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Former Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark III died Friday night in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 74. The Brooklyn native became one of Western New York’s best known political and legal figures through his ubiquitous radio and television appearances during his long career. A graduate of Canisius High School and Niagara University…

The rundown farm where former Town of Aurora horse owner Beth Lynne Hoskins was charged with dozens of counts of animal cruelty is threatened with foreclosure. Two banks have filed foreclosure notices for failure to pay the mortgages on two houses on more than 28 acres on Emery Road. It's another mark against the colorful Hoskins, who collected Morgan horses and got …

The Buffalo Planning Board wants Norstar Development to revise its plans for construction of its final 176 apartments at the former Shoreline Apartments. Norstar wants to demolish a total of 16 buildings on 7th street, including 105, 85, 65 and 45 as well as the following locations on Niagara Street: 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190, 200, 210, 220, 230 and 240. The …

A time capsule shout-out has gone out to all Kaleida Health employees and physicians at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to submit hospital-related items before the November move to the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Last week, Kaleida began encouraging staff to donate current Children's Hospital items by Oct. 6 that will…

Ralph Sirianni took his cue from Walter Prochownik, his mentor in life and art. Siranni studied under Prochownik, a renowned painter, in the 1970s at the University at Buffalo. Sirianni, 68, raised on the city's West Side, was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. Prochownik, who left Poland as a young man to escape the invading Nazis, resettled in Buffalo and saw combat d…

Health care leaders from The Eden Alternative, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo will share insights on aging during a panel discussion Nov. 3. The event will take place at Templeton Landing in Buffalo. The event -- "Improving the Health Status of the Community: Person-Centered Care for our Aging Population" -- will explore clinical, social …

A Chautauqua County man sought by authorities on an outstanding warrant for drug-related charges was arrested Thursday by deputies after he was stopped while driving on Route 20 in the Town of Sheridan, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Benjamin M. Gray, 26, of Sinclairville, had been wanted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of controlled…

Paul S. Crews, currently the deputy health care system director for the San Francisco VA Health Care System, has been named interim director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Buffalo VA Medical Center. The assignment takes effect on Oct. 1. Brian Stiller, the former director, will assume a new position within the Veterans Integrated Service Network off…

Erie County is in line to receive $300,000 from the U.S. Justice Department, as part of a $58.8 million federal appropriation to strengthen drug court programs and address the opioid epidemic nationwide, officials said Friday. “Hopefully, this significant funding from the Department of Justice will further assist our federal, state, and local partners in our combined …

The long-awaited trial of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz on three felony election law violations, slated to begin in Albany County Court on Monday, has been delayed until Feb. 5. Albany County Judge Peter A. Lynch, who was to preside over the non-jury trial, granted the Friday motions of defense attorneys Joseph M. LaTona of Buffalo and E. Stewart Jones of Troy see…

Here's how Buffalo area residents can help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico through Oct. 6: Special donation boxes will be set up at drop-off sites in Buffalo City Hall, 35 Erie County buildings, the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. and at St. Anthony's Church, which is located at 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna. Needed supplies include bottled water, flashlights, …

Josh Barnett, the new executive sports editor of The Buffalo News, recently solicited questions from the readers of TwoBillsDrive.com about Bills coverage and the new BNblitz.com. Here is a sample of the questions and his responses. Q: Why are we being asked to pay for the same content that was free in the past? A: We have expanded our coverage and coverage team t…

A Buffalo man accused in a violent attack on a woman last June pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday morning to attempted assault in the first degree. In exchange for the guilty plea, Justice Deborah Haendiges agreed that she would sentence Felix Velazquez to no more than 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision when he returns before her on Nov…

Michael C. O’Neill, the Wheatfield man who lost part of his leg in an explosion at his home, now admits he owned an explosive device. O'Neill's admission, part of a guilty plea in federal court in Rochester to unlawful possession of a destructive device, came two years after the explosion at 6761 Walmore Road, and a subsequent police search that found evidence of a pi…

D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co.'s  plant in Allegany County, which makes a variety of cookies and crackers, will close at year's end, eliminating 51 jobs. The company said it will close the Cuba plant and combine the site's manufacturing into "higher production facilities" in York, Pa., and Santa Ana, Calif. The company is headquartered in York, where it made its first ani…