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Two out-of-town visitors and a city resident had their cars broken into in Niagara Falls over the weekend, police said. A Pennsylvania woman's van was broken into sometime between 8:45 and 9:41 a.m. in the 100 block of Old Main Street, according to reports. A Samsung tablet and Vera Bradley purse were stolen; the purse contained $40 in cash and some credit cards. Total …

Amherst

Chuck E Cheese's likes to tout itself as a place where "a kid can be a kid." On Saturday, it was the adults who misbehaved. A heated argument at the restaurant's Amherst location on Harlem Road escalated into a physical melee involving about a half-dozen young adults, most of whom appeared to be teenage girls who are seen repeatedly pummeling each other and pulling hair…

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New York State Park Police were called to help a man who had fallen into the Genesee River gorge in the area of the Upper Falls within Letchworth State Park early Sunday afternoon. Eric Dumas, 31, of Buffalo had fallen approximately 30 feet, just above the brink of the 70-foot-high falls. Park Police officers trained in high-angle rescue descended to the man for init…

Crime

State police on Saturday were investigating the discovery of two men's bodies in separate Southern Tier locations, one in Randolph, east of Jamestown, and one in the Town of Portland, southwest of Dunkirk. Troopers from the Jamestown barracks responded to a report by a driver at 3:20 p.m. of a male body spotted near a creek just off Route 20 in the Town of Portland, whe…

Buffalo

The owner of the Signature Apparel & Footwear building is seeking to win final approval as soon as Monday to nearly double the size of the one-story retail building at the angled intersection of Walden and Bailey avenues. Ahmed F. Mohamed wants to construct a 5,720-square-foot addition to the building at 592 Walden, allowing for four more storefronts. The project, w…

Buffalo

Another day, another dollar store. David Pawlik's Creative Structures Services is seeking to construct a new Family Dollar store on vacant land in the Fillmore District's Genesee-Moselle neighborhood. The plan by C&S Engineers calls for building a 9,100-square-foot store on the 0.97-acre lot, which includes eight separate parcels – 1750 and 1756 Genesee St., 10 a…

Buffalo

Two Buffalo developers are partnering to construct a two-story back-office facility in Larkinville that could end up housing a transportation and logistics company. State Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs, who owns Avalon Development, is working with Alan Dewart of Seneca Development & Management Corp. on a proposal to erect a 13,500-square-foot facility at 535 Exchange St…

Crime

A 20-year-old Arcade woman stole a relative's identity and used it to take out more than $7,000 from a checking account, Wyoming County sheriff's deputies said Sunday. Christine M. Barr was arrested Thursday after police investigated fraudulent charges on a family member's checking account. They found that Barr had taken the checking account information, and had been pu…

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In an effort to increase the state's volunteer firefighter ranks, several advocacy groups are kicking off a statewide recruitment effort next weekend, beginning in Niagara County. Firefighters from throughout the county, along with county officials, fire service leaders and the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, will announce plans Monday at the Frontier Fi…

Peter D. Breitnauer has been elected chief of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department for 2018-19. Other officers include William A. Drenko, first assistant chief; David McGregory, second assistant chief; William J. Drenko and Anthony Gorney, captains; Christopher Bordeleau, Mark Conboy, Richard Ruby and Richard Sinclair, lieutenants; Brian Edwards, first aid captain; and…

Health and Fitness

The eighth Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge will kick off on Monday and include a weekly fitness class at New Era Field, weather permitting. A grand prize winner also will win $5,000. The challenge is open to all adults in New York State. Participants earn points by achieving three daily goals: 20 minutes of physical activity.…

The City of Tonawanda and St. Francis of Assisi Church are looking for volunteers, sponsors and vendors to plan a comprehensive services fair that will offer one-stop shopping so those in need can find out what help is available. The city and church, partners in the fair, are seeking businesses, organizations and individuals to donate money or volunteer time. The first-…

Crime

A Silver Creek man was charged with menacing early Sunday morning after he was accused of threatening another person with a pair of knives and damaging a cellphone. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance on Howard Street in Silver Creek just after midnight and said that William E. Folts, 31, had approached "another person in a threatening manner…

Buffalo

A new survey of students in the Buffalo Public Schools offers a more detailed picture of the myriad issues and circumstances many kids face outside the classroom. Of those who took the survey: Nearly a third of high school students said they have seen someone shot, stabbed or beaten in their neighborhood. About one in 10 said they often have been beaten or physi…

Business

It won't be easy to replace Bon-Ton. That is especially true at local shopping malls and plazas that already are struggling as more shoppers stay home and buy online. And it won't be quick, either. It takes nine months to two years to fill an empty department store, according to Jones Lang Lasalle, a commercial real estate solutions firm. Just look at McKinley …