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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…

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The Town of Tonawanda plans to buy 6,050 streetlights throughout the town from National Grid and convert them to energy-efficient LED lights. This project also would see the town add new LED fixtures on utility poles along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where six pedestrians have died in traffic accidents over the past half-dozen years. Tonawanda officials say …

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When Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa gives a talk, you know you're going to get a PowerPoint presentation, a "Lord of the Rings" reference and a few Friar's Club-caliber quips sprinkled in the wonky planning discussion. The State of the Town address that Kulpa gave last week at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara was no exception. Kulpa began by highlighting a few of the …

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A Williamsville man who was convicted of wire fraud and tax evasion has been sentenced to serve 51 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 56-year-old Robert C. Logel was previously convicted in 2009 of defrauding two victims of nearly $3 million and sentenced to 48 months in prison. Wi…

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A relative of the Amherst man charged with harassing a Jewish acquaintance said it was a case of a falling out over a love interest and not a hate crime. Dean Bruscia said his half-brother, Christian McCaffrey, and the purported victim knew each other well from school and were good friends until the victim started dating McCaffrey's ex-girlfriend. "This was never a h…

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The Amherst Police Department released a statement Friday reminding the public that police departments or government agencies will not ask someone to purchase gift cards to settle debts or to avoid arrest. The advisory came following a local report of a fraud where the individual identified himself to a caller as an Amherst police officer. Police said the initial cal…

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The Town of Amherst wants to construct an artificial turf field at West Royal Park that would serve Daemen College athletes, youth soccer and football players and other users. The field is one of a number of improvements the town is weighing for the park just to the south of Main Street and the Interstate 90-290 interchange. Amherst and Daemen officials have discusse…

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Christopher Casacci is in the business of selling cats, but it's not the domestic ones that landed him in federal custody Thursday. Prosecutors say Casacci trafficked in African wild cats – caracals and servals – and some of them died in his care. Charged in a 33-count indictment, the Amherst man is accused of violating the Lacey Act, a federal law prohibiting the il…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center plans to open a satellite service site in an Amherst office park, according to town officials and public records. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted plans to construct a three-story, 50,000-square-foot medical office building on Park Club Lane near the Interstate 90 and 290 interchange. Documents filed with the town's P…

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An East Amherst man has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to a three-year conditional discharge, following his Oct. 30 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. As part of his sentence, 36-year-old Brent Dewitt must perform 100 hours of c…

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The "suspicious death" of a man who was found last year in the road outside the John E. Roberts Funeral Home in Amherst was a suicide, police say. Police responding to a 911 call just after 6 a.m. Nov. 4 found Charles Durante in the middle of North Bailey Avenue, near Grover Cleveland Highway. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he died around 1 p.m. As…

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A decade-old Pittsburgh-based freight management company completed its acquisition of National Traffic Service's Amherst building last week – three months after purchasing the much older Western New York company. Target Freight Management, through Rebel Realty II, paid $792,500 for the property and facility at 151 John James Audubon Parkway, where NTS will maintain its …

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Feb. 3, 1946 – Jan. 7, 2020 Lois Weinstein was shopping with her daughters at a mall in the late 1970s when a sales clerk, not knowing the family was Jewish, asked what the girls wanted Santa to bring them. “Well, they had been good,” she told Buffalo News reporter Paula Voell in 2007, “But still Santa wasn’t going to bring them anything. So they were upset. And here…