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Former Buffalo Bills star running back Thurman Thomas came to the Erie County Legislature on Thursday to speak in favor of bail bond reform. "The bail system is inherently biased toward the wealthy," Thomas told legislators, who are considering a resolution urging the state to adopt bail reform legislation. The resolution calls for eliminating cash bail for those cha…

Crime

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said Thursday that he still supports body cameras for sheriff's deputies as an evidence-gathering tool. But given the cost, the sheriff said he does not consider the cameras to be a top priority and cannot predict when they might come into widespread use by the Sheriff's Office. He acknowledged that body camera footage that contradi…

Buffalo

Ken Kerr grew up in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo. His childhood home was only a few blocks away from Ed Taublieb’s String Shoppe, a little storefront crammed at peak with about 300 guitars and string instruments. A place like that was magical for any child with a love for music, and Kerr would stop in from time to time as he moved from boyhood into his teen years.…

Local News

The City of Tonawanda's 2019 budget will take effect as amended by the Common Council last month after Mayor Rick Davis declined to veto any items. The $24.1 million budget raises the city's tax levy, the total to be collected in taxes, by 12.9 percent. The property tax rate declines by 2.04 percent, to $18.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. However, many city resident…

Local News

Amherst will wrap up the yearlong celebration of its bicentennial with a ceremony Monday, Dec. 17. The town marked its 200th birthday with a series of events throughout 2018. The closing ceremony starts at 3 p.m. Monday in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The Amherst Symphony Quartet will perform and officials will show a tribute video an…

Buffalo

A closed former Buffalo Police precinct in the Old First Ward is now up for sale, as the city seeks a developer to reuse an unneeded building. City officials on Wednesday issued a request-for-proposals, seeking a "qualified developer or development team" to buy and redevelop the former Precinct #7 at 294 Louisiana St. The building hasn't been used as a police station…

Buffalo

A vacant former Catholic school in Buffalo's Valley neighborhood reopened Thursday as a new mixed-use development with apartments and a new office for the Western New York Land Conservancy, after Savarino Cos. completed its conversion of the former St. Clare Catholic School. The developer spent $1.6 million to transform the 15,376-square-foot stone school at 169 Elk St.…

Buffalo

A 90-minute public information meeting on the proposed Longshed building at Canalside, and the packet boat project planned for inside the building, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo History Museum. The Longshed, which would be a 4,000-square-foot, year-round facility, was named months ago to replace the planned Pavilion building. Plans call for a replica …

Buffalo

Buffalo Place wants Buffalo to stay in the convention business. The nonprofit downtown business improvement district's board is urging the city to invest in a new and larger facility capable of attracting and handling significantly larger meetings and groups. It did not back any particular location because "it's kind of early," but "we think the convention center bus…

Buffalo

The transportation troubles that have plagued the Buffalo Public Schools this year have included a rash of “bad drops” – young children being dropped off at the designated bus stop without a parent or adult waiting for them. Superintendent Kriner Cash raised concern that there have been at least “12 to 14” of these incidents since the start of the school year. First …

Clarence

Charges are pending against a truck driver who allegedly struck and injured a woman who was walking her dog Dec. 4 on Harris Hill Road in Clarence, according to a Facebook post Wednesday from the Sheriff's Office. According to the Sheriff's Office, the driver of the truck turned himself in. The victim was a 51-year-old Williamsville woman walking her dog, who was hit…

Amherst

A 13-year-old Sweet Home Middle School student was arrested Wednesday after Amherst Police responded to an alleged threat made at the school, according to Amherst Police. The youth, whose name was not released, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, Amherst Police said. The youth was taken into custody, police said. Amherst Police said the…

Amherst

Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein said 185 students at Transit Middle School and Williamsville South High School in Amherst and St. Mary School in Swormville may have been exposed to a school staff person diagnosed with tuberculosis. Notifications have been sent to the parents of all students exposed, she said. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that u…

Local News

A developer has received approval to build 24 apartment and town house units on a vacant City of Tonawanda lot formerly occupied by a bowling alley. Regal Property Holdings of Grand Island intends to build two buildings, each containing eight apartments and four town houses, at 377 Delaware St., near Ives Park, according to plans filed with the city. The property pre…

Buffalo

Michigan Avenue soon will be illuminated with an artistic archway that aims to make the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor a destination point. The $322,000 structure, which will span Michigan Avenue between Broadway and William Street, is Buffalo's first full archway in recent history, said Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen. “It will literal…