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City Honors School is arguably the top public school in the Buffalo region. At the same time, it’s also seen as a poster child for the racial inequality in some of America’s great schools. In fact, the school on East North Street serves as a case study – and Buffalo as the battleground –  in a new book addressing the modern day civil rights challenge of providing stu…

Crime

Depending on who you believe, the case against Dr. Sreekrishna Cheruvu is about deceit and dishonesty or mistakes and complications. Did the Amherst addiction specialist really intend to cheat local insurers by charging patients for visits while he was out of the country? And did he knowingly bilk them out of even more money by billing for individual sessions when th…

Columns

In an age of text messaging, of digital immediacy, Dallas Goreham had an old-school problem. The 11-year-old discovered a most unlikely note last Wednesday afternoon in a bottle on a beach in Nova Scotia, a note apparently written almost 18 years ago by a woman who turned out to be from Western New York. Yet it took a little while to figure out those origins. Dallas …

Erie County

A box truck driver failed to clear a railroad bridge in the City of Tonawanda on Monday morning, shearing the truck's roof, according to police. The crash happened at about 10:45 a.m. on East Niagara Street. The truck, which was empty, was registered to Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Falls. The driver, identified as Trevon L. Smith Jr., 21, of Niagara Falls, was …

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The North Tonawanda History Museum will hold a rummage sale Thursday through Saturday of artifacts, office furnishings and fixtures it won't need at its new location. The current museum at 54 Webster St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all three days for the cash-only sale. Access will be limited to five parties at a time. Smaller items may be taken immediately, whi…

Buffalo

Buffalo police on Monday identified the two men recently killed in the city. Chaz A. Carter, 23, of Buffalo, died in the early morning hours of May 10, just hours after he was shot on Goodyear Avenue, police said. Carter was shot at about 7:10 p.m. on Goodyear, just south of Genesee Street, according to police reports. He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Ce…

Crime

Authorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Monday morning in Cattaraugus Creek as a suicide, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The body was pulled from Cattaraugus Creek near the Scoby Hill Dam just south of Springville, the Sheriff's Office said. A sheriff's dispatcher received a call about the body at 10:22 a.m., agency spokesman …

Crime

A police dog specially trained to search for bodies found partially decomposed remains – possibly of a missing California man – in a ravine about one-quarter mile off an unpaved seasonal road in East Otto. The cadaver dog from the Erie County Sheriff's Office took about 90 minutes on Saturday night to find the corpse, said Capt. Bruce Elliott, chief of the Niagara Count…

Hamburg

Hamburg's two villages and town will be exploring prospects for merging services at a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Swan Auditorium at Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. "We plan nothing radical," Town Supervisor James M. Shaw said in a letter to the community. "What we hope to do is discuss creative ideas for making what works, work better." Members …

Buffalo

An Amherst man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Allentown apartment building where he lived was sentenced Monday to five years' probation, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Brandon Adler, 30, pleaded guilty in March to fourth-degree arson in connection with the July 30, 2017, fire at 486 Franklin St. Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi also or…

Crime

Anti-violence activists joined Buffalo teachers and school district leaders in announcing the launch of a fundraising effort Monday to help Donny Bibbes, who was 8 when he survived being shot in the head. Donny is now 10 and recently went back to school at the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia. The gunshot wound left him partially blind. He also lost his ol…

Clarence

Two passengers on a bus transporting individuals with disabilities were taken to Erie County Medical Center Monday morning after the driver crashed into a utility pole on Main Street in Clarence, according to the State Police. The passengers had to be extricated from the vehicle, the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Co. posted on Facebook. One of the passengers was treated an…

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A Chicago-based asset-management company has paid $48.75 million for a 192-unit student housing complex in Amherst, according to public records. The development named Twenty91 North sits on 28 acres at 100-900 Herron Drive near Sweet Home Road. A limited liability company formed by two partners, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital and University Student Living, sold the…

Business

General Motors announced Monday its Tonawanda engine plant will build a new line of fuel-efficient engines for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverados. The new engines, with Dynamic Fuel Management, will be the most advanced V-8 engines in the brand's history, the car maker said. "We are extremely proud to have been chosen to continue to build 5.3Ls and 6.2Ls for General Motor…

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A busy Buffalo weekend was filled was festivals, graduations and lots of spring sunshine. Here are a few things you might have missed while you were otherwise occupied. Biking Buffalo's highways with the 2018 SkyRide One of Buffalo's signature events is the Skyride, where bicyclists ride local highways that are shut down just for them. News Chief Photographer Derek Gee s…

Crime

A Wheatfield woman who police said didn't like the route her Uber driver took has been accused of becoming violent, including throwing a pizza at the driver. Crystal J. Collins, 22, was taking an Uber from Buffalo to Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon, police said, when she didn't like her driver going through Tonawanda instead of Grand Island. The driver, a 41-year…