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A man was shot four times on Fillmore Avenue near East Ferry Street early Saturday morning, police said. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center by a private vehicle, and his condition is unknown.Police said an unknown man approached the victim just after 5 a.m. and fired several shots from a semiautomatic handgun. Police found three .45 caliber shell casings near the s…

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to a two-story house on Dearborn Street in Black Rock after a fire started on pn the first floor Saturday morning.Buffalo firefighters said two adults and three children were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two Buffalo residents were arrested early Saturday for threatening a man with a revolver, firing a shot and stealing the man’s mountain bike, police said. Christopher D. Steele, 20, of Gatchell Street, and Jameea M. Russell, 19, of Wakefield Avenue, approached the victim on Jewett Avenue between Main Street and Fillmore Avenue and displayed a black revolver, with Steele fi…

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There is no one right way to play Hamlet, the woebegone Danish prince whose well-laid plans for revenge culminate in one of the biggest bloodbaths in dramatic history.He can be credibly played as an immature and tortured man stuck in a post-adolescent funk. He can just as easily seem a few lines short of a full soliloquy, a guy whose nature or circumstance has caused him t…

The Elma Town Board last week took the first step toward enacting a historic preservation law by setting a public hearing on the issue for 7 p.m. July 17.Marlene Baumgartner, president of the Elma Historical Society, introduced the idea to the board earlier this year when a developer tore down an old house on the grounds of the former Camp Centerland on Bullis Road.”It is …

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They’re learning to fly, now that they’ve got wings.Nearly a dozen weeks-old fledgling peregrine falcon eyasses took to the air for the first time last week.And they’re being watched like – well, like falcons.“They’re just so majestic,” Michelle Tulett-Sosa said.The Amherst resident was among about a half-dozen falcon watchers at the Central Terminal, where a family of tw…

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On her way into work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, deputy director Karen Lee Spaulding often takes a moment to pause and admire one of her favorite works of art.It might be Arshile Gorky’s riotous canvas “The Liver is in the Cock’s Comb,” Jim Hodges’ massive sculpture in the gallery’s courtyard or Elsworth Kelly’s “Chatham XI: Blue Yellow,” which mirrors the team color…

PENDLETON – Authorities Saturday seized six marijuana plants worth $6,000 that were discovered growing in a wooded area of the Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club. The plants were growing near an abandoned railroad bed, now being used as an all-terrain vehicle trail, on the Killian Road site, Niagara County seriff’s deputies said. An investigation is under way.

After enduring brutal abuse from his father, Jay-J, a 3-year-old boy from North Tonawanda, inspired a change in the law. Jay-J’s Law, a child-abuse law named in the boy’s honor that was spearheaded by State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, passed the Assembly Friday and Senate early Saturday.The law, which helps ensure stiff…

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LEWISTON – A proposal for an $8 million, 140,000-square-foot Lewiston Civic Center is on the table awaiting the next step – voter approval.And the town has proposed funding the project with a large chunk of the $510,000 it receives every year through the Niagara River Greenway revitalization project.If approved by voters July 15, the facility would be built on Creek Road, …

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The burgeoning Niagara Wine Trail – which started in 1999 with just two wineries and now features 17 – is poised to grow some more.The trail was recently given the nod by the State Senate and Assembly to expand into Erie, Orleans and Monroe counties, and the legislation is currently awaiting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature.The expansion will allow two long-established…

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Legislature voted last week to ask the county’s Industrial Development Agency to withdraw tax benefits from any project that employs illegal immigrants.The lawmakers also voted to ask the IDA to craft a local hiring policy, although at least one Republican legislator criticized the model that Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls…

CambriaThe Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.LewistonThe Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.Lockport• The city Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, One Locks Plaza.Also this week:• The Common Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. …

MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open for prayers for anyone who needs physical, emotional or spiritual healing, 7 to 9 p.m., Potters House Christian Community Church, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls. No appointment or fee necessary. For more information, call 884-0048.TuesdayBIBLE STUDY: 7 p.m., St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Sett…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Both longtime fishermen and novices alike can cast their lines at Gateway Harbor’s third annual “Hooked on the Tonawandas” fishing tournament Saturday and Sunday. The tournament is held in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s annual free fishing weekend, where anyone can fish anywhere in the state without a license.“Hooked…