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What happened in Hamburg two weeks ago played out like a Hollywood script involving teens, alcohol and an empty house.And it had a bad ending – most notably a family car stolen and set on fire.A 17-year-old girl left alone at home for the weekend invited a dozen or so friends over for a Friday night get-together. It swelled into a raging, out-of-control party that grew mor…

ALBANY – The death of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s much touted “women’s equality agenda” was the result of a poor strategy that relied too much on outside women’s rights organizations and not enough on a key group: the female members of the Assembly who actually had to do the voting.That’s the assessment of those female Assembly Democrats who on Monday were still bitter that the…

Hamburg Town Board members took steps Monday night for a do-over.The board scheduled a public hearing on a change in the zoning code – the identical amendment that it approved in February to allow an Orchard Park company to move to the former Walmart building on McKinley Parkway.But since then, the town received notice from Buffalo Sabres player Patrick Kaleta and several …

The Holland School Board has reinstated the girls varsity swim program for next year after pleas from the community and swimmers forced it to rethink the budget-cutting move.“We certainly heard you and how you felt,” interim Superintendent Sylvia Root said Monday. The announcement, made at last Monday’s board meeting, was met with cheers from the audience. Several swimmers…

LOCKPORT – Developer David L. Ulrich announced Monday that the sale of Ulrich City Centre, the 13-store development in the heart of downtown Lockport, has been completed.Sinatra & Co. Realty of the Town of Tonawanda bought the 35,000-square-foot, eight-year-old complex for $3,575,000.“It’s one of the nicest properties in Niagara County,” President Nick Sinatra said. “I kno…

NIAGARA FALLS – The end of the reconstruction of Lewiston Road is within sight.City lawmakers on Monday approved an additional $204,000 in work for Accadia Site Contracting of Depew, work the city says is necessary because the previous contractor’s work was inadequate.The City Council voted, 5-0, to approve the additional work for the long-delayed project.“My guess is that…

Erie County

Vinny Marano and his fiancee, Heather VanDette, went from zero dogs in their Cheektowaga home to three. And Maggie, a 70-pound red pit bull, who frightened VanDette when they met, is now her favorite.“It was crazy,” said VanDette. “We went from having just two cats to having two cats and three dogs. It was overload!”Marano had two dogs when the couple met five years ago: L…

One woman is dead and a man is being treated at Erie County Medical Center following a drive-by shooting at East Ferry and Stevens avenues about 8:30 p.m. MondayThe woman was pronounced dead at ECMC and the man is being treated there for what homicide detectives described as non-life threatening injuries.Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP…

Buffalo

A frozen yogurt war may be about to heat up a block this summer on Elmwood Avenue.Crowds have been streaming into Yotality since the storefront opened earlier this month at 715 Elmwood, last occupied by Chow Chocolat. They’re attracted to the low- and nonfat dairy alternatives to ice cream, and the dozens of candy and fruit toppings that can be mixed in.Friday, White Rabbi…

Business

Time Warner Cable will get more than $3.1 million in state tax breaks for bringing 152 new jobs to the edge of Buffalo’s East Side, officials said Monday, as the Cuomo administration threw out the welcome mat to ensure the telecommunications giant put a new East Coast call center here.State and local leaders, led by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, touted the decision by Time Warner…

LEWISTON – The dispute is over a strip of land where there are no houses and no roads. But the decades-long slight has rankled leaders of the Tuscarora Nation and on Monday night, the Lewiston Town Board pledged to help them in a boundary dispute with the federal government.In a special meeting with leaders from the Tribal Council – Kenneth Patterson, Neil Patterson and Ch…

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear what could become a landmark case on the limits of the president’s power to make appointments – along with a defining moment in the career of a Buffalo-born lawyer and the make-or-break point for a Buffalo-based ruling on Internet free speech.In a case called National Labor Relations Board v. Canning, the justice…

HANOVER – A 47-year-old Gowanda woman was arrested on drunken driving charges and aggravated drunken driving charges for having an eight-year-old child in her care when stopped at Routes 5 and 20 by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.Patricia A. Lipowicz of Route 62, Gowanda, was remanded to the Chautauqua County jail after her arraignment on the d…

SILVER CREEK – Hanover Town Supervisor Todd Johnson and Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo are prepared to sit down and look at ways to reduce police costs. At the regular meeting of the Town Board Monday in the Town Hall, Johnson noted that Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace has proposed substantial increases for police services over the next two years. Town Councilman…

LOCKPORT – More than five years after varsity players were accused of bullying younger players on the Wilson High School baseball team, the lawsuit arising from that incident went to court Monday and was settled after half a day.After opening statements to the jury and partial testimony by one of the three plaintiffs, the school’s attorneys made a deal instead of cross-exa…