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Forty-nine years ago he was told he should be excommunicated when he reported that a priest at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca had molested him. Twenty-five years ago he was told that he couldn't sue the priest or the church because the statue of limitations on such cases had run out. On Wednesday, just after the stroke of midnight, Chris Szuflita saw a m…

Buffalo

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone apologized again Tuesday evening to clergy sexual abuse victims hours before many of them planned to file lawsuits against the diocese under the Child Victims Act. Malone, who lobbied state lawmakers against passage of the Child Victims Act as recently as 2018, said he hoped that the law will go a long way toward providing surviv…

Local News

An elderly Niagara Falls woman who was struck by a vehicle Monday while riding her bicycle on Hyde Park Boulevard has died from her injuries, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. Police said 86-year-old Beverly Laughlan was heading west on Hyde Park Boulevard around 11:30 a.m. when a vehicle operated by a 75-year-old Lewiston man was traveling east on Grand…

Local News

The Magdalene Project, a faith-based charity that assists the poor of Niagara Falls, will hold a "Back to School Bash" from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in its headquarters at 1910 Falls St. The event, aimed at ages 4 to 14, will include lunch and snacks, provided by local businesses, including pizza, hot dogs, macaroni, chips, cold drinks, cotton candy, popcorn and…

City of Tonawanda

Five elected officials from the Tonawandas issued a statement Tuesday condemning recent recruiting efforts by hate groups in their communities. A Ku Klux Klan chapter recently passed flyers in the area, but City of Tonawanda Council President Jenna Koch said those weren't unique. "In the past two years, there have been at least five known door-to-door canvasses by wh…

Amherst

Matthew E. Bartz, a Town of Lockport man with a long history of burglaries in Niagara and Erie counties, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Tuesday to having a large supply of illegal pills and an unregistered handgun in his Bartz Road home when police searched it Feb. 4. Bartz, 37, was sentenced last month to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison for two Erie County burgla…

Education

The Starpoint Central School District will look to hire substitute teachers at its annual substitute recruitment fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school library, 4363 Mapleton Road, Pendleton. In order to be considered qualified, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled in an education program at a college or university. …

Local News

The winning bids at Niagara County's annual tax foreclosure auction Saturday totaled almost $1.1 million., county Treasurer Kyle R. Andrews said Monday. That was a healthy profit for the county, since the back taxes owed on the parcels sold was only $312,000, Andrews said. Sixty-two lots were sold during the bidding in the Shawnee Fire Company hall in Wheatfield. …

Buffalo

The FBI and the state Attorney General's Office have conducted a flurry of interviews in recent weeks as they investigate Community Action Organization of Western New York, which spends millions of state and federal dollars fighting poverty. Investigators with the Attorney General's Office last week concluded two days of interviews in Buffalo with people who could offer…

Crime

An 86-year-old Niagara Falls woman was in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle Monday morning while riding her bicycle, police said. The woman was struck about 11:35 a.m. near Hyde Park Boulevard and Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls police said in a news release. She was thrown from her bicycle and suffered head injuries, according to police. The driver of t…

Business

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he wants to "reimagine" the Erie Canal and the other parts of the state's canal system. Cuomo chose 31 people to find ways to improve economic and environmental uses of the historic waterway as its third century of service begins in 2025. But people who depend on the canal for their livelihood, or for the economi…

Obituaries

April 5, 1941 — Aug. 3, 2019 Philip S, Chamot, who began a career in law as a state trooper and continued as an attorney, died Aug. 3 in Northgate Health Care Facility, Wheatfield. He was 78. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1959 graduate of Williamsville High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree from the University at A…

Crime

A Chevrolet Express work van, reported stolen recently from a Town of Niagara residence, was recovered last week from the driveway of a home on Bolton Road in Royalton, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies said the man in possession of the vehicle told them that he had purchased it from a third party. A resident of D Street in the Cayuga Village mobile…

Local News

Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek will be the guest of honor at the SPCA of Niagara's annual cocktail party and auction, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Wurlitzer Events, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. SPCA Executive Director Timothy Brennan said Wojtaszek is being saluted with the Taylor Award for her support and enforcement of leg…

Clarence

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments before Wednesday on a federally funded $9.45 million plan to shore up the Tonawanda Creek roads in Lockport and Clarence, while repaving part of Tonawanda Creek Road North in Pendleton. The Clarence road has been closed since June 2014, while the road on the Town of Lockport side is threatened…