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When Terry and Kim Pegula speak, Buffalo stops to listen. That's true of everybody from fans of the professional sports teams they own to the people with a stake in the future of Western New York. So when the Pegulas talked about a new or renovated football stadium that would be "Buffalo style," political leaders, developers and others chimed in with their own interp…

Crime

Authorities said they seized five kilograms of suspected cocaine with a street value of more than $500,000 Tuesday, after they arrested an Orchard Park man. Felix J. Calderon-Valcarcel, 28, was apprehended by investigators who said they allegedly saw him counting a large quantity of cash in a parked car near Stevenson Street and Cumberland Avenue in South Buffalo, U.S. …

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Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec had not been seen around the Municipal Center for about a month. Town employees didn't know where he was, and town leaders were not saying much. It turns out the chief was placed on paid administrative leave about three weeks ago, and Tuesday Town Supervisor Patrick Keem announced Pacholec will retire May 1. Keem made the…

Buffalo

When Shane Casado was released from jail for nine days after his indictment for murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Rachael Wierzbicki, her family and friends were horrified. “It was an awful nine days,” said Lauri Wierzbicki, Rachael’s mother. “We relived her death all over again. He was supposed to be going back to work, only a couple of miles from us.” …

Cheektowaga

Mayors, trustees and justices will be on the ballots in nine Erie County villages during annual elections March 19. They include: Akron: Mayor Carl E. Patterson and Trustees Michael R. Middaugh and Brian T. Perry, all Republicans, are unopposed. Polls are open from noon until 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 21 Main St. Alden: Incumbent Mark Casell of the Castle Party a…

Buffalo

April 23, 1975 – March 7, 2019 Andrew J. Bouquard was 19 when doctors discovered his cancer. He received a bone marrow transplant the day before his 21st birthday and he lived in remission until he died unexpectedly Thursday after he was stricken on his way to work at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was 43. “I look at it like he’s had two lives, befor…

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A Buffalo man charged with shooting and killing his former girlfriend has been released on bail. Shane Casado, 24, was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the Nov. 27 slaying of Rachael Wierzbicki outside a home on Edson Street. Casado was remanded to jail without bail at his arraignment Feb. 1. At a hearing Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice John L. …

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Stand on Youngs Road and look across to SUNY Erie Community College's Amherst campus and you'll see its two faces. To your right is a dense complex of academic buildings, including the college's bright new science building. To your left, though, is a vast, nearly empty expanse of grass and underused athletic fields. College officials want to put that space to better …

Courts

Two teens who have not received all required childhood vaccines will not be allowed to attend classes in the Orchard Park Central School District for now, a judge ruled Friday. State Supreme Court Judge Mark J. Grisanti rejected a mother’s request to force the district to temporarily admit her two children as she awaits an appeal to the state Education Department. Ma…

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Those of our readers who celebrated Valentine's Day by watching the classic rom-com "When Harry Met Sally" may not have realized that part of it was filmed in Buffalo. No, not the classic "I'll have what she's having" scene. It's earlier, when the characters played by Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby discuss Harry's divorce while, periodically, standing up and sitting b…

Education

UPDATE Feb. 15, 2019: Mother can't send kids to OP schools without vaccines, judge rules Two Southtowns teenagers who have been out of school for more than two months because they have never been vaccinated are getting a lesson in the First Amendment as their mother fights for them to return to school. The girls, 13 and 15, went to West Seneca schools for 10 years wi…

Amherst

Post-blizzard concerns over possible flooding took center stage Sunday, as mild temperatures reached 50 degrees and were expected to be several degrees warmer Monday. The snow melt is expected to challenge pedestrians forced to navigate large, sloshy pools of water, and threatens to flood basements and overtake rivers and creeks in the aftermath of last week's blizzard.…

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There isn't much that unites Democrats and Republicans these days, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has managed to do just that with his 2020 state budget plan. Cuomo wants to slash a program that provides hundreds of millions of dollars in direct aid to local governments. Hundreds of towns and villages across the state – including all but three in Buffalo Niagara – would lo…

Erie County

Two motorists were injured — one seriously — in a head-on crash Wednesday on Ellicott Road near Dennis Road in Orchard Park, according to Orchard Park Police. Orchard Park Police said they received numerous 911 calls following the 8:32 a.m. accident. The names of the victims were withheld by police. According to police, the driver of the northbound vehicle lost contr…

Crime

An Orchard Park man whose driver's license has been revoked numerous times was once again stopped by police. David M. Critoph, 32, was charged Friday with second- and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation; operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without an interlock device and unlawful possession of marijuana. Critoph's vehicle was stopped at 4:45 p.m…