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LOCKPORT – The man who helped a killer dispose of a 5-year-old Cheektowaga girl’s body and then told police all about it won’t be in jail for much longer.Tyler S. Best, 19, who has served 13 months in Niagara County Jail since telling Niagara Falls police about the death of Isabella M. Tennant, was sentenced Friday to 16 months to four years in state prison, but Niagara Co…

Amherst

An apparent murder-suicide Friday involving an elderly couple has shocked a quiet Amherst neighborhood.It was a surreal scene for the residents of Dawnbrook Lane, who in the early-morning hours saw their quiet, tree-lined street off North Forest Road turn into a hub of activity.Police cruisers swarmed the neighborhood as Amherst police descended on 107 Dawnbrook, a small b…

Buffalo

Mod-Pac Corp.’s 11-month takeover saga ended Monday, with shareholders voting to approve the $24.6 million bid by the company’s two top executives to take the Buffalo specialty printing company private.The bid by a group led by company CEO Daniel G. Keane and his father, Kevin, Mod-Pac’s chairman, to acquire all of the stock they do not already own in the firm for $9.25 pe…

Astronics Corp. will give its shareholders one additional share of the Buffalo aircraft electronics and lighting manufacturer’s stock for every five that they now own in a move to put more shares into circulation and make its stock more attractive to investors.The stock dividend will not increase the value of an Astronics shareholder’s investment in the company because the…

Dozens of Buffalo’s Victorian homes will be alive with the sound of music from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 as the Elmwood Village Association sponsors the first Buffalo Porchfest.Modeled after the original Porchfest six years ago in Ithaca, it will feature local musicians performing for free at unplugged sound levels from the front porches of homes in the Elmwood Village neighborho…

A whodunit radio show and costume party set in the 1930s will be held in the Buffalo History Museum at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.The Broadway Melody Hour Murders is an interactive comedy performed by Actors Anonymous Inc., with live music provided by Vitamin D.Tickets are $35, $30 for members, and can be purchased in advance at 873-9644 or on the day of the radio show.For more inform…

PUSH Green, PUSH’s energy efficiency division, said Thursday it has retrofitted more than 100 homes in Erie County, while conducting 300 free residential audits and creating 20 weatherization jobs.The program, which uses accredited home performance contractors, seeks to improve home comfort, lower energy bills and reduce energy use.It was created under the Green Jobs Green…

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. Gerri Hens, of Hens Honeybee Farm, will discuss the importance of insects in our environment. Guests welcome....Williamsville Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the home of Gloria Gannon, 110 Fruitwood Terrace, Amherst. He…

Dozens of students, teachers and school administrators gathered Thursday morning in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium to celebrate the culmination of a regionwide project to fight bullying through the arts.The program, “Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope,” included more than 500 students and 18 teachers from middle schools and high schools across Western New York. Th…

The Wales Town Board has set 4 p.m. Oct. 8 for a meeting to negotiate the town’s employee union contract. The contract affects only two Highway Department employees who are represented by the International Association of Operating Engineers. The current contract is set to expire Dec. 31. Town Attorney Ronald Bennett, Supervisor Rickey Venditti and Councilman Michael Simon …

A 41-year-old Donovan Drive man was arrested on marijuana charges after he allegedly refused to get out of the way of police officers checking on a report about a “suspicious vehicle” at East Ferry Street and Cornwall Avenue about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. Parris Palmer was arrested after he allegedly refused to comply with police officer requests, began harassing them and thr…

A West Avenue woman and her son were arrested on assault and other charges when the woman allegedly began fighting with officers who were taking her son into custody for allegedly punching a woman during a street incident about 8:54 p.m. Wednesday. Nilda Gutierrez, 49, and her son, Alex Labory, 25, were arrested at their home when police tracked the man there after a woman…

Erie County

A week after the beating death of a 5-year-old West Side boy, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, the Erie County Legislature unanimously agreed to hire six additional Child Protective Services caseworkers and a team coordinator to address burgeoning complaints of child abuse and neglect.What the lawmakers couldn’t agree on Thursday was the need for three new…

Amherst

North Council Member Joseph Golombek on Thursday called for the city to use casino revenue to entice Erie Community College to expand downtown, instead of expanding in Amherst. The message from ECC? That won’t be happening. “Everything’s been signed, this is all in motion,” said Michael Farrell, ECC public information officer. Golombek, who announced his plan on the steps …

Homeowners who receive a foreclosure notice from their bank should stay in the house, and cut off any padlock that is put on their door, Housing Court Judge Patrick M. Carney said Thursday. Carney spoke to about 50 people who had gathered in Council chambers in City Hall for a public hearing about housing issues, where vacant and flipped properties were also addressed. Pe…