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The driver of an Amish buggy and his horse were unhurt when they were struck by a passenger vehicle Wednesday on Rock Hill Road in the Town of Panama, not far from Panama Rocks Scenic Park, State Police in Jamestown reported. Troopers said the motor vehicle was heading southwest on Rock Hill Road when its driver, who was not identified, was distracted by the sun and str…

Obituaries

Oct. 24, 1940 – Jan. 21, 2020 Joseph M. Whittington, of Depew, a leader locally in the field of real estate home inspections, died Jan. 21 in Mercy Hospital following cardiac arrest. He was 79. Born in Carbondale, Pa., the sixth of seven children, he came to Buffalo with his family in 1942 and was a 1958 graduate of Kensington High School. He earned a bachelor’s d…

Courts

A suburban Rochester man who reportedly was upset about the impeachment of President Trump has been arrested for allegedly phoning death threats to New York Sen. Charles Schumer and California Rep. Adam Schiff, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Wednesday. Salvatore Lippa II, 57, of Greece, has been charged with threatening to assault and murder a federal offi…

Christine Farrow, of Amherst, has been appointed to become the first woman and first African American to serve as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier. She will take office next year, succeeding Alan S. Korman, a vice president at Columbus McKinnon Corp. Farrow, who is deputy commissioner of jurors for the Erie County Courts, h…

Business

The Aquarium of Niagara has constructed three major new exhibits in the past two years – but there's more to come. A master plan unveiled Wednesday calls for enlarging the building to improve the habitat for the aquarium's seals and sea lions. The Niagara Falls facility is home for five California sea lions, three harbor seals and two grey seals. They arrived at the …

Obituaries

Nov. 7, 1956 - Feb. 17, 2020 Daniel Oles, a farmer whose organic vegetables inspired restaurateurs to prize Western New York produce and present it with pride, died Feb. 17. It was a brief illness that worsened swiftly last weekend, his family said. He died as he lived, with his wife, Jane, surrounded by his family and friends, at the heart of his farm. He was 63.…

Buffalo

As kids, they called themselves Team Goofy and for fun broke into houses and caused fights in the neighborhood around Towne Gardens Apartments. Later, as they grew older, the group evolved into something more sinister, more violent and soon their calling was drug dealing and murder, according to prosecutors. "Anytime, anywhere, they were prepared to go to war," Assis…

Buffalo

Police are investigating the death of a man who apparently fell from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's LBJ Apartments, a 10-story building from which he was recently evicted. The man was let into the West Humboldt Parkway building sometime before 3 a.m. Saturday by another tenant, then went to the roof of the building carrying a rope, according to several LBJ re…

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Just a few weeks ago, a powerful Washington political action committee called Club for Growth promised a “seven-figure” campaign against Republican Christopher L. Jacobs in the June 23 primary for the 27th Congressional District seat. But much in GOP politics changed Tuesday when President Trump tweeted “my Complete Endorsement” for Jacobs, at least for the special elec…

Crime

Cody Gernatt has lived on Route 39 in the hamlet of Collins Center for most of his 32 years, and said he's never experienced anything like what happened early Tuesday morning. That's when the Erie County Sheriff's Office says gunshots were fired through the front of a house, striking a 7-year-old boy in the leg while he was lying in his bed. "It's very shocking to ev…

Greater Buffalo-area college students studying communications, along with professional journalists seeking additional academic training, can apply for 2020-21 college and graduate school scholarships offered by the Greater Buffalo International Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The chapter's Scholarship Fund  has awarded nearly $130,000 in scholarships…

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From the commercials to the Wild West Shootout, many people have fond memories of Fantasy Island. This includes actor Jim Carrey, who recently reminisced about Buffalo in an interview with Yahoo's Kevin Polowy. "Buffalo was my vacation every year," Jim Carrey told Polowy. "I went to Fantasy Island, New York — do you remember Fantasy Island, New York? — to see the Tarzan…

Buffalo

Five Star Bank has received state and federal regulatory approval to open two more branches in the city and follow through on plans it unveiled last month. The banking subsidiary of Warsaw-based Financial Institutions will open branches at 2222 Seneca St. in South Buffalo, near Cazenovia Park, and at 451 Elmwood Ave., in the first building under construction as part of …

Buffalo

With modern factory space in short supply, Erie County wants YOU to build a new manufacturing building in Lackawanna. The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. is seeking a developer to put up a "spec" industrial building on part of the former Bethlehem Steel property just south of Buffalo near Lake Erie. The land development arm of the Erie Count…

Business

The ride has stopped at Fantasy Island. The theme park posted a graphic to its website homepage Wednesday afternoon that read "Permanently closed." The park's owner, California-based Apex Parks Group, has not addressed whether it will refund season pass holders. The company directed those with questions to FantasyIslandNY.com, but that page was inaccessible much of W…