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Elizabeth Marie Ortiz Olivencia pushed back the shades of the living room window a few days ago in her Black Rock neighborhood. A coating of snow, not even an inch of it, covered Rano Street and the small front yard of her home. It was nothing to most of us, a December dusting, but to Elizabeth it was miraculous, a revelation. It was the first time in her life that she …

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An argument between a customer and an employee of a Dollar General store on West Ferry Street escalated into a full-fledged fight with a tire iron down the street that was recorded on video on a witness' cellphone. A Parkdale Avenue man told Buffalo police officers that he had left the store following an argument with a store employee, but the employee pulled up next to…

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A 29-year-old Buffalo man who called police to report an armed robbery was himself arrested after police found marijuana and ammunition in plain sight in his apartment. Christopher Miller, of 1271 Seneca St., called police late Saturday night, saying that three unknown people had tried to rob him at gunpoint. He also told officers that the suspects fired one round while…

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An ex-boyfriend has been arrested in connection with an apparent domestic-related shooting incident late Saturday night. Buffalo Police report that Dave Thornton, 28, of Lafayette Avenue is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Northwest District officers responded to the 200 block of Lawn Avenue after receiving a call reporting gunfire just before 1…

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Buffalo Police are investigating a shooting in the 200 block of Guilford Street on Buffalo's East Side Sunday afternoon. Police said a male was struck by gunfire and taken to Erie County Medical Center. No condition report or further details were immediately available. 

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Buffalo Police early Sunday morning seized a loaded handgun and arrested the driver of a tan van for possession of a weapon after responding to a 911 call. Officers found the van parked at 517 Goodyear Ave., with four occupants – one of whom matched the description given by the caller. Police also found the black Highpoint .40-caliber gun, with a single bullet loa…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Sheriff's investigators are probing two incidents of fraud, including one in which a man's Social Security number was used to open a cellular telephone account and run up a $4,000 bill. An Erica Lane man told deputies that he was recently contacted regarding a Sprint account in his name that was over $4,100 in arrears, and was now in collection. He …

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NIAGARA FALLS — Police are investigating a pair of car thefts that occurred between Friday and Saturday morning, including a 2015 Toyota sport utility vehicle that was stolen off the street on Niagara Avenue. The owner of the Toyota told police that she locked the vehicle after parking it in front of her residence around 4 p.m. Thursday. Upon leaving for work Friday m…

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NIAGARA FALLS — Police are investigating the theft of two packages, including one which was accidentally delivered to the wrong address. A Byrd Avenue man told police Friday afternoon that a UPS driver accidentally delivered a $400 tablet he had purchased online to a multi-unit apartment complex next to his house. Officers interviewed several people inside the apartme…

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NIAGARA FALLS — A man fled from the Indian General Store on Pine Avenue Friday morning after a clerk there confronted him about passing a counterfeit $20 bill. The man was attempting to purchase a soda around 11:30 a.m. when the clerk noticed that the bill had no watermark or other telltale features of a genuine bill. When she confronted the suspect about the bill and…

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NIAGARA FALLS — A Pine Avenue liquor store sustained over $1,000 worth of damage Saturday morning after it was struck with several gunshots, police said. Police received a report of shots fired in the 2900 block of Pine Avenue just before 1 a.m. Saturday, but it wasn't until 10 a.m. that any evidence was discovered. A worker at Cameron Liquor and Wine reported finding…

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NIAGARA FALLS — A 56-year-old man suffered face and head injuries Saturday morning when he was attacked with a hammer by a man who had broken into his residence. Police said the victim was lying in bed shortly before 9 a.m. when he heard a loud crash at his door. When he investigated, he found a man had broken in the door and was standing inside his vestibule. The two…

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The lake-effect "snow machine" is in gear two weeks before Christmas, with a blast of colder weather coming this week when an Arctic front swings through the Buffalo-Niagara region. The consistent pattern that began late last week dumped a foot of fresh snow Sunday afternoon in much of the Southtowns and portions of Wyoming County, and will continue for the next few day…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery held its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Sunday, with the decorated tree featuring the museum's rare 18th-century Neapolitan crèche. There are only three such sets of figurines in the United States, with the other two at the White House and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each set includes 33 pieces, with the largest between…

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NIAGARA FALLS — A maintenance worker has been fired from his job and is being investigated in connection with at least four thefts from apartments in which he had worked, police said Sunday. The most recent incident occurred Friday morning at a 98th Street apartment complex, where the suspect had been working. A resident told police that a cellular telephone and vapor…

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, once named by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the 10 most influential members of the House, will be the speaker at the annual Founders’ Day Celebration sponsored by the Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The event will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 25, in the Millennium Hotel, 2000 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. …