Get outside, if you haven't already. Sunday promises to be in the mid-50s and dry. Not since early November have the stars aligned so that Buffalo area residents could enjoy a weekend above 50 degrees without any significant rain. And this is January. By Monday, windy and rainy conditions return. And by this time next weekend, daytime highs will be 30 degrees colder,…

A small residential fire on Buffalo's East Side left four adults and eight children temporarily homeless Saturday afternoon. The fire at 310 Sobieski St. started around 1:17 p.m. and originated within a second-floor wall, according to Buffalo fire dispatchers. The fire caused an estimated $4,000 in damage to the 2 1/2 story wood-frame structure and $1,000 in damage to t…

Buffalo firefighters put out a fire at a vacant warehouse in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood Saturday night. The fire was discovered at about 8:40 p.m. at a warehouse at 25 Reno St., fire dispatchers said. It apparently ignited in the office area of a one-story, brick structure and was extinguished within an hour. Firefighters estimate $10,000 in damage to the building…

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 27-year-old man ran to a nearby home for help Saturday morning after being shot while walking in the 2100 block of Ferry Avenue, city police said. Justin T. Kent of Cleveland Avenue told police he was walking in the area around 11 a.m. when he heard what sounded like three gunshots, then felt a sharp pain in his leg. He turned to see a man clad in bla…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a double-shooting outside a Highland Avenue tavern early Saturday that police said left one man paralyzed from the neck down. Niagara Falls officers responded to the 3100 block of Highland Avenue just after 3 a.m. to investigate reports that a man had been shot and then run over by a vehicle. They encountered two people helping …

It’s unusual for Buffalo police and firefighters get called to a scene for a snake bite. It’s weirder still when the 2-foot-long snake is still attached to the victim, shows no sign of letting go, and is named for a drag queen. The mini-drama unfolded around 7:15 p.m. Saturday when dispatchers sent police and firefighters to a South Buffalo address on a snake bite c…

The Erie County Central Library invites all job seekers to attend a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Nearly 30 businesses and organizations will be participating in the job fair, offering positions in fields ranging from casinos and transportation to healthcare and housing. For a listing of specific companies, visit the Buffalo and Erie County website…

Joseph Tigano III, the Chautauqua County man serving 20 years in prison for growing marijuana, was denied clemency last week. Tigano, who was hoping President Obama would commute his sentence as one of his final acts, will now forward his appeal to the Trump administration. His lawyers, like the federal judge who sentenced him in 2015, believe his mandat…

Eleven hours and just a few minutes after Donald J. Trump officially became the 45th president, 11-year-old Siana Akauola and her grandmother, Valerie Akaoula, boarded a bus in Buffalo headed for the nation's capital. In eight hours they would join a massive crowd of at least 500,000 protesters determined to show the new president that they don't support his ideas about…

Jordan Hollingsworth, 22, was charged by Buffalo police with a felony count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a routine search by a state parole officer at Hollingsworth's Dunlop Avenue home about 8:15  a.m. Friday, police said. According to a Buffalo Police arrest report, police were called after the parole officer reported finding Hollingsworth …

Not every Western New Yorker concerned about women's issues in the era of President Donald J. Trump could make it to the nation's capital Saturday. Some came to Buffalo's Niagara Square instead. There was Megan Vaughan of Lancaster, accompanied by her son, Rocco,  8. "We should respect everyone," Rocco said. There was Leah Schwab, 36,  of Kenmore, walking with …

When immigration officials denied asylum to Noorullah Aminyar, his lawyer predicted almost certain torture and death upon the Afghan solider’s return home. “The blood will be on the hands of the U.S. government,” Buffalo attorney Matthew Borowski said at the time. A year later, Aminyar remains at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia, still fighting his d…

LOCKPORT - Tony L. Moore hid 1.75 ounces of cocaine in a box of frozen pierogies. Now he is going to prison for  five years for that felony and two others. Moore, 35, was arrested July 28, 2015, when police executed a search warrant at his Niagara Avenue home in Niagara Falls and found the cocaine in the pierogies in the freezer. They also found an unlicensed, loaded …

Hundreds of people, women and men and some children, marched in Buffalo to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, as thousands marched in Washington, D.C., across the nation and in cities around the world.

A  22-year-old parolee was arrested after a loaded gun was found in his Dunlop Avenue home, police said Saturday. Jordan Hollingsworth, of 131 Dunlop Ave., was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. A search of Hollingsworth's home Friday morning by a parole officer found a loaded .45-caliber pistol in Hollingsworth's jacket, located in his bedroom, po…