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Alexander P. Ruckh, a Lewiston police officer on unpaid leave since his arrest 11 months ago on charges of taking images of a woman changing her clothes, has resigned as part of a plea bargain, Town Supervisor Steve Broderick said Friday. Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said the victim consented to a deal in which Ruckh, originally charged with th…

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The Lewiston Town Board approved a 15-acre solar farm on Williams Road Thursday, and also passed a six-month moratorium on allowing any further solar projects. The Williams Road site, on property owned by Richard Piva, is 570 feet from the nearest road, Supervisor Steve Broderick said. The approval included the condition that the solar panel site must be surrounded by t…

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A woman was shot at about 8:40 a.m. Friday at Prospect Avenue and Maryland Street, near the parking lot of a Tops supermarket, Buffalo police said. The victim's injuries "appear serious in nature," police said. She was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call or text the police confidential tip line at 71…

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A Canadian resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to harboring an illegal alien, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 42-year-old Jason O. Garcia of Vaughan, Ont., faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced on March 20. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, Garcia attempted to enter the Unite…

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We can imagine the eyerolls from the other side of the border. St. Catharines, Ont., is prominently featured in the new film "Harriet," which depicts the life of Harriet Tubman and is gaining lots of Oscar buzz. When Tubman flees to St. Catharines after the Fugitive Slave Act is passed in 1850, an intertitle appears in the film that reads: "St. Catherines." Whoops…

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July 19, 1935 - Nov. 9, 2019 Buffalo native and four-time Olympic medalist George Thomas Breen was a standout rower for Bishop Timon High School and the West Side Rowing Club, but it wasn't until he started swimming competitively as a 17-year-old freshman at SUNY Cortland State that Breen really hit his stride. Mr. Breen went on to represent the United States in two …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Ed Asner, born on this date in 1929, “Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.” • • • MAKE YOUR BID – Furniture, appliances, housewares and holiday items are among the items up for sale in a live auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. A snack bar will be open. Previews…

Health and Fitness

Dee Downer started donating blood in high school. “I like helping people and I wanted a way to do it,” said Downer, a health and human services major from Newburgh in her senior year at the University at Buffalo. The 21-year-old student found a slightly different way to fulfill that mission this year – and get paid. A friend told her about CSL Plasma, a private compa…

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Nadeen Yousef of Buffalo waited five years for the moment that arrived last week, the moment when she became a U.S. citizen. She fears other refugees may have to wait a lot longer, now that the Trump administration is proposing increasing the cost of becoming a citizen by 61%, to $1,170. Becoming a citizen is hard enough, "but if you're doing this, it will be harder,…

Business

WILSON – Colleen Bowman understands how important a bank branch is to her small town. She grew up in Wilson, co-owns a grocery store there with her husband, and seems to know everyone in town. Bowman also has a lengthy résumé in banking, and her new job opportunity was too good to pass up: branch manager of Bank of Akron's new location in the Village of Wilson, which…

Buffalo

Ben Obletz says there's a demand for high-end luxury living in Buffalo, and he's aiming to prove it with his newest apartments. But first he has to finish renting them. His company, First Amherst Development, opened its new Nineteen North apartment building in downtown Buffalo a few months ago, with 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments located a block from the northwes…

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Peggy Sullivan had the blessing – as well as the curse – of holding top jobs in the development and health insurance fields for nearly four decades. Good pay, professional respect (mostly), great challenges. Long hours, overwhelming demands at work at home (too often), and way too much business travel. “It would not be unusual for me to leave at 7 in the morning and …

City of Tonawanda

A couple has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice in the Dec. 28, 2018, fatal drug overdose of an employee in the City of Tonawanda, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said the charge against Kevin Toth, 29, of the City of Tonawanda, and Samantha Yeates, 27, of Depew, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Assistant U.S. A…

Catholic Charities' Women, Infants and Children nutrition program recently relocated three of its Erie County offices – in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna – with a fourth at the Jamestown office in Chautauqua County. The new Erie County locations are the Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., Rooms 311-312; the Caritas Medical Arts Bldg., 2625 Harlem Road, Ste. …