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John Courtney is already feeling the pain of rising gas prices.In a little more than a week, pump prices locally have jumped by 9 cents a gallon, squeezing the budgets of drivers like Courtney, who says the $20 he budgets each week for gas isn’t taking him as far.Analysts say that upward trend is likely to continue for at least the next few weeks, possibly adding as much…

Unlikely law enforcement bedfellows joined forces Monday evening to nab two armed robbers fleeing the scene of an East Side pharmacy holdup in a stolen taxi, authorities said Tuesday. Police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in Buffalo for a training program, assisted local police in a Hollywood-style car chase through downtown Buffalo that culmi…

Two residents' groups are expected to pack Amherst Town Hall tonight in opposition of two separate development projects. Neighbors who live behind Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart have applied for a historic designation of the 1930s campus. As noted in today's story, they aren't happy about plans for a gym overlooking their homes. The second group -- like…

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Bernard A. Tolbert put the best face possible on his latest fundraising effort Tuesday, but new reports to the state Board of Elections show that overcoming incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown’s huge financial advantage poses a daunting challenge.Brown enters the final eight weeks before the Democratic primary with more than $1.3 million on hand, while Tolbert can count on on…

Christopher Nixon Cox, a grandson of the late president, will join Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz and Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, consul general of Poland, as honorary grand marshals for Sunday’s Pulaski Day Parade in Cheektowaga.The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Thruway Mall, heads west on Walden Avenue and then north on Harlem Road to Cheektowaga Town Park. The annual eve…

A variety of drugs, approximately $7,000 in cash, a bullet-proof vest and weapons were recovered when Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected of selling drugs from his Town of Marilla home.Deputies from the sheriff’s narcotics unit obtained a warrant from Town Justice Thomas S. Labin to search the home at 2842 Four Rod Road on Monday afternoon. Robert J…

No serious injuries were reported when Jet Skis operated by two 16-year-old boys collided in the Niagara River off Grand Island on Monday evening, Erie County sheriff’s officials reported.The operator of one watercraft was ejected after turning his vessel quickly, causing the other vehicle to strike it, at about 6:30 p.m., just south of Buckhorn State Park, authorities s…

The Martin House Complex has received $500,000 from Erie County toward restoring the Darwin Martin House’s interior woodwork.With the county contribution, some $46 million has been raised to restore the acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex, with the funds about evenly divided between public and private sources. About $4 million remains to be raised to complete …

A Toronto man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import the drug Ecstasy from Canada to the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.Richard Dixon, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines for trying to traffic the drugs, which also contained the substance known as “bath salts,” authorities said.Dixon was found in September with 34,00…

A Buffalo man who operated a store in Lackawanna pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.Tofeek Albanna, 36, obtained more than $73,400 in fraudulent food stamp benefits at his store, LA Fashion, over a 16-month stretch, authorities said. He was exchanging food stamp benefits for cash and allowed the purchase of prohibited items in…

Young Audiences of Western New York is offering free family programming that promotes visual, performing and visual arts at Canalside this summer from 1 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.There are additional programs on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. A complete schedule is at yawny.org/canalside.

The SPCA Serving Erie County will offer free vaccinations Saturday to dog owners in select ZIP codes to protect against canine parvovirus – commonly called parvo – a contagious and potentially deadly virus that affects dogs of any age, breed or sex.The common signs of the intestinal form are severe vomiting and diarrhea, usually bloody. Treatment often involves veterin…

A woman died after her car crossed over the center line on Broadway in Depew and sideswiped a pickup truck on the other side of the street at about 8:30 a.m. today, Depew police said.Police identified the victim as Linda K. Ward, 31.The driver of the pickup, Brian D. Deberardinis, 22, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and was discharge…