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Patrick Lakamp

Patrick Lakamp joined The News in 1997 and has covered Amherst, transportation, City Hall and County Hall; spent nine years on the enterprise and investigative teams; and was on the courts beat before becoming enterprise editor in 2013. The Missouri and Syracuse grad has won or shared nine awards from the New York State Associated Press Association, including 1st place in Beat Reporting for his court coverage.


Buffalo

Standing before a judge at her sentencing, Taylor Partlow had a chance no other convicted killer in Erie County has had before. She could have been let off with probation. That chance came from the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, signed into state law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May. The law allows dramatic sentence reductions for domestic abuse survivors charge…

Buffalo

Eric Whitehead credits his fellow firefighters for saving his life when they pulled him from the attic of a burning house in January. "I just knew my brothers were there," Whitehead told The Buffalo News in a February phone interview from the burn unit at Erie County Medical Center, where he recounted how they picked up his 5-foot-11 inch frame and carried him down two-…

Courts

The three Cub Scouts probably weren't prepared for what happened to them after their sledding accident five years ago at Elma Meadows Park. A den leader from their Cub Scout pack sued them. The three Lancaster boys – ages 8 to 10 at the time of the accident – were "negligent and careless" as they slid past him on an inner tube sled, said Todd C. Puccio in his lawsuit…

Local News

He's a veteran with a pistol permit, so Andrew Ciepiela said he was just trying to follow the rules when he went to Old County Hall last summer to register a century-old Iver Johnson revolver that had been passed down through three generations of his family. He sees the 1917 firearm as a family heirloom. But that's not how the Erie County Pistol Permit Department saw…

Courts

Life after exoneration hasn't been what Kimberly Lawton hoped for. She's a mother without custody of the child she was falsely accused of poisoning. Four years ago, then-Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III concluded the mother of three was innocent of criminal charges that she had put flammable liquid ethanol in baby's bottles of milk meant to feed her …

Amherst

A month shy of turning 85, William L. Kindel has "a new adventure" planned. But for the first time in his 50-plus years in politics, this one will not involve Amherst. He's moving to Israel. For five decades, Kindel has been a fixture in town politics, including stints as town Republican committee chairman and Planning Board member and five four-year terms as a to…

July 12, 1925 - July 10, 2018 Jacque E. Austin, a member of the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame, helped create many sports programs for youngsters during his more than 20 years as an Erie County deputy parks commissioner. One such program brought Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens to Buffalo to talk to youngsters. Mr. Austin, who had lived in Wheatfield, died Jul…

Local News

No matter where you travel, you're likely to find someone with a Buffalo connection. But amid the reminiscing, a certain unpleasantry usually comes up. Buffalo architect Clinton Brown was attending church in Washington, D.C., on a recent Sunday when he met Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia. Brown introduced himself as from Buffalo, and a graduate of the Univ…

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The Buffalo driver who led police on a high speed chase in March has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance, the Erie County District's Attorney Office announced Friday. Antonio Gutierrez, 21, faces a maximum of 6 ½ years in prison when sentenced by Judge John L. Michalski on Nov. 8. Buffalo police narcotics officers wer…

Local News

Roughly two dozen Cellino & Barnes lawyers who submitted filings in the court case over Ross M. Cellino Jr.'s attempt to break up the law firm portrayed him as a disengaged boss. It is Stephen E. Barnes they call, email or meet with to discuss their personal injury cases, according to their affidavits. Attorney David E. Silverman, who handles personal injury and …

Local News

Legally speaking, Ross M. Cellino Jr. did not turn the other cheek Wednesday. Cellino filed court papers accusing his estranged law partner Stephen E. Barnes of creating a "toxic environment" in the Cellino & Barnes law firm that Cellino now wants dissolved. Cellino called Barnes "a bully." He said Barnes created a "venomous culture" in the firm through threat…

Nov. 6, 1937 – Jan. 25, 2017 Patricia Johnson savored life’s sweet moments. On weekends she and her friends would take the Canadiana to Crystal Beach and dance the night away. She bowled a 278 game while eight months pregnant. And she coached her two sons’ baseball team – the Lincoln Park Lions Grasshoppers. But most people knew and appreciated her for the c…

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Do you live in a Ford or Chevy town? (Hint: If you're in Amherst, it's neither. You probably parked a Toyota in your garage.) But across the rest of Erie County, the allegiances seem clear in many towns - Ford or Chevrolet. Search our database for your town or city. Or search by make to see the most popular car brands in your community. // Click here to load this Cas…

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Find out the ratings for 617 nursing homes in New York State, including 74 in Western New York. Select nursing homes by the city, county or region in which they're located by using the drop-down menu on the search page, or type in the full or partial name of a nursing home. The search results page includes the 2016 overall rating given to each nursing home. Click the top…

Western New York public and charter school students in 2016 posted their most substantial gains yet under the Common Core Learning Standards, with data released on July 29 showing improvement in both reading and math. Read The Buffalo News story on the test results. To find out how the students in your school performed on the English language arts and math tests, use our s…