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A Williamsville man who was convicted of wire fraud and tax evasion has been sentenced to serve 51 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 56-year-old Robert C. Logel was previously convicted in 2009 of defrauding two victims of nearly $3 million and sentenced to 48 months in prison. Wi…

Local News

Charity hockey games among volunteer firefighters and police are a highlight of this weekend's annual Winterfest event in the Town of Tonawanda. The festival started Thursday and runs through Monday. Activities include a wine tasting, an outdoor softball tournament, hay rides, biergarten, synchronized swimming demonstration, arts and crafts and other family fun, open ic…

Cheektowaga

A Cheektowaga man on the state's sex offender registry pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, admitting he had sexual contact with a juvenile girl "by forcible compulsion." Lavon Dean, 31, knew the victim in the incident, which occurred in Cheektowaga, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. Dean pleaded guilty Wednesday before State Supreme C…

Buffalo

The owner of a downtown bakery uprooted by an emergency demolition is suing the building's owner in State Supreme Court. Two Wheels Bakery & Cafe seeks damages from Buffalo Properties Ltd. "for the full amount of the damages" the bakery suffered at 435 Ellicott St. The city ordered the demolition after the roof collapsed inside the 1860s-era, three-story Italianate …

Buffalo

SUNY Buffalo State's Garman Art Conservation Department will receive a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for preservation education and training. The three-year grant extends from 2020 to 2022. The grant from the NEH is the 13th awarded by the federal agency over the past three decades. The grants are competitive and involve a rigorous peer-r…

Local News

The federal government has finished removing decades-old radioactive waste from the Town of Tonawanda's former landfill. The cleanup led by the Army Corps of Engineers started in June and was completed in December, according to the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Crews removed contaminated soil and other materials to a depth of 5 feet at the 55-acre site, just…

Buffalo

The high school graduation rate in Buffalo has improved just ever so slightly in recent years – and the Class of 2019 did nothing to change that. The Buffalo Public Schools saw 64.7% of last year’s graduating class earn their diplomas on time, including those who graduated in August, according to new data from the state Education Department. That’s roughly what it wa…

Buffalo

A rededication ceremony will be held Saturday for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial located in the Olmsted Park that bears his name. There will be an MLK program at 2 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St., followed by the rededication at the Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Plaza in the park and the opening of the new exhibit "Making of a Monument" in the par…

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A local company is again offering an all-expenses-paid trip to Buffalo to anyone willing to visit during the winter. Oxford Pennant's Warmest Cold City contest is open to almost anyone in the country – including Western New York. The contest is valued at $4,750 and features round-trip airfare, two nights at the Hotel Henry, $1,000 spending money, meals at high-end resta…

Obituaries

May 12, 1928 – Jan. 14, 2020 Roger W. Brandt Sr., a banker active as a volunteer in many community organizations, died Tuesday at his home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 91. Born in Kenmore, he was a 1946 graduate of the Nichols School and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University at Buffalo. He then received pilot train…

Obituaries

Jan. 10, 1926 – Jan. 3, 2020 Joseph Krasner, who helped develop the widely used phototherapy treatment for jaundice in newborn babies, died unexpectedly Jan. 3 in his home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 93. He was part of a team of medical researchers at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and the University at Buffalo in the 1960s who introduced the use of fluoresc…

Obituaries

Nov. 5, 1950 – Jan. 15, 2020 Thomas J. Slaiman, of Grand Island, an elementary school teacher and principal who in retirement developed a following as a humorous raconteur, died Wednesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 69. Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1968 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY B…

Courts

Jeffrey J. Bernhardt says an Erie County deputy threw him to the pavement, clicked on a set of handcuffs and then punched him in the face because he refused to take roadside sobriety tests. "He slammed me to the ground and came down on top of me," Bernhardt wrote in a statement accompanying his brutality claim in federal court. "I asked, 'Why are you doing this?' …

Buffalo

On New Year's Day two years ago, as he lay on the ground unable to move because of a broken ankle, Xavier Wimes was shot 12 times. Federal prosecutors say the man who killed Wimes was Dalvon Curry, a member of the CBL/BFL gang that controlled turf around Towne Gardens Plaza. And it wasn't Curry's only murder, they claim. He also is accused of killing 19-year-old J…

Buffalo

The Second Amendment right to bear arms, its reference to a “militia” and how such issues impact blacks will be the topic of a talk at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Lion Blyden, a contributor to the Challenger Community News and president of the Buffalo division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African C…