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Ask Buffalo officials about out-of-town slumlords, and there's often a scowled acknowledgement of a lost cause. In a city where properties are owned by landlords from as far away as China, Kuwait and Sweden as well as New York City, Texas and California, it's sometimes difficult to enforce housing code laws on these investors, they say. But the state Legislature late…

Business

The owner of Nichol City Realty in Lancaster has acquired the former office of the Brown Chiari law firm on Broadway. Shannon McNichol, acting through 5775 NCB LLC, paid $410,000 to buy the building at 5775 Broadway from BC Broadway LLC, which is controlled by Donald P. Chiari. The 5,169-square-foot former office of the personal-injury firm is a single-story red-bric…

Books

The Larkin Square Author Series on June 25 will feature Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, and author Lauren Belfer. The free event is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at 745 Seneca St. in Larkin Square. "We are honored that Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan will appear together for a talk in Larkinville," said Leslie Zemsky, Larkin Square'…

Buffalo

A 17-year-old is in serious condition after he was shot Sunday night in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, a police spokesman said. The teen was shot at about 8:45 p.m. on Lombard Street. The victim, who was taken to Erie County Medical Center, was initially listed in critical condition, the spokesman said. Police did not release any further information about …

Crime

An Erie County man with a revoked driver's license and two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI early Saturday morning in Elma, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Joseph Amadori, 25, of the Town of Boston, was pulled over shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Rice Road. He failed field sobriety tests and registered an initial blood-alcoh…

Local News

The Village of Williamsville is holding a special election Tuesday, but the candidates won't have to hold their breath about the outcome. Mayor Dan DeLano is running to fill the last year of Brian J. Kulpa's term in the job. DeLano was appointed to replace Kulpa late last year after Kulpa won election as Amherst supervisor. DeLano said next year he would have to run for…

Erie County

Today's going to be a scorcher with heavy rain later in the day. Thanks to high temperatures and high humidity, weather forecasters say it's going to feel like the upper 90s across much of the region, including Buffalo and northern Erie County, as well as Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for those areas fr…

Erie County

The driver killed Saturday after he was ejected from his custom 1920s open car along Route 400 in Elma has been identified as Jeffrey Mogg, 52, of Franklinville, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Mogg was alone in the car driving southbound on Route 400 when he lost control of the vehicle at about 3:20 p.m. and hit a safety rail near Maple Road, the Sheriff'…

Local News

Some of the most rare and vintage automobiles in the world are about to descend on Buffalo. They're coming for the 2018 Great Race, which will bring more than 120 antique cars and possibly tens of thousands of onlookers to the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on June 23. It's there, at the corner of Seneca and Michigan streets, that the 2,300-mile Great Rac…

Local News

John Schaefer thinks about that day seven months ago every time he gets in his car. The bullet hole in his dashboard won't let him forget. On Nov. 14, 2017, he stood face to face with a man who had just sprayed a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga with 20 shots from an AR-15. The event had all the makings of another mass shooting, but Schaefer was the only person in…

Buffalo

Edward Westberg's hair was blond, thick and long, but his smile was wide as he ran his hands over his freshly shaven head. The 19-year-old, homeless since March 23, was one of about 50 people who received haircuts downtown in Fireman's Park Sunday afternoon. Fireman's Park is bounded by South and North Division, Washington and Ellicott streets. Designed as a tribute to …

Environment

Did someone say save the bees? Hundreds of honeybees swarmed an SUV on Saturday evening in Southgate Plaza in West Seneca after a queen bee got stuck in the car’s grille, in danger of being squished. A local beekeeper was called to the rescue, said Town of Tonawanda resident Bethany B. Desmond-Weitz, who was there to get dinner with her son at about 5:30 p.m. Saturda…

Buffalo

Where did the City of Buffalo’s public access channel go? It’s in "Siberia" along with other public programming, say Buffalo Common Council members. The city’s Public, Educational and Governmental access programs are no longer on channels 19, 20, 21 and 22, said Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana. Instead, Spectrum cable company moved them "in the cloak of …

Religion

A Buffalo priest removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a child was the target of similar complaints decades ago at two other parishes. A 37-year-old woman who is married to a Major League Baseball manager and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., said the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak repeatedly fondled her when she was 9 to 12 yea…

Buffalo

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry knew immediately what his message ought to be. Curry is the spiritual leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Representatives of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Great Britain made contact with Curry's office last February. There was going to be a royal wedding in May, with Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle, an Am…

Erie County

Among the many faults that a state oversight agency laid at the feet of current and former Erie County Water Authority leaders was the improper handling of Freedom of Information Law requests. They ignored them, delayed responses, provided less information than required, censored information that was public, and improperly denied appeals, the Authorities Budget Office s…