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Fire swept through at least three houses on Perry Street midday Thursday, leaving at least 21 people without a home, Buffalo fire and Red Cross officials said. The fire was reported in the 700 block of Perry, near Smith Street at about 12:35 p.m., fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries, but the Red Cross said 11 adults and 10 children who lived in the…

Two men who tied up and strangled a homeowner during a Hamburg home invasion were sentenced to prison, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Thursday. On Aug. 19, 2017, the two men wore masks and unlawfully entered a home on Schultz Road in the town and left with a television, jewelry, cellphones and food. Cedric Townes, 31, of Buffalo, was sentenced by St…

It’s not easy to solve the problems of employers struggling to find the workers they need, and, on the flip side, getting job seekers into good positions. And that’s why workforce development remains a top priority for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. The Partnership is attempting to make an impact, supporting an industry-led coalition called Employ Buffalo Niagara. …

The Erie County Water Authority board intends to shorten the employment contract for its deputy director, Robert J. Lichtenthal Jr., the authority’s highest paid employee. And it intends to revise the job description for the executive director, now that former director Earl L. Jann Jr. has been fired. Last year, the authority board approved a three-year contract for …

Sonia Dusza just wanted to talk to a legislator during a break at a Niagara County Legislature meeting. But the 75-year-old North Tonawanda resident didn’t get far Tuesday when she left the public gallery and stepped onto the floor where the lawmakers sit at their desks. An armed sheriff’s deputy told her to leave that part of the chamber. “My God, it’s gotten lik…

Amherst police are warning residents that a black bear was spotted near Smith Road and Transit Road at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The bear was last seen in the area of the Ransom Oaks neighborhood, police said. “If you see the bear do not approach, call 911 and report the location,” Amherst police tweeted shortly before noon. Police and animal control officers wer…

Jet skiers found a decomposing body floating in Lake Erie about 1.5 miles off of Woodlawn Beach Wednesday evening, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced Thursday. The body was discovered at about 6:40 p.m., Howard said in a statement. The body was recovered and placed in a sheriff’s vessel. It was then transported to the Coast Guard’s Buffalo station. Inves…

A reward is being offered for information about a May 5 hit-and-run that injured a pedestrian in Buffalo. A vehicle hit the pedestrian at 5:35 a.m. near Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street, according to Crime Stoppers Buffalo, which is offering up to $2,500. Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information to call 716-867-6161. The reward is for information that leads to an …

A Clarence man is in the intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center after he was attacked early Wednesday morning outside an Elmwood Avenue bar, according to a Buffalo police report. The assault happened outside Coles, on Elmwood near Forest Avenue, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 4:45 a.m., police were told by a person who knows the victim. The victim suffered…

NEW YORK – In every high-profile criminal trial, there’s a star witness. At the Buffalo Billion trial, it’s Kevin Schuler. And he may testify today. Schuler is the former LPCiminelli vice president who took a plea deal in the bid-rigging case and will now take the stand and testify against his former boss. Since the start of the trial here, Schuler was the witness…

KeyBank has acquired a digital lending platform for small businesses created by Bolstr. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. KeyBank said the fintech software will allow the bank to provide faster and easier access to both Small Business Administration loans and traditional capital for business owners.

Seasonal workers in the City of Tonawanda will see their hourly pay boosted to the state’s minimum wage. The Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday approved a resolution raising the workers’ pay from $9.70 per hour to $10.40 per hour. Council President Jenna Koch, the proposal’s sponsor, said municipalities are not required to pay New York’s minimum wage but she didn’t …

A rattle in the engine compartment is never a good thing. But even a good mechanic wouldn’t have been of any use to a Delaware County motorist last week who reported opening the hood of his car and finding a timber rattlesnake. Enter the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC said the large rattlesnake was resting on the center of the engine block…

Kyle Lovines, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder in the May 9 shooting death of Chaz Carter on Goodyear Avenue, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced. Lovines was arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig D. Hannah Wednesday. He was remanded without bail and is slated to return to court on Monday for a felony hearing. The arre…