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The suspicious early morning fire on Aug. 25 that began in a parked car and heavily damaged a Vermont Street home has devastated an elderly widow, friends say.Anne Misso, 86, who cares for a disabled son who is now in his early 60s and lives on Social Security, did not carry fire insurance on her home, which needs a new roof and major repairs.She is now living with her son…

There comes a moment in the life of every major constituency when a group of important-looking people in expensive-looking suits will descend upon your neighborhood, school or community center and whisper a series of sweet, vague nothings into the nearest live microphone.That moment is called election time, and the people in the expensive-looking suits are politicians. And…

Festivals

LEWISTON – The nearly deserted midway, the easy parking and the bored-looking vendors told their own story on a rainy Saturday afternoon: the Niagara County Peach Festival took a hit from the weather.But with today’s forecast much improved, Kiwanis Club organizers are hoping that the crowds return as they did Friday night, when the 56th annual festival opened successfully.…

Festivals

LEWISTON – The nearly deserted midway, the easy parking and the bored-looking vendors told their own story on a rainy Saturday afternoon: the Niagara County Peach Festival took a hit from the weather.But with today’s forecast much improved, Kiwanis Club organizers are hoping that the crowds return as they did Friday night, when the 56th annual festival opened successfully.…

LOCKPORT – Preparing to try a 32-year-old homicide case for the third time is no easy matter, as a session in State Supreme Court demonstrated last week.Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. and the attorneys in the Robie J. Drake case met to try to hash out whether the Niagara County Public Defender’s Office must step aside as Drake’s counsel.Drake, 48, has been convicted twice of…

June 21, 1943 – Sept. 4, 2013Samuel T. Bodine Jr., former vice president of August Feine Steel in Buffalo, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 70.Mr. Bodine was born in Concord, N.H., but graduated from Fountain Valley, a boarding school in Colorado.His career at Lake Forest College in Illinois was interrupted by a d…

May 10, 1929 – Sept. 3, 2013Joanne R. Fuhrmann, a retired Buffalo and East Aurora teacher, died of cancer Tuesday in Palm City, Fla. She was 84.Mrs. Fuhrmann was born Joanne Kopp in South Buffalo. She graduated from Buffalo public schools, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.After a stint in the Air…

If there is one figure in the latest Siena College poll that explains incumbent Byron W. Brown’s commanding lead in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor, it may very well be the 78 percent of respondents who say Buffalo is on the right track.Just about all the poll’s other statistics – Brown’s 70 percent favorable rating, the 63 percent who approve of his job performance…

Erie County

The Erie County Democratic chairman Saturday said he will ask the state’s Moreland Commission to probe a new political action committee that Board of Elections records now show is fueled by $50,000 in donations from former Chairman G. Steven Pigeon.Jeremy J. Zellner also blasted a major figure in the local party – State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy – for donating $45,000 to the…

MINNEAPOLIS – Robert Tranquillo came to the University of Minnesota in 1987 with a doctorate in chemical engineering and a budding interest in the mechanical forces that help wounds heal.Today, he and his research team stand at the brink of a medical breakthrough – engineering replacement parts for the human circulatory system – and he can just about see the culmination of…

A Buffalo man is charged with felony weapons possession after police recovered several guns from a home on 14th Street.The arrest by the Buffalo Police Department Strike Force occurred late last Sunday night, while officers were on routine foot patrol in the neighborhood and received information about a man carrying a gun, police said Saturday.John Simmons, 19, of 14th St…

ROYALTON – Two all-terrain vehicles stolen from a Town of Niagara residence were found hidden in tall brush on a Tonawanda Creek Road property Friday morning, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said. About 4 a.m. Friday, the Tonawanda Creek Road property owner awakened by barking dogs spotted a man wearing a black ski mask peering into one of his windows, deputies said. He …

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The lake sturgeon’s ancestors traversed the world’s ancient sea bottom at a time when Tyrannosaurus Rex battled Triceratops on land.Fast-forward tens of millions of years, and this ancient fish species – which was nearly eradicated from Lake Erie by 20th century overfishing, pollution and habitat degradation – appears to be battling back against a dinosaur’s fate, repopula…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – The sound of something breaking early Saturday alerted a Dysinger Road man to a burglary in his apartment, police said. The victim told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that he was awakened shortly after 1 a.m. and went downstairs, where he saw a man carrying his 37-inch flat-screen television out the door. The burglar dropped the set momentarily, but …

A man was stabbed early Saturday while on his porch in the city’s University Heights neighborhood.James Minter, no age available, told police he was sitting on his porch on Dartmouth Avenue at about 3:40 a.m. when a man approached and asked him for marijuana. Minter told the man he didn’t have any, police said.That’s when the attacker pulled out a knife, according to polic…