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A 41-year-old Akron woman died in a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Lancaster, police said. The crash happened at about 10 p.m. on William Street near Bowen Road, Lancaster police said Tuesday. The victim, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 47-year-old Lancaster man involved in the accident was transported to Erie County Medical C…

Local News

Amy Moeller, the Lancaster principal charged with drunken driving in February, returned to her job at Hillview Elementary School, the Lancaster Central School District confirmed. Moeller, 40, was reinstated May 2, after a "thorough review" of the information surrounding her arrest and leave from Hillview, said Michael J. Vallely, superintendent of Lancaster Central Scho…

Cheektowaga

A man approached the counter at the Tops pharmacy on Transit Road, wearing women’s clothes and holding a device which had wires leading to his purse. He passed a note to the pharmacist. He was demanding prescription drugs and threatening to detonate a bomb. A 911 call, a quick police response and a short foot chase ended with an apprehension at gunpoint in the parkin…

Amherst

Nearly $30 million worth of commercial real estate transactions closed within the last two months in Erie County, ranging from restaurants and oil-change shops, to medical office and manufacturing buildings, to apartments, nursing homes and even vacant land for future housing. The $28.5 million in deals stretched from Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda and Amherst in the north…

Education

The Buffalo and Williamsville school boards do it. Ken-Ton does it. North Tonawanda, Niagara Wheatfield and Niagara Falls do, too. Others don't. What is it? A simple wonky government action to help people know what is going on in their school districts: posting meeting agendas online with all the supporting documents that board members receive. That's one of th…

Construction and Growth

The Village of Lancaster selected an Amherst engineering firm to design a $2.5 million extension of West Main Street, a critical step in the development of a long-dormant parcel downtown. Trustees voted Monday to approve Wendel Co., one of three finalists. Wendel edged out LaBella engineers – authors of a $40,000 feasibility study commissioned in May 2017 to gauge publi…

Construction and Growth

Plans for the construction of a 101-room, four-story hotel on Freeman Road near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be presented Wednesday evening to the Lancaster Planning Board. The $10 million project proposed for Candlewood Suites calls for the demolition of the former 88-room Buffalo Airport Inn at 50 Freeman Road, according to documents submitted to the…

Lancaster

Some Western New York residents are about to learn firsthand that the cost of throwing stuff out is going up. Lancaster residents who want to have an extra bag of non-food waste picked up at the curb on garbage day will now be paying $5 per bag, according to Town Clerk Diane Terranova. The $5 will purchase a bright yellow "extra capacity" sticker to be placed on the …

Lancaster

A public hearing has been set in Lancaster to discuss the installation of small-cell wire devices that will enable its residents to access 5G internet service. The mini-towers, no larger than a pizza box, would be placed on streetlights, buildings and existing utility poles, said Matt Fischione, supervising code enforcement officer. In addition, concealment techniques w…

Lancaster

A Republican primary for Lancaster town clerk could be the next hurdle for incumbent Diane M. Terranova, a registered Democrat who received the endorsement of the Lancaster Republican Committee. Terranova, 61, was snubbed by town Democrats, who endorsed Cynthia A. Maciejewski, 49, a clerk in the Lancaster Building and Zoning Department. But now another candidate, Rep…

Gusto

The Lancaster Opera House started spring cleaning early this year, cutting ties in March with its two remaining production partners, Rocking Horse Productions and Lancaster Regional Players. The actions by director David Bondrow mark the shift from a community-based theater model to a professional in-house production company, a change he confirmed in a fundraising lette…

Lancaster

Yard sale permits are required by Chapter 49 of the Code of the Town of Lancaster. They must be obtained at least ten days in advance, said Diane Terranova, Lancaster town clerk. Applications are available at 21 Central Ave. in the town clerk’s office, and must be completed and filed with the town clerk before a permit will be issued. The office is open from 9 a.m. t…

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The towns of Amherst and Tonawanda don't see eye to eye – or curb to curb – when it comes to the overnight parking bans that most of Erie County's suburbs impose during the winter. Tonawanda is often the first community to lift the parking ban in March or even February when the forecast is favorable. And the town sometimes delays the start of the parking ban in the fall…

Crime

Acting Lancaster Chief of Police William J. Karn Jr. hopes to bolster training for town dispatchers in the event of active-shooter situations. The initiative is one of several planned by the new chief, who succeeded former chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. on March 1. Karn, who was captain of the detective bureau, joined the force in 1996. He is a Lancaster native and 199…