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Erie County, for the second time in as many weeks, has received a $500,000 federal grant to combat human trafficking.The latest grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will go to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for use in locating and interviewing victims, as well as training law enforcement, community, education and court personnel about how to help victims.“We will be…

Sections of two expressways in the Southtowns will be getting nearly $21 million in major renovations through funding approved in this year’s state budget.The state will spend $9.6 million toward removing and replacing 14 miles of the road surface on Route 219 from Route 391 in Boston to Route 39 in Concord, State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, said. He said the bridge …

J. Robert Oppenheimer had the whole world in his hands.He was known as the father of the atomic bomb, a man instrumental in creating nuclear weaponry, in designing weapons of mass destruction. His scientific innovations would be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, responsible for the destruction of both a figurative enemy force and actual human lives. He would be challenged…

A new program geared toward making sure students eat breakfast is going through its trial run at Alden Primary School, and so far the results have been good.The program, which provides breakfast in the classroom to third-graders in two rooms, began during the second week of school, said Food Service Director Anita Trautwein.“The kids eat while they do their bell work,” she…

An 18-year-old Albert Avenue man was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and traffic offenses when police stopped his car at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday on Arthur Street near Niagara Street.Shawn M. Dunlavey was arrested after officers saw large objects hanging from the rear view mirror of his car and pulled him over. Once he stopped, officers reported smelling mari…

A 27-year-old Cheektowaga woman was arrested on drug charges after she stopped to talk to police near suspected drug house in the third block of Hampshire Street about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Ashley Alba of Borden Road was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance outside its original container after officers a…

A 46-year-old Forest Avenue man was arrested on felony drug and weapons charges and a 27-year-old Hampshire Street man faces lesser a drug possession charge after they were arrested after allegedly yelling and blocking pedestrians and traffic in the 400 block of Forest Avenue about 5:45 p.m. Thursday.Andre Canada was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a …

A 24-year-old Bush Street woman was arrested on child-endangerment charges for allegedly waiting too long to call for help for a six-month-old infant who was not breathing. After police rushed to the apartment and performed CPR twice to revive the child, Arielle J. Brewer was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and the baby was taken by ambulance to Women & Chi…

Gowanda officials did not always obtain quotes or bids for purchases, sometimes incurring higher costs than necessary, a state audit has found.The audit, completed by the Office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, recommends the village follow its procurement policy in the future.Mayor Heather McKeever said she was very pleased with the outcome of the audit.“We’re imp…

A 16-year-old Victoria Avenue boy and a 17-year-old Wakefield Avenue boy were arrested about 10 a.m. Friday for stealing an SUV that was recovered by police in the 2300 block of Fillmore Avenue. Both boys were accused of taking the vehicle about 2 a.m. They were both charged with third-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, felony reckless endangerment an…

A Buffalo attorney pleaded guilty to misdemeanor federal tax fraud charges Friday for failing to disclose more than $22,000 in income for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Lisa M. Yaeger, 49, who has worked in various local government agencies and maintained a private law practice, pleaded to three misdemeanor charges of submitting false documents to the Internal Revenue Service when s…

The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off to one…

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The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off to one…

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Eight-year-old Bianca Cartagena ate popcorn and drank ginger ale. She played board games like Chutes & Ladders and Connect-4, and at one point she argued with her mother, Candace Croff Cartagena, about doing homework.Those were among the few, spare details Candace Croff Cartagena, 34, provided to police the night of Nov. 30, 2010, when Bianca was found dead in her bed in C…

Financial irregularities reported in a recent audit of Erie Basin Marina operations may rise to the level of criminal wrongdoing, according to Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder.The two outlined their concerns in a letter sent to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Attorney Willi…