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Ricky Q. Caldwell was sent to state prison Tuesday for his 66th criminal conviction. This time, he robbed a man in his car outside a 7-Eleven store in Niagara Falls. It was the sixth time in his life, not counting parole violations, that Caldwell has been sent to state prison. But he vowed that this time would be his last. "In my illustrious career, I apologize, and …

Attorneys for both sides on Wednesday started making their closing arguments in the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo School Board. Former state attorney general Dennis Vacco reinforced his argument that the petition to remove Paladino is really about comments he made in Artvoice about President Obama and his wife - not any dis…

William D. Reuter isn't railing against chargebacks anymore. As chief financial officer for Erie Community College, Reuter spent years arguing against the chargeback fees imposed upon counties for residents who attend community colleges outside their home counties. Community colleges largely benefit from chargebacks, which are meant to supplement their main revenues: tu…

Arthur Wingerter, the president of Univera Healthcare, has been named chairman of the Invest Buffalo Niagara board of directors. Wingerter replaces Randall L. Clark, the Dunn Tire chairman and president, who has been Invest Buffalo Niagara's chairman on two separate occasions. Also named to the Invest Buffalo Niagara board were: vice chairman, Douglas Dimitroff, Phil…

Most people working in Hamburg Town Hall looked forward to a bonus every summer: they got to leave a half hour early, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Town Supervisor Steven J. Walters called the custom "a very old policy that was initially brought on due to the lack of air conditioning in this world during the summer hours." He noted that air conditioning has sinc…

April 2 was an emotional day for Maj. Patrick Miller. It was three years to the day since the Allegany native faced down a killer who shot and killed three other soldiers before shooting Miller in the abdomen at Fort Hood, Texas. He was one of 16 to survive the mass shooting. "Hard to believe it's been three years," he tweeted on the day. Since that day he looks …

A $2.84 million project to reconstruct part of Sweet Home Road in Amherst is complete. The project on Sweet Home, between Maple Road and the University at Buffalo entrance, involved replacing the existing pavement, installing two-way, center left turn lanes to reduce the number of accidents and rebuilding crosswalks and sidewalks. In addition, pedestrian signals and …

Amos Hertzler was born with a rare condition in which the esophagus does not connect to the stomach. But on May 2, the 6-year-old boy from Cattaraugus County underwent a successful surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., to attach a piece of his small intestine to his esophagus. His parents are hopeful their son's feeding pump can soon be removed as he learns …

Williamsville is officially a Clean Energy Community. The state conferred the title on the village for its efforts to reduce energy use, cut costs and promote renewable energy. The village completed four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as part of the initiative. To earn the designat…

Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity is celebrating a $2.25 million donation. The gift, donated by a family from outside Western New York, will go to the organization's capital campaign that seeks to raise $12 million for projects intended to improve the Our Lady of Victory campus and its program sites in Lackawanna. "This is the single largest gift Our Lady of Victo…

An all-terrain vehicle operator was rescued from a heavily wooded ravine along the south branch of Smokes Creek after Buffalo Bills security guards at New Era Field heard him yelling for help about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Orchard Park Police Department reported. Police said they found John Nietopski, 59, stuck under a fallen tree 20 to 30 feet down a steep muddy embankment.…

From Day One, Carlo J. Marinello II knew it was a one-a-million proposition. After all, how many cases, especially one involving a small business owner from Buffalo, ever make it to the U.S. Supreme Court? The nation's highest court surprised Marinello and a lot of others this week by agreeing to hear an appeal of his three-year old tax evasion conviction. "Totall…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born on this date in 1712, “Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.” . . . ALL EARS – A new Puppy Tales story time series begins at 10:15 a.m. Friday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Café, 688 Abbott Road. The six-week program is for children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult…

A 60-year-old West Seneca man admitted in Erie County Court that he stole money from a social club while serving as its treasurer. Craig Hicks pleaded guilty before Judge Kenneth F. Case to one count of grand larceny and one count of falsifying business records for stealing $12,500 from cash fundraisers and the operating of the Carriagers Social Club, a fraternal organi…

WASHINGTON – Lake Ontario land owners stood by helpless as rising waters wrecked their property this spring, but strong voices rose to their defense in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday. Officials from Western New York and the House members who represent them met with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, with both short …