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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson reports on development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence, along with development, government and school districts throughout the Northtowns. A native of the Town of Tonawanda, he worked at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse before starting at The Buffalo News in 2001.


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A man who met a woman named "Amy" at a suburban restaurant and gave her a ride back to Buffalo's West Side was surprised at her house by accomplices who beat and robbed him, the victim told police. The incident was logged into the Buffalo Police Department's computer system late Saturday morning, but it was not clear exactly when it happened. The man, whose age and a…

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The owner of a former Eggertsville gas station site said "grandstanding" by Amherst officials has thwarted the company's efforts to beautify or reuse the property. United Refining Co. owns five vacant gas station sites in Erie County, including one at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd. Amherst officials – who have complained about the site for years – launched eminent domain pr…

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For two decades, Joseph Mlyniec used his position as a Wyoming County sheriff's deputy to collect troubled young men for sexual relationships, authorities said. He met them through criminal investigations before inviting them to work for him. Then, according to the Wyoming County District Attorney's Office, he gave them something to eat or a place to stay in exchange fo…

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A Depew man tried to turn a drive-through window into a climb-through window, Buffalo police said. Witnesses say Solomon Q. Dixon, 33, attempted to get into the drive-through window at a McDonald's, blocked other vehicles and threatened restaurant employees and customers before his arrest Thursday. Employees say the incident started around 10:50 p.m. when Dixon tried…

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Two young women said they were harassed Friday on Buffalo's East Side by a bicyclist who followed them, repeatedly said "I love you" and grabbed at them before their 911 call scared him off. It happened at 7:20 p.m. while the 21- and 11-year-old, who are sisters-in-law, walked near P.S. 82 Early Childhood Center. They were heading home from a Bailey Avenue hair salon. …

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A 69-year-old woman from Buffalo's Polonia neighborhood told police a juvenile relative has stolen more than $2,000 from her and another relative's bank accounts. The woman said the thefts started in June from KeyBank accounts shared among the three relatives. She told police that there are several of these linked bank accounts but only one is in the name of the girl th…

Amherst

Democratic officials will appeal Friday’s decision knocking their candidate for Amherst town clerk from that ballot line in next month’s election. A state Supreme Court justice ruled top Erie County Democrats didn’t follow state election law in nominating Francina J. Spoth and, therefore, ordered her removed from that ballot spot. Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek decided in…

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The Bisons answered one question on Tuesday when they announced Sahlen's now has the naming rights for the ballpark. That inspired an obvious follow-up query: Will a hot dog join the lineup for the team's inter-innings food-based footraces? The Bisons started the Wing, Cheese, Celery race, which is sponsored by (716) Food and Sport, in 2011 with its original three co…

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Sahlen's isn't possessive about the name on Sahlen Field. Buffalo-based Sahlen Packing Co., better known as Sahlen's, chose not to use the "apostrophe S" when it bought the naming rights for the ballpark. Company President Joe Sahlen told our Sean Kirst that an apostrophe would imply the singular, when the stadium is being named for his entire family. This got us …

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The Amherst Memorial Chapel is collecting old or damaged religious books and ritual items for burial in a traditional Jewish ceremony. People with torn, tattered or worn-out religious scrolls, books, ritual items or other unused sacred documents stored in their genizah can drop them off at the chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Amherst, through Monday during business hours. The…

Courts

There was no doubt that Joseph S. Mlyniec killed Robert Irvine III. The only question was whether Mlyniec’s lawyer could convince a judge that the retired Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy was emotionally disturbed when he fatally shot Irvine. In the end, Mlyniec and attorney Norman Effman agreed the value of making that argument – to seek less prison time – was outwei…

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Local and state Republicans are trying to knock the Democratic candidate for Amherst town clerk off that ballot line for next month's election. The GOP filed a complaint arguing Francina J. Spoth's nomination by the Democrats is invalid. Attorneys for both parties sparred in state Supreme Court on Tuesday. Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek had not issued a decision as of late T…

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The typical homeowner in the Town of Tonawanda would pay an extra $13.54 next year under the town supervisor's 2019 budget plan. Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger said in his budget message that the town continues to wrestle with the effects of the 2016 closing of NRG Energy's Huntley Generating Station, once the town's largest property taxpayer. But, he said, the town…

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Sahlen’s and the Buffalo Bisons have thrown a new name for the downtown ballpark onto the grill. The Bisons next season will play in Sahlen Field – note no apostrophe “S” – the stadium’s fifth sponsored name since it opened in 1988. Team and company officials announced the 10-year naming rights agreement Tuesday afternoon at the stadium, where they touted the ties be…

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Airbnb hosts in Buffalo and Amherst soon may have to follow new rules if they want to open up their homes to visitors. The city and the region's largest suburb for the past few months have discussed whether and how to regulate Airbnb, an online platform that lets people rent out their homes and apartments to travelers on a short-term basis. Buffalo and Amherst offici…