound on West Middlebury Road when he failed to yield to a tractor-trailer that was northbound on East Bethany Road. Dale's vehicle struck the truck, troopers said. Troopers and Gen…

After spending 10 months investigating the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site, the Buffalo Fire Department declared the cause "undetermined" on Thursday. James Otwell, chief of Buffalo Fire Investigation Unit, said investigators were not able to pinpoint what started the fire Nov. 7 that burned for four days in Lackawanna, forcing residents of about 300 hom…

For nearly half a century, no one has seen the vintage bicycles and rare bike memorabilia that Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro collected. That includes the 1886 Columbia high-wheel bicycle the couple bought for $325 in 1970 at a flea market outside of Cleveland. Since then, the couple kept acquiring vintage bicycles made between the 1860s and 1920s, especially models connec…

One of the prize winners in the 43North business plan competition in 2013 is on the verge of being acquired by a British investment company in a deal worth nearly $11 million. Hemogenyx, a New York City company that is developing new types of treatment patients undergoing bone marrow transplants or blood stem cell treatments, is being acquired by a British company, Silv…

Looking for Williamsville's Oktoberfest? Just follow the wagon-drawn ceremonial "first keg" down Main Street during a parade at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 from Williamsville's Village Hall to Island Park. Live music on the Main Stage will follow from the Frankfurters at 4 p.m. and Nerds Gone Wild at 7 p.m. The 2017 Follow the Lederhosen 5K run and 1-mile fun walk beg…