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It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko. The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding. But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming. Like clockwork ever…

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A state judge late Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to oversee some of the disputed financial dealings between Buffalo attorneys Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes. John G. Schmidt Jr. was appointed to the temporary post and given limited powers to oversee the separation between the Buffalo-based Cellino & Barnes firm, which is owned by both men, and …

Erie County

Erie County government's largest union has reached a six-year contract settlement that raises pay by nearly 12 percent through 2022, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said Wednesday. The contract for Civil Service Employees Association Local 815 will add $2,100 to base wages along with a 2 percent raise and $500 of retroactive pay. The new contract includes raises of 2…

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CRS Cos. has scaled back its proposed development on a prime Williamsville corner to less than half its initial size. The developer planned to build an $8 million, four-story, 50,000-square-foot building at Main and South Long streets with 24 apartments and first-floor retail. But CRS President John E. "Skip" Cerio said economic considerations prompted the company to…

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman charged with attacking a man with a kitchen knife faces a slew of charges, including assault and child endangerment, because five children were also in the home, Buffalo police said. Tia S. Dunovant, 30, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, about five hours after the attack left a man with a forehead wound. The incident in a home on Connelly Avenue, off Ba…

Crime

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing another freshman with a pocket knife at Bennett High School Tuesday morning, according to authorities. The victim was stabbed in the left forearm at about 10:15 a.m., according to a Buffalo police report. An ambulance was called to the scene but the victim's mother declined ambulance transportation for her son and took hi…

Food and Drink

A fire at the well-known John & Mary's restaurant in the Village of Hamburg has closed the business until further notice. https://twitter.com/KarenRobinsonBN/status/953635148209315840 A post on the John & Mary's Facebook page said a fire inside the restaurant occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday. John & Mary's closes at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. There were no injurie…

Erie County

It is the one gesture that has brought some solace to Fred LoFaso since his 16-year-old daughter, Rachel, was killed in a two-car crash: A stranger driving past the accident scene pulled over, got out and held the dying girl until paramedics arrived. "The only thing that comforts me is knowing somebody was holding her," LoFaso said. LoFaso first learned about the act…

Crime

State police have arrested an Alden father after his 4-month-old son suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Joseph T. Jurek, 28, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree assault, reckless assault of a child, child endangerment and third-degree marijuana possession, the State Police said. Troopers responded to a residence on Exchange Street …

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A former BJ's Wholesale Club building in the City of Tonawanda was acquired this month by wholesale distributor of auto parts. Syracuse-based United Auto Supply paid $2.95 million to buy the 105,971-square-foot warehouse building at 800 Young St., according to Erie County Clerk records and Pyramid Brokerage Co., which handled the sale. The 10.5-acre property, located…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday evening approved a request by a charitable foundation working on behalf of Jericho Road Community Health Center to combine two properties on Lombard and Clark streets as part of its renovation of a former department store into a medical clinic and nonprofit office space. Mosaic 659 Foundation, founded by Jericho board member Mark He…

Buffalo

The building that formerly housed Fortunato's Restaurant is about to be reborn – as Riverside Place. Tina DeJesus is seeking Buffalo Common Council approval to re-establish a restaurant at 1083 Tonawanda St., directly across from Riverside Park. The 5,946-square-foot, two-story building has a fully equipped restaurant and bar that seats 90 on the ground floor and a s…

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday backed a request by an East Side church to convert part of its facility into a day care center for infants through toddlers. The Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church needs an adaptive-reuse permit from the Common Council to renovate the pastor's office, parlor and two Sunday school classrooms into three rooms for children and an…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Tuesday evening agreed to take the lead in state-mandated environmental reviews for a proposed Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. condominium and townhouse project at 240-260 Lakefront Blvd. and for Ellicott Development Co.'s proposed redevelopment of the facility at 55-59 Chicago St., known as the Cooperage. Ciminelli plans to construct seven townho…

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Two men with bandanas over their faces, one carrying a rifle, demanded money from two Massachusetts Avenue residents on Tuesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The assailants entered through the front door of a home on Massachusetts near the corner of Normal Avenue at 11:10 p.m., according to the report. The report noted it was not known whether the front d…