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ALBANY – Carl P. Paladino said that, if he could, he would take back the inflammatory comments he made about President Barack Obama and his wife that cast him in the national spotlight. "I sincerely regret my words," Paladino said. "I regret thinking them and saying them." “I regret the shame I brought on myself and my kids,” Paladino added. “It wasn’t a go…

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 …

WASHINGTON – Depending on how you measure it, Rep. Chris Collins is somewhere between $5 million poorer and $44 million poorer after the stock he touted to colleagues and Buffalo's elite collapsed in value in Australia early Tuesday morning while America slept. And that multi-million dollar loss might be the least of his worries. Collins said Tuesday he didn't sell…

NYSEG has reported that over 2,000 customers have lost power in Orchard Park and West Seneca. In Orchard Park, nearly 1,500 customers are without power; in West Seneca, over 500 customers are without power. The estimated restoration time is 9:30 p.m.

A 15-year-old bicyclist suffered serious injuries Tuesday after he was struck by a motor vehicle on Route 20 in Pomfret between Brocton and Fredonia. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies, who responded to the accident at 1:24 p.m., reported that the 15-year-old boy from Brocton was traveling east on Route 20 when he entered the same lane of travel as motorist Nicholas D…

ALBANY – Three felony corruption counts against state Sen. Robert Ortt were dropped by an Albany judge Tuesday just three months after the case was brought against the Republican senator from North Tonawanda by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Albany County Judge Peter Lynch tossed the case against Ortt, saying there was “no valid line of reasoning and permiss…

"Internal dissension" between Ross M. Cellino Jr. and his longtime law partner Stephen E. Barnes prompted Cellino to ask for dissolution of their law firm, according to a document released Tuesday. According to Cellino, the two men have been battling for a long time about at least 16 different issues, including clients that the law firm takes from other attorneys, expan…

Canterbury Woods has completed a $2.3 million renovation and expansion of its Amherst campus that includes a refurbished swimming pool, a fitness center and an environmentally friendly green roof. The senior community, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, unveiled its new suburban wellness and fitness center this week – the latest physical expansio…

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in locating Anna Belle Niles, 23, of Lockport who was last seen June 2 in Niagara Falls. Niles was described as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. Sheriff's officials asked anyone with information to call 438-3393 or Inv. Amanda Irons at 438-…

William R. Hall will retire as chief of the North Tonawanda Police Department in July. Hall has been a member of the department for over 30 years. He previously served as chief of detectives for 11 years and stepped into the role of chief in 2013, succeeding Police Chief Randy Szukala. No interim chief has been announced. The selection of a new chief will be made aft…