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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Meteorologists probing report of tornado in Otto

National Weather Service meteorologists were attempting to determine if a tornado touched down Wednesday in the Cattaraugus County community of Otto.

Meteorologists posted a tornado warning for that part of the Southern Tier shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, after radar showed a severe thunderstorm with conditions favoring a tornado. There also were eyewitness reports of a funnel cloud in Otto.

Weather Service officials late Thursday said no reports of damage had been received, and an investigation by Weather Service officials was pending.

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the Buffalo area today.

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Public auction planned for 21 building lots

The Lackawanna Assessor's Office is offering for sale 21 single-family residential building lots off Martin Road during a public auction that gets under way at 6 p.m. today in the Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Road.

The lots to be auctioned off range in size from 15,000 to 25,000 square feet and range in price from $20,000 to $30,000. The sale is restricted to individual purchasers who intend to construct a single, owner-occupied dwelling on each. The minimum house size set by the city is 1,800 square feet.

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Elmwood Village concerts make season debut Tuesday

Buffalo's homegrown Cajun party band, LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales, will kick off the 13th annual Elmwood Village Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Avenue. The concerts, which will continue through Aug. 10, are free.

The schedule also includes Crittenden, July 6; the Buffalo Shuffle, July 13; N'Dias, July 20; the Steam Donkeys, July 27; the Latin Jazz Project, Aug. 3; and Gretchen Schulz & the Morvells, Aug. 10.

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Detours set today, Friday for work on the Kensington

Construction work will close down sections of the Kensington Expressway overnight today and Friday, the state Department of Transportation said.

Construction areas will be barricaded to all traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. State police will be posted to assist with traffic control and enforce speed limits.

Today, the outbound Kensington will be closed at the Humboldt Parkway exit. Motorists will be rerouted to the outbound Kensington via Humboldt Parkway to the East Delavan Avenue on-ramp. Those headed for the westbound Scajaquada Expressway will be detoured to the Northland Avenue entrance.

Friday, the inbound Kensington will be closed at the Scajaquada Expressway exit. Traffic will be rerouted onto the Scajaquada to the Main Street exit, then to Humboldt Parkway, re-entering the inbound Kensington at East Utica Street.

Also closing Friday, at 7 p.m., will be the ramp from the eastbound Scajaquada to the inbound Kensington.

Motorists will be directed to Main Street and the Humboldt Parkway, entering the inbound Kensington at East Utica Street.

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