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A century ago, the area now known as Larkinville in Buffalo was a densely packed community, with restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, a bowling alley, ice cream shops and other businesses, with apartments above. "I think there were 40 restaurants and bars from Van Rensselaer Street to Smith Street," said Howard Zemsky, the businessman-turned-developer-turned-state-o…

A driver from Fredonia spotted driving the wrong way on Interstate 86 was charged Saturday with felony driving while intoxicated, as well as aggravated DWI because he carried a passenger under 16, Chautauqua County deputies said. James E. Murphy, 47, also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation because he was driving though his license had been revoked, deputi…

The first crash was at Southwestern Boulevard and Transit Road, where a Jeep struck a Honda at a stop sign and injured its driver, police said. The driver of the Jeep drove off but struck some trees at Angle and Michael roads. When he couldn't dislodge the Jeep from the trees around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, he ran. With re4sidents' help, Orchard Park police found him hidin…

Kristian Rodriquez came to Buffalo to pick up the pieces of his life left in ruins by Hurricane Maria after it struck Puerto Rico. He’s 9. For him – and dozens more kids like him – returning to some sense of normalcy includes a stop at the Central Registration Office at 33 Ash St. in Buffalo, where he came last week with his grandmother to enroll in the four…

Monica Weisedel moved almost every year of her childhood. Her mother suffered from mental illness and drug addiction, and she would inexplicably disappear for hours or days. When Weisedel was 15, a Social Services worker showed up and hollered for her and her young sister to grab their things and go. "It was a horrible experience," she said, recounting all the screaming…

Orchard Park police charged three Buffalo residents, one of them waiting in a get-away car, in connection with the theft of more than $900 worth of items Friday night from Kohl's Department Store at Quaker Crossing. Police report they arrived at the store about 8:30 p.m. to find Shaquana F. Bush, 30, and Alexis L. Rose, 23, fleeing from the  store to a vehicle pulled u…

Erie County Sheriff's deputies have arrested an Amherst man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that happened Wednesday. A furniture delivery truck reportedly left the scene after it collided with a vehicle at Salt and County roads in Clarence at about 2 p.m.. An adult and two children were in the vehicle that was hit, which rolled over from the impact. The Sherif…

Ray Brown was returning from a fare to Niagara Falls Saturday morning when he found himself turning into Buffalo’s Broderick Park. He got out of his mini-van cab and slowly walked to the makeshift memorial springing up on the park’s edge, just above the rushing waters of the Niagara River. He snapped a photo on his cell phone, and then he stood quietly for just a mo…

The opioid epidemic is not just killing hundreds of local residents  – it's leaving hundreds of Erie County children without a home or at risk of being removed from one. They are orphaned children and they are the children of drug-addicted parents no longer able to care for them. Erie County Family Court Judge Lisa Bloch Rodwin has presided at thousands of child abus…

A new USS Little Rock will be commissioned in Buffalo in December, next to the decommissioned World War II-era USS Little Rock that's now a museum ship at Canalside. Here's a look at the two vessels. USS Little Rock (1945) Background: The Cleveland class light cruiser was built for World War II. But by the time it began service, the war was ending, and it never saw com…

MARINETTE, Wis. – The new USS Little Rock stretches the length of a football field. It weighs 15 times more than the Statue of Liberty. And it can still float or maneuver in water just shy of 14 feet deep. But to fully grasp the appeal of the Navy's newest combat ship, think of it like a pickup truck – albeit a $440 million model with 8,000 computer sensors…

For Buffalo, the filming of “The Natural” was an indicator that a mid-size Rust Belt city could have a small slice of Hollywood. For Barry Levinson, “The Natural” proved that he – as a fresh, 41-year-old director – could make a successful movie with a star-jammed cast. It worked out well for both: “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford as baseball player…

Western New York's extended run on summer will continue through Monday evening, when Mother Nature ushers in some rain. Sunday's shaping up to be a repeat of Saturday, offering another day to enjoy the outdoors. Saturday's high temperature reached 73 degrees, with Sunday promising to be even a bit warmer, with highs in the low 70s forecast along the lake shore and mi…

NIAGARA FALLS – After a glass entry door was broken early Friday, at least six different people took turns burglarizing the Mobil Mart at 1038 Pine Ave., police said, with over $4,300 worth of merchandise ultimately being stolen. The store's alarm system apparently failed during the initial break-in, allowing thieves to enter three times over a five-and-a-half hour pe…