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Growing up, the thought of having an artificial tree seemed like sacrilege. But as an adult with kids and dogs, the idea of keeping one more thing alive in my house (and cleaning up after it later) was just too much to handle. So, we became an artificial tree household. Yet it just didn't feel like Christmas without that authentic pine tree smell. Candles and other scen…

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A stand-alone professional office building in North Tonawanda is likely to find new life hosting amenities for a large apartment complex that is being built next door, after it was acquired by the owner of the multifamily property. Lou Visone's DVL Properties paid $1.2 million to acquire the 7-acre Wellness Park property at 624 River Road, including a 17,745-square-foot…

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A cold front early today could bring some snow showers across parts of Western New York and then a shot of cold air behind it. But, the cold won't last too long. The National Weather Service forecast shows temperatures building into the low 40s by Wednesday and then the upper 40s by Thursday and Friday. For today, weather service forecasters said there's a cha…

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A nurse at Buffalo General Medical Center was charged with second-degree assault after knocking a patient unconscious while trying to administer medication, Buffalo Police reported. Ryan Kinnally was charged after police said he struck the patient in the face, causing him loss of consciousness, pain, swelling and a bloodshot eye, according to witnesses who were in the p…

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Thirty children who attend the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club in Depew will find a bicycle under their Christmas trees, thanks to the work of A.B.A.T.E. of Buffalo and Erie County. Donations collected at the group’s 28th Annual Toy Run in September allowed the motorcycle enthusiasts to purchase 15 girls' and 15 boys' bicycles, plus helmets, said Elias Argen, ABAT…

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Niagara Falls Police reported that thieves jacked up a pickup truck early Sunday in the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue and removed all four tires. The tires, valued at $2,140, were found later stashed between garages in an alley between 15th and 16th streets, police said. The owner of the 2018 Ford F-150 truck told police he went outside shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday and…

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Niagara Falls Police are seeking an apparently able-bodied man who reportedly flashed a handgun at a man who challenged him for using a handicapped parking spot. A Niagara Falls man told police he exchanged words just after 4 p.m. Saturday outside 7-Eleven at 7610 Buffalo Ave. with a man who had parked a light blue Mercury in a handicapped spot. The complainant said …

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A pizza deliveryman unwittingly accepted a counterfeit $100 bill Saturday from two men who fled before he realized that the bill was phony, Niagara Falls Police reported. The driver was summoned to the 1500 block of Willow Avenue at 1:30 p.m. to deliver an order valued at $37.78. When the order was phoned in, the caller informed pizzeria workers that he only had a $100 …

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Weekends are busier during the holidays, with parties to attend, shopping to do and gifts to wrap. Here are some stories you may have missed. Priest cleared of abuse allegation: 'I hold no animosity' Bishop Malone cleared two priests of abuse allegations, after reviewing reports from the diocese's investigator and recommendations from the Diocesan Review Board. One of th…

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A Niagara Falls man faces multiple charges after police said that he tried to choke his girlfriend Saturday night, then held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Niagara Falls Police said they were called to the 5600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard at 8 p.m. by a 31-year-old woman who claimed to have been choked by her boyfriend of three months. She said t…

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A Niagara Falls man was arrested last week and accused of stealing a gasoline container from a shed at Ridge Road home after his car had run out of gas, Town of Lewiston Police reported. Police said that after running out of gas around noontime, Justin Chilcote, 49, of 16th Street, went to a nearby home and knocked on the door and rang the doorbell, but no one answered.…

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Thirteen hens died Dec. 8 when a blaze broke out inside a garage on Chew Road in the Town of Lewiston, town police report. The 10 a.m. fire apparently was started by a heat lamp that had been left on over the chicken coop inside the detached garage at 5181 Chew Road. All of the birds succumbed to the fire, which caused heavy smoke. Police said there was nothing else …

A Jamestown man was arrested Sunday at a residence he had been ordered not to enter. Frank J. Bindics, 42, was taken into custody around noon at a residence on McKinley Avenue, Jamestown Police said. He was charged with criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. In a news release, police said they already had a warrant for his arrest on other charges. Bindic…

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A 34-year-old Salvation Army worker told police her wallet was stolen Saturday evening by a woman whom she had just assisted. The theft was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday, shortly after the worker had given the woman – identified as "Lucy" – a ride in the Salvation Army van to the corner of Elmwood and Hinman avenues, police said. The worker then discovered her wall…

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The driver of an auto with a suspended registration was operating the vehicle while intoxicated early Saturday,  Jamestown police said. Jasen Swanson, 42, of Jamestown, committed multiple traffic infractions before being stopped at around 1:30 a.m. at East Virginia Boulevard and Hampton Lane, police said in a news release. Police said they cited Swanson with driving …