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One of the region's major behaviorial health groups is rolling out two mobile units today to bring addiction treatment to where it's needed. The idea is simple: Drive a team that includes physicians, nurses, counselors and peer support services to rural parts of Erie and Niagara counties, to jails and other locations, helping fill gaps in access to substance abuse couns…

Orchard Park is forming a committee to look into the Recreation Department taking over the operation of parks from the Highway Department. The Recreation Commission proposed the change last September, and was aiming for a town board decision by Jan. 1, said Audrey Ramage, chairwoman of the commission. "We wanted our plan to be implemented by April of this year," she …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man told police his 11-year-old son suffered a broken nose when he was beaten Monday afternoon by four juveniles on Grant Street, according to a police report. The boy, who also suffered cut lips, was attacked coming out of a store at 419 Grant St. between 4 and 4:30 p.m., the father told police. The attackers were described as being preteens and the father…

Buffalo

Two robbers took cash from an M&T Bank branch at 1300 Jefferson Ave. on Monday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. Both robbers passed notes to the same bank employee and took an undisclosed amount of cash at about 2:30 p.m., according to police. The first thief was described as male between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet, wearing a dark jacket, black pants an…

Buffalo

A 21-year-old Buffalo man was shot Friday night in Buffalo, but where it happened is unclear, according to Buffalo police. Officers responded to Buffalo General Medical Center shortly before 10 p.m. where they found a victim who had been shot in the stomach, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim was driven there in a private vehicle, police said. The victi…

The owners of Northeast Collision have acquired the Hamburg property that hosts one of their locations, buying it from a local real estate investment and management firm. Fisher Property Management LLC, owned by the Fisher family, paid $1.4 million early this month to buy 4130 McKinley Pkwy. from Pearceco Group LLC. The seller is owned and run by William H. Pearce Jr., …

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The closing of the Huntley Power Plant is threatening to put a plug on 19 million gallons of "raw" water that several local industries get every day. For nearly a century, the coal-fueled Huntley Power Plant generated electrical power and provided the untreated water from the river to neighboring manufacturers like PeroxyChem, tire maker Sumitomo and 3M O-Cell-Sponge fo…

Hamburg

Turns out changing the way Hamburg Town Board meetings are run is not as easy as voting yes. Supervisor James M. Shaw proposed a six-page document on rules for running board meetings, including when the public could speak to the board. But instead of voting on the new rules Monday night, the board tabled them. Town Attorney Steven J. Walters told the board during its…

Buffalo

Developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots have completed their conversion of a former Hamlin Park bedding manufacturing facility into The Mattress Factory mixed-use loft apartment project. The Frizlen Group and Yots' Common Bond Real Estate will formally open the new 34-unit historic rehabilitation project at 170 Florida St. later this week, after more than a year of const…

Spotty electrical service in some areas of Cheektowaga is affecting traffic signals in different parts of town that could affect the evening commute for residents. Flickering traffic signals were reported at Union Road and William Street, as well as on Galleria Drive, a dispatcher for the Cheektowaga Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon. Outages have also bee…

Local News

Niagara Falls Boulevard is a heavily traveled thoroughfare with extensive commercial and residential development that serves as the boundary line between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. Officials on both sides of the road are wrestling with issues ranging from the future of the Boulevard Mall to pedestrian safety to drainage. That's why Amherst and Tonawanda are …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man was arrested Sunday and charged with robbing a Dollar General in the city's Riverside neighborhood on Jan. 8, according to Buffalo police. Lamar L. Keys, 21, faces one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and petit larceny charges, police said. The same Dollar General at 827 Tonawanda St. was robbed two more times – Jan. 14…

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The new USS Little Rock's journey to its homeport in Florida remains on hold in Montreal, possibly until mid-March, because of "historical" wintry conditions. Navy officials say its newest warship, which was commissioned at Canalside Dec. 16, will resume its voyage to Mayport, Fla., once it is safe to navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway. "The St. Lawrence Seaway's ice h…

Clarence

The Clarence Town Board voted last week to spend $125,000 to repair its leaking senior center roof and remove what it called improperly installed solar panels. Town Engineer Timothy Lavocat said the town unsuccessfully sought reimbursement from the solar panel installer, a New Jersey company that has since gone out of business. He said the solar panels were installed ab…