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The trade deadline came and went ... but no Buffalo Sabres went. The Sabres didn't make any deadline deals Wednesday. On a slow day throughout the NHL, Buffalo either failed or declined to move rentals such as Dmitry Kulikov, Cody Franson and Brian Gionta. Several defensemen with expiring contracts have switched teams in recent days, but interest was minimal on Kulik…

A Williamsville developer has acquired a former KeyBank branch in Clarence, betting that its location on Transit Road will prove attractive for a new commercial tenant. Iskalo Development Corp. bought the closed 4,288-square-foot branch at 6525 Transit from Melissa Pazzaglia, paying $640,000. Iskalo Executive Vice President David Chiazza said the developer does not …

Anthony Favors, 29, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in Amherst Town Court Wednesday to a reduced larceny charge in the theft of over $1,000 worth of property on Nov. 29 from a retail store on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Justice  Kara A. Buscaglia told Favors she is considering placing him on probation when he returns to court for sentencing April 19. Amherst police arrested Fa…

And the award for the healthiest housing market in New York state goes to...... Lackawanna? No, it's not another example of envelope confusion, although some might argue that financial technology company SmartAsset could be moonlighting in La La Land. The company, in its third-annual Healthiest Housing Markets Study, reported that the Southtowns city ranked No. 1 in …

A historic grain elevator in the city’s Valley neighborhood, just south of Larkinville and the Niagara Thruway, is getting a new lease on life, thanks to an architectural firm. The city Planning Board on Monday approved a $1.8 million proposal by Young + Wright Architectural to convert the former Kreiner Malting Grain Elevator at 50 Elk St. into its new offices. T…

A strong storm system will blow away near record-high temperatures and bring winter back to the Buffalo Niagara region today. Wind gusts of 60 mph or more are expected this evening, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a high wind warning through 7 a.m. Thursday for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties. …

Leah R. Landman, a Buffalo woman who stole a debit card from a parked car outside a Niagara Falls health club and went on a shopping spree, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months to three years in state prison. But State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski ordered that the sentence be served simultaneously with a one- to three-year prison term Landman started in Octo…

Shortly after a fire severely damaged St. Patrick's Church in Lackawanna, Father Nelson Baker dreamed of replacing it with a grander building dedicated to Our Lady of Victory. The Basilica construction began in 1921 and was finished by Christmas of 1925. Take a look inside one of Western New York's most beautiful churches.

There are openings for two members on the Tonawanda City School District's Board of Education. The election for school board seats and the budget vote will be held on May 16. Terms are for three-years and elected members will served from from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. Board member application packets are available in the Tonawanda City School District Board of E…

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has received permission to appeal an appellate court's reversal of Matthew W. Kuzdzal's murder conviction. Prosecutors now are waiting to hear when their appeal will be scheduled and heard, a process that could take several months. The Kuzdzal case was back in State Supreme Court court Wednesday for an update on the status of t…

Groundwater at the former Trico windshield wiper factory on Washington Street is contaminated with various chemicals. There are PCBs and metals such as arsenic, mercury and barium in the soil. And various metals also contaminate standing water in a basement at the 617,000-square-foot complex, which includes five connected buildings. Those problems and others are p…

It wasn't the attention that killed the owl. Nor a predator. Nor toxins near Scajaquada Creek. Most likely, it was rat poison. The 2-year-old female Great Horned Owl found dead last month under its perch at Forest Lawn appears to have been poisoned by its prey. Preliminary results from wildlife pathologists determined the owl's likely cause of death was from…

WASHINGTON – The people calling in bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in Buffalo and across the country will lose their cloak of anonymity if Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer gets his way. The New York Democrat on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant a waiver to the nation's Jewish Community Centers and others that have been ta…

A Buffalo man was fatally shot early Wednesday morning in front of his home on Pershing Avenue, near Best Street. Police said the shooting took place just before 4 a.m. Police identified the victim as a 39-year-old Buffalo man. He was declared dead at the scene. Relatives gathered outside of the house said his name was James Smith but declined to talk to a reporter.…