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The list of dilapidated buildings in Lackawanna has been growing for years.Now, city officials say they want to make that list smaller by razing the worst of the properties.The City Council set aside $200,000 in the 2012-13 capital budget for building demolition, and during a special work session on Monday, members discussed for more than an hour which buildings should com…

Accused dog burner and parole absconder Adell Ziegler was heading out of a house near West Ferry and Main streets when he ran into his parole officer.“I grabbed him,” Parole Officer Terry Anderson recounted Monday during a court hearing. “I told Mr. Ziegler, ‘You’re in trouble.’ ”“He said, ‘I want to speak to my parole officer,’ ” Anderson testified…

By Aaron Besecker Here are some of the stories we're pursuing today: *Some local schools are taking action to improve security in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. *The Small Business Administration has processed $1.1 billion in disaster loans -- out of its South Elmwood Avenue office -- since Superstorm Sandy struck. *A new health club is open…

WASHINGTON – Tired of the taunts from a critical colleague, Mariana Cole-Rivera, an employee at Hispanics United of Buffalo, took to the 21st century method of complaint.“Lydia Cruz, a coworker, feels that we don’t help our clients enough at HUB,” she wrote on Facebook on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. “I about had it! My fellow coworkers how do u feel?”Little did she…

Roy L. Noble’s oldest brother, Thomas, charged out of Schofield Barracks in Honolulu as Japanese warplanes began their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.A member of the Army’s Signal Corps in Hawaii, Thomas searched for an anti-aircraft gun. When he found one, he opened fire on enemy aircraft, which had also targeted the military installati…

Amherst is in the midst of a hotel boom after nearly a decade of relative dormancy in the hospitality market – and not everybody is happy about it.Three hotels are currently under construction or working toward site-plan approval. And Supervisor Barry Weinstein is asking the Town Board today to seek proposals for another new hotel or two at the site of the Northtown Cent…

Patricia A. “Patty” Parete, the Buffalo police officer who was paralyzed after being shot while on duty in 2006, died Saturday at age 48.The exact cause of death was not immediately known Saturday night, but Parete had fought a long, arduous and brave battle since suffering spinal injuries from the shooting that left her paralyzed from the neck down, said James W. Panu…

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the naval hero from the War of 1812, was never one to give up on a ship.Neither are volunteers at the Buffalo Maritime Center who, two centuries later, are endeavoring to re-create the armed cutter USS Trippe, one of Perry’s nine vessels in a fleet that he led to victory in the Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 10, 1813. A replica of Perry’s 3…

He was the kind of bus driver who made a point of getting to know his passengers. He also could make anybody smile,So on Friday – a year to the day that an armed man gunned down Metro Bus driver Brian G. Chapman Jr. on the porch of his home as he was waiting for a ride to work – his family remembered him in a way that he would have loved.Nine of Chapman’s loved ones …

Lace up your ice skates.Brush off the hockey sticks.And get ready for the sixth annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament.Organizers announced Friday that with a little help from Mother Nature and a new “Plan B” to make ice, the show will go on next Saturday – not in a frozen Erie Basin Marina as hoped but in man-made rinks in the marina parking lot.More than…

Lillian Cretacci went into Mercy Hospital sick on Christmas Eve, and when she returned to her West Seneca home a few days later, the hospital did something hospitals never used to do.She received special attention at discharge and then a visit from a nurse at her home to make sure her medications were all in order and a follow-up appointment with a doctor was scheduled.Bus…

Who’s top dog in Buffalo? It depends on whom you’re asking.In its annual survey of its registrations of purebreds, the American Kennel Club found that Buffalo bucked the national trend toward the Labrador retriever by registering more German shepherds than any other dog.Those rankings are pulled from registrations of AKC-recognized purebreds in Buffalo ZIP codes, usual…