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Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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The deep freeze enveloping the Buffalo region is making for slippery, ice-covered roads and killing off car batteries left and right this week. AAA of Western New York and Central New York has been bombarded with calls from drivers whose cars won't start. "Yesterday we received nearly 2,600 calls, which is more than double we’d receive on an average December day," sa…

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It's going to stay bitterly cold -- well below freezing -- into the New Year in the Buffalo area and that means water pipes in homes are vulnerable to freezing and bursting. To prevent the messy and expensive disaster, here are some tips from the American Red Cross on how to keep your pipes from freezing: Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in …

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Now here's something you don't get to do every day: skate on New Era Field. Hockey fans will get their chance today and Thursday, ahead of the U.S. vs. Canada game of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at 3 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $100 per person and include a 300 level ticket to Friday's outdoor game. There are two sessions: today from 6 to 7:30 p.m.…

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Listen to your mother: Wear a hat and put on your mittens because it's cold outside. And it's going to stay that way for quite some time. Overnight Cold and colder, but at least the snow isn't a worry. The lake-effect snow bands to the north and south have wound down. The overnight low is 2, give or take a couple degrees. The wind chill will make it feel like minus…

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Buffalo firefighters battled a second-alarm blaze in freezing conditions at a vacant house on Jones Street between Clinton and Fleming streets overnight, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 2:40 a.m. at 43 Jones Street. The blaze caused $105,000 in damage to the house. The cause was under investigation. It was about 6 degrees with a wind chill factor …

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Two adults and three children were being assisted by the Red Cross Wednesday morning after a fire broke out at a house at 115 Clare Street, Buffalo fire officials said. The fire was reported at 5:22 a.m. in the 2 1/2 story frame house. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation. The fire caused $135,000 in damage to the house.

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Power was mostly restored Tuesday afternoon to the Kenfield Homes housing project, where about 600 people live, after nearly 6 hours of no heat or lights on a frigid day. The power failure, which came during a period of time when temperatures dipped down to 9 degrees, affected the entire housing development run by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, which provides …

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A 2-month-old baby boy was in "very serious condition" at Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo Tuesday after a Jamestown man assaulted the infant, Jamestown police said. Shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, an ambulance was dispatched to an address on Myrtle Street in Jamestown. An infant was transported to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital and was then transferred to Oishei f…

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Buffalo and the Southtowns have a national reputation as communities that get a lot of snow. But maybe Erie, Pa., should become the butt of all those winter weather jokes. Erie picked up 24 inches of new snow from midnight to 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, bringing its storm total since 7 p.m. Christmas Eve to 60 inches…

Crime

Two people were charged with driving while intoxicated following separate crashes in Erie County early Tuesday. At about 12:23 a.m., sheriff's dispatchers received calls about a vehicle off Girdle Road between Griffin Lane and Elma Meadows Park. The driver was not in the car when deputies arrived. The suspected driver, Dillon Ward, 25, of East Aurora was eventually loca…

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Brace yourself for another cold day in Buffalo, and more snow in Niagara County and especially the Southern Tier. The Buffalo metro area is looking at low-teen temperatures in most areas on Wednesday, about 20 degrees below the normal temperature of 33 degrees. Scattered snow showers are expected, although National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Welch said there sh…

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Five months after doctors told Tremont Seals' mom that her son may not survive or ever make meaningful movements again, the now-8-year-old boy sat on the floor of their den playing with his remote control cars. The cars were gifts from strangers from all over Buffalo and around the country who heard about his story: On the night of Independence Day, he was at a neighbor…

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The driver of an SUV that crashed with a U.S. Postal Service truck Friday morning on Bailey Avenue was taken to Erie County Medical Center, then given a ticket for driving with a suspended license, Buffalo police said. The crash occurred at about 7 a.m. in the 500 block of Bailey, in the Seneca-Babcock section of Buffalo. Buffalo police accident investigators said th…

Crime

West Seneca police seized 35 pounds of marijuana, two kilos of cocaine  and $22,000 in cash in a raid at a Seneca Street house Friday, officials said. West Seneca police detectives working with state parole officers executed a search warrant issued by West Seneca Town Justice Shannon Filbert at the residence of David L. Link, 39, police said. In the home, authori…

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A 30-year-old Mount Morris woman was under arrest following the violent kidnapping of a Wyoming County farm worker Sunday night, Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph said Friday. Bail was set at $250,000 cash, and investigators say there may be more coming to the story of the abduction in the future. Here is how investigators described the situation: Zoraida Rodrig…