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WASHINGTON – Rajeev Ramchand worked on the Maid of the Mist when he was in high school, and it didn't take him long to learn a sad reality that many people don't like to discuss. "Once or twice a summer, there would be a body" discovered in the water below Niagara Falls, he recalled. Now, more than two decades later, Ramchand spends his days studying the sad reality …

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Two new tenants have moved into the International Airport Centre in Cheektowaga, occupying one of two new "speculative" industrial warehouse buildings while work finishes up on the second. USA Sealing has moved into 18,500 square feet of space at 500 Sonwil Drive, a 44,000-square-foot building that was completed in March. The firm – which outgrew its previous 5,000-squa…

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ALBANY – For more than four months, 1.8 million New Yorkers have gone without full representation in the State Legislature. They’ve had only a partial voice in Albany during the most important period in the session, when lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made spending decisions affecting everything from schools and hospitals to parks and roads. The disenfranchisemen…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite line from playwright William Shakespeare, born on this date in 1564, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” . . . LOOK AHEAD – Retirement savings, college planning and life insurance are among the topics to be discussed at “Financial Spring Cleaning,” a free seminar at 7 p.m. tonight in Father Cott…

Crime

Buffalo police, responding to a call of a "person down" early Sunday, found a woman slumped over the steering wheel of a car at Humboldt Avenue and East Ferry Street, officers said in a report. The police said they knocked on the car's windows and flashed a light in the woman's face at around 5:30 a.m., but once she came around, she drove off. Officers followed her with…

Erie County residents will have two chances this year to get rid of household wastes that cannot be thrown out in their regular garbage collection. The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has scheduled free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days on June 2 in the parking lots at New Era Field in Orchard Park and Aug. 11 at the Erie Community College Nor…

Crime

Two women traveling before dawn Sunday in a car with fresh bullet holes called police to say they were shot at from a home on Krettner Avenue by a person they knew. Buffalo police soon after found two pistols – a .45-caliber and a 9 mm – along with nine spent shell casings at the home in the 200 block of Krettner, between Peckham and Broadway. Officers reported the a…

Crime

Niagara Falls police said they recovered an empty Hennessy cognac bottle and another half-empty bottle from the car of a man arrested Sunday morning following a crash on Buffalo Avenue. Officers responded to the 8400 block of Buffalo Avenue at 1:20 a.m. to find a heavily damaged vehicle that had jumped the curb and struck a tree. They said that the dazed driver asked th…

Buffalo

Not so fast, Queen City Landing fans. Developer Gerald Buchheit thought he was all set to get started on his 23-story residential tower on Buffalo's Outer Harbor after a court again last month rejected a lawsuit seeking to stop it. With the demolition of the former Freezer Queen warehouse building completed and the site cleared of debris, officials are trying to fina…

Crime

Two out-of-town visitors and a city resident had their cars broken into in Niagara Falls over the weekend, police said. A Pennsylvania woman's van was broken into sometime between 8:45 and 9:41 a.m. in the 100 block of Old Main Street, according to reports. A Samsung tablet and Vera Bradley purse were stolen; the purse contained $40 in cash and some credit cards. Total …

Amherst

Chuck E Cheese's likes to tout itself as a place where "a kid can be a kid." On Saturday, it was the adults who misbehaved. A heated argument at the restaurant's Amherst location on Harlem Road escalated into a physical melee involving about a half-dozen young adults, most of whom appeared to be teenage girls who are seen repeatedly pummeling each other and pulling hair…

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New York State Park Police were called to help a man who had fallen into the Genesee River gorge in the area of the Upper Falls within Letchworth State Park early Sunday afternoon. Eric Dumas, 31, of Buffalo had fallen approximately 30 feet, just above the brink of the 70-foot-high falls. Park Police officers trained in high-angle rescue descended to the man for init…

Crime

State police on Saturday were investigating the discovery of two men's bodies in separate Southern Tier locations, one in Randolph, east of Jamestown, and one in the Town of Portland, southwest of Dunkirk. Troopers from the Jamestown barracks responded to a report by a driver at 3:20 p.m. of a male body spotted near a creek just off Route 20 in the Town of Portland, whe…

Buffalo

The owner of the Signature Apparel & Footwear building is seeking to win final approval as soon as Monday to nearly double the size of the one-story retail building at the angled intersection of Walden and Bailey avenues. Ahmed F. Mohamed wants to construct a 5,720-square-foot addition to the building at 592 Walden, allowing for four more storefronts. The project, w…

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Another day, another dollar store. David Pawlik's Creative Structures Services is seeking to construct a new Family Dollar store on vacant land in the Fillmore District's Genesee-Moselle neighborhood. The plan by C&S Engineers calls for building a 9,100-square-foot store on the 0.97-acre lot, which includes eight separate parcels – 1750 and 1756 Genesee St., 10 a…