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HSBC Bank USA executives say the bank’s $35 million capital investment in its Buffalo-area facilities reinforces its commitment to the region.HSBC is pouring money into an overhaul of the Atrium office building downtown, next door to the First Niagara Center, and into leased space at its sprawling former mortgage facility on Walden Avenue in Depew.“What we’re talking about…

Moog Inc. has sold Ethox Medical, a Buffalo-based medical devices company, as it considers whether to sell the rest of its medical devices business segment.The Elma-based motion control equipment maker sold Ethox for an undisclosed amount to Dempsey Ventures, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based private equity firm that focuses on health care products. Moog said the sale would gene…

The Skyway was closed in both directions for almost an hour during this morning’s rush hour, following an approximately five-vehicle chain-reaction accident that apparently resulted in only minor injuries, Buffalo police reported.The accident, on the inbound Skyway, occurred shortly after 7:40 a.m. The road was reopened, in both directions, at about 8:30 a.m.Police were no…

A 23-year-old Buffalo man and a juvenile have been charged in a mugging on South Park Avenue.Erick D. Threatt of Buffalo and a 15-year-old accomplice are accused of accosting a male while he was waiting at a bus stop just before 2 p.m. last Monday and punching him in the face before taking a mobile flip phone and $5. The thieves fled in an SUV. According to police, the vic…

A gunman robbed a service station on Elmwood Avenue, near Amherst Street, over the weekend, Buffalo police said.The man walked into Joe’s Service Center at 1602 Elmwood at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, pulled out a gun and demanded all the cash in the register, according to police reports.The gunman’s face was covered by a hood.He fled with an undetermined amount of money and ran w…

A group of archaeologists, historians and UB graduate students is uncovering the history of Buffalo’s waterfront one shovelful of dirt at a time this summer--and the public is invited to come watch. At an excavation site a stone’s throw away from the construction taking place along Main Street at Canalside, the team is hoping to uncover artifacts dating back to Buffalo’s 1…

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The scene bore the markers of a different time.Donning decadent hats outfitted with intricate ribbon-work, the guests dined on standard tea party fare – cheese and crackers, finger sandwiches and pasta – as a string quartet played gracefully in the background. Pastel-colored tablecloths and colorful daisy arrangements accented tables, each set with a white tea pot and matc…

In separate incidents, an East Side man and a juvenile were arrested Saturday afternoon during the Gus Macker basketball tournament for possession of loaded firearms.Gus Macker security officials and reserve police officers approached a group of men acting suspiciously at Niagara Square and Genesee Street just before 1 p.m., authorities said. They found Eric D. Gray, 21, o…

About 30 youths aged 17-19 were drinking “a large quantity of alcohol” Friday night in a wooded area on Evergreen Trail, a new street in the Braunview development off Baker Road in Orchard Park, police said.Police stopped the party just before midnight, confiscated the alcohol and charged Samuel A. Larkin, 18, of Orchard Park with unlawfully dealing alcohol to a minor and …

A man was held up at gunpoint on Buffalo’s East Side around 11:15 a.m., Sunday, according to police.The man told police he was on Jefferson Avenue between Glenwood Avenue and East Utica Street when an unknown man walked up to him, pulled out a black Glock and said, “Empty your pockets,” authorities said, and he took $30 from the victim.Police said the suspect then struck t…

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At an indoor riding arena filled with birdsong, the sweet odor of hay, and soft soil under foot and hoof, Caralyn Reynolds got to forget about cancer for a day.For once, the 8-year-old wasn’t thinking about her brain tumors. Or the weekly trips to Women and Children’s Hospital for treatment. Or how the disease has cheated her out of a normal, healthy childhood. On Sunday, …

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Motorists on two busy stretches of Delaware Avenue – one in downtown Buffalo, the other in the Village of Kenmore – have in recent weeks encountered changes designed to “calm” traffic.In both cases, the double-yellow center line was eliminated and the roadway was reconfigured into two travel lanes, one in each direction; a center, two-way turn lane; and two parking lanes.I…

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When Alfred T. “Oppy” Leous received a tip from his brother-in-law to avoid serving in the Army in World War II, he took it to heart.Dick Willett, married to Leous’ twin sister, Olive Jean, had told him how unhappy he was in the Army and that Leous should do whatever he could to avoid that branch of the service.“I went to the Coast Guard, and they said I was too short, whi…

Buffalo Democrats think the city is headed in the right direction and approve of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s job performance, putting him in a strong position as he seeks a third term, according to a poll conducted by Siena College and commissioned by The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV.Two-thirds of Democratic voters have a favorable opinion of Brown, and 60 percent said they would v…

CheektowagaResidents of three neighborhoods are seeing a lot more of town police, who are participating in a foot patrol program that runs through Oct. 31.Officers on the day and afternoon shifts are walking the beat in the Walden Avenue and Genesee Street areas along the City of Buffalo border, as well as the Cedargrove neighborhood.Capt. James Speyer, a police department…