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April 23, 1934 – Aug. 17, 2013Donald L. O’Brien, retired director of the reading clinic at SUNY Buffalo State and a longtime football referee and Muny baseball player, died Saturday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a long illness. He was 79.Mr. O’Brien joined the Buffalo State faculty in 1969 as an associate professor in the elementary education and reading department.…

April 25, 1959 – Aug. 18, 2013Theodore C. Donner, highway superintendent for the Town of Clarence, died Sunday in his Clarence home after a year’s illness. He was 54.Born in Clarence, he was a graduate of Williamsville North High School and Buffalo State College, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. Donner worked for Seitz Paving Co. while in college, then in pu…

The man accused of starting a fire at an Amherst Target department store appeared in Amherst Town Court this morning, but the proceeding was rescheduled for Sept. 19 because the defendant hasn’t undergone a court-ordered mental health evaluation, his defense attorney said.William Lattin, who has been charged with second-degree arson, told the judge he did not start the fir…

A man convicted of robbery, burglary and assault for pistol-whipping and choking an 80-year-old woman was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced Tuesday.Tige Billingsley, 32, was already on parole for burglary convictions when he invaded the woman’s Buffalo …

A Buffalo man accused of hitting a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol was arraigned in Erie County court Tuesday morning, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced.Patrick Burke, 49, of Scott Street, was charged with three counts of vehicular assault for allegedly hitting Joshua Karczewski, 31, on June 1 after turning onto Spindrift D…

Amherst

Amherst police are searching for the man who robbed a Williamsville bank Tuesday morning.The robbery occurred at about 10 a.m. at the Key Bank at 5200 Main St. near South Forest Road.The robber handed a teller a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun, police said. He fled with an undetermined amount of money and was last seen fleeing to the north of the bank.Th…

Buffalo

Drew Cerza, the self-styled “Wing King,” has come up with some new offerings to spice up the 12-year-old National Buffalo Wing Festival.Wednesday, Cerza announced there will be a mechanical chicken, a hockey tournament on synthetic ice, comedy cooking show and even a first-ever vegetarian “wing” this Labor Day weekend at Coca-Cola Field.The festival also will welcome 15 ne…

Buffalo

Drew Cerza, the self-styled “Wing King,” has come up with some new offerings to spice up the 12-year-old National Buffalo Wing Festival.Wednesday, Cerza announced there will be a mechanical chicken, a hockey tournament on synthetic ice, comedy cooking show and even a first-ever vegetarian “wing” this Labor Day weekend at Coca-Cola Field.The festival also will welcome 15 ne…

Three Buffalo men were arrested in connection with an early-morning robbery on Lasalle Avenue on Wednesday, according to police.Around 12:30 a.m., Howard Cahee, 20, of Cheektowaga; Robert Proctor, 19, of Buffalo; and Daryl Bland, 18, of Buffalo, brandished a revolver and a .22-caliber rifle as they took a laptop and other items from a male victim, authorities said.The men …

A man was shot three times on the 1800 block of Kenmore Avenue near Military Road early Wednesday morning, according to Buffalo police, but he is expected to make a full recovery.Eric Scaife, 39, of Kenmore Avenue, told police that two unknown males wearing dark hoodies approached him just after 3:30 a.m. and fired three shots from a black revolver, striking him in the rig…

A female pedestrian in her late 40s who was attempting to cross the street Tuesday night was struck by a minivan at East Ferry Street and Fillmore Avenue and later pronounced dead, authorities said.The accident occurred just after 9:30 p.m., according to police, and the woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center.Police are continuing to investigate, but no charges have …

Two men were arrested and one charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with a home invasion robbery in Orchard Park on Tuesday night, officials said.Orchard Park police stopped a white pickup truck on East Quaker Street after responding at 8:30 p.m. to a report of two men breaking into a home on Kathryn Drive, near Orchard Park High School, and stealing a flats…

Business

Customers of Paula’s Donuts – old and new – are having no trouble finding the new location on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, which opened at 5 this morning.After losing the lease and moving out of her long-time store at 308 Kenmore Ave. last weekend, Paula Huber and her crew moved into more spacious digs at 2319 Sheridan Drive.The store was very busy – with some…

SHERIDAN – The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee has endorsed Amy Farnham in the Sept. 10 primary election race for the District 5 seat in the County Legislature, county Chairman Norman P. Green announced. She already has the Working Families Party endorsement.Farnham, a lifelong Sheridan and Arkwright resident who has served on the Sheridan Town Board for 10 years, i…