Grant to challenge Kennedy in Senate primary

The race is on in the newly formed 63rd District of the New York State Senate. Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Cheektowaga, charged out of the gate in seeking re-election to a second term by garnering endorsements from the Cheektowaga Democratic Committee, the Erie County Democratic Committee and the New York State Independence Party. But Betty Jean Grant, chairman of the Erie […]

War of 1812 spotlighted in annual commemoration

President James Madison stood, adjusted his coat, and slowly but purposefully walked toward the podium. With a serious and calm tone, he addressed those standing in front of him, talking about the importance of peace between nations. That scenario played out nearly 200 years ago, as Madison delivered his special message to Congress on the Treaty of Ghent. It happened […]

‘Old Glory’ retired in Scouting ceremony

Whether you call it Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, the Star-Spangled Banner or the Red, White and Blue, the American flag must be disposed of by law with a respectful ceremony. (See editorial on page four) According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for […]

Proposed legislation would prosecute hit-and-run DWIs

Tensions remain high in Western New York regarding the outcome of the Dr. James Corasanti case, in which a Getzville doctor struck and killed teenager Alix Rice as she was longboarding home from work and he was driving home while intoxicated. Corasanti was found guilty only of misdemeanor DWI after fatally colliding with Rice and leaving the scene. Among other […]

Dale pleads guilty to fraud

Former Erie County Legislator David Dale is facing up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to practicing law after being disbarred. Dale, 49, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony scheme to defraud and one count of practice of law by an attorney who has been disbarred. According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Dale admitted that following his […]

Plow scheme ends in guilty plea

The woman accused of bilking several Cheektowaga residents out of money in a snowplowing scheme pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to fraud charges. Terry Lynn Jarvis, 43, of Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty to third-degree welfare fraud in Erie County Court. She previously pleaded guilty to first-degree felony scheme to defraud, after she allegedly swindled 104 people for snowplowing services that […]

Depew man alleged drug trafficker

Twenty-four area individuals, including a Depew man, are facing narcotics trafficking charges in connection with drug distribution networks in Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Genesee counties. “Operation Babcock,” run by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force and the New York State Police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team unit, was named after the South Buffalo neighborhood where much of the investigation […]

Police honor ‘most tragic year’

Christopher Belling stood behind the microphone, slightly squinting his eyes as he faced toward the morning sun and called 1977 the “most tragic year” in the history of the Cheektowaga Police Department. The Assistant District Attorney spoke softly but clearly as dozens of police officers flanked him, standing at attention, feeling the gravity of his words more deeply than anyone […]

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What you probably don’t know about ‘Old Glory’

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about the American flag. It “should not be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on […]