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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…

Dawn Hochsprung's life was cut short by the killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Now her cousin, Melanie Bunch of Hamburg, wants to make sure Hochsprung's legacy continues to shine. As principal of Sandy Hook, Hochsprung had a passion for literacy. To light a love of reading in the hearts of her students, she would dress up as a book fairy, wearing a l…

The Niagara Parks Police are checking the water below Niagara Falls after an unconfirmed report that someone may have gone over the Falls, a dispatcher said Sunday afternoon. A second Parks Police officer said two tourists believed they saw a white male go over the U.S. side of the Falls. Officers are checking the shoreline, personnel in a helicopter scanned the water f…

A Jamestown man who damaged a woman's apartment and held her face down on a bed as she tried to call 911 faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful imprisonment, Jamestown police said. Adam R. Lanphear, 44, was arrested as he tried to run out a basement door on East 6th Street, in the building where the incident occurred, according to police. Officers said they respond…

Former national security adviser and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice will speak via webcast at "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway in Amherst. The program, sponsored by World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara and several partners, will delve into China's rapid dev…

When Edward J. Lattuca Sr. was born in Italy in 1920, he was named in honor of his uncle Edward who had died fighting the Germans in World War I Ten years after Lattuca's parents moved the family to America, young Edward found himself in his own little war of sorts on the streets of Buffalo's West Side. The youngster quickly learned how to fight off neighborhood bull…

A 14-year-old girl was reported in critical condition in Women and Children's Hospital late Saturday after being involved in an ATV crash in Clarence, officials said. The girl was a passenger on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle driven by a 15-year-old boy, who also was injured though not as seriously, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office said i…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins isn't exactly sticking to his guns. After accepting $5,000 in donations from the National Rifle Association between 2006 and 2012, the Democratic lawmaker from Buffalo announced on Facebook earlier this month that he now plans to donate that money to local and national organizations dedicated to fighting for what he called "common sens…

Jamestown residents called police after seeing a car driving around the city with heavy front-end damage and just one working headlight. Police found the car parked in a driving lane of Jones and Gifford Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday. They charged Michael Woodard, 23, of Jamestown, with DWI and aggravated DWI because his blood count was higher than 0.18 percent, city poli…

A Buffalo lawyer is challenging whether a non-profit corporation that finances and develops residence halls on behalf of the University at Buffalo has the right to withhold records about its financial dealings and keep its board meetings private. John N. Lipsitz, a UB Law School alumnus and partner in the firm Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC, has asked a State Supreme Court …

A driver from Fredonia spotted driving the wrong way on Interstate 86 was charged Saturday with felony driving while intoxicated, as well as aggravated DWI because he carried a passenger under 16, Chautauqua County deputies said. James E. Murphy, 47, also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation because he was driving though his license had been revoked, deputi…

The first crash was at Southwestern Boulevard and Transit Road, where a Jeep struck a Honda at a stop sign and injured its driver, police said. The driver of the Jeep drove off but struck some trees at Angle and Michael roads. When he couldn't dislodge the Jeep from the trees around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, he ran. With re4sidents' help, Orchard Park police found him hidin…

Kristian Rodriquez came to Buffalo to pick up the pieces of his life left in ruins by Hurricane Maria after it struck Puerto Rico. He’s 9. For him – and dozens more kids like him – returning to some sense of normalcy includes a stop at the Central Registration Office at 33 Ash St. in Buffalo, where he came last week with his grandmother to enroll in the four…

Monica Weisedel moved almost every year of her childhood. Her mother suffered from mental illness and drug addiction, and she would inexplicably disappear for hours or days. When Weisedel was 15, a Social Services worker showed up and hollered for her and her young sister to grab their things and go. "It was a horrible experience," she said, recounting all the screaming…

The Buffalo Bills (3-2) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) today at 1 p.m. at New Era Field. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/pregame-primer-everything-need-know-bills-bucs-plus-five-things-watch/ Follow along for live updates from our team. https://twitter.com/TheBuffaloNews/lists/bn-blitz-staff Stay with BNblitz.com for complete coverage of the Buffalo Bill…