State officials continue to press forward with their latest proposal to convert the Scajaquada Expressway into a lower-speed boulevard, but the plan is increasingly meeting with opposition from those who say it doesn't go far enough to encourage and protect both pedestrians and bicyclists. The New York State Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting at 5…

Local pet owners now may take their beloved pets with them to their graves, at least at Forest Lawn and its three suburban cemeteries. Forest Lawn becomes the first such not-for-profit facility in the state to permit the pet burials, the Forest Lawn Group announced Monday. Allowing the burial or interment of the cremated remains of domestic pets is an important step …

A fire in a vehicle spread to a Buffalo home Sunday night, causing $85,000 in damage to the house, according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office. The blaze at 58 Kermit Ave., just west of Bailey Avenue and north of East Delavan Avenue, was reported at 10:55 p.m., the Alarm Office said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Michael A. Altieri Sr.’s first memories of World War II start when he was 15 years old. He had just returned from a matinee showing of the Buck Rogers serial at the Palace Theater in Schenectady. “I walked into the kitchen and my parents were sitting and listening to their little plastic ivory radio. My dad looked up and said, ‘The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.…

Two teen-aged Buffalo males were struck by gunfire around 2 a.m. Sunday in the Kensington-Bailey area on the city’s East Side. A 16-year-old was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center while a 17-year-old was listed in fair condition at ECMC following the shootings at Cornwall Avenue and Sussex Street. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the P…

A 63-year-old Olean man was identified by police Sunday as the suspect in a fire early Saturday morning that forced tenants out of a Bailey Avenue apartment building. Buffalo fire marshals arrested Roger Cornell in connection with the fire at 437 Bailey. Cornell was charged late Saturday night with arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. Fire marshal…

The Erie Canal Harbor board of directors may have lost more than a trusted board member and workhorse when David Colligan resigned last week. It also may have lost its quorum. For more than two years, four of the seven voting members rarely missed a meeting of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. But those in the other three board seats missed more than half of th…

A small residential fire on Buffalo's East Side left four adults and eight children temporarily homeless Saturday afternoon. The fire at 310 Sobieski St. started around 1:17 p.m. and originated within a second-floor wall, according to Buffalo fire dispatchers. The fire caused an estimated $4,000 in damage to the 2 1/2 story wood-frame structure and $1,000 in damage to t…

Buffalo firefighters put out a fire at a vacant warehouse in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood Saturday night. The fire was discovered at about 8:40 p.m. at a warehouse at 25 Reno St., fire dispatchers said. It apparently ignited in the office area of a one-story, brick structure and was extinguished within an hour. Firefighters estimate $10,000 in damage to the building…

It’s unusual for Buffalo police and firefighters get called to a scene for a snake bite. It’s weirder still when the 2-foot-long snake is still attached to the victim, shows no sign of letting go, and is named for a drag queen. The mini-drama unfolded around 7:15 p.m. Saturday when dispatchers sent police and firefighters to a South Buffalo address on a snake bite c…

The Erie County Central Library invites all job seekers to attend a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Nearly 30 businesses and organizations will be participating in the job fair, offering positions in fields ranging from casinos and transportation to healthcare and housing. For a listing of specific companies, visit the Buffalo and Erie County website…

Eleven hours and just a few minutes after Donald J. Trump officially became the 45th president, 11-year-old Siana Akauola and her grandmother, Valerie Akaoula, boarded a bus in Buffalo headed for the nation's capital. In eight hours they would join a massive crowd of at least 500,000 protesters determined to show the new president that they don't support his ideas about…

Not every Western New Yorker concerned about women's issues in the era of President Donald J. Trump could make it to the nation's capital Saturday. Some came to Buffalo's Niagara Square instead. There was Megan Vaughan of Lancaster, accompanied by her son, Rocco,  8. "We should respect everyone," Rocco said. There was Leah Schwab, 36,  of Kenmore, walking with …

As more than 300 Buffalo area residents board buses tonight bound for the Women's March on Washington, Buffalo News reporter Maki Becker and photographer Robert Kirkham will travel with them. The two  will ride through the night on a chartered bus to provide live coverage Saturday of  the protest against President Donald Trump in Washington, one day after Trump was in…

Stuart Strickland remembered his father's stories about the most harrowing moment in his life, when William R. Strickland saw the out-of-control freighter Michael K. Tewksbury topple the Michigan Avenue lift bridge into the ice-choked Buffalo River just before midnight on Jan. 21, 1959. This weekend, Stuart Strickland plans to travel from his home in Pittsburgh to j…