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A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager is facing a lawsuit over allegations that he sexually harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver when he visited Buffalo in May 2018. Randy Lee is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed in State Supreme Court by the driver of the shuttle. Lee pleaded guilty to harassment in Buffalo City Court in December. He w…

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As Carl and William Paladino tackle their latest redevelopment project in downtown Buffalo, they're looking for help from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The father-and-son owners of Ellicott Development Co., together with investor Nancy S. Krieger, are seeking sales and mortgage recording tax breaks for their historic renovation of the former Buffalo Env…

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It’s not the sort of crime that normally draws much attention: selling marijuana on a neighborhood street. But it is the kind that the Buffalo Police Department’s Neighborhood Engagement Team is taking on. For years, neighbors on and around Sweeney Street, a one-block street of about 20 houses that runs south from Martin Luther King Jr. Park, have complained about th…

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NEW YORK CITY – Lindsay Shookus can be intimidating. She’s heard that from people, and though she doesn’t totally believe it, she doesn’t totally disbelieve it, either. “It just makes me laugh,” said Shookus, a Williamsville native who is one of the top producers for “Saturday Night Live.” Shookus oversees “SNL’s” talent department, a job that positions her at the nexu…

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Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead th…

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Dec. 27, 1925 – May 17, 2019 Dr. Roger J. Goergen, a retired dentist who helped write the ethics code for the Town of Amherst, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 93. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Canisius College. He graduated from the University of Buffalo School…

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Oct. 5, 1952 – May 17, 2019 Dennis M. Keefe loved being a journalist, especially for radio. He loved it so much, in fact, that he started his radio journalism career by taking a time slot that few others would want – the overnight shift. "He was so gung-ho about radio that he volunteered to take it," said his wife, the former Karen Carr. "He loved it." Mr. Keef…

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Thousands of bicyclists are expected to roll through Buffalo on Sunday for SkyRide 2019. The cyclists will participate in a 10- to 18-mile tour over the Skyway, which will be closed to automobile traffic for the event; along the Kensington and Scajaquada expressways; and through the city's park system, organizers said. The sixth annual SkyRide begins at 9 a.m. in LaS…

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Few of the University at Buffalo students receiving their diplomas at Sunday's commencement have come as far as Isnino Iftin. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, she moved to this country at 8, first to Baltimore and then to Buffalo's West Side. Initially unhappy with the move to this area, she later threw herself into activities at Riverside High School and became an a…

A Buffalo woman who reportedly had been banned from Fashion Outlets Mall was arrested recently and accused of stealing two dozen items from the mall’s Gap outlet store, Town of Niagara Police reported. Brianna T. Whittaker, 23, who police said had been ordered not to enter the mall for five years after a 2017 shoplifting incident, was charged with third-degree burglary,…

A resident of the Heritage Manor assisted living facility in Ransomville was arrested recently after allegedly attacking and choking an administrator of the facility, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Christopher J. Golda, 59, was arrested at the Ransomville Road facility on May 7, according to reports, and was charged with harassment and criminal obstruction of b…

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Niagara County sheriff's investigators reported that they are working with Child Protective Services in trying to determine how a 10-month-old girl suffered fractures to both of her legs and two fingers recently. The baby's mother, a resident of New Road in Wilson, first took her to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo on May 5 after noticing that she was favoring her …

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office says a Buffalo police officer can't be trusted and prosecutors are now weighing what to do with up to 30 criminal cases in which Officer Joseph Hassett was a potential witness. District Attorney John J. Flynn last month informed Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood that the District Attorney's Office won't call Hassett as…

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More than a year before any potential Republican primary for the 27th Congressional District, Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. has boiled down the issues to one. Who will emerge, the Erie County comptroller and possible contender asked, as the strongest supporter of President Trump. In New York’s most Republican and pro-Trump turf, he predicted, the newly announced candidacy of …