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A State Supreme Court post can be found on top of the ballot but not often at the top of the agenda for voters.Two lawyers are campaigning for an open seat, looking to serve a 14-year term and preside over civil cases ranging from divorces to personal injuries in the eight Western New York counties of the 8th Judicial District. A handful of State Supreme Court justices als…

Oct. 11, 1937 – Oct. 31, 2013Richard R. Fumerelle Sr., a noted boxer known as “Rocky” and “The Blonde Bomber,” died Thursday. He was 76.Mr. Fumerelle, of Hamburg, was born in Buffalo. He graduated from South Park High School and Bryant and Stratton Business School.He competed as a professional boxer, middleweight division, in Buffalo, New York City and California. He also …

ROYALTON – Fire destroyed a two-story home at 4663 Gasport Road Saturday morning, sending one resident to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. A family friend who had spent the night discovered the fire in the kitchen about 8:13 a.m., Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said. He tried to use a wet towel to extinguish the fire on a stove, but was unsuccessful, suff…

A Buffalo man was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center on Saturday after being shot in the abdomen during a robbery, police reported.The victim told police that he was outside in the 200 block of Chadduck Street, in Buffalo’s Riverside section, when a gunman shot him in the abdomen at around 10 p.m. Friday. The gunman then ran off with his cell phone …

Two men approached their victim on a downtown street on Halloween night and asked him for change for a $20 bill.As they were handed the change, one of the men then hit their victim in the face with a glass bottle, leaving a cut above his upper lip, according to police. As he lay on the street, the robbers then pummeled him with their fists, police said. The attack played o…

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November roared into Buffalo Niagara like a freight train Friday with winds whipping above 60 mph, dropping trees and light poles down onto cars and homes, driving lake water over area roadways and knocking out power to several thousand homes.Spawned by a “very strong area of low pressure” that passed just to the northwest of the metro area, the wild winds lived up to the …

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Taylor Devices chief executive Douglas P. Taylor has a message for the North Tonawanda shock absorber manufacturer’s shareholders in the wake of the company’s record-breaking profits last year: Don’t expect history to repeat itself.“We’ve got plenty of business right now. We’ve got a good backlog of business,” Taylor said after the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting on…

The Wales Town Board voted Tuesday to approve the budget for 2014 that will require a tax rate of $3.38 for each $1,000 of assessment plus a flat fee of $176.08 per unit for sanitation. The budget will provide a 2 percent raise for all employees except for those in the Highway Department, who still are in negotiations.The General Fund Budget of $713,199 will require no to…

A mother and her daughter made heartfelt pleas Friday in a Buffalo courtroom for the maximum prison sentence for a Town of Tonawanda man who they said stole the young girl’s innocence when he took pornographic photos of her and a friend, both under the age of 11.The mother said her daughter is sentenced to a life of pain.Shawn McIntosh ended up receiving a prison term of t…

NIAGARA FALLS – The city spent about $2.5 million repaving and repairing roads this year, with another roughly $3.7 million in the works for road projects next year.With this year’s paving season wrapping up with work on Van Rensselaer Avenue in DeVeaux, 41 city streets were repaved by city crews, Mayor Paul A. Dyster said, standing at the intersection of Van Rensselaer an…

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WASHINGTON – The 40-year-old federal sports television blackout rules, which on occasion have left frustrated Buffalo Bills fans unable to watch their beloved team, appear headed for the dustbin of history.The Federal Communications Commission on Friday proposed eliminating the rules, which the National Football League, in particular, relied on in setting its blackout poli…

LEWISTON – The Democratic nominee for town supervisor in Tuesday’s election, Dennis J. Brochey Sr., has filed a lawsuit demanding $2 million in damages from a company that he hired nearly 20 years ago to clean up environmental problems at his auto repair shop.Brochey’s suit, filed this week in State Supreme Court, alleges that the company, Green Environment Specialists of …

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During a recent routine stop at the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions and greeting cards, Kenmore resident Margaret Dolan pocketed a big lottery winner. But she didn’t know it for days.“I put it in my purse; I actually forgot I had it for a couple days,” she said of the New York State Lottery “Win for Life” scratch-off game she purchased at a Rite Aid in the Town of Tonawa…

LOCKPORT – The city is preparing to shut down its water supply line from the Niagara River for three to five days in order to probe whether the pipe is in good enough condition to carry treated drinking water from North Tonawanda.If the answer is yes, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said, Lockport will consider buying drinking water from North Tonawanda and shutting down its own t…

One city lawmaker vowed civil disobedience to stall the wrecking ball at St. Ann’s Church, located at Broadway and Emslie Street,And two nuns who are sisters recalled the lives they touched as teachers at St. Ann’s School.On Friday the spirited campaign to save the East Side church gained momentum as 40 supporters rallied at St. Columba-Brigid at Eagle and Hickory streets.…