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Ramiro Chagolla Arreaga has been buying lottery tickets for years, just for the fun of it. The 29-year-old Lancaster roofer regularly goes through the routine of scratching off the number and checking it out, just to see what happens. He's occasionally won a few dollars, but nothing major. "The most I ever won was $500 one day," he said. Until now, that is — just …

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A bear was seen in the southeast section of Lancaster on Monday. Lancaster Police reported on their Facebook page that a bear had been seen near Evergreen Drive and Simme Road. "We’re hoping it doesn’t run into trouble," said Capt. William Karn. The bear was last seen moving west, headed toward the more populated areas of town. It was seen traveling near Town Line…

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A motorcyclist died Thursday after he crashed his vehicle on Transit Road while allegedly traveling over 100 mph, according to State Police. Nathan J. Knab, 29, of Lancaster, was northbound on Route 400 when he and another motorcyclist were observed by a marked State Police patrol unit stationed in a U-turn just before the Transit Road exit, State Police said. At abo…

Erie County

A motorcyclist was killed Thursday night after a state trooper tried to pull over two bikes traveling more than 100 mph on Route 400 in Elma, state police said. State police say the trooper, in a marked patrol car, was "stationary in a U-turn" just before the Transit Road exit when he saw two motorcycles traveling north at over 100 mph at 10:10 p.m. The trooper "pull…

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The pending sale of 4.4 acres in downtown Lancaster for a proposed $15 million mixed-use development could end the village's 40-year quest to jump-start its central business district. The mix of boutiques, restaurants and up to 48 midrange to upscale apartments proposed for West Main Street by businessman Tommy R. Sweeney comes after years of efforts by village leaders …

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Stephanie Ruffins and Beth Henderson were fired in 2014 by Stellar Dental Care after complaining to their manager they were groped, bullied and humiliated by a male dental assistant at the Cheektowaga office, an Appellate Division panel of judges ruled. Henderson testified before an administrative law judge that the co-worker grabbed her breasts while she was training R…

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It all started, the state says, when a subcontractor complained that he didn't get his kickback. Authorities on Friday accused the owner of a Lancaster construction company of lying about using a minority-owned subcontractor, a state requirement on public projects. And it charged the subcontractor – the man who complained about not getting paid – accusing his company…

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A public hearing Tuesday before the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency will air plans for a proposed $4.5 million warehouse and distribution center on Walden Avenue. The project proposed by Robert-James Sales Inc. involves the construction of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse at 4542 Walden, said Paul Leone, town consultant for the IDA. The project is expected to …

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Sept. 19, 1952 - July 3, 2018 Edward P. Furlani, a theoretical physicist from Lancaster, created a technique to separate red and white blood cells using magnets, has had a hand in devising ways to kill germs on cell phones with ultraviolet light and creating implantable sensors to detect lung cancer, as well as innovations in ink jets for printers. He had 152 patents…

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A 65-year-old Lancaster man who went to a relative's home in the town to swim this week drowned in their pool, police said. The owners of the home on Bridlepath Lane, off Pleasant View Drive, welcomed their relative to swim in their inground pool Tuesday afternoon, said Lt. Jeff Smith. The homeowners left at some point, but their relative continued swimming on a day …

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People living near Lancaster Speedway for years have griped about the loud noise from racing cars that would disrupt their summer night dreams. Many of them live on Genesee Street – separated from the speedway by the New York State Thruway – about one to two miles away. Some spend their nights indoors with windows closed to block the sound. "It's not a pleasant sound…

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Catalyst Fitness expects to spend up to $3.5 million to transform the former Dick's Sporting Goods store in Amherst into its newest gym. That's on top of the $3.4 million the company paid for the nearly 56,000-square-foot building at 281 Meyer Road, off Maple Road, on Thursday, public records show. Catalyst's purchase comes 3½ months after the lender took over the prope…

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The owner of Nichol City Realty in Lancaster has acquired the former office of the Brown Chiari law firm on Broadway. Shannon McNichol, acting through 5775 NCB LLC, paid $410,000 to buy the building at 5775 Broadway from BC Broadway LLC, which is controlled by Donald P. Chiari. The 5,169-square-foot former office of the personal-injury firm is a single-story red-bric…

Religion

A Buffalo priest removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a child was the target of similar complaints decades ago at two other parishes. A 37-year-old woman who is married to a Major League Baseball manager and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., said the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak repeatedly fondled her when she was 9 to 12 yea…

Erie County

Nearly three years ago, the Buffalo Diocese abruptly removed the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak as pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster. Nobody at the parish was told why. A diocese representative announced Fronczak's departure at Masses at the church in October 2015, recalled Dick Wagner, 80, a long-time parishioner. "He told us Father Dennis was going on a…