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Efforts to try to ensure that divorcing couples can remain friends and give paramount importance to the effects of divorce on children will be major topics of discussion for the roughly 50 attorneys and other professionals slated to take part today in the New York State Council on Divorce Mediations’ first conference in the Buffalo Niagara region. The daylong session is sl…

The long-awaited meeting between Marilla residents and representatives of the Quasar Energy Group took place Thursday night before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 people in the Marilla Firemen’s Recreation Hall. Although Supervisor George Gertz told people in the overflow crowd their questions would be answered but they had to be civil, most were anything but o…

LOCKPORT – The candidates for 5th Ward alderman in Tuesday’s Republican primary – incumbent Kenneth M. Genewick and challenger Phyllis J. Green – disagreed on a few issues in a forum Thursday night, but the format didn’t allow for any direct exchanges.The event was sponsored by the Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope, a faith-based group that said its members surveyed 5th…

GOWANDA – A 48-year-old Lawtons woman remains in custody at the Cattaraugus County jail on attempted murder and other charges for allegedly attacking and seriously injuring a former Gowanda boyfriend and stabbing a woman visiting the man’s Chestnut Street home early Friday.Carol R. Silverheels, also known as Carol Fisher, was arrested by Gowanda police officers at about 5:…

LOCKPORT – Legislature Chairman William L. Ross said this week that he doesn’t need to report the Republican Party’s spending for the yard signs he’s using in his re-election campaign.Ross, a Wheatfield Conservative running with GOP backing, is facing Sean M. O’Laughlin, a Republican endorsed by the Democratic Party, in a GOP primary Tuesday in the 2nd District, covering p…

OLEAN – Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman and Public Defender Mark Williams traded charges Thursday in a debate in the Cutco Theater on the Jamestown Community College-Olean campus. The two are on the ballot for Tuesday’s Republican primary.Williams continued his charges that more than 70 cases have been dismissed by Rieman’s office for lack of timely prosec…

Amherst

Jan. 15, 1925 – Sept. 3, 2013Charles F. Knaus, of Williamsville, a trucker and a prisoner of war during World War II, died Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Hospice House after a short illness. He was 88.Born in Buffalo, he attended school in West Seneca and began working as a boy with his father and uncle, who trucked produce to New York City.He enlisted in the Army in 1943…

LOCKPORT – Kelvin W. Robinson, whose guilty plea to the stabbing death of his wife was thrown out on appeal, has been given until Thursday to consider a plea offer that would reduce his minimum sentence but still leave him risking life in prison if he can’t persuade the Parole Board to release him.Robinson, 56, stabbed his wife, Coleen Robinson, 38, to death in their home …

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Who gets credit for Buffalo’s development projects?Mayor Byron W. Brown cites $1.7 billion in economic activity in Buffalo. But how much was his administration responsible for the boom? With the project amount, description and the city’s role, here’s how it breaks down: City heavily involved: • Buffalo Sabres’ HarborCenter, $172 million. A hotel, two ice rinks, and a hock…

Mayor Byron W. Brown has made economic development a centerpiece of his re-election campaign, pointing to projects totaling $1.7 billion as proof of the city’s revival in his campaign ads and debate appearances.But how much credit does the two-term mayor deserve for Buffalo’s building boom?A Buffalo News analysis found City Hall officials were heavily involved in one of e…

LOCKPORT – A man accused of having cocaine, marijuana and psychiatric pills when police raided his apartment on March 28 pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment Friday in Niagara County Court.Nicholas J. Rubino, 24, of Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, is charged with third-, fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; unlawful possessi…

LOCKPORT – One of two Niagara Falls men charged with trying to steal copper pipe from a vacant home in that city April 6 was arraigned on a four-count indictment Friday in Niagara County Court.Jose C. Rivera, 22, of Fourth Street, pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and attempted petit larceny.Also indicted on the s…

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport woman pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court this week to making methamphetamine in her home.Jessica L. Pittler, 23, of Fairview Drive, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree manufacturing meth and was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 14 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Charges remain open against co-defendant Jonathan O’…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to his third drug felony on Friday was sent to the state prison system’s secure treatment facility, which has failed to break him of his addiction to cocaine in the past.Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas allowed defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. to talk her into sending Ramone A. Westbrook back to …

LOCKPORT – Jamarius D. Scott, 21, of Linwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced to one to three years in prison Friday for his role in a smash-and-grab burglary at an electronics store in the Falls. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas recommended him for boot camp-style “shock incarceration.”Two laptops and five cellphones were stolen Feb. 17 from NYC Jewelry and El…