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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…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who accepted a five-pound marijuana shipment at the Main Street post office in that city on Dec. 6 pleaded guilty Friday, and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.Michael J. Crumpton, 23, of Calumet Avenue, admitted to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.The box was damaged in shipment, …

LOCKPORT – Jonathan D. Bersani, 21, of Koons Avenue, Buffalo, was sentenced Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to three years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision for a pair of cocaine felonies.Bersani, a former Town of Niagara resident, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degr…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was arraigned in Niagara County Court Friday on an indictment charging him with having drugs when his probation officer visited his home April 4.Antonio M. Mozell, 28, of Willow Avenue, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The higher count accuses him of intending to sell narcotics.

LOCKPORT – Terrell X. Hand, 26, of 16th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to a cocaine possession felony.Hand admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was found with 0.127 ounce of cocaine during a police raid on his apartment on April 6, 2012. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farka…

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Former members of a Lutheran church in the Town of Tonawanda at odds with their denomination over Biblical interpretations and other cultural differences – including sexual orientation and abortion – left their Eggert Road building earlier this month in favor of worshipping in their pastor’s living room.After a September vote, more than 120 members of Augustana Lutheran Ch…

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: WNYMuslims, a local nonprofit community organization, will host a free ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. today to celebrate the area’s diversity and to mark Eid Al Adha, a Muslim holiday. The event, “Celebrating Eid with Free Ice-Cream,” will be held outside the offices of WNYMuslims at 4011 Bailey Ave., Amherst. The group aims to spread awareness about t…

LOCKPORT – The president of Niagara County’s largest environmental group implied Friday that campaign contributions to the Republican Party by CWM Chemical Services and its parent company might be behind the County Legislature’s inaction on rehiring an attorney to fight CWM’s expansion.The Legislature did not vote Tuesday on a resolution sponsored by Chairman William L. Ro…

Town of Tonawanda

April 11, 1919 – Oct. 17, 2013Helen Szymanowski, a retired chef who worked on an aircraft assembly line during World War II, died Thursday at the Schofield Residence in the Town of Tonawanda following a short illness. She was 94.She had lived in the same Town of Tonawanda home for 56 years.Born and raised in South Buffalo, the former Helen Kowalski graduated from South Par…