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A Hamburg woman confessed her involvement in a tax scheme that earned her and a co-conspirator $60,961 in fraudulent tax returns.Sheri L. Becirovic, 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced.She faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Becirovic provided the Social Security numbers of seven famil…

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The only clue left behind by a man who killed a Toys R Us store manager is a black and gold baseball cap commemorating the 2007 NCAA basketball tournament champion University of Florida Gators. The victim was found in his office in the store near McKinley Mall in Hamburg early Saturday morning, Hamburg police said.Police had not identified the 35-year-old store manager as …

Hamburg Central School Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch, who has presided over some turbulent times in the district, submitted his resignation Wednesday evening.Several board members said they did not know what was on the agenda of the special meeting until Achramovitch read his memorandum of resignation to board President Joan G. Calkins during the meeting. All voted…

Hamburg town officials were planning to roll out their new emergency notification system with a media blitz Tuesday.But then a man went missing last week, and there was concern that he could have a weapon and might harm himself.So Hamburg police put Code Red into play a little early, and the system called about 22,000 households in the village and town last Wednesday eveni…

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What happened in Hamburg two weeks ago played out like a Hollywood script involving teens, alcohol and an empty house.And it had a bad ending – most notably a family car stolen and set on fire.A 17-year-old girl left alone at home for the weekend invited a dozen or so friends over for a Friday night get-together. It swelled into a raging, out-of-control party that grew m…

Hamburg Town Board members took steps Monday night for a do-over.The board scheduled a public hearing on a change in the zoning code – the identical amendment that it approved in February to allow an Orchard Park company to move to the former Walmart building on McKinley Parkway.But since then, the town received notice from Buffalo Sabres player Patrick Kaleta and severa…

HamburgThe Frontier School District has finally sold 16.5 acres of land it owned along Lakeview Road after realizing it would not need it to build another school.The School Board this week acknowledged a negative environmental declaration on the parcel, noting that its sale and development for a home/residential use would not have a significant adverse impact on the enviro…

Hamburg School Board members Thursday night approved funding that would allow a West Seneca school administrator to provide district teachers training and development services in a literacy and writing program.The six board members in attendance at the special meeting agreed to fund the training offered by Jeanne Tribuzzi, West Seneca’s director of English language arts.…

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Most people enjoy getting to know their neighbors. When it’s Lake Erie right outside your door, it takes some time to get acquainted.“The lake has a million personalities. When it’s angry, it gets crazy,” said Chris Mattioli, who shares this recently expanded home with his wife, Leanne, and their 7-month-old daughter, Halston.For that reason, landscaping, windows, …

The Frontier School Board continues to face budget pain as it gets pressure from some union representatives and staff to reinstate positions cut as part of its $73.2 million budget.The board was poised, under its Tuesday night meeting agenda, to restore nine positions: a registered nurse at the Middle School, two teacher aides, five school lunch monitors and one grounds wo…

Concerned Hamburger, the anonymous blogger who comments on and lampoons the Hamburg Central School District, will remain anonymous.State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin Monday quashed a subpoena to Google that would have forced the Internet giant to turn over the name of the person who runs the Hamburg Educational Ethics blog to the school district.“I think it’s …

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Jewel Kats is a character – and a fashion eccentric.The 34-year-old Toronto woman wears ultrabright “Ruby Woo” lipstick, sports permanent tattooed eye makeup, and uses two hot-pink crutches.She’s also a woman with disabilities who has a message, contained in her Web-based comic strip, the “DitzAbled Princess.”“The DitzAbled Princess is empowering to women wi…

HamburgIt was special day for U.S. Navy veteran William W. Broadbent Jr., who received his high school diploma from the Frontier School District earlier this month.The School Board recognized Broadbent by giving him his diploma as part of Operation Recognition, a program in which school districts grant diplomas to honorably discharged veterans who served in the United Stat…

Already previously convicted for drunken driving, Mary Jane Hagler of Hamburg added a new crime to her record.The bookkeeper on Friday admitted stealing nearly $800,000 over 10 years from the Buffalo property company where she worked. The stolen money helped support her casino gambling habit, a prosecutor said.Hagler, 58, of Rosedale Avenue, pleaded guilty to third-degree …

After more than three years of waiting, the Western New York communities that host the Seneca Nation of Indians’ three casinos will get the money they’ve been owed.Niagara Falls, the Salamanca area and the City of Buffalo will receive a total of $140 million that had been held up because of a dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state.Under a deal announced Thursd…