Stuart Strickland remembered his father's stories about the most harrowing moment in his life, when William R. Strickland saw the out-of-control freighter Michael K. Tewksbury topple the Michigan Avenue lift bridge into the ice-choked Buffalo River just before midnight on Jan. 21, 1959. This weekend, Stuart Strickland plans to travel from his home in Pittsburgh to j…

Tops Markets plans to start moving by late summer into new headquarters on Wehrle Drive that will give the grocer room to expand. Frank Curci, Tops' chairman and CEO, said the company expects to hire another 40 workers within a year or two after the move is complete. Tops has 300 employees at two nearby sites on Spindrift and Earhart drives and leasing the space a…

As more than 300 Buffalo area residents board buses tonight bound for the Women's March on Washington, Buffalo News reporter Maki Becker and photographer Robert Kirkham will travel with them. The two  will ride through the night on a chartered bus to provide live coverage Saturday of  the protest against President Donald Trump in Washington, one day after Trump was in…

  Two massive projects are on the horizon for Amherst: a $250 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club and revived talk of extending the light rail from Buffalo out to the UB North Campus. But aging office parks and retail complexes in the town have vacancies, and in recent years sentiment in the town has turned against the unfettered…

City of Tonawanda police went into the Tim Horton's coffee shop on Niagara Street about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday because of a call that a man was exposing himself in the women's restroom. They left the coffee shop after arresting an Amherst man they said was in possession of nearly 700 pills. Officers charged Kevin R. McNinch II, 32, with three counts of a controlled subs…

The Amherst Planning Board  has put off for two months action on a $250 million, mixed-used redevelopment plan for the former Westwood Country Club. Members voted 6-1 Thursday to adjourn any decision on the developer's request to rezone 147 acres of the 171-acre site until the board's March meeting at the earliest. Planning Board members also said they won't act on …

Benderson Development Company wants to meet the region's need for industrial and manufacturing space by converting a vacant retail plaza on the Cheektowaga-West Seneca border into a sprawling new light industrial complex. The Sarasota, Fla.-based real estate firm, whose roots remain in Buffalo, plans to redevelop the 178,000-square-foot Garden Village Plaza at 2343 Unio…

The Buffalo Preservation Board, fresh off a heated meeting a week ago, has scheduled a new public hearing early next month over Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s controversial project proposed for Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. The board will hold a special public hearing at Lafayette High School, at 370 Lafayette Avenue, at 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2. The subject will be …

A 3-year-old drug-making subsidiary of Pine Pharmacy plans to build a $5.6 million drug compounding facility in the Town of Tonawanda to accommodate its nationwide growth. Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC, owned by Alfonse J. Muto, wants to construct a 25,000-square-foot, single-story building on a 4.2-acre undeveloped parcel at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Tec…

A Buffalo man who ran into the woods after a traffic stop on Route 16 in the Town of Holland and his female passenger were arrested by Erie County sheriff deputies late Wednesday night, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Thursday. Jamie Wilson, 47, and Jenna Shoup, 26, also of Buffalo, were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled su…

A New York City firm that plans to redevelop the Pierce-Arrow administration building in North Buffalo into apartments wants tax breaks from the county to get the $29 million project done. Read Property Group and previous owner Joseph Hecht want to renovate the 190,000-square-foot complex on Elmwood Avenue. The project includes the historic administration building, a…

LOCKPORT - A Lancaster man who stole more than $17,000 worth of property and fixtures from an abandoned house in the City of Lockport was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months to four years in state prison. Andres R. Moore, 32, of Brandel Avenue, last year pleaded guilty before to third-degree grand larceny and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program, but …

The City of Tonawanda continues to "Go Red for Jed" with a blood drive that will honor a special young man who died from cancer complications in 2015. Jedediah Woomer, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and 2014 graduate of Tonawanda High School, died on April 8, 2015 following complications from synovial sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. Tonawanda city firefighters…

A Williamsville developer is asking the Town of Amherst to rezone seven acres of land along Sweet Home Road where he plans to build 79 upscale apartment units, according to plans filed with the Amherst Planning Board. Robert A. Savarino would build two three-story apartment buildings, along with six single-story garage buildings, on seven acres of the nearly 12-acre par…

Family, friends and fellow officers welcomed two new police officers to the City of Tonawanda Police Department with swearing in ceremonies and a reception at City Hall on Wednesday. Officers Adam J. Cruz and Kyle J. Gallivan will start at the Central Police Academy at Erie County Community College's north campus on Monday. Both new officers grew up in the City of To…