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After hitting the Bills fan in the face with a baton, forcing him to the ground and clicking on the handcuffs — for cursing at him over his shoulder — Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth P. Achtyl had a name for his new defendant: "Mr. Bloody Face." That's the term Achtyl came up with as he and his partner processed the arrest of Nicholas H. Belsito. One year ago, Belsito was a…

Local News

A thief has made it harder for a Cheektowaga food pantry to help families in need this holiday season. Someone stole the catalytic converters off the bottom of Resurrection Life Food Pantry's delivery truck last Friday night while it was parked outside the pantry, according to the organization. That means the 18-foot box truck – that the group has nicknamed Samson – …

Buffalo

Brian Hayden had only a few stolen hours to sell a travel writer on Buffalo. But as the invisible hand behind the city’s recent surge of media coverage, he knew how to best convert an iffy visitor. First they sped south to Canalside in Hayden’s Toyota Corolla. Then they drove north to the Darwin Martin House. In between, Hayden regaled the journalist, Jennifer Fernandez…

Local News

The Sweet Home School Board has appointed a Canisius College administrator to fill a board vacancy. The School Board at its most recent meeting named Justin Rogers to the position that opened after Michelle Mauger resigned in September because she got married and moved out of the district. Rogers is director of undergraduate admissions at Canisius and is the parent o…

Amherst

When an alumnus complained to the Park School that her teacher Thomas J. Bailey had repeatedly groped and sexually harassed her when she was a student, her complaint went to the school’s former headmaster, Donald J. Graff. Bailey denied the allegations, and Graff took no action against Bailey, who remained at the prestigious private Amherst school until 2006, according …

Religion

Mark Lynch says he was molested by a priest when he was 13. The abuse happened 50 years ago, well beyond when a sex crime could be prosecuted. But the FBI wanted to know more, anyway. Lynch said two federal agents visited him at his Youngstown home about a month ago, armed with questions about the abuse and the Buffalo Diocese's response to his allegations against th…

Crime

A man was killed Thursday night on the city's East Side, Buffalo police said. The male victim, whom police are still trying to identify, was shot just before 8:40 p.m. on Warring Avenue near Antwerp Street. He died at the scene, a police spokesman said in an email. Police initially indicated the man's injuries were "serious in nature." A separate police report descri…

Buffalo

It took four guys from Morris Masonry all day to demolish the concrete and stone base before the contractors could finally get a giant copper memorial plaque off the facade of the Pierce-Arrow Administration Building on Elmwood Avenue. That's when George Kron of Morris found a piece of history attached to the back: a time capsule from the early 1900s. The plaque, whi…

Erie County

Anger and arguments among Erie County legislators gave way to an 8-3 vote on Thursday to adopt a $1.53 billion county budget for next year that included an amendment to further reduce county spending, but not nearly as much as some Republican-supported legislators hoped. The budget will increase the county tax levy — the total amount collected in property taxes — by 2.6…

Erie County

Cigarette packs and vaping tools will come off the shelves at drugstores and some grocery and big-box stores within three months in Erie County. County Health Department officials have pledged to aggressively enforce a law passed Thursday by the County Legislature and to fine any pharmacy retailer that doesn't pull the products. That suits Phillip Torres just fine. …

Columns

Randy Putnam needed a blow torch. He is doing some masonry restoration on One Seneca Tower in downtown Buffalo, the building he still calls One Marine Midland Center in a giveaway of his deep Buffalo roots. Even before he arrived at the job early Thursday, on his slow ride through messy conditions from his East Concord home, his boss called to tell him: No sense in c…

Buffalo

Ten of Buffalo’s most struggling schools all showed enough improvement last year to stay out of the state’s crosshairs. In fact, district officials hope the progress being made by at least some of these schools will be enough to get them off of a state watch list by the end of this academic year. “I would not be surprised at all,” said Genelle Morris, chief accountab…

Buffalo

An addictions recovery agency plans to turn a vacant dormitory in Buffalo that was used to treat AIDS patients into a transitional housing project. Buffalo-based Cazenovia Recovery Systems is converting the former Benedict House on Main Street into 23 affordable studio apartments and supportive services for individuals recovering from substance abuse addictions. It's…

Erie County

Eden Central Schools is the only Western New York district to close due to Thursday's snowstorm. In a message to residents, Eden Superintendent Sandy Anzalone said concerns about dismissal was the main reason for closing. Eden officials cited 34 mph wind gusts that are forecasted to occur at the district's regular dismissal times. "To avoid that, we would have been f…

Buffalo

Students trickled into the room and settled in for another Monday night class of talking politics and public policy with the man in the dark suit and white dress shirt who sat waiting for them at the big table. It was Byron W. Brown, mayor of Buffalo. Except, for the students in this political science class at SUNY Buffalo State, he’s Byron Brown – adjunct professor.…