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Lancaster Police Lt. Michael Cronin, who pleaded guilty to a speeding violation in the boating death of teacher Eric Przykuta, was fined $100 in addition to the one-year conditional discharge he received Monday in State Supreme Court, attorney Thomas H. Burton said. “He pleaded guilty to what, in essence, is a boating speeding ticket – a violation, not a crime – recogni…

Courts

A Lancaster man pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to distribute heroin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. According to prosecutors, 28-year-old Kevin Hinca conspired with others between December 2015 and June 2016 to distribute heroin in the region. Hinca was identified as a heroin dealer during a 2016 U.S. Drug Enforcement Admi…

Crime

Jeffrey S. Belliveau, who stole computers and electronics twice each from Walmarts in North Tonawanda and Lancaster, is headed for state prison. Belliveau, 29, of Ontario Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in Lockport Friday to fourth-degree grand larceny for thefts totaling $4,610 worth of goods from the North Tonawanda Walmart July 31, 2018, and Ja…

Lancaster

The Lancaster School Board on Saturday voted to fire the district’s chief medical officer after he refused to allow a 12-year-old girl to compete on the junior varsity wrestling team, confirmed Patrick Uhteg, school board president. Dr. Michael Terranova of Lancaster-Depew Pediatrics was fired during a special session of the school board conducted at 8 a.m. Saturday. …

Amherst

It's getting closer to the end of the election for candidates whose races were close election night Nov. 5. There are five close races in Erie County, including the supervisor's race in Lancaster and council races in Amherst, Orchard Park, Aurora and the City of Tonawanda. The Erie County Board of Elections will rule on any challenges to absentee ballots Tuesday, and…

Business

A large industrial warehouse and distribution center in Depew that is leased to a supermarket and retail products supplier has been sold for $8.3 million. Foxfield Industrial, a real estate investment and operating company, has sold the 152,000-square-foot Bunzl Distribution Center facility at 3366 Walden Ave., to Emily Anne Properties LLC of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., accordi…

Construction and Growth

Developer after developer tried to solve the puzzle that for six decades stymied Lancaster village officials and a community development corporation formed in 1996 for the sole purpose of transforming the outdated strip plaza on West Main Street. But Buffalo Billion II changed all of that in one $2.5 million swoop that will fund a road on which the village can build a f…

Crime

A felony hearing for a Lancaster man charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal one-car crash earlier this year has resulted in a new set of charges for the defendant, according to Lancaster police. Police have additionally charged 49-year-old Allen J. Stirling with two counts of harassment, after receiving complaints that he had allegedly sen…

Cheektowaga

Political newcomer Frank J. Todaro declared victory in his election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Todaro, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence party lines, upset Democratic incumbent John Bruso to claim the seat in the 8th Legislative District representing Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden. Todaro, 40, is owner of Collision …

Lancaster

Longtime Councilman Ronald Ruffino won a tight race with Councilwoman Dawn Gaczewski for the supervisor’s post in Lancaster. The seat is currently held by Johanna Coleman, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Ruffino, 58, ran on the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families lines. Gaczewski, who is 53 and was endorsed by the Lancaster Republican Committee. …

Amherst

Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

Lancaster

Lancaster Democrats have controlled the office of town clerk since 1966 when Republican Lucian A. Ferbet ended his 16-year run in the office. If they are going to continue that run, it will come with a fight that follows a bruising primary and campaign season. Incumbent Diane M. Terranova, a lifelong Democrat who worked in the clerk's office since 2005, lost her part…

Local News

Amazon on Thursday afternoon confirmed it is building a $25 million warehouse and distribution facility in the Town of Tonawanda. The company sent a statement to The Buffalo News saying it expects the delivery station to create hundreds of part- and full-time jobs when it opens in 2020. "The new station will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up …

Lancaster

Lancaster police were continuing to investigate a collision between a car and a bus Monday on Transit Road that claimed the life of a Cheektowaga man. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the deceased man has been identified as 63-year-old Pantelis Stamataros, who was a passenger in car. He and the driver of the car, 64-year-old Eva Stamataros, of C…