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Bishop Richard J. Malone said this week that he was not aware that a Buffalo priest was the victim of an unsolved murder from 52 years ago, until a reporter from The Buffalo News contacted the diocese recently for information about the priest. The body of Monsignor Francis J.V. O’Connor was found in Scajaquada Creek near Assumption Church in Black Rock on March 13, …

Crime

A North Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to attempting to rape a 10-year-old girl when he was 19 or 20 years old. Anthony L. Fusarelli, 25, of North Avenue, faces a possible sentence of as long as 15 years in state prison when he returns before Judge Sara Sheldon Jan. 23. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree rape.…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who admitted sexually abusing two adolescent girls was sentenced Wednesday to probation for 10 years, with the first six months to be served in the Niagara County Jail. Brett D. Andrzejewski, 22, of 63rd Street, pleaded guilty May 30 to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act. The first victim, a Town of Niagara girl, was abused on various…

Crime

Brian W. Wentland, the former chief of detectives in the Lockport Police Department, avoided a criminal record last week when he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation, in a case in which he was accused of recording a telephone call involving his estranged wife. Lockport Town Justice Cheryl A. Antkowiak imposed a $150 fine and a $125 surcharge. At first, W…

Buffalo

Uniland Development Co. has acquired the Ellicott Station post office on Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, rounding out a campus that already includes three large adjacent properties on nearby Ellicott Street. The Amherst-based developer bought the block-wide property at 701 Washington from the federal government, which had put it up for sale through CBRE Buffalo i…

Erie County

For the 37th year, Santa Claus is getting some help from Western New Yorkers through The Buffalo News Neediest Fund. News Publisher and President Warren T. Colville kicked off this year's drive by welcoming about 100 people to lobby of the newspaper's offices for festivities that featured a tree lighting, performances by the Houghton Academy seventh-grade chorus and app…

Amherst

Three students have been charged in connection with Tuesday's bomb threat at Williamsville North High School, according to Amherst police. A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old have been charged with making a terroristic threat, police said Wednesday. Their names were not released. The 16-year-old was charged as an adolescent offender and the matter was sent…

Crime

When jurors in the Herman Aguirre trial arrive in court each day, they come cloaked in secrecy. Only the judge and lawyers know their names and where they live. And whenever they leave, court security officers escort them from the building. These extraordinary security measures – which also follow reported threats against witnesses – are because of Aguirre's alleg…

Courts

WARSAW – For most of his 60 years, Joseph Mlyniec was lauded as a veteran, volunteer firefighter, Rotary and Town Board member and sheriff’s deputy. Mlyniec’s facade of respectability was shattered in March when, fearing exposure of his hidden life, he fatally shot an acquaintance at his home. On Wednesday, Mlyniec received a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, a…

Business

Dave's Christmas Wonderland has opened pop-up stores for the holiday shopping season in Franklinville, Ellicottville and Williamsville. The seasonal stores are located at SteinMart Plaza, 8010 Transit Road, Amherst; 69 S. Main St., Route 16, Franklinville; and Ellicottville Country Store, 5364 Route 242 East, Ellicottville. The temporary stores, open in November and …

Buffalo

BALTIMORE – Accusations of recent clergy sex abuse against children have declined dramatically since the U.S. Catholic bishops in 2002 reformed how they handled abuse allegations and priests accused of abuse, according to church officials. Dioceses across the country have received 302 allegations of child sex abuse that occurred in 2000 or later, according to the Center…

Local News

WASHINGTON – In August, New Era Cap Co. Inc. said President Trump's promised tariffs on headwear made in China would have a devastating effect on the company. "If the tariffs on headwear go into effect, the new costs will force us to make immediate and significant cuts to our U.S. operations, including workforce reductions," New Era's CEO, Christopher H. Koch, said in a…

Local News

The tedium of ballot counting fueled dueling political theater Wednesday as Democrat Nathan McMurray claimed that tallies of absentee ballots in the 27th Congressional District will produce a “dead heat” with Republican incumbent Chris Collins if the current trend continues. But a Collins spokesman said McMurray “struggles with basic math” and predicted the congressman’…

Business

Robert Miller Jr. guided the Evans Agency's growth over the past 18 years. Now Miller, 62, is preparing to retire as president of the insurance agency, which is a subsidiary of Evans Bancorp. Miller will transition to CEO of the agency effective Dec. 1, and then retire March 29. He will serve the remainder of his term on Evans Bank's board of directors, which expires in…

Business

Evergreen Health is opening its newest regional health facility this week, with a new location in Jamestown to serve as a central hub for specialty care services. The Buffalo-based nonprofit organization's new office at 320 Prather Ave. is designed to provide quality health services and make medical care more accessible for people living in the Southern Tier. The 2,6…