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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…

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…

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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…

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…

Photo bugs can cash in on the fall foliage display by entering a contest sponsored by Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. “Outdoor enthusiasts will have opportunities over the next few weeks to capture images of their favorite sights in our Erie County parks and share them on the parks website and via social media. The top three submissions wi…

A water main break Saturday morning in the Village of Fredonia prompted a boil-water advisory from officials at the Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services. Residents in the Village of Fredonia and in the Town of Pomfret are affected by the alert. The leak was discovered after the Fredonia Water Filtration Plant operator noted high water us…

A 30-year-old man found with a loaded handgun in his glove compartment was arrested early Saturday on Fillmore Avenue. The arrest occurred shortly after 2 a.m. when police observed a car parked illegally in the 1600 block of Fillmore. When they approached the vehicle, police said the driver acted strangely and was unable to answer their questions. Police said they sear…

Two teens were arrested Thursday morning after the robbery of pizza deliveryman in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood, Buffalo Police reported. The robbery occurred at 1 a.m. at a Thornton Avenue residence, where two men with a gun confronted the deliveryman and demanded his car and food order. The robbers escaped with the food and the car but were arrested hours …

A Buffalo man was seriously wounded early Saturday morning on the 2000 block of Niagara Street, police reported. Officers responded to the call at 2:15 a.m. and found the 37-year-old man was struck several times by gunfire while sitting inside a vehicle.  He was transported to Erie County Medical Center  where he's listed in critical condition. Anyone with informa…