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Crime

Brent J. Manz of Wheatfield, who was freed from state prison because the law under which he was charged was unconstitutional, admitted to two misdemeanors Thursday and was sentenced to time served. Manz, 35, admitted that he discussed sexual matters online with a police officer portraying a 14-year-old girl from Oct. 25, 2011, to Feb. 4, 2013. Manz also admitted that…

Niki Klein, was promoted to Resort Services Director with Win-Sum Ski Corp., DBA Holiday Valley Resort. She will direct the departments of Group Sales, Sky High Adventure Park, Customer Service, Mountain Shop and Facilities Management.

Kate Eshbaugh, was promoted to Skier Services Director with Win-Sum Ski Corp., DBA Holiday Valley Resort. She will direct the departments of Ski Patrol, Risk Management, Guest Services, Food and Beverage, and will also direct project management for the resort.

Festivals

In quality and quantity, this weekend is unquestionably the best event weekend of December. From the downtown tree lighting to a holiday boardwalk concert to bustling markets, the area will absolutely buzz – especially on Saturday, as the tantalizing Bills-Ravens matchup will occupy many on Sunday. Let's begin with four of the most popular events for the weekend: …

John Northrup has become Chairman of the Board at Win-Sum Ski Corp., DBA Holiday Valley Resort. He has been a member of the Board since 1978, and served as the Vice President.

Boxing

Frank Erne, Buffalo’s first boxing world champion, has been selected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota in the old-timer category. He will be inducted June 14. "Buffalo’s boxing history is rich and long. Frank Erne was Buffalo’s first of six world champions. We are so happy the IBHOF has finally recognized one of the best boxers of his era," Bob Ca…

Local News

A video surveillance camera and an alert employee helped West Seneca catch a repeat graffiti vandal who drew anti-Jewish and racist slogans in the bathroom of the town's new library and community center. The 17-year-old was charged with a hate crime, and is facing two felony charges. The offending graffiti, which included a swastika and racist words written on bathro…

Analysis

When the Bills throw: Quarterback Josh Allen continues to get better. After a breakout game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Allen has now thrown for 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his past eight games, compiling a quarterback rating of 98.7. Amazingly, Allen needs just 134 passing yards to pass Rob Johnson for 11th on the Bills’ all-time passing list. He …

Business

When my daughter Chloe first entered the school system, I put great thought into what would make the perfect gift for her pre-K teacher. What do you get for the woman entrusted with the care of your life's most precious blessing? How do you show your appreciation for a woman who steps in for you, day after day, caring for your child and her 19 classmates? Booze, I de…

Crime

Jeana A. Marino of Niagara Falls was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for throwing a pot of boiling water on her sister-in-law. "This was unfathomable," Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon told Marino. "You had a moment of madness and when you snapped, you disfigured and changed another human being." Marino, 42, of Dudley Avenue, pleaded guilty to second-deg…

Buffalo

When the chimney caved in and a part of the facade crumbled in late August, that was the time for city housing officials and Housing Court to do more to save the Civil War-era building at 435 Ellicott St. on one of downtown's most historically intact blocks, a preservation official said Thursday. But nothing happened to the building. Then more roof damage occurred th…

Environment

The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously this week to continue spending money to retain attorney Gary A. Abraham to oppose CWM Chemical Services' proposal to dig a new hazardous waste landfill on its Porter property. The Town of Lewiston and the county take turns paying Abraham and any experts he engages. The county allocates $50,000, and when that runs out, the…