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A North Tonawanda man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Friday after walking up to a City of Tonawanda police car and pouring a 24-ounce can of beer on the hood. Officer Eric Foels was inside the car writing a report on his car computer at Main and Niagara streets when the incident allegedly occurred. David L Serrano, 45 of Mead St., North …

Erie County

Ron Talboys feels blessed. The former engineer with General Motors remembers reading the little ad from Lutheran Trinity Church asking for volunteers to establish a Habitat for Humanity branch in Buffalo. He stepped forward to help establish one. That was 31 years ago. "It just seems like the more we were blessed, the more houses we were able to do," Talboys said. "A…

Amherst

In May 1995, a killer snuffed out the life of Louise Cicelsky, an 82-year-old businesswoman, in her apartment on Longmeadow Road in Amherst. Investigators believe a man robbed and stabbed Cicelsky, who stood just 4 feet and 7 inches tall, while an accomplice stood nearby and watched. The killer, who plunged a knife eight times into the neck of the widow, was never ca…

Columns

Rick Ohler sees writing as a means of testament and healing. He's taught adult courses in writing for many years in East Aurora. The way he gets rolling, at the beginning of a new session, is to ask students what topic they hope to write about. Seven years ago, on a snowy January night, his spring writing course started in typical fashion. Some of the students were regu…

Lancaster

The parcel of land on Genesee Street contained a hodgepodge of abandoned gravel pits and overgrown farm fields in 1995, but Timothy Davis envisioned it as a golf course. He was 34, and Davis, a golf pro, was looking to build his second golf course in the Town of Lancaster. "If you looked past the gravel pits and fields, there was a lot of nice settings for golf holes," …

Buffalo

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) is launching a car seat safety initiative that includes free classes and safety checks of car seats. The new service will be offered by appointment at EPIC's offices at 1000 Main St. In addition, EPIC will take its car seat safety check to a number of community events this year. Fueling the program was a $10,000 donation from t…

Amherst

Plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville are moving ahead, but any store opening is at least five years away as the volunteers behind the effort seek to raise more money and build more support for the project. The leaders of the group that is pushing to build the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville on Friday said they've signed up 55 members so far. The…

TV

There's an art to the banter that TV news announcers engage in between broadcast segments. Channel 2 anchors Maryalice Demler and Scott Levin and meteorologist Kevin O'Connell were in rare form during a recent 6 p.m. newscast. Sitting at the news desk, Levin said, "I'll admit the warmer temperatures feel better, but I hate it when you get that slushy snow around your…

Health and Fitness

The fear, pain and uncertainty that come with going to the dentist can unnerve even the healthiest among us. Imagine what it can be like for those with autism, dementia, physical limitations, developmental disabilities or cancer. These are the patients in the working world of Drs. Elizabeth Kapral and Maureen Sullivan, two of a dozen dentists who help staff three den…

Local News

A 1-year-old male snow leopard has a new home at the Buffalo Zoo. Altai arrived at the zoo in October and has cleared health quarantine and been introduced to a new habitat, the zoo announced Friday. Altai was one of three snow leopards born at the Akron Zoo on March 5, 2016, and is named after the Altai Republic in Siberia and Altai Mountain Range in Central and Eas…

Crime

A Buffalo man shoveling snow on Thursday night told police he was robbed by a man with a gun who threatened to shoot him, according to a city police report. The robbery happened at about 7:45 p.m. on Hempstead Avenue in the Kenfield/Langfield Homes, according to the police report. The victim told police he initially refused to hand over any belongings but the robber …

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman ran into some trouble this week when she went to smoke marijuana with some people she had met on Snapchat. The woman told Buffalo police a man and a woman got into the backseat of her vehicle on LaSalle Avenue at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report. The two then picked a fight with her and a male friend who was with her in the car. …

The Village of Blasdell is looking for candidates for village trustee. The opening came as a result of former Mayor Michael Petrie winning election to the Hamburg Town Board. Petrie resigned Wednesday as mayor, and the Village Board appointed Trustee Rob Hefner to succeed him. Hefner will accept letters of interest accompanied by resumes from village residents who ar…

Art

Colorful paintings of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood to the east of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are making a statement in a common walkway on the campus. Tucked on the eastern end of a hallway between Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center is the newly installed Community Artists Gallery, giving many patients and …

Erie County

The Erie County Clerk's Office will open a new pistol permit satellite office in Elma Town Hall. The satellite office will be open every Friday starting early next month, announced County Clerk Mickey Kearns and Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers. The Elma pistol permit office will process transactions, including adding or removing a gun, change of address and help with gene…