Is this the real world, or have you stepped into a Christmas card? Well may you ask yourself that, standing in awe outside Vidler's Five and Ten, the legendary East Aurora five-and-dime. The sprawling store, founded in 1930, stands on a quaint main street, across from another storied stop on our 100 Things tour, the Aurora Theatre. [Gallery: Vidler's Five and Ten…

BURT -- For more than 30 years, Denise Noble has been distributing donated toys, winter clothing and Christmas trees with all of the trimmings to needy families throughout rural Niagara County. She is making her plea for donations again this holiday season, but, she said she is doing so with greater urgency because she has recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a di…

The Buffalo area will see a few snow flurries without accumulation on Saturday, but it will be a different story in the Southern Tier. Areas from the far southern end of Erie County, around Springville, into most of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus and even Allegheny counties should expect another four to seven inches,  said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National W…

Gotta be the shoes Napoleon “Polo” Kerber has a big meeting later this month – with LeBron James. Kerber, co-owner of Fabes Sole High in Buffalo, will talk to the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar about creating a pair of custom basketball shoes, which is Fabes’ specialty. The ideas are already flowing. People close to LeBron have mentioned possibly a design r…

YOUNGSTOWN -- Volunteers will gather next week to pick up, sort, wrap and deliver food and presents to the needy in Youngstown and Porter as part of the annual Youngstown Community Christmas Baskets effort. Boy Scout Troop 829 and Cub Scout Pack 829 of Youngstown and their families will go door-to-door at dinnertime Tuesday, Dec. 13 to pick up bags of canned goods and o…

A North Tonawanda woman early Friday was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after a border patrol agent called Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies about a vehicle being operated erratically on Cayuga Drive near Williams Road in Wheatfield, deputies reported. Lindsay R. Peace, 32, who had a DWI conviction several years ago, was charged with felony aggravated d…

Buffalo police officers arrested a Potomac Avenue man Thursday on drunk driving charges, while responding to another call on Germain Street, off Amherst Street, Buffalo police said Friday. Jean Safari, 21, was stopped by officers as he was about to drive from Germain onto Amherst at about 8 p.m., according to police. Officers reported that Safari allegedly had an odor o…

A Fredonia man was taken into custody by Buffalo police on Thursday, in connection with a sex incident that allegedly happened in downtown Buffalo, according to a Buffalo police report. Abdulla O. Mahmood, 26, of Water Street, was taken into custody during questioning at police headquarters on Franklin Street, according to the police report. Mahmood was charged with …

National Grid crews were working in South Buffalo to install a temporary overhead line to compensate for a failed underground cable that knocked out power to over 250 customers Friday and also affected some stop lights earlier in the day, according to Kathy Hill, a spokeswoman for the utility, on Friday evening. Some were still affected later in the day on Friday. The …

The national rate of teen-age pregnancy has fallen to historic lows. Yet pockets of high rates persist in some areas of the country -- including parts of Buffalo. HOPE Buffalo represents an initiative, funded by a major federal grant, to do something about the situation. Project representatives will hold two community forums in Buffalo to discuss a goal of reducing t…

Buffalo Police are looking for at least two men who posed as utility workers to get into a Normal Avenue house Thursday afternoon. The victims said they the men claimed there was a gas leak in the house and let them in. Once inside, the suspects tied up one of the victims and struck him, causing facial injuries that required treatment at the Erie County Medical Cente…

Michael H. Wilson raised a few eyebrows when he arrived in town and bought a $6.3 million home in Hamburg in 2008. Only 22 at the time, Wilson had a reputation as a savvy, young investor from Cleveland. On Friday, he returned to Buffalo but, this time, as a criminal defendant accused of operating an $8 million investment scam. Wilson, who has been on the run, was …

Lakeside property owners and municipal officials fear shoreline erosion and property damage could result from a new Lake Ontario management plan that changes how high and low the lake’s water level can fluctuate. But advocates say the change will help restore a more natural shoreline and prove more ecologically beneficial for birds, fish and other shore life. And, …

LOCKPORT - A Wilson man could spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of sexually abusing a girl from July 2014 through March of this year. Alfonso C. Cutaia, 41, of New Road, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child after about six hours of jury deliberations that wrapped up a two-week trial. Assistant District Atto…

LOCKPORT - A father was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court on an indictment accusing him of assaulting his newborn son twice before the child was a month old. Eric L. Fehr, 29, of Royalton Center Road, Royalton, was living on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport when the crimes allegedly occurred between June 6, when the baby was born, and July 3. The baby was t…

Keri Chentfant, an English Language Arts seventh-grade teacher is one of the regulars at a hot new dining spot at Lackawanna High School run by five special needs students. “This is the best group of workers we’ve got right here,” said Chentfant, who favors the healthy breakfast wraps and lunch specials at The Lunch Box Garden Fresh Cafe, tucked into a former facu…