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Lancaster police have identified the motorist killed Nov. 15 in a head-on collision as Julie Rybarczyk-Smith, 55, a town resident. Rybarczyk-Smith was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west driven by Ryan T. McGuire, 23, of Buffalo, crossed over into oncoming traffic, Detective Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said. Ry…

Erie County

A $33.4 million spending plan for the Town of Lancaster was approved by the Town Board with one official sounding off about runaway spending. "We're still a growing town and our revenues are coming in healthy, but I am concerned," said Council Member Ronald Ruffino. "The bottom line is our spending has increased 7.3 percent over two years." Tax rates for non-village…

Ecology & Environment's fourth-quarter profits more than quadrupled as the Lancaster-based environmental services firm's sales grew by 15 percent and the company kept a lid on operating costs. E&E earned $2.2 million, or 51 cents per share, during the quarter that ended in July, up from $529,000, or 13 cents per share, a year ago. Sales rose to $29.9 million …

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A worker at the new Amazon sorting center in Lancaster drunkenly threatened other employees, spat at a police lieutenant, threw a 30-pound scanner at an officer and stopped fighting only after they Tasered him, Lancaster police said Wednesday. Robert P. Mendlewski, 45, of Lackawanna, faces an extensive list of charges following the episode that began at 4 p.m. Tuesd…

Crime

Lancaster Police on Saturday afternoon were looking for two women -- one with the shape of a heart shaved on the side of her head -- in connection with a $300 larceny at the Walmart store on Transit Road, according to Lancaster Police on Saturday. The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m. at the Walmart store at 4975 Transit, according to Lancaster police. …

Lancaster

The race for the Lancaster Town Board could be a costly one for Democrats -- with incumbent John M. Abraham Jr. losing his seat and 16-year veteran Ronald Ruffino Sr. holding on by 19 votes. Abraham fell short with 5,097 votes in the four-way race won by Republican Adam L. Dickman with 5,593 votes and Ruffino with 5,255 votes. Republican Robert E. Leary trails by 19 …

Lancaster

Michelle Barbaro was appointed parks crew chief for the Town of Lancaster Monday night but not without reservation as expressed by Lancaster Town Councilman Ronald Ruffino. "I'm supporting Michelle as parks crew chief, but I wanted to discuss the strength and weaknesses of all candidates,"  Ruffino said. Earlier during the work session, Supervisor Johanna Coleman s…

Construction and Growth

An $18.4 million residential development in the Town of Lancaster for adults over age 55 is expected to be complete by spring, said Robert Corrao, director of development at Natale Development. The Belvedere, at 375 Harris Hill Road, will feature 146 apartments, eight townhomes and amenities that include a putting green, indoor golf simulator, extensive walking trai…

Crime

A Lancaster man who went to a motel to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, only to find himself face-to-face with an FBI agent, is headed for prison. Larry J. Thompson, 60, of Cedarbrook Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to attempted second-degree criminal sexual act. He faces up to four years in state prison when he is sentenced Dec. 13 by State Supr…

Erie County

Mark Lubera is a giant of a man with a smile as big as his heart, according to those who work with him at the Town of Lancaster. When Lubera retires Monday as the town parks crew chief, it will take three people to replace him, said Daniel J. Amatura, Lancaster's highway department superintendent. "We hired a parks crew chief, and assistant parks crew chief and a par…

Lancaster

A "blue Mass" to honor first responders will be held Wednesday at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. The 1 p.m. Mass is being hosted by St. Mary's High School. This is the second annual event organized by the school. The Mass will include a remembrance of four officers who died this year.

Politics

When Erie County polls open on Nov. 7, voters probably won't encounter the long lines that they saw in the 2016 presidential election. Voter enthusiasm over countywide contests for comptroller, clerk and sheriff is gauged as low, while a dearth of races in the City of Buffalo is tamping down any expectations of substantial turnout there. Amherst, Hamburg and Lancast…

Local News

New York State is giving a $1.3 million grant to the Erie County Water Authority to pay for critical repairs to water transmission systems in Amherst that serve 215,000 customers in the Northtowns but have a history of breaks. The money will pay for 60 percent of the $2.1 million cost to replace a 36-inch transmission main. The most notable water break involving this ma…

History

Michael Keene, author of "Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York," will talk about his research at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at GreenField Manor, 5959 Broadway in Lancaster. Keene will discuss 19th century asylums, shedding light on treatments, doctors, patients and the gothic architecture that turned asylums into stone fortresses. …

Crime

Erie County saw a small uptick the homicide rate last year, but the overall crime rate dropped slightly, according a Buffalo News analysis of data released by the FBI on Monday. Both the violent and property crime rates fell last year in Buffalo, according to FBI data. Reports of violent crime increased in Niagara County by 9 percent, where the overall crime rate als…