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Gene Warner

Gene Warner spent 36 years as a Buffalo News reporter.


escaped murderer and FBI agent -- sat on the couch of a Grand Island apartment for 58 minutes, their hands poised on their weapons, ready for a gun battle.The shoot-out never occurred."He was very desperate," Neil J. Welch, now retired from the FBI, said last week of Winston Moseley, the man who killed Kitty Genovese and later escaped from prison guards in Buffalo."At…

The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora should be expanded from 34 to about 60 rooms and should house enough modern-day conveniences to attract business travelers, according to a preliminary proposal from a prospective developer for the inn's multimillion-dollar renovation.Maritime Development Associates Inc. of Boston, Mass., has been given the exclusive right to present a d…

Friday's winterlike weather left even die-hard Buffalo Bisons fans wondering the unthinkable: How the heck are the Bisons going to play a baseball game Wednesday in Pilot Field?The Bisons have an answer, and it comes from Michael Buczkowski, now known as the Willard Scott of the Bisons' front office.Buczkowski, the baseball team's public-relations manager, isn't portl…

The imaginary smell of mustard cuts through the snowflakes. We can see, in our minds, the peanut shells below our seats. And the crack of the bat can be heard,in our imaginations anywayIt can mean only one thing: Opening Day is coming -- in just four days -- andPilot Field is cruising into mid-season form.Cleaning, painting, sweeping and grooming have been going on in ea…

Winterlike weather took a parting shot Friday at Western New York, dumping up to 8 inches of snow and causing four highway fatalities.Among those killed were a Dunkirk woman and her 93-year-old mother, authorities said.An 8-inch snowfall was reported in Ellicottville along with 6 to 7 inches in the South Towns, according to George Skari, a National Weather Service met…

Thud. Unh. Crunch. It's that time of year again.Sure, spring is in the air. But as the robins fly overhead, those hated potholes are attacking from below.Again."Our phone is ringing off the hook," said John Gugino, Erie County's deputy commissioner of public works for highways. "We have calls from Hamburg, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, East Aurora. . . . Based on the number…

DETECTIVE Chief John G. Reville of the Buffalo Police Department surveyed the corps of newsmen around him, his eyes flashing the fatigue and triumph of the moment.Sept. 10, 1929. After an all-night grilling of murder suspects, Reville and his detectives had broken open the murder case of Ferdinand Fechter, an East Delavan Avenue businessman shot to death in front of h…

The Buffalo Psychiatric Center has fired one therapy aide and suspended or demoted five other staff members in the aftermath of the Jan. 27 suicide of patient Wayne Verner in his room.Two nurses were suspended without pay for five months, two others were demoted and one therapy aide was suspended for one month, according to Sue Joffe, public information officer.Center…

Nobody is sure how to define the "homeless," and the federal government never has knocked on enough doors -- or street grates -- to find them.Next year, however, the U.S. Census will take a crack at uncovering various segments of the homeless population -- in Buffalo and nationally.On March 20, 1990, census counters will work the night shift, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., to…

Teresa Barbour and Cyndi Dissette have several things in common.Both women, who were raised Catholic, became pregnant when they were in their 20s. After talking over their plights with their fiances, both women had abortions.Both feel so strongly about the abortion issue today that they agreed to shed their anonymity to speak out on the explosive subject.That's where …

One of the three 15-year-old youths who escaped early Friday from the Erie County youth detention facility had been arrested earlier this week with $50,000 worth of crack cocaine headed for Niagara Falls, two police sources said.The youth, from New York City, was arrested Monday night at Greater Buffalo International Airport and was accused of carrying 8.5 ounces of c…

It doesn't quite rank with being the first man on the Moon.Carl Calabro, 44, and his brother Al will have to settle for being the last men on the Kensington.Call it one small detour for man, one huge mess for mankind.For those who like their news precise, the inbound Kensington Expressway, from the Thruway to Grider Street, closed at 5:07 a.m. today, and the Calabro b…

Expansion of the park-and-ride concept to attract morning commuters may depend on a few overheated tempers in crippling traffic jams.That seemed to be the case this morning, when the new park-and-ride lot at Kensington Avenue and Huntley Road wasn't exactly a smash hit with commuters.In fact, it was pretty much a bust, batting only one for two halfway through the firs…

Winston Moseley, once called a "vicious animal" by an Erie County district attorney following a 72-hour crime spree here, is seeking a new trial 25 years after the murder of a Queens woman sparked a national outcry against public apathy.Moseley, 54, still is serving a 20-year-to-life sentence in the 1964 stabbing death of Kitty Genovese, whose calls for help on a Quee…

As it sits poised in midair, ready to strike, the state budget ax looks more like a guillotine to those who direct scores of programs for youths, the disabled and the needy. If that ax falls, the blood-letting would be heaviest in programs providing recreation for youngsters, treatment for alcoholism, and edu cation for the deaf, blind and disabled, providers say.T…