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When state officials announced a Buffalo Billion grant to improve Lovejoy's historic storefronts, one of the first neighborhood businesses to pop up was Barberians Barber Shop. To hear investigators talk, the offerings there included more than just a haircut or shave. Steve Alejandro, the operator of Barberians, was arrested with three others last month and accused o…

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The house at 369 Sherman St. needed a lot of work. The roof and siding were deteriorating. The foundation walls were missing mortar and the chimney had loose bricks. Lots of windows were either broken or boarded up. No one had lived there for years. Mohammad Ismail bought the dilapidated house at a city auction of tax delinquent properties late last year for $14,000 …

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Salamanca Supervisor Michael Phillips and his wife, Donna, the town clerk-elect, lived across the road from Town Hall and were walking there to sign some checks on Friday – something they often did. But as they crossed Route 353 and North State Street at 5:37 p.m., they were struck and killed by a vehicle traveling southbound. The couple were pronounced dead at the scen…

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WASHINGTON – The coming cut in the state and local tax deduction comes with a marriage penalty. That's what tax experts said Saturday after studying the final language of the tax reform bill that Republicans in Congress plan to pass this week. And that marriage penalty, they say, is just one of several family-unfriendly elements in a tax package that will, at first, …

The City of Tonawanda city clerk and plumbing inspector serve at the behest of the Common Council and are appointed or reappointed each year. The city is accepting resumes for several Council-appointed positions, including the city clerk and plumbing inspector, which are currently held by Clerk Gayle Syposs and Inspector Sanford Belsky. Both have the option to reapply. …

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An hour before the sun rose Saturday, 18-year-old Gerald R. Burkett II arrived to be the very first person in line to see the commissioning of new USS Little Rock. Two hours later when the security checkpoints opened, a line of thousands snaked its way along Marine Drive and neighboring streets  to enter Canalside and be part of history. http://buffalonews.com/2017/1…

TOWN OF LEWISTON – After being banned from her Sweet Home Road home due to "unfit living conditions," a 65-year-old woman told police that someone entered the residence in her absence and stole her vintage Gibson guitar. The victim reported that she was banned from the home in October due to what were found to be unsafe living conditions, but had been allowed by buildin…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man who was working the midnight shift by himself after a co-worker called in sick, fell asleep briefly, only to awaken and find a fire at the Pemco Inc. facility, 150 Portage Road. The 43-year-old man told police that he dozed off briefly at the chemical manufacturing facility and awoke at around 5 a.m. to the sound of tires popping from intense heat.…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police confiscated a knife and a loaded gun from a man after placing him under arrest for drunken driving early Saturday. Paul R. Everett Jr., 38, of Lockport Street, told police he was driving home from a local tavern around 4 a.m. when he slid through an intersection at Lockport Street and Ontario Avenue, struck a stop sign and ended up in a snowpile o…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 59-year-old Ontario resident was knocked unconscious late Friday at the Stir nightclub inside the Seneca Niagara Casino hotel when he was cold-cocked by a city man, police said. The victim, of Ajax, Ont., appeared to be highly intoxicated when he was approached by the assailant shortly before midnight, police said. The two appeared to speak briefly bef…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks robbed a 34-year-old Niagara Avenue man early Friday as he walked in the 600 block of Seventh Street, police said. The victim told police he was walking from a friend's house and was headed to his girlfriend's apartment when he was accosted from behind around 5:45 a.m. He said that two men told him to "give …

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More "boxes of love" were distributed Saturday to refugee and immigrant families in Buffalo by the Buffalo Dream Center. The event was led by Rev. Eric Johns, pastor of the center, and a host of volunteers at the Dream Center's Lafayette Avenue location. “It has been a great year,” says Pastor Eric Johns.  “Hundreds of volunteers wrapped toys, packed food in bags, an…

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When the Buffalo Bills are in town, data shows that guests are too – in Western New York's Airbnbs. With one exception: Last Sunday's "Snowvertime" game versus Indianapolis. New data provided by Airbnb shows there's been a surge in visitors to Buffalo on Saturday nights before a Bills home game with occupancy up by more than 60 percent on those weekends not impacted …

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A 21-year-old man faces first-degree robbery and petit larceny charges after he allegedly held up a Town of Niagara gas station just after midnight today, the Niagara County sheriff's office reported. Brandan J. Kruszka is accused of brandishing a loaded rifle and holding up the A-Plus Sunoco at 6730 Packard Road. An employee of the gas station called 911. Sheriff's …

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The lake-effect snow refused to go quietly Saturday. But, there will be no replay of last Sunday's snowy scene for the Buffalo Bills home finale at New Era Field. http://buffalonews.com/2017/12/16/don-pauls-updated-bills-dolphins-forecast-cloudy-and-cold-but-snow-free/ A shift in the wind direction throttled down and choked off the lake-effect machine late Saturda…

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Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline property owners are being urged to complete an online survey detailing the flood and erosion damage their properties sustained this year because of an extremely wet spring and record high water levels. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee is working with Conservation Ontario to conduct the …