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Several people were shot Thursday in an incident on Midland Avenue in Syracuse, including children, according to reports from Central New York media. Spectrum News put the total shot at "at least six," while the Syracuse Post-Standard reports that up to seven have been shot. https://twitter.com/katelynnulrich/status/1042953566716092418 Meanwhile, in Rochester, fiv…

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Bennett High School was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon following a telephone threat that was called into the Middle Early College Office at the campus, a spokeswoman for the Buffalo Public School District reported. Elena Cala, special assistant to the superintendent for public relations, said administration and staff within the building engaged protocols that inc…

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City of Tonawanda Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl who was last seen Monday. Elise Henry is described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and was last known to be wearing a blue sweater and jeans. She is fond of wearing knit caps, police said. Elise was last seen in the area of Main Street and Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, police said. Anyo…

A Frewsburg man was arrested after an apparent threat Thursday morning that resulted in a lockdown at Hinsdale Central School, State Police reported. Investigators said Nicholas A. McChesney, 20, texted a 17-year-old student suggesting the school be "locked" because he had a gun and would harm others. Bureau of Criminal Investigation officers contacted McChesney,…

Education

Hilbert College announced Thursday that its freshman class for the fall semester is its largest since 2011. First-time freshman enrollment is up 30 percent from last year, administrators said, the second year in a row that the number of freshmen has increased. "An increase of 30 percent for our incoming freshman class, combined with a 15 percent increase last fall, is a…

The Rotary Club of Hamburg will offer an opportunity to dispose of unwanted financial documents and other papers when it sponsors a Shredding Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of Howard Hanna, 3674 Commerce Place off Camp Road, Hamburg. Documents should be packed in medium-sized kitchen bags or in boxes no bigger than 10 inches by 15 inches by 24 inche…

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Nominations are being accepted for the Starpoint Central School District's Sports Wall of Fame and Academic Wall of Fame and Achievement. Nominees should have graduated from Starpoint High School between 1958 and 2003. Information on previous Wall of Fame inductees, nominations and application forms can be found online at starpointcsd.org by clicking on Alumni under the…

Erie County

Talk of potential sites for a new Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has led to questions about whether it could be paired with a new football stadium downtown, particularly at a site near Canalside. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz this week said any prospect of a new downtown Bills stadium had no bearing on a consultant's recommendations for the best two sites of a…

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By Benjamin Weiser and Vivian Wang NEW YORK – Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidante to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday in a case that cast a spotlight on the culture of graft and secret dealing that has pervaded the state capital. Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in br…

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Sept. 3, 1946 — Sept. 15, 2018 Richard Thomas Nelson Sr., a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam and one-time assistant chief of staff for State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, spent his life helping people in Buffalo, especially children. His life's defining traits were loyalty and dedication to others, said his oldest granddaughter, Ciara Johnson. "A lot of his friends t…

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The Bewley Building, a five-story commercial structure at Main and Market streets in Lockport, was approved Thursday for listing on the State Register of Historic Places, and the state Board for Historic Preservation also recommended it for the National Register of Historic Places. The former building on the site, the Hodge Opera House, burned down Feb. 28, 1928, and pa…

Buffalo

Gillian Brown, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's attorney and interim executive director, is being offered the top job at the troubled agency. Brown, 54, was one of three finalists interviewed Wednesday for the BMHA's executive director position. The other applicants were Douglas Owens, retired deputy director of the housing authority in Alexandria, Va., and Joh…

Restoration of the Rumsey Shelter House at Delaware Park, built in 1935, began Thursday. The work is expected to be completed by next spring. Grants of $250,000 from Bank of America and the Erie County Greenway Fund allowed the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to secure the necessary funding to begin the project. The Rumsey Shelter, located off the intersection of D…

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Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is billing himself as "Plan B" for New Yorkers who didn't vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in last month's Democratic primary. Hawkins, who garnered about 5 percent of the vote in finishing third in the 2014 gubernatorial election won by Cuomo, made that his overriding message Thursday as he kicked off his general election …