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Blink and you might miss a new Rachel's Mediterranean Grill. The chain offering fast-casual Greek and Lebanese fare is rapidly expanding, with plans to add six new locations to its current menu of seven restaurants. The new spots include two restaurants in suburban Rochester set to open in February. Once the tzatziki sauce settles, Rachel's will have 11 locations in …

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A Lockport man who says he spent three days in jail after a traffic stop because of mistakes made by local police plans to sue the Town of Amherst and Erie County over their role in his ordeal. Richard Orens is seeking at least $750,000 from Amherst, the town's Police Department, the county, the county Sheriff's Office and Central Police Services, according to a notice …

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Ted Yochum admits he never said much to anyone about the rescue. Almost 70 years ago, he took a medal he was awarded by the Army and stuck it in a dresser drawer. Even his five daughters never knew that it was there. “I’m not a drama guy,” Yochum said last week. Besides, he did not believe he deserved the attention. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.…

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Protocol Restaurant is closing after business tonight, according to a receptionist. The closing was not referred to on the restaurant's Facebook page, but the person who answered the phone said tonight would be its last night in business. Owner Paul Pelczynski was sued last year by the federal government over claims of sexually harassing staff and firing women who ob…

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Amherst plans to construct a new shooting range inside the training complex and community policing center it opened last year in a former Harley-Davidson dealership in Eggertsville. The Town Board last week voted to borrow $2 million to pay for the project, which is under design. Work could begin this spring or summer and finish by winter, Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said…

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Aug. 30, 1928 – Jan. 24, 2020 Celine M. Murray, of Amherst, a retired human resources manager for the May Co. department stores in Buffalo and a bridge instructor, died unexpectedly Jan. 24 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. She was 91. Born in Buffalo, the former Celine Stierer was the younger of two girls. “Her mother was devoted to St. Teresa,” her daught…

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Oct. 29, 1952 – Jan. 21, 2020 Kellyann Simon, a teacher of gifted and exceptional children, died Jan. 21 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 67. Born in Hornell, she came with her family to the Tonawandas in the late 1950s when her father, Clemenceau “Kelly” Simon, became a city editor with The Tonawanda News. He late…

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Daemen College has purchased a home on the edge of its Snyder campus for $490,000, but doesn't yet know what it will do with the property. Daemen acquired the home at 39 Getzville Road, off Main Street, from Georgiann Butler in a sale that closed Friday, according to public records. Paula Witherell, a college spokeswoman, said the owner – whose daughter attended Daemen …

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Three Chilean nationals were arrested Saturday in connection with a string of recent burglaries in East Amherst, according to the Amherst Police Department. Christian Antonio Rodriguez Gonzalez, 35; Hector Rene, 36; and Angelica Marie Rivera Perez, 27, were charged with "numerous felony charges" and were held pending arraignment, police said. According to officials, the…

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A second allegation of sexual abuse of a child has been filed against a Catholic priest who was recently returned to ministry by the Buffalo Diocese after it ruled a prior complaint was unsubstantiated. The diocese allowed the Rev. Paul M. Nogaro to resume practicing as a priest on Jan. 17, after saying it was unable to substantiate the allegations made against him in a…

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Firefighters from the Main-Transit Fire Department in Amherst extinguished a residential garage fire Thursday on Sixth Avenue, according to Main-Transit Fire Chief Daniel Hooper. Hooper said firefighters arrived on the scene in under six minutes and immediately began putting out the fire, and performing overhaul and salvage operations after the fire was extinguished. …

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A 48-year-old Amherst woman who was struck by a vehicle Sunday as she crossed Sheridan Drive has died, Amherst police said Thursday. Angelique Houston, who was hit by the westbound driver shortly after 7:30 p.m. just west of Sweet Home Road, died from her injuries at Erie County Medical Center, police said in a news release. Houston suffered head and leg injuries whe…

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The law firm behind those "Call Jed" billboards has bought the American Cancer Society's office building in Getzville for $660,000 as part of an expansion. The Dietrich Law Firm will keep its 2,800-square-foot office at 1323 N. Forest Road, at Maple Road, in Amherst while it adds the 6,000-square-foot building at 101 John James Audubon Parkway, near the town's municipal…

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New York City billionaire John A. Catsimatidis, whose United Refining Co. owns a deserted former gas station in Eggertsville, objects to the Town of Amherst's plans to take over the property and convert it to a pocket park. Amherst has 41 parks, he argues: Why do they need 42? Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa – whose fight with Catsimatidis has grown increasingly personal –…

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A 15-year-old Sweet Home High School student was arrested and will be charged with making a terroristic threat after he allegedly made threats to the Amherst school via social media, the Amherst Police Department announced Tuesday. Police said the threats were made last week and that they were able to identify the student responsible for the threats through interviews w…