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A 17-year-old Buffalo girl and her boyfriend have been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing the girl's 58-year-old father Friday night in their home. Alexandria Heath and Romaine Jirdon, 19, also of Buffalo, are accused of beating and stabbing Thomas Heath around 9:30 p.m. in their  West Ferry Street home, District Attorney John J. Flynn announce…

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The total number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. grew to a record 1.08 million in 2016-17, including 7,252 international students at the University at Buffalo. But data reported last week by the Institute of International Education also showed that the number of new international students – those enrolled at a U.S. institution for the …

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ALBANY – The Buffalo  woman who recently told her story of being sexually harassed by Sam Hoyt, a former state lawmaker and top economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt for engaging in a “pattern of committing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation” against her. Lisa Marie Cater, who previously talked to …

Saluting Our War Heroes

As a youngster, Ronald Peoples stocked shelves at his family's East Side grocery store at Peckham and Monroe streets, but he also found time for sports. Raised across the street from Willert Park playground, he often joined in games of football on a gravel coated field – talk about a gridiron – and played basketball on the courts. He learned the games from "the o…

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The Niagara Falls Water Board's proposed $42 million budget would quadruple spending on repairs and upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. "Until we have a Christmas miracle and get a new plant, we have to repair the one that's there," said Board Member Gretchen M. Leffler. The proposed 2018 budget calls for $1.6 million in capital projects for sewers, compared …

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A small rate increase for residential customers next year coupled with a more substantial hike for commercial customers will fulfill a three-year plan to equalize rates and repair infrastructure, Erie County Water Authority officials say. Next year’s 1.9 percent increase for residential customers stems from water consultants’ previous recommendations that larger use…

About $4,000 in materials were reported stolen from an automotive shop in the 200 block of Fillmore Avenue early Friday. Buffalo police said one or more burglars broke in through a side office and window and stole: 12 converters, a welder, a Stanley booster box, four car batteries and various tools. The thieves also targeted two vehicles in the shop, stealing a repor…

Two University Heights residents reported the theft of $1,580 worth of possessions from their residence. The two men told Buffalo police said someone entered their residence in the 100 block of Merrimac Street through an unlocked door Friday night and stole a PlayStation 3, Wii game system, a computer tablet, a Dell laptop and two Xbox consoles, among other items. &n…

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It almost happened here. Last Tuesday afternoon, a lone gunman approached a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga. He wore an armored vest and camouflage and fired 20 rounds from an AR-15. This story – or at least variations of it – has been told far too often across America in recent years. Mass shootings have shaken our country. This week, it nearly shook us…

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Victor Pacheco planted, trimmed and harvested the grapes and raspberries at the Diller-Raby farm in Lewiston for more than two decades. Over time, he became foreman, moved into the rent-free trailer near the main house, got married and became a fixture in the community. He was a welcome addition to the Raby family. But on a warm afternoon last month, Pacheco found hi…

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Airline service between Buffalo and Albany ended more than seven years ago, and since then travelers to the state capital have endured  long cross-state trip via the Thruway or Amtrak. That may be about to change. OneJet Airlines says it is weighing the possibility of restoring air service between the two cities in the near future, confirming reports from three sour…

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Feb. 22, 1948 – Nov. 17, 2017 Musician Joey Scinta, who started his career playing gigs in Buffalo with his brother and sister and eventually became one of the most popular casino performers in Las Vegas, died Friday afternoon in the city that became his second home. He was 69. Growing up on West Avenue near Auburn on the West Side, Mr. Scinta graduated from Lafaye…

ROYALTON –A Main Street woman contacted police recently to report unwanted telephone calls and harassing voice messages from her uncle. The woman told police that about five years ago, the uncle had inherited over $8 million and paid off her car loan, which he had co-signed. Since then, she told police, he apparently has burned through all the money and recently began…

A handgun was reported stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Washington Street downtown. The victim told Buffalo police sometime between late 10:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, someone broke the front passenger window of his BMW 5281 and stole the Smith & Wesson Shield .40 caliber pistol.  

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For more than 1,000 willing volunteers across Buffalo on Saturday, “giving thanks” meant going beyond offering a meal-time prayer at the holiday table. It was waking up early and breaking a sweat on a damp, chilly morning to help others in need. At St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, an assembly line of volunteers stuffed thousands of Thanksgiving meal bags with every…