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Two Mayville teenage parents have been charged with forcing their 2-year-old to smoke marijuana, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.The toddler’s mother, Jessica Kelsey, 17; the father, George Kelsey, 18; and Jessica’s father, Don Baker, 54, all of South Erie Street, are charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a …

A Buffalo woman arrested three times on drunken driving charges was sentenced today to five years probation for felony driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident earlier this year in West Seneca.Tammy Karek, 33, of Eden Street, also was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, have an ignition interlock device installed on her vehicle and attend …

Florida-based OneTouch Direct has opened a call center in Orchard Park that could grow to 300 employees.The company, which works with a number of Fortune 100 clients, opened about two weeks ago and so far has almost 30 employees, said Mark Jones, executive vice president of sales and marketing.OneTouch hopes to have the facility fully staffed within three to six months, de…

A Buffalo drug defendant convicted of intimidating a witness by posting the witness’ name and secret grand jury testimony on Facebook pleaded guilty Friday to the drug charge.David McKithen, 26, of Mineral Springs Road, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.He was originally charged with third-degree drug…

A court hearing for a Sloan man charged in the death of a family dog has been delayed until next month.Originally scheduled for today, the preliminary hearing for Michael Tortorici will be Jan. 22 in Cheektowaga Town Court. The postponement was requested by his attorney, Frank Lotempio III, according to the court office.Tortorici, 58, was charged with a felony count of ani…

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center in Mayville will now be the hub for dispatching state police to emergency calls. The official transfer will start Monday. “The partnership with the New York State Police is important for efficiencies in dispatching the closest available unit to emergencies,” said Sheriff Joseph Gerace when making the announcement F…

Ying’s Wings & Things on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda, the site of several recent violent episodes, is closing later this month and moving its takeout and delivery service to a new location, owner Jimmy Ying confirmed Wednesday.“I never thought the day would come that I would make a business decision to close my doors,” Ying said in a letter dated Wednesday and sen…

Dunkin’ Donuts has cut the ribbon on its first “Fresh Brew” concept store in Western New York.The store model is designed to bring customers to return to the store after peak morning hours and get them to remain longer once they’re there.The store, at 628 Main Road in Irving, has soft seating, additional USB and electrical outlets, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi, as well …

A 34-year-old South Buffalo woman who acquired dozens of puppies from Craigslist and then posed as their breeder to resell them – although some were far too young, sickly or infested with parasites – appears to be the first local case of a growing national problem known as “puppy flipping.”“Puppy flippers” acquire dogs, usually young or desirable small dogs, as cheaply as …

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It’ll be a bit easier making it home for dinner tonight.That’s because the nearly four-day lake-effect machine is winding down. Roads in the Buffalo metro area this afternoon, where it was only snowing lightly this hour, should be wet but generally cleared of any snow that quickly fell in lake-effect bursts during rush-hour Thursday.Roadways in parts of Southern Erie Count…

A big red bow is one of the most popular finishing touches people turn to during the holidays – and not just for wreaths. People attach them to sleds as part of their porch decor. They tie them to the backs of dining room chairs. They dress dog, lion or other animal statuary with them near the entrance to their homes. Instantly festive!Here are some other finishing touches…

Corbit and Harris and their K-9 unit handlers are among 11 teams statewide that will graduate from the State Police Canine Handlers Course during ceremonies Tuesday at the State Police Academy in Albany. Corbit, whose specialty is explosives, is handled by Trooper Benjamin Dodge, both based in Machias, Cattaraugus County. Harris, a drug dog, is handled by Trooper Jay Hoy…

LEWISTON – A motorist struck and killed a pedestrian who was crossing Model City Road near his home about 5 p.m. Thursday, Lewiston police said. Officers said Jose Martinez, 84, was walking across the highway to deliver food to a neighbor when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Maura H. Nolan, 82, of Ridge Road, told officers that she stopped a…

A former union president who filed false invoices to get reimbursed for expenses he never incurred in 2007 and 2008 has been sentenced to six months of home detention and two years probation, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Thursday.David Kellner, 49, of Delevan, former head of Transport Workers Local 2020, had been convicted of filing a false financial report wit…

A Pomona Place man was charged early Thursday with growing marijuana in his home and choking a neighbor in front of her three children during an argument. Michael A. Haynes, 30, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment, endangering the welfare of children, unlawful possession of marijuana, growing cannabis, criminal possession of a controlled substan…