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LOCKPORT – Jonathan D. Bersani accepted a plea deal in Niagara County Court Friday, admitting to two cocaine felonies while avoiding prosecution on a third.Bersani, 21, of Koons Avenue, Buffalo, a former Town of Niagara resident, accepted a sentencing cap of three years from County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who will make it official Oct. 18. Bersani is jailed in lieu of $…

Two months of milling and repaving work on the Kensington Expressway from downtown to the Scajaquada Expressway is expected to wrap up this morning. But plenty more work is on tap this year and in 2014 for one of the area’s highest-volume thoroughfares.“I would say with the paving, we’re about at 50 percent complete,” said Susan S. Surdej, spokeswoman for the regional offi…

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Visitors to the three retired naval vessels on the Buffalo waterfront this weekend are in for some commotion. Over the sounds of buzzing grinders and banging hammers on the USS The Sullivans, four dozen former sailors are battling a new, more persistent foe: rust.“Rust is the enemy,” said Lee Rush, a former Navy electronics technician and a veteran of the Vietnam War. “Eve…

Local police are warning that an extremely powerful and potentially fatal batch of drugs, being sold as heroin, has hit the Buffalo area.Laboratory tests confirmed that one of two batches of heroin recently purchased by undercover lawmen from a Buffalo drug trafficker was not heroin but a highly potent and very dangerous drug routinely given to severely ailing cancer patie…

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation says it believes its dispute with the district about teachers assisting with the in-school breakfast program can be resolved without going to arbitration.The union plans to address issues of classroom cleanliness and ants from crumbs and spilled milk directly with the school district after canceling the resumption of arbitration hearings nex…

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A chocolate lab who charmed people by trying to wag her tail even while bandaged and burned from a house fire has recovered enough to go home after strangers donated $40,000 to finance her care at the SPCA.“I hate everything that happened to her. … If it wasn’t for the SPCA, my dog would be dead,” said Afia Lott.Lott took her dog home Friday to Buffalo. “I feel blessed,” L…

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the Elmwood Village’s crunchier, funkier and more localist answer to the larger Allentown Art Festival, will turn a three-block stretch of the city into a bastion of Buffalo-based arts and culture Saturday and Sunday.The 14th version of the fest, considered the symbolic closing parenthesis to Buffalo’s busy festival season, will fea…

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the Elmwood Village’s crunchier, funkier and more localist answer to the larger Allentown Art Festival, will turn a three-block stretch of the city into a bastion of Buffalo-based arts and culture Saturday and Sunday.The 14th version of the fest, considered the symbolic closing parenthesis to Buffalo’s busy festival season, will fea…

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When opponents of Erie Community College’s plan to locate a new science-oriented instructional building in Amherst went to the Buffalo Common Council in July for a show of support, they got it.At the time, Mayor Byron W. Brown did not speak publicly about the issue. But on Thursday, he said he does favor the expanded campus downtown.Brown’s opponents, Democrat Bernard A. T…

When Superintendent Pamela C. Brown unveiled the Buffalo School District’s strategic plan Wednesday, she described it as an exceptional document – the result of eight months of effort, community collaboration and extensive stakeholder input.Its pages contain a broad, five-year blueprint for turning around a struggling and beleaguered school system. In addition, Brown intro…

The Buffalo City Mission will not be moving after all into a former warehouse on Swan Street near the city’s Larkinville neighborhood.Stuart Harper, the mission’s executive director, said Thursday that the nonprofit agency has abandoned plans to purchase the former Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. building at 545 Swan St. and instead will look to expand operations at anoth…

What a day it was to be a University at Buffalo student.If the excitement of moving-in day wasn’t enough, thousands of arriving students got their first glimpse of the most powerful man on the planet.“It’s just two really big events happening at once,” said Mary Agarwala, a freshman from Jamestown. “I was like, oh, my gosh, it’s just going to be the craziest day ever.”That…

Reymundo Nieves-Rojas was ordered Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to serve an eight-year state prison term on his guilty plea to burglary charges linked to a series of West Side house burglaries over the last two years.Arrested months ago, Nieves-Rojas pleaded guilty to one-count of second-degree burglary, two counts of attempted second-degree…

A Kensington Avenue man and two Hempstead Avenue teens were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a laptop computer and other property from a Lasalle Avenue man at about 12:30 a.m.Howard Cahee, 20, of Kensington, and Robert Proctor, 19, and Daryl Bland, 18, are charged with first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm for allegedly stealing the goods by threateni…