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A 7-11 convenience store located at 2065 Delaware Avenue was robbed early Wednesday, according to Buffalo police reports. Shortly before 2 a.m., the male suspect covered one hand with a plastic bag, indicating he had a weapon and demanded the cashier empty the register, which contained $50. The suspect, who is believed to have robbed the store on several occasions, also …

Law enforcement agencies this afternoon searched for a burglary suspect in the area of Roll Road, near Transit Road, in Clarence.The search started in Amherst and spread into Clarence, where Amherst police received assistance from State Police, one law enforcement official said at about 4 p.m.No other information was available.

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Summer often means the same sorts of things.Pools and hot dogs. Beach walks and ice cream. Fourth of July fireworks and – gosh, is it Labor Day already?Exactly.Nothing wrong with that stuff. In fact, we love it.But sometimes we find ourselves craving a few new elements, among all our usual summer pastimes.With that, we offer this tipsheet.It’s a short list of a handful of …

A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to five years in prison and ordered deported to the Dominican Republic after his sentence is complete.Elvis Espinosa, 46, who was arrested with eight others in August 2009, had previously been convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin. The eight other defendants also pleaded guilty.Assistant …

The Tonawanda City School Board unanimously elected a former president and vice president to their respective seats during their annual re-organizational meeting Tuesday night.Board Member Sharon Stuart, who served as board president in the past, received the full support of the board to return to the seat. Stuart, an administrative assistant for Dietrich funeral homes, is…

Police have identified the man who was fatally shot late Monday night on Sun Street in Langfield Housing Projects.Raymond Carmichael, 20, of Northumberland Avenue was killed when someone fired a shotgun at him around 11 p.m., but his body was not discovered until shortly after dawn Tuesday on a back porch at a residence on the first block of Sun, according to police.Author…

An Alden native who was attacked after a concert last weekend at Darien Lake Arts Center remains in a coma at Erie County Medical Center.Jason McNeil, 43, was punched in the head while walking in the parking lot following Friday’s performance by Kid Rock. When he fell, the back of his head hit the ground, a cousin told the Tuscaloosa News. McNeil now lives in Tuscaloosa,…

State officials plan to open a new center in Buffalo to help local manufacturers develop innovative new products that they might not otherwise have the resources to do on their own.Plans for an Advanced Manufacturing Institute still are being developed, but the project is expected to be one of the key initiatives backed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development…

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WASHINGTON – New commercial airline pilots will need to have far more experience before climbing into the cockpit under a new set of federal rules unveiled Wednesday that won widespread praise from the Families of Continental Flight 3407 and members of Congress.The new Federal Aviation Administration rules, which stem from a law Congress passed in reaction to the crash of …

Seneca Gaming Corp. has 200 job openings and is holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Seneca Niagara Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.Full-time, part-time and casual positions throughout all departments are available at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and downtown Buffalo’s Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, which will open a new facility lat…

Community members told the Hamburg Central School Board this week they have had enough of bad behavior.“I’m just annoyed as a taxpayer to see the silly and nasty problems you’ve had as a board, and you’ve got to solve them,” Brian Leach told the board during its reorganization meeting Tuesday.“I don’t care how we got here,” parent Edward Piazza added. “With strong leadersh…

An accident on the northbound span of the South Grand Island Bridge early today caused major traffic delays for northbound commuters. The accident occurred sometime before 5:30 a.m. while the span was carrying two-way traffic. The northbound span was reopened to traffic by 7 a.m.

Two appointments for teachers on special assignment drew criticism from several Holland School Board members Monday who questioned stipends for work performed during the day when those individuals also are receiving their full salaries as teachers.New board member Brian Jones wanted to know why Allan Bett, director of health and physical education, was receiving a stipend …

Just 2½ years after taking the helm of the Frontier Central School District, one of the area’s largest suburban school systems, Superintendent James C. Bodziak has decided to step down.Bodziak – in the middle of his contract originally set to expire in February 2016 – announced his resignation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the School Board and said he will retire.His annou…

The Erie County Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee will hold its annual midyear budget hearings Monday through next Wednesday ► 7/15-17 ◄ in the Legislature Chambers of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St.The hearings will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a review of the budget for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. That will be followed by an overview of the County At…