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A 66-year-old Clarence man was hospitalized and a Corfu woman charged with driving while intoxicated after a collision on Transit Road early Friday morning, according to Amherst police. The two-vehicle crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. in the 6900 block of Transit, near Wehrle Drive. A southbound vehicle driven by Megan H. Hardy, 23, collided with a vehicle driven b…

Food and Drink

Owners of a Medina Mexican restaurant are expecting to offer Oaxacan specialties along with more familiar fare when they take over the former Trattoria Aroma on North French Road in Amherst. Leonel Rosario started his cooking career in a taco trailer next to the Monte Alban Mexican grocery in Medina. Eight years ago, he opened Mariachi de Oro nearby. If all goes as p…

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When a popular restaurant decides to franchise at an international scale, there are plenty of worries. Will the quality of each market's food match what made the original exceptional? Can the ingredients from the original spot be sourced appropriately across the globe? Will the franchisee's employees care as much about the restaurant? The Halal Guys, which began as a…

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. is following through on plans to close its Amherst facility, eliminating 79 jobs. The former Thompson Linear Motion facility on Hazelwood Drive will make its first job cuts in August, and the plant is scheduled to close in mid-October, according to a filing with the state Department of Labor. Boston-based Altra had signaled in February t…

Courts

A former University at Buffalo student has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash in November on the school's North Campus that critically injured a student, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Hannah Christensen, 20, of Clifton Park, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, a misdemeanor, the Distr…

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When Melvin Quintanilla first tried The Halal Guys in 2003, the Queens native was hooked quickly on the Manhattan outdoor stand that originally appealed to New York City's taxi drivers, many of whom hailed from the Middle East. Fast forward 15 years, and Quintanilla - now a district operator for NYVA Restaurant Group - is about to help plant the first Halal Guys in the …

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Eating companions can make a huge difference in the quality of your meal, especially friends who can help you pick fantastic dishes out of the stack of possibilities. At Gin Gin Restaurant, one of the area's oldest traditional Chinese restaurants, going in blind is particularly frustrating. Gin Gin Ren, the proprietress, has 352 listed dishes on her regular menu, includ…

Cheektowaga

A 23-year-old assistant coach and a player from the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under youth hockey team have been suspended for a year by USA Hockey in connection with an incident in which a 17-year-old black player was targeted with racist taunts. The player and assistant coach will also be placed on a year of probation after their suspensions expire, according to a pa…

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Storming Crab, a Cajun seafood specialist, is replacing Joe’s Crab Shack in Amherst. The restaurant at 4125 Maple Road will be the fifth location of a restaurant concept started in Clarksville, Tenn. There’s currently one open in Syracuse. Presently, the goal is to open by the end of April, said Jay Weng, a member of the ownership family. The family that started S…

Local News

A cousin of the Buffalo Police commissioner and a Buffalo firefighter were among eight people arrested this week after a state and federal investigation into a $420,000 identity fraud ring. Cynthia L. Lockwood of Amherst and Robert A. Johnson Jr. of Buffalo were among eight people charged this week in the alleged scheme, according to state police and the Social Security…

Crime

Eight people have been arrested following a 16-month investigation by state and federal authorities who said children's Social Security numbers were stolen and used to make $420,000 in fraudulent purchases. The investigation centered on Darrius R. Outling, a Buffalo man who State Police have accused of illegally obtaining the Social Security numbers of juveniles living …

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Amherst police said Sunday that a man reported missing on Saturday from the Main Street and Getzville Road area had been found safe. Police had said Sean Q. Ingleman, a 42-year-old white man, was last seen walking along Main Street about 5 p.m. and they sought the public's help in locating him. However, police reported at 3:52 a.m. Sunday that Ingelman had been found "in…

Local Homefinder Features

Marrano’s top-selling Amherst community, just got more popular as Western New York’s leading new home builder announced the grand opening of a spectacular new model home this weekend. The opening is part of Evergreen Landing’s new phase of development, which features 38 home sites with attractive deep lots. Built on a stunning backdrop of winding roads and natural trees…

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The New York State Amateur Hockey Association announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing in the next seven to 10 days about the Jan. 20 game in which a black player from an Amherst team was subjected to racist taunting by members of a team from Cheektowaga. The association "will address immediate discipline issues" and conduct a hearing, which will be in accordance with t…