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One by one, eyes moist with tears and voices choked with grief, family members of Sheila Pelton and Jocelyn B. Elberson stepped to the lectern in a hushed courtroom and addressed by name the drunken driver who was sentenced Thursday for killing the two women last November.They described the 25-year-old Elberson as a lively friend and devoted aunt who survived heart surgery…

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ALBANY – Assembly Democrats want the Cuomo administration to put into state law financial penalties against the Buffalo Bills if the team breaks the terms of a new lease deal and leaves Western New York in the first seven years of the contract.The “clawback” provision would seek to recoup the entire cost of renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium as part of the agreement that Gov.…

It seemed like a dream vacation for William Cybulski as he sat in Disney World on Sunday night.The Buffalo firefighter was relaxing by the pool – watching a Buffalo Sabres game – with his girlfriend and her two young children at one of Disney’s theme resorts.But when Cybulski’s girlfriend went to check on the kids, they both realized that tragedy had struck.“I could just h…

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LEWISTON – As a little boy, the Rev. James J. Maher used to travel to Niagara University from New Jersey to drop off his big brother for the start of the semester.Now, decades later, Maher is coming back, but this time as the next president of Niagara.Maher, 52, executive vice president for mission and student services at St. John’s University, was announced Wednesday as t…

Barbecue. Ice cream. Wine and spirits. Chefs on wheels.Buffalo took significant steps toward enhancing its growing reputation as a food town Tuesday.The wildly popular Syracuse restaurant chain Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is opening in downtown Buffalo in October.Lines for ice cream on the waterfront will be shorter.After some delay, a wine and liquor store in front of the Wegmans …

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John and Delores Reitmeier had quite the magical love affair, and not just because they were married for almost 69 years.It was a storybook romance that blossomed in an unlikely location, the West Seneca orphanage. That’s where they met while young children in the 1930s and early ’40s.And then in their late teens, Delores Schumacher ran away from the orphanage, crossing Ca…

It’s been a long time since members of the Amherst Town Board were screamed at, but Monday night’s meeting definitely counted as a screaming and yelling affair. Some worried meeting observer, apparently, even called the police.Frustrations surrounding the controversial Hyatt Place project led opponents to jeer and boo from the audience. Supervisor Barry Weinstein was calle…

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Construction on a hotel and ice rink complex near the inner harbor will close streets around First Niagara Center beginning Wednesday. At 7 a.m., Perry Street between Main and Illinois streets will be closed, along with one block of Washington Street, from Perry to Scott Street.Arena visitors are urged to use Michigan Avenue as an alternate route to approach and exit First…

Public shooting opportunities indoors may be about to triple in Buffalo Niagara as construction continues toward a June completion date for an indoor range in the Village of Depew, with yet another range coming up for approval Thursday before the West Seneca Planning Board.West Seneca developer Ransier Development Corp. announced its intent to seek a special-use permit for…

A 47-year-old Town of Alexander man who agreed to house-sit for his hospitalized friend and neighbor died after being pulled unconscious from the burning former one-room schoolhouse late Sunday night, Genesee County sheriff’s officials reported.Scott A. Cramer, the only person inside 11000 Sand Pit Road, was pulled from the cottage by Alexander volunteer firefighters and …