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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 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 …

Before she did anything else, she called her mother. Tamia Bowden was about to make a stand -- an unpopular stand in an unpopular way. Before the freshman at Canisius College even mentioned to her teammates about taking a knee during the national anthem at their next volleyball match, she talked it over with her mom. Her mom, Desiree Groves Marshall, is an Army comba…

Eric L. Fehr of Royalton, who inflicted a brain injury on his infant son by shaking him last year and choked a woman into unconsciousness last month, pleaded guilty in both cases Friday. After prolonged negotiations with attorneys Friday, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he will likely sentence Fehr to six years in prison Jan. 12 for reckless assault on a…

A Bronx woman has admitted she was part of a ring that committed mortgage fraud by obtaining home loans for unqualified borrowers, causing M&T Bank and other financial institutions to lose $1.75 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo announced Friday. Tina Brown, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud affecting a financial instituti…

Rep. Chris Collins reiterated his criticism Friday for the International Joint Commission's handling of Lake Ontario's water levels and urged the Trump administration to replace Commissioners Lana Pollack and Rich Moy. Collins rebuked Pollack in particular for saying a combination of extreme weather, high water levels and ice were the sole reasons for the devastating …

Amherst police have made an arrest in a shooting in January on Hartford Road. Police from Amherst and Cheektowaga served a search warrant Friday morning on Marne Road in Cheektowaga and took Raaquim McCrayer into custody, according to Amherst police. McCrayer, 25, of Cheektowaga, is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Jan. 28 shooting of a…

Orchard Park police have arrested a 75-year-old maintenance worker at an apartment complex who is accused of sexually assaulting several female residents of the building over the summer. Town police arrested Robert J. Bykowicz, who was a resident of the complex, on Oct. 11. The department announced the arrest Friday. Bykowicz is charged with two counts of sexual abuse, …

Ninety top designers, developers and data scientists from 29 countries are arriving in Buffalo to compete in the 2017 Topcoder Open hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus starting this weekend. Think of it like the March Madness of coding. Programmers from places as far as China, India and Nepal will square off in timed competitions to develop algorithms, …