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The City Grill shootings have claimed a fifth life. Seven years after a gunman opened fire at the downtown restaurant, killing four people and wounding four more in one of the most violent acts in Buffalo's recent history, Demario Vass, who was shot in the head, died last Saturday. He was 37. For the last three years, Vass was home at his mother's house on Alma Avenu…

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 pl…

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…

Alicia M. Davidson, the drug-addicted pregnant woman whose parents wanted her to stay in jail to stay clean, has completed an inpatient rehabilitation program and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. Davidson, 36, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wo…

Officer Craig E. Lehner's death was unlike any other the Buffalo Police Department has endured. His funeral will not be like any other, either. The 34-year-old officer's funeral Wednesday in KeyBank Center may be the largest police funeral in Western New York history. The arena, home of the Buffalo Sabres, seats more than 19,000, so it should be able to accommodat…

Just before the trial of former state Sen. George D. Maziarz was set to begin last month, his attorneys learned of internal state Board of Elections emails questioning whether he committed any crime at all. Now, Joseph M. LaTona, of Buffalo, and E. Stewart Jones, of Troy, are moving to dismiss the three-count indictment against the former Niagara County Republican power…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is re-listing three multifamily apartment houses on Potomac and Ashland avenues, after officials decided they would not be a core part of the developer's planned Arbor + Reverie project along Elmwood Avenue. Ciminelli said the properties - 584 and 588 Potomac and 721 Ashland - will be put back on the market this weekend through Red Door Real …