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Lawsuit targets toll collection practices on Grand Island

Fines charged to drivers who do not pay tolls to cross Grand Island in a timely manner violate residents' constitutional rights, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.


Grand Island powering into solar

New solar farms, home installations growing on Island. As Island residents are now fully aware, Grand Island is moving full-steam ahead when it comes to solar energy. The town has had its own unified solar permit on the books for nearly three years now. The law covers what is known as net meter home


Town of Grand Island designated Purple Heart community

Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presented the Grand Island Town Board with a certificate of commendation designating the town as a Purple Heart community. During Monday’s Town Board meeting in Town Hall, the board issued a proclamation announcing the designation. The proclamation n


Village of Lewiston set to adopt budget

Donation made to Mason’s Mission Playground; Rec. Dept. leader honored. Village of Lewiston trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a special meeting, at which time they are expected to adopt the 2019-20 fiscal year budget.


Big Deal: Cannon Design Relocating to Fountain Plaza

Cannon Design has found a downtown home for its relocated headquarters. Business First is reporting that the company will be relocating its 200 employees from Grand Island to 40-50 Fountain Plaza. The firm is taking 35,000 sq.ft. of space on the complex’s mezzanine level.


This WNY couple won a car at Tops and gave it away 3 minutes later

Mary and Terry Bisson won a brand-new $25,000 car in Tops Markets' Monopoly sweepstakes earlier this month. They gave it away immediately. "We didn't need a car. We have a car. We like our car," Mary Bisson said.


Bills QB Matt Barkley needs help identifying the type of spider found in his home

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Are you feeling brave?. Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley has a question for all spider enthusiasts: Does anyone know what kind of spider this two-inch-long specimen is?


Lockport man admits to heading prostitution ring

Oliver Kimmons of Lockport admitted in federal court Thursday to heading a prostitution ring involving opioid-addicted women whom he paid with drugs. Kimmons, 51, solicited and coerced young women into having sex with paying "customers" and drove the women to farms, dairies and Native American reser


New York state tax revenues plummet by $3.7 billion

New York state tax revenues fell by $3.7 billion, or 4.7 percent, last year — the largest collapse since the 9/11 attacks — but officials downplayed the significance. Trying to find a bright side, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said things could have been worse since a surge in collections last m


Cheektowaga Central School District gets rid of 24 positions

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Cheektowaga Central School District is considering getting rid of 24 positions within the school district. At a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Mary Morris moved to eliminate eight teacher positions, three teacher aide positions, two social worker positi


Charter-Spectrum reaches deal with New York State

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New York Public Service Commission announced Friday that they have reached a deal with Charter Communications to resolve disputes over network expansion. Charter received five extensions since the PSC ordered them to prepare an exit plan last July, saying they'd failed to meet th


Cheektowaga Police looking for man who robbed bank inside Tops in the Thruway Plaza

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Cheektowaga Police are looking for a man tonight they say robbed the Citizen's Bank located inside the Tops Markets in the Thruway Plaza. Police say it happened just after 6 p.m. tonight.


Lockport man faces up to 20 years for Sex Trafficking

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Niagara County man will spend the next 15-20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a single count of sex trafficking. Oliver Kimmons, 51, of Lockport was named in superseding indictment filed just over a year in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Rapper Kodak Black, others arrested at U.S. border in Lewiston

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Rapper Kodak Black is one of a number of men recently arrested at the U.S. - Canada border in Lewiston. The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Bill Kapri, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.


Port Chester student dies in apparent hazing incident

"Our hearts go out to Sebastian's family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing", Tripathi wrote. The school in western NY delivered the news that 18-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazanhad died in a statement. On Wednesday, University at Buffalo's president announced the passing of studen


Firefighter hurt, six people being helped after house fire in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — One firefighter was hurt while battling a house fire on Buffalo's east side Friday morning. Crews were called to battle the flames at a home on Landon St. around 9:30 a.m.


Area bowling (April 20)

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City Common Council OKs Empire State Trail connection

PLATTSBURGH | The Plattsburgh Common Council last week authorized an agreement that would connect the city to a proposed state trail. The Empire State Trail is a 750-mile multi-use trail between New York City and the Canadian border — with a section running east from Buffalo to Albany — proposed by


Getting ready for Dyngus Day in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Once the Easter season wraps up, Western New Yorkers hop into one of Buffalo's biggest celebrations. "Put on your Pulka dancing shoes. Get ready for the time of your life because spring has sprung here in Buffalo and there's no way to celebrate it like Dyngus Day in Buffalo," said Ed