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Motorists traveling with license plates containing the “desirable prefixes” of “EC” or “ER” won’t necessarily be the sign of political insiders any more.That’s because Erie County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs announced Friday he is doing away with a long-held traditional perk of the office allowing the county clerk to dole out a limited number of plates with those prefixes.…

Haunted Halloween Trains, run by the Medina Railroad Museum, debut today for a two-hour excursion from Medina to Lockport, along the Erie Canal.The trains will pass the locations of ghost sightings, crop circles, and other things associated with ghosts, spirits and the supernatural. Passengers will hear recountings by supernatural historian and storyteller Mason Winfield a…

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature will hold two hearings on the proposed 2014 $64 million county budget on Wednesday, convening at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. in the chambers of the Gerace Office Building. The budget was presented to the Legislature by County Executive Gregory Edwards last month and it has been the topic of committee meetings during the past f…

The voice comes on the telephone line, abruptly announcing a “Code Blue” alert to Hamburg residents.Is it a missing child? A release of hazardous gas? A road closed? No. The caller says it’s an “identity theft alert,” but it’s quickly clear that this is a political call, and the identity in question is that of a well-known Hamburg political family.The call is a pre-recorde…

If you’re going to send a text, it’s probably a good idea to know who is going to be on the receiving end of your message.Two alleged Dunkirk heroin dealers now sitting in the Erie County Holding Center learned that lesson Thursday afternoon.Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said his narcotics detectives, under the command of Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, arrested Ri…

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Town Board is seeking proposals to complete the renovations to change the former St. John Bosco Church into the town’s courthouse.After several revisions to plans for the church building, the board accepted the package to submit to contractors. Board members made the decision at the regular meeting Thursday held in the community building. The town …

A divided Frontier School Board has left in question just what the current base salary is for one of the district’s assistant superintendents.In limbo is the amount of pay for Myra Pinker, assistant superintendent for personnel, whose current base salary had been set at $115,047 - effective this past February.The board this week failed to formally approve her current base…

A crowd of at least 75 gathered Friday at Erie County Republican Headquarters on Main Street in Buffalo to protest the votes that two local GOP congressmen cast that supported a strategy that led to this month’s government shutdown.The protest targeted Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, who both voted for government funding bills tied to the defu…

Erie County

It’s early on a Monday morning and some young students are running down the hall of Kalfas Elementary School in Niagara Falls.But they’re not playing a game or heading to gym class.They’re starving for a meal.In area school districts, both urban and rural, children from impoverished families get free breakfast and lunches at their schools. But on weekends and holidays, man…

BATAVIA – The Batavia Police Department is investigating two recent incidents in which guns were fired in the city.The department has issued a felony warrant for Dashawn Allen Butler, 34, who is being sought in connection with an incident on State Street.At the same time, two men have been questioned and a third is being sought in a shooting incident on Jackson Street. The…

Accusations of on-the-job harassment ranging from lewd comments to displays of sexual behavior are the basis of a lawsuit filed against the Town of Cheektowaga by a female employee in the Sewer Maintenance Department.Eleven men – including the town’s employee relations coordinator, three supervisors and seven co-workers – are cited for their alleged actions, or lack of act…

ALBION – A demolition crew Friday tore down what remained of the Orleans Pallet Co. after fire crews had spent most of the day putting out hot spots at the century-old three-story stone building at West Avenue and Hamilton Street.A fire began at about 4 p.m. Thursday as an owner of the company and a worker were handling a grinder device on the second floor. The machinery s…

RIPLEY – A 21-year-old Ripley woman was jailed after allegedly attacking and choking a female friend about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in a home on State Street in Ripley. Miranda N. Natcher was arrested at the scene by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies. Following her arraignment in Westfield Town Court, she is held at the county jail on grand larceny, unlawful imprisonment,obst…

Buffalo

May 27, 1930 – Oct. 17, 2013Sister Barbara Ciarico, former president of Trocaire College, died Thursday at the Mercy Center Health Care Unit. She was 83.The former Barbara Jean Ciarico entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1948 and made her perpetual profession on March 30, 1954. Sister Barbara was born and educated in Albion. She attended St. Joseph School in Albion an…

Buffalo

June 17, 1942 – Oct. 16, 2013The Rev. Roderick M. Brown, founding pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Buffalo and a spiritual leader for many African-American Catholics, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 71.The Chicago native served as a priest in the Buffalo diocese for 14 years, and he coordinated the consolidation of several ce…