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Buffalo has long taken pride in its parks, but a national nonprofit group ranks the Queen City's system as near the middle among cities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land puts Buffalo's parks at No. 58 among the 100 biggest cities in terms of its "ParkScore," which looks at park acreage, public access, investment and amenities, the group said. The organization, wh…

A 42-year-old man who killed his mother during an argument in her South Buffalo home was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. Froilan Torres, of Rochester, was visiting Gloria Rivera, 57, on Oct. 9. Family members said Torres and his fiancee planned to move back to Buffalo and live near Rivera's home at 1704 South Park Ave. An argument started when Rivera told Torr…

Buffalo police identified the body of the man pulled from the Niagara River on Tuesday morning as Tyler Harrington, 48. Harrington, of West Utica Street, had been reported missing and was last seen May 8. His body was recovered near Unity Island. Police have said they did not suspect foul play. Harrington was described as a talented musician and artist by The Buffalo…

The motorcyclist killed Wednesday night ran a stop sign and was ejected from the bike when he collided with an SUV, Buffalo police said Thursday. The crash happened at 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Roesch and Condon avenues near Riverside Park. Police have not identified the 25-year-old Buffalo motorcyclist, who authorities said died at the scene. He was heading n…

Bail was revoked Thursday morning for a motorist accused of running down and severely injuring three pedestrians on Richmond Avenue in the first hour of the new year. Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 31, has been free on $100,000 bail following his arrest at the scene of the New Year's Eve crash on charges of drunken driving. However, an Erie County grand jury recently indicted Jaf…

Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-…

At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, in the middle of the commute to the Southtowns, the Thruway Authority described the situation on the westbound I-90 in a tweet: "Delays exist." For drivers stuck in the bottleneck, that was an understatement. Emergency road repairs on the Thruway triggered a 6-mile traffic backup during the evening commute. The Thruway Authority said no mo…

The Memorial Day weekend includes four free community bike rides organized by Slow Roll Buffalo. A "Friday Night Pedal Party" ride leaves at 7 p.m. from Soho Burger Bar, 64 W. Chippewa St. The 13.1-mile ride in honor of Sunday's Buffalo Marathon is slightly faster and longer than a Slow Roll Monday ride. Bicyclists leave at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the inaugural Tot…

A man wanted in connection with a May 13 stabbing outside the downtown Bus Terminal turned himself in to transit police Wednesday. John Moore Jr., 23, was charged with first degree assault, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Additional details about the incident were not available Wednesday.

Call it the ultimate good versus evil showdown: The Gospel and the Koran versus the code of the streets. When the Rev. Darius Pridgen went public with photos of two men who broke into his church and appealed to "someone who cares enough about their community and these young men" to identify the burglars, it marked another call from the pulpit to reject the code of silence…

The casino at Martin Luther King Jr. Park off Humboldt Parkway is in the final stages of a $2.6 million renovation. This last phase includes installing a new wood door and wood windows that match the original 1926 portals to maintain the historic design. A new brick and stone stairway will be built to match the original stairway that had been demolished. And a new elevato…

Tapestry Charter School’s expansion plans are moving forward. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its current main building adjacent to the new site. In turn, that would create more space for the school’s upper grade…

Buffalo police reported that a man was struck in the leg by gunfire just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the first block of Richlawn Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood. Additional details, including the identity, age and condition of the victim, were unavailable.

Immigrants and refugees settling in Buffalo sometimes run into difficulties, and when difficulties occur, police frequently respond to help sort out the problems. But how to communicate, when thousands of refugees speak dozens of different languages in Buffalo? Buffalo police came up with a way. They carry a card listing 75 different languages that are spoken in the …

The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, a man shot by Buffalo police, is a homicide, according to a lawyer representing Hernandez-Rossy's family. "The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide by gunshot wound, and that is consistent with the independent investigation conducted by my office," Nelson Torre tol…