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When Hillary Rodham Clinton visits the University at Buffalo for her speech tonight, Ready for Hillary will be, well, ready.The political action committee, or PAC, which is organizing a grass-roots effort to encourage Clinton to run for president in 2016, will have about 10 volunteers working the line of people entering UB’s Alumni Arena for the sold-out speech, which star…

LOCKPORT – A man who jumped bail on a stolen car charge was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation, to begin with six months in jail, most of which he has already served.DeJuan R. Savage, 24, of Eighth Street, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. for second-degree bail jumping.Savage failed to show up Feb. 8 in Niagara Falls City Court to an…

It happened during Hurricane Sandy, when a couple with disabilities used Facebook and other social media to spread the word about why they thought it would be safer to stay in their 12th-floor lower-Manhattan apartment and what supplies they might need.A Massachusetts blogger spread the word further about the couple; Nick relies on a ventilator, while Alejandra uses a whee…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man who was arrested last year in that city on a drunken driving charge was sentenced Monday to 16 months to four years in prison by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.Rodney W. Craft, 46, of Maple Terrace, had pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. He was followed home by a North Tonawanda police officer last Nov. 5 after …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who collected $2,080 in unemployment benefits while he was working was granted a conditional discharge Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.Christian M. Ham, 25, of Fairfield Avenue, had repaid the money to the state since his Aug. 27 guilty plea to petit larceny.Murphy ordered Ham to serve 20 days in the county work program …

LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man admitted in State Supreme Court Monday that he downloaded child pornography onto his computer in 2011 and 2012.Stephen Hassey, 41, of Perry Court, pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony.Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing Jan. 3 on the felonies, each of which carries a…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man could faces life in prison if convicted on charges of predatory sexual assault against a child.Clayton J. Kelkenberg, 33, of North Transit Street, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to that charge, first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and second-degree criminal sexual act. The indictment against him was unsealed Monday.Ass…

Local funeral directors are warning families about a scam seeking to bilk grieving families out of money for flowers they neither ordered nor received from a Florida company.The National Funeral Directors Association has warned about families who have received invoices charging them $75 for floral arrangements for their loved one’s funeral. The invoice lists the dead perso…

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Kevin P. Gaughan said Tuesday he has paid his $28,000 debt to the Internal Revenue Service.The Democratic candidate for county comptroller said he is now attempting to rejuvenate his campaign, which was damaged by revelations of several years of delinquent federal taxes.Gaughan provided copies of an amended ethics disclosure he filed with Erie County on Tuesday that now sh…

A former Buffalo church youth counselor was charged Tuesday with promoting child sex and collecting child pornography.Christian P. Myers. 26, who was a youth counselor at Victory Assembly of God Church, is charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child less than 17 and possession of a sexual performance by a child. State police said Myers had many photos and vi…

PORTLAND – a Brocton man found passed out behind the wheel of his car on Route 20 in the Town of Portland about 6:30 p.m. Monday faces a variety of charges, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies said. Brian A. Wagner Jr., 29, of Smith Street, Brocton, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful posse…

A Buffalo man who had a 2009 robbery conviction was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for robbing two people in April with a loaded .32-caliber revolver, then throwing the gun from his car a month later as he fled police when they tried to pull over his vehicle in a traffic stop.Anthony Pena, 21, of Lansdale Place, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree robbe…

WILSON – A Barker driver whose license has been suspended five times was arrested on several charges just after 4 p.m. Monday in the 5100 block of Chestnut Road, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.Jason E. Jones, 39, of Lower Lake Road, Barker, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Deputies also char…

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The Hamister Group is spearheading major development projects in downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Both multi-use facilities will include hotels.Mark E. Hamister, president and CEO, talked with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer about regional development and tourism. Here are some issues covered in an interview that is part of the “In Focus” series. Watch the full interview …

FRENCH CREEK – A French Creek man was jailed after Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies found him choking a woman holding an infant in the road outside a home in the 700 block of Bakerink Road in French Creek about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Ryan M. Peters, 24, of Bakerink Road, also is accused of threatening the woman with a collapsible baton. Deputies also sai…