Buffalo’s new Green Code will do more than restrict where houses can be built and how tall buildings may stand. It also will restrict where beer and cigarettes can be sold and where hookah bars and vaping lounges can locate. Existing businesses are grandfathered and can continue operating, but any new businesses after the Green Code is enacted would be governed by …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Fee hikes for water and sewer charges and use of the community center were reviewed Wednesday during a work session of the Town Board. Minimal increases for water and sewer use have been recommended to cover operation and maintenance costs, according to the officials. Users who consume 9,000 to 30,000 gallons would pay $2.50 per 1,000 gallons for …

Sept. 21, 1931 – Dec. 1, 2016 Robert R. Hesse, who spurred the modern revival of Chautauqua Institution during his six-year tenure as president in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Dec. 1 of complications from cancer. He was 85. Named Chautauqua’s 14th president in 1977, he brought new vigor to the then-struggling education center and summer resort by improvin…

Nov. 3, 1935 – Dec. 6, 2016 NIAGARA FALLS – Frank P. Scaletta, a teacher and high school coach, died Tuesday under hospice care in his Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. He was 81. Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he won numerous awards as a football and baseball player. He attended the University of Buffalo…

A member of the Loiza Boys gang of West Side cocaine and heroin dealers pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Oscar Romero, 35,  faces a federal prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $2 million when…

LOCKPORT - The Lockport Town Board on Wednesday passed a one-year extension of its moratorium on allowing the use of biosolids on land in the town. The moratorium, which would have expired Dec. 17, was originally passed in September 2015 and was extended for nine months in March. It was originally passed because of the controversy over the use by local farmers of byprod…

Delta Sonic is proposing to build its third car wash and gas station location on Niagara Falls Boulevard, this one in the Town of Tonawanda, to join locations in Amherst and Niagara Falls. The combined site at 2494-2520 Niagara Falls Boulevard, just south of Ellicott Creek Road, actually already contains a Dr. Huggs Car Wash, as well as three additional properties to th…

An Akron man  pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J.  Arcara Wednesday to possession of child pornography. Robert J. Strach, 54,  admitted to being active in an online exchange of child pornography. On  March 7 agents of the Federal Homeland Securities Investigations' Child Exploitation Unit raided his home and seized his desktop computer with  two h…

A Stevenson Avenue man  is charged with the Nov. 20 attack on the owner of a store  in the 900 block of East Ferry Street who was  hit with a hammer and wooden table leg. Chas D. Moore-Seymore, 29, is one of  five men who brutalized the store's owner, police said.  He also is the only attacker who has been arrested, they added. Moore-Seymore, arrested Monday, i…

LOCKPORT - Two new police officers will be sworn in Thursday, as the City of Lockport is accelerating the hiring it committed to do in its contract with the police union. The Common Council voted Wednesday to put the officers on right away instead of waiting until after Jan. 1. The 2017 budget contains four new police positions that the city agreed to add under the term…

Casey Swain admitted robbing banks in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Kenmore and Niagara Falls and was suspected by law enforcement in several more. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo   sentenced him Friday to 57 months in prison. Swain, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of bank robbery but, in his plea deal, admitted to five robberies at First Niagara …

A Buffalo man found  asleep at the wheel of his parked car with its engine running in the 200 block of Niagara Street  about 4 p.m. Tuesday has been charged with driving while alcohol impaired. James E. White, 34, also was charged with driving with a revoked driver's license. White, who was drinking, police said, also admitted he had taken prescription medication. …

LOCKPORT - A City of Lockport man who sold fentanyl March 3 and 10 pleaded guilty Wednesday and entered a drug treatment program, risking as long as nine years in prison if he doesn't beat his drug addiction. Thomas McGrew, 43, of Mill Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Ano…

LOCKPORT - A Kenmore man was convicted Thursday of stealing a motorcycle while test-driving it and taking it to Texas. A State Supreme Court jury deliberated for nearly nine hours over two days before rejecting the version of events offered by defendant Daniel J. Harmon, who testified that he traded four pounds of marijuana for the motorcycle. That story was flatly reje…

South Buffalo Council Member Christopher Scanlon is upset that SolarCity isn't holding any of its information sessions on entry-level manufacturing jobs at its solar panel factory in the facility's own neighborhood. Scanlon said he was disappointed that SolarCity is holding three information sessions in Williamsville, but none of the 14 sessions is being held in South B…

LOCKPORT - A Buffalo woman who was found passed out at the wheel of her car in Lockport this summer pleaded guilty to two charges Wednesday in Niagara County Court. Sylvia A. Honeycutt, 27, of Manhattan Avenue, admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having about 6.5 grams of crack cocaine in her purse, as well as a reduced charge of…