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Cipriana Lopez has been out of work for a year, and her employment prospects seemed dim until she learned about a medical interpreter training program in Buffalo. It was a perfect fit for Lopez, a native of the Dominican Republic who easily switches between Spanish and English. She was one of 38 people – many of them immigrants – to complete last month the free, …

The water restrictions in the Southtowns were lifted Monday morning, the Erie County Water Authority announced. The restrictions were put in place Aug. 6 due to repairs on a major water main break at the Sturgeon Point treatment plant. The repair, while temporary, is expected to hold up until the water authority can permanently repair the leak, officials said. The pi…

As Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor signed autographs at training camp, about 20 people stood in line at a pop-up barbershop under a tent in a nearby parking lot. Fans were skipping the Bills practice and the opportunity to collect autographs to get a Bills logo cut into their hair by Signature Cutz. Signature Cutz, which calls itself the unofficial barber of t…

William Banks, of Buffalo, stole a woman's television and later texted her a photo of himself selling it, Buffalo police said. The theft occurred at about 1 p.m. Sunday at the victim's house in the 100 block of Peter Street, according to police, and Banks later repeatedly texted her. Banks was charged with second-degree burglary, police said.

A 13-year-old boy assaulted two men with a pair of scissors at a mosque on Tuesday around 10:30 p.m., according to Buffalo police. The boy broke into the mosque on the 100 block of Sobieski Street during a prayer service, police said. Hearing a noise in the back office, two men went to check it out. They saw the boy with money from the collection jars in his hands and h…

Luis Matos-Rodriguez, 49, of Buffalo, threatened a man with a crowbar following a verbal argument, Buffalo police said. No one was injured in the confrontation Saturday, but Matos-Rodriguez struck the man's apartment door causing minor damage, police said. Police charged Matos-Rodriguez with second-degree menacing, according to police reports.  

In a group of about 70 men being inducted into the Navy, Neil I. Ross recalls being the only one who volunteered. He enlisted in 1969, the year after the Tet offensive in Vietnam. Not nearly enough men were enlisting then, and the draft was in full swing. The Navy was getting many of the draftees. The new sailors, many in their late teens, were packed on a bus an…

A young man who gained a small amount of notoriety a week ago when police found him in a car that had no doors, windows or license plates, but did have an ax in its roof, has been arrested again. In fact, when Jared T. Price, 21 of Java was arrested on Friday, it was his fourth arrest in 10 days, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office. The most recent charg…

A Forestville woman was arrested on a daytime DWI charge in the Town of Hanover after running a stop sign and refusing to take a breath test, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Maria M. Vega, 40, of Academy Street was driving south on Alleghany Road around noon Saturday when she allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. After pulling her over, deputies …

Firefighters on the scene of a house fire in the Town of Ellicott Saturday morning found the body of a man inside the burning home, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The Falconer Fire Department was responding to a reported house fire on the 3000 block of Wilson Hollow Road at 7:14 a.m. when firefighters discovered the body, authorities said. The v…

Darnel Galiore, 26, is accused of entering a woman's home Saturday evening and pouring bleach and cooking oil over her clothes, according to Buffalo police. The incident caused more than $250 in damage to the woman's property. Before leaving, he also took her cellphone, police said. Galiore was charged with burglary in the second degree.

After Darryl McCunes was told by his sister he could not stay at her house Saturday, he slashed the ties on her car, according to Buffalo police. McCunes, of Buffalo, had an argument with his brother-in-law and returned later in the day to slash the four tires on his sister's 2010 Cadillac, officials said. The sister and brother-in-law saw him leave the scene of the …

Roy Harris of Buffalo attempted to set fire to an apartment on the 400 block of Fillmore Avenue late in the morning on Saturday, according to Buffalo police. Police report that Harris jimmied the lock off the apartment's rear door and hit a person who was inside on the head with a bottle. Harris then allegedly poured rubbing alcohol over the person's bed and the apar…

A motorcyclist suffered non-life threatening injury happened Friday night when he collided with a vehicle on Michigan Avenue. Police said the motorcycle was traveling north on Michigan  near Seneca Street about 9:30 p.m.  while another vehicle was apparently traveling south and attempting to make a turn when the two vehicles collided. The 27-year-old operator of th…