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The U.S.-Canadian agency that controls the flow of water out of Lake Ontario is increasing the flow in the face of record high water levels. But the move comes too late for many property owners whose land has been damaged by erosion and flooding this spring. Juanita Haight Erwin of Tonawanda, co-owner of Haight's Park, a farm and campground on Lower Lake Road in So…

Business

Cross-border trade is part of the everyday rhythm of business for many companies in the Buffalo Niagara region and Southern Ontario. John Darby, president of Niagara Transformer Corp. in Cheektowaga, has experienced that firsthand. His family-owned manufacturing company sold its first transformer to a Canadian customer in 1947; today, Canada accounts for 30 percent o…

Niagara County

The former North Tonawanda firefighter who set fire to the apartment of the city's only black fireman said Friday he might have been drinking before he did it. Matthew W. Jurado, who told police he set fire to the home of Kenneth D. Walker because he was angry over having been ousted from one of the city's volunteer fire companies, pleaded guilty as charged to second-de…

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Dillon Hossbach admitted Friday that he killed his infant son last year by striking him in the head repeatedly. "I struck him," Hossbach told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. "I hadn't had a lot of sleep the night before. I lost my temper." Defense attorney Dominic Saraceno said Hossbach, 25, erupted because nearly 6-month-old William Hossbach, also call…

Jacqueline Sartori, 29, of Buffalo, was ordered jailed by Amherst Town Justice Kara A. Buscaglia late Friday after she pleaded not guilty to burglary-related charges stemming from a business break-in last month. Taken into custody on arrest warrants by Amherst Police, Sartori was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or a $5,000 bail bond. Sartori remaine…

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ALBANY – Federal and state investigators have opened inquiries into the legality of additional taxpayer-funded salary deals given to eight state senators. The stipends, awarded by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, were given to five GOP senators, including Sen. Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican, and three breakaway Democrats who are part of a group that runs th…

A birdwatching hike in the Niagara River Gorge is set from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Western New York Land Conservancy, which is working on a multiyear gorge restoration project. Tom Kerr, a naturalist from the Buffalo Audubon Society, will lead the hike, which the Conservancy said will be strenuous, involving hiking up and down steep and rough terrain. Pa…

Crime

A couple shot Thursday night near Erie County Medical Center are in fair condition in the hospital, a Buffalo police spokesman said. The man and woman, who are both 29, were sitting inside a vehicle near the corner of Grider Street and Maple Ridge Avenue when they were struck, police said. A police department spokesman identified the pair as a girlfriend and boyfrie…

LITTLE VALLEY – Ira Lidge, 30, of Buffalo, was sentenced to two years in state prison for selling drugs in Olean, the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office announced Friday. Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz also sentenced Lidge to two years of postrelease supervision on his guilty plea March 6 to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance,…

A City of Lockport man, convicted in 2013 of raping his best friend's girlfriend, had his sentence reduced Thursday after a partially successful appeal. A jury convicted Dalvan H. Robinson, 55, of first- and third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse in connection with an attack on a 37-year-old woman on July 30, 2011, in a South Street home in Lockport. Niagar…

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Erie County legislators typically hear from department heads and leaders of organizations seeking more money for a project or program. But this week, in a twist, the lawmakers talked for an hour about how to spend $1 million to fight the opioid crisis but had no game plan on how to spend the money. "I'm conflicted about this," said Kevin Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda. …

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WASHINGTON – A medical research consortium based at the University of Buffalo has seen a key federal funding stream cut by 10 percent, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is fighting to get the funding restored. In anticipation of budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, the National Institutes of Health cut a grant to UB's Clinical and Translationa…

Crime

There was no jackpot for a teenage girl with a gun who tried to rob a Town of Tonawanda bingo game earlier this month. The 17-year-old got tackled by a pair of volunteers at Cardinal O'Hara High School who were in the middle of counting the money. The two bingo volunteers, one in his upper 60s and one in his upper 70s, managed to kick the gun away from would-be robbe…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted its plan to build a subdivision of 133 single-family homes on the Muir Woods property for review by the Amherst Planning Board. The board could start to review the project's environmental impact at its June 15 meeting now that Ciminelli has filed an application with the town's Planning Department. It is the first of several rev…

Crime

The Orchard Park man accused of using a stun gun and chasing a driver was arrested a second time in connection with another incident, town police said. Police executed a warrant Thursday evening and arrested Michael Overton, 18, on charges of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. At about 4 p.m.…