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Assemblyman Sean Ryan on Wednesday asked for an investigation into how a sex offender who targeted incapacitated and bed-ridden women became a resident in a Buffalo nursing home upon his release from prison. Thomas Moore, 62, of Queens was moved into Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in late November. In January, Moore was arrested and charged with felony …

ALBANY – As efforts to legalize ride hailing in upstate intensify, one key question remains: Who would regulate transportation companies like Uber if New York permits their services? Localities now regulate taxi and liveries. But will the state be the sole entity to create and enforce regulations affecting the operations of firms like Uber and Lyft in upstate and on L…

SOMERSET -- On the far eastern edge of Golden Hill State Park, captivating and ornate features hint at the elaborate estate that once stood on the bank of Lake Ontario. From the curved-top terra cotta stucco-finished walls to the herringbone-design brick patio, from the rectangular fish pond with its frog fountain to the brick and stone wall whimsically inlaid with pa…

Careless smoking caused a fire Wednesday afternoon at a home on Baynes Street. The blaze at 306 Baynes, just south of Potomac Avenue, was reported at about 12:40 p.m. Damages to the home were estimated at $45,000. The Red Cross was called to assist an unspecified number of residents.

Richard L. Klaffka posed as a severely disabled veteran and postal worker. He also pretended to be in a wheelchair, unable to walk, drive or care for himself. Klaffka and his wife, Cathleen, both residents of Colden, admitted Wednesday it was all a hoax. They also admitted netting $1.2 million in fraudulent benefits as part of their 10-year scheme. 'The defenda…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday approved contracts with four volunteer fire companies that help protect the city. The fire companies contracted are Delaware Hose No. 2 and Niagara Hose Company No. 3, both located in 74 Wheeler St., and Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and National Hose Company No. 1, both located at 44 William St. The Council agree…

Cardiology Group of Western New York has joined Catholic Health's physician practice network, Trinity Medical WNY. Patients will continue to see the same physicians and support staff at the group’s existing locations, which will be renamed Trinity Medical Cardiology. The group's 11 doctors currently practice at Catholic Health hospitals. With offices in Williamsvil…

Buffalo police want the public's help locating a woman missing from an address on Southampton Street. Police identified the missing woman as Shirley Brown, 58, in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning. Police ask anyone who may have information on Brown's whereabouts to call 911. Buffalo police did not say when or where she was last seen.

Sixty days after she was sentenced to a year in jail for the hit-and-run death of Evans handyman Barry Moss, Gabriele Ballowe applied for early release from jail. The Erie County Department of Probation’s Conditional Release Commission quickly denied her application. Ballowe, 51, was sentenced in December after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a physical inj…

FALCONER - Firefighters responded to a large blaze in an apartment building on West Main Street on Wednesday morning. The Red Cross has responded to assist residents. Further details were not immediately available.

NORTH TONAWANDA - A South Buffalo man is dead after he jumped out a second-story window Monday morning, though police aren't sure exactly what happened or why. North Tonawanda police responded to 84 Sweeney St., at 7:19 a.m. Monday for the report of a disturbance and a man acting irrationally, Police Detective Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said. The man was running up and …

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt was scheduled to voluntarily testify before an Albany County grand jury Wednesday in connection with the ongoing probe of former Sen. George D. Maziarz and his campaign finances that has also produced its first guilty plea. Former Niagara County Republican Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor as part of a de…

A Lockport man charged earlier this month in connection with a heroin and crack cocaine ring faces new sex trafficking charges. A federal grand jury indicted Oliver Kimmons, 49, who the U.S. Attorney's Office said "solicited young, opiate-addicted women to have sex with paying customers" and in exchange gave the victims drugs. Authorities alleged Kimmons drove the wo…

One block east of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are three historic buildings on High Street – a deli, a now-dilapidated former doctor's home and a Baptist church dating to 1875. Those three structures in the city's Fruit Belt neighborhood again are the heart of a proposal to become the High Street Historic District, an effort by some in the neighborho…