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Essex Homes of Western New York said Thursday it broke ground on its final phase of building out its Cross Creek Estates single-family home community in Lancaster. Located off Pleasant View Drive, between Stony and Pavement roads, the last phase will include 29 new home sites, including some on a cul-de-sac and some that back up to a protected conservation area, accordi…

Crime

A Maryland man was charged Monday night with gun possession after Lancaster police said they found a loaded handgun in his vehicle parked outside Walmart. An officer investigating a suspicious vehicle at about 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Walmart, 4975 Transit Road, discovered the vehicle's license plates were expired and did not match the vehicle. Micah Harris, 29,…

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Alliance Homes, a 30-year-old custom homebuilder, has broken ground on the first phase of its newest residential development, with 20 homes planned for the Autumnwood neighborhood in Lancaster. Located off Bowen Road near William Street, the new residential area will offer lots ranging in size from a quarter-acre to just under one acre, while house designs include ranch…

Courts

A Lancaster man pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge Tuesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Jeremy Casey, 24, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child. The charges stemmed from a July 4, 2018 incident in which prosecutors said he had sexual contac…

There’s really nothing funnier than a bunch of nuns behaving badly. A salty joke, a bawdy shoulder shrug, a whispered grievance in the quiet halls of God. Surely, at some point, something’s gotta give. That was the idea behind the great 1992 film, “Sister Act,” which managed to make an even bigger star out of Whoopi Goldberg than she already was. In it, she played Delor…

Local Homefinder Features

Throughout the past decade, Marrano has constructed hundreds of beautiful, high-quality homes for families in South Lancaster. But, as the saying goes, “all good things must come to end.” Western New York’s leading new home builder is wrapping up its final phase of Summerfield Farms, the only community where homebuyers can build a new home in South Lancaster, as only 38…

Gusto

Driving down Walden Avenue in Lancaster, it’s not hard to spot the Aunt Robin’s Diner sign positioned prominently on top of the restaurant. The diner, located at 3580 Walden Ave. in a small blue plaza, is flanked by a laundromat on the right and reiki practitioner on the left. We checked out this breakfast-and-lunch-only spot to see where it stands among its other ar…

Cheektowaga

A man approached the counter at the Tops pharmacy on Transit Road, wearing women’s clothes and holding a device which had wires leading to his purse. He passed a note to the pharmacist. He was demanding prescription drugs and threatening to detonate a bomb. A 911 call, a quick police response and a short foot chase ended with an apprehension at gunpoint in the parkin…

Local News

A missing woman missing from a Lancaster assisted living facility was located Monday afternoon in Lancaster, a Lancaster Police dispatcher reported. He added that Susan M. Bochenski, 67, was undergoing medical evaluation by Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance medical technicians. A Silver Alert had been posted for Bochenski Monday morning. She had last been seen leaving Lanca…

Crime

A Lancaster man was charged with driving while intoxicated and using his cellphone while driving following an April 4 rollover crash in Java, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office. Jack R. Boltz, 25, was charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device, reckless driving and other driving offenses, according to authorities. …

Business

Buffalo Filter, which just underwent an ownership change, will lay off 13 percent of the workforce at its Lancaster plant, the company told the state Department of Labor in a filing. The medical products company in the filing said it will lay off 15 of its 114 employees, between mid-May and the end of November. In December, Filtration Group agreed to sell Buffalo Fil…

Erie County

As the temperatures drop in Western New York, so does the threat of flooding. The National Weather Service's flood watch for the area was canceled at 3 a.m. "With the temperature now below freezing, the runoff has ended," said David Thomas, National Weather Service meteorologist. "There are still ice jams on the creeks, but we’re not getting the water flow to create …

High Schools

Crosstown rivals took a trip downtown Monday for a quintuple-header of Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation games at HarborCenter. “It was really great to have all these games here during the entire day, a lot of entertainment, a lot of fun,” St. Joe’s senior William Redding said after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Canisius in the final game of the …

Business

A Lancaster developer who is already working on a project in the village has acquired a Cheektowaga retail plaza on Walden Avenue with four tenants for $1.375 million. Tommy Sweeney, owner of Glassco Management, bought the 1-acre strip center through his limited-liability company, Upstate Apartments. The seller was Rene D. Riffel, trustee of the the Marvin Spindelman Fa…

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Buffalo Filter, which has a medical products manufacturing plant in Lancaster, has been sold to a Utica-based company for $365 million. Filtration Group sold the company to ConMed, a publicly traded medical device company based in Utica, after owning it since 2014. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. "We believe that the combination of …