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Dave Debo

A State Supreme Court Judge ruled on Tuesday in favor of over 200 families whose loved one’s remains were moved by a cemetery without their notification. St. Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca moved the caskets due to what cemetery officials say was eroding soil that put the caskets in danger of falling into Cayuga Creek.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Lawyers were in Erie County Court today arguing whether a judge should approve of a cemetery moving caskets. The problem is the caskets were moved weeks ago. St. Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca had moved 220 caskets from an area they deemed unstable, and moved to another location on cemetery grounds.

Town of Cheektowaga

Scajaquada Creek runs right across Buffalo, even if much of it is underground, and for many they can smell the creek at the Cheektowaga line and when it comes out of Forest Lawn Cemetery and into Hoyt Lake. Cheektowaga is spending millions to resolve the odor.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Development projects in Buffalo have become increasingly noisy as they move through the city review process. On almost every project there is a group of opponents who point out the many Green Code exemptions being approved to allow a project to move forward. A charter school expansion in South Buffalo is now facing those complaints, plus concerns over a Native American burial ground.

WBFO file photo

The SPCA Serving Erie County is now working with Forest Lawn Cemetery to form a non-lethal strategy to help the latter rid its grounds of a coyote spotted there.


He was remembered as a man who lived by the values of his careers in the military and Buffalo Police Department. And as one of those speaking at his funeral put it, Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner is a hero not because of how he died but because of how he lived.


A new app is helping people find the graves of President Millard Fillmore, former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, singer Rick James, and other prominent figures from Western New York’s past.

The air along Scajaquada Creek, and some park lakes in Buffalo, should be easier to breathe soon. A restoration project is underway that should help eliminate odor and other problems along the waterway. 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He was only 20 years old when Corporal Roy Fink went missing during combat in the Korean War. More than six decades later, his remains are finally back home in Buffalo and in their final resting place.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A new exhibition of rare artifacts showcasing the region's connection to the White House opens this weekend at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Paying tribute to America's veterans

Nov 11, 2013
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Western New Yorkers are paying tribute to America's Veterans Monday for their courage and self-sacrifice.  Ceremonies are being held across the region.

Archive center under construction at Forest Lawn

Nov 5, 2013

Ground was broken Monday at Forest Lawn Cemetery for The Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, a facility which looks to host genealogical and historical research.