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Construction of East Aurora’s new $6.1 million firehouse won’t start until spring: Builders need six months to compact dirt and make a strong ground layer beneath what will eventually be a 28,000-square-foot building. A study confirmed that the site, home to a former dentists’ office, at 33 Center Street does not have bedrock desired for stability, said Lowell Dewey,…

Two suspects were in custody following a robbery and a police chase that resulted in a taxi cab crashing into a house at Jefferson Avenue and South Division Street Monday afternoon, police said.The suspects robbed a pharmacy on the 2000 block of Clinton Street near the West Seneca border, authorities said, and they fled in a taxi cab. It was not immediately clear how they …

Buffalo

Savanna Heller, 16, flew here from New Orleans, and spent a day stuck in a Chicago airport after missing a connecting flight. Sarah Jorge, 17, took the weekend off from her cashiering job in Brooklyn to drive here with two friends. And Sara Anthony, 17, dropped her plans in Rochester to come here after she finally found a ticket online a few days ago, for a price that she …

Amherst

The latest development flap in Amherst pits determined residents against a project that would overlook their backyards.But unlike other recent controversies, this one has nothing to do with six-story hotels.Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart plans a $2.5 million gymnasium at the rear of its Main Street campus to replace an aging facility that was built in the 1930s.Neighb…

Tops Friendly Markets today announced it will donate $2.5 million for a mother-baby unit in a new Kaleida Health children’s hospital downtown.The gift is among the largest in a $40 million public fund-raising campaign for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.The proposed facility will go up at Ellicott and High streets, across from and connected by a walkway to Buffa…

Business

The Holiday Inn Resort & Conference Center on Grand Island has a new name and brand, following its $4 million purchase at auction by a Middle Eastern hospitality firm: Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa.Byblos Hospitality Group of Dubai teamed up with two local partners – downtown Buffalo developer Roger Trettel and Buffalo General Medical Center surgeon Dr. Fadi Dagher – to …

In response to high temperatures, the city has extended hours for splash pads and a pool, and opened cooling centers through Wednesday. The city’s 11 splash pads will close at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Pools are open normal hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Centennial Pool in LaSalle Park, which is open until 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Three a…

A cat rescue organization that cares for about 40 stray mother cats and kittens is urgently seeking a new place for the animals to live after being asked to move out of the Lake Street building in Hamburg that it has occupied for about three years.Robin Pagano, one of the founders and current shelter director of Precious Paws Rescue, said the group has been asked to move b…

Crime

Toys R Us, the scene of a Town of Hamburg killing more than two weeks ago, has offered a $25,000 reward in the case that has left police still unsure whether the slaying could have been a botched robbery or a targeted attack.Town of Hamburg police, in conjunction with Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and Toys R Us, announced the reward for information leading to…

Erie County

In the beginning, it was all about the horses – 73 animals that were reportedly suffering from neglect at a Morgan horse breeding farm in East Aurora.More than three years later, as the owner of the farm awaits sentencing on 52 misdemeanor criminal convictions for animal cruelty, many people watching the case are still wondering what will happen to the horses.Well, it’…

Buffalo

Some neighbors come here to draw, paint or read. Others stop by to shoot pool, surf the Internet or take ESL classes. Poets appeared for open-mic nights, soccer players and urban gardeners convene here, and noise musicians play candlelit concerts at night.Everyone else comes to do laundry.That's how the tide turns at the WASH Project, a recent nonprofit initiative that tra…

Erie County sheriff’s deputies investigating a crash into a utility pole early this morning arrested the driver after determining that the car involved in the crash was stolen.While on patrol in Concord shortly after 3 a.m., Deputies Don Hoelscher and Mike Sluberski responded to the crash on Route 240 near Middle Road, where they found the car and the utility pole that h…

Buffalo

The acrimony between the Brown administration and city firefighters has reignited after short-lived expressions of mutual appreciation three weeks ago surrounding their long-awaited labor contract settlement. The breakdown began when the city started enforcing a provision of the contract that allows fire companies to be shut down if five or more firefighters anywhere in th…

Two robbers dressed in all white held a Glock pistol and a knife against a female victim before fleeing with more than $200 from a Cheektowaga church late this morning, Cheektowaga police reported.The two bandits entered St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church on Cleveland Drive and threatened the woman at about 10:55 a.m. They stole about $200 from her and an unknown amount from the …

Buffalo

Buffalo firefighters returned Monday morning to the scene of a late Sunday night fire in the city’s Black Rock area, leading fire officials to request emergency demolition of the Amherst Street building that housed two apartments.The first fire call came at 10:58 p.m. Sunday, when firefighters responded to 81 Amherst St., about three blocks east of Niagara Street. Fire o…