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A felony hearing for a Lancaster man charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal one-car crash earlier this year has resulted in a new set of charges for the defendant, according to Lancaster police. Police have additionally charged 49-year-old Allen J. Stirling with two counts of harassment, after receiving complaints that he had allegedly sen…

Cheektowaga

Political newcomer Frank J. Todaro declared victory in his election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Todaro, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence party lines, upset Democratic incumbent John Bruso to claim the seat in the 8th Legislative District representing Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden. Todaro, 40, is owner of Collision …

Lancaster

Longtime Councilman Ronald Ruffino won a tight race with Councilwoman Dawn Gaczewski for the supervisor’s post in Lancaster. The seat is currently held by Johanna Coleman, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Ruffino, 58, ran on the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families lines. Gaczewski, who is 53 and was endorsed by the Lancaster Republican Committee. …

Amherst

Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

Lancaster

Lancaster Democrats have controlled the office of town clerk since 1966 when Republican Lucian A. Ferbet ended his 16-year run in the office. If they are going to continue that run, it will come with a fight that follows a bruising primary and campaign season. Incumbent Diane M. Terranova, a lifelong Democrat who worked in the clerk's office since 2005, lost her part…

Local News

Amazon on Thursday afternoon confirmed it is building a $25 million warehouse and distribution facility in the Town of Tonawanda. The company sent a statement to The Buffalo News saying it expects the delivery station to create hundreds of part- and full-time jobs when it opens in 2020. "The new station will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up …

Lancaster

Lancaster police were continuing to investigate a collision between a car and a bus Monday on Transit Road that claimed the life of a Cheektowaga man. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the deceased man has been identified as 63-year-old Pantelis Stamataros, who was a passenger in car. He and the driver of the car, 64-year-old Eva Stamataros, of C…

Local News

"Joker" is playing at movie theaters across America. But only fans who attended last Friday's Lancaster Legends-Depew Wildcats rivalry football game got to see that other criminal mastermind from the Batman universe: the Penguin. Sometime in the first half, as the teams huddled between plays, a Lancaster High School student dressed in a penguin costume dashed onto th…

Education

Patricia A. Skowron won't tell you what she said when she opened her Iroquois school tax bill and realized her taxes went up $660. "It's unprintable what I said," she said. "I’ve never had that much of an increase. I didn’t really fall on the floor, but I almost did." The Lancaster resident was convinced something was wrong. Previous tax bills had increases and decre…

Business

Essex Homes of Western New York said Thursday it broke ground on its final phase of building out its Cross Creek Estates single-family home community in Lancaster. Located off Pleasant View Drive, between Stony and Pavement roads, the last phase will include 29 new home sites, including some on a cul-de-sac and some that back up to a protected conservation area, accordi…

Erie County

Mary Kless said politics had nothing to do with her decision to serve as an election inspector in Lancaster, where she has lived for most of her 78 years. “It’s a civic duty for me,” said Kless. “People who are inspectors do it because they want to serve the community." But now she's wondering whether politics is the reason she will not be doing the job this year. …

The Lovejoy Gospel Church at 5922 Genesee St. is one step closer to constructing an addition to serve its growing congregation after the Lancaster Town Planning Board signed off on the state environmental impact review. The 4,150-square-foot expansion of the church building would accommodate youth programming and include additional parking for 46 vehicles, new lighting …

Attractions

A step inside the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane is a step back in time. The first full-metal plane with multiple engines earned the nickname “Tin Lizzie” and featured eight passenger seats, originally made from lightweight wicker. This weekend, local aviation enthusiasts will get their chance to see the historic plane – one of eight still flying today – and take a ride a…

Amherst

Rocking Horse Productions, cut in April from the lineup at Lancaster Opera House, formed a partnership with the Williamsville Arts and Culture Committee to stage three shows this season at the Meeting House, 5658 Main St. The locally produced theater company led by Douglas Kern will open its season from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 with an Agatha Christie thriller, "And Then Ther…