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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral has spent a decade trying to figure out what to do with a 121-year-old parish house on Pearl Street that has sat mostly vacant since it moved its offices down the street. At first, church leaders thought they would sell the four-story building. That wasn't successful. Then, they looked at all the downtown redevelopment around them an…

The 43-year-old man fatally shot Sunday at Ashley and Krupp streets has been identified by police as Sasheen Sheppard of Buffalo. Sheppard was shot at about 11:30 a.m. and died later that night, police have said. Police have asked anyone with information to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.

A 28-year-old man shot on Grider Street in November died earlier this month after he was taken off life support at Erie County Medical Center, according to Buffalo police. Charles E. Ridgeway Jr. was shot Nov. 27 on the 500 block of Grider, near ECMC. He died Feb. 11 inside the hospital. Ridgeway's funeral is scheduled for Monday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 …

State Sen. Tim Kennedy believes communities must make a stake to keep state money coming to their regions. So Kennedy on Friday brought leaders of about a dozen organizations to speak out in support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed $500 million in state money for another round of projects. As a follow up to what was called the Buffalo Billion, this new round of fundi…

Fire damaged an apartment building on Genesee Street near Jefferson Avenue early Friday morning. Buffalo firefighters responded at 4:33 a.m. to a two-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment at 574 Genesee. The fire started on the third floor. The fire department estimated damage at about $190,000. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investiga…

Airbnb is co-hosting a "Winter Party" at Canalside tonight. But it probably won't feel much like one. With a forecast of some rain and a 60-degree high temperature, the event won't feature any ice skating, but will still give attendees a chance to mingle, according to organizers. https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/834749862403043328 The event, also co-hoste…

Two new proposals would bring more revamped apartments, shops and commercial space to the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street in Buffalo. Property owner and developer J. Roger Trettel wants to combine three adjacent buildings in the 500 block of Main Street into a single facility with four first-floor commercial or storefront spaces and eight live-work apartments on the…

Elmwood Village residents and others will get a chance to discuss Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s proposed Reverie project next week at a public meeting sponsored by Delaware District Councilmember Joel P. Feroleto. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue. The program will include a short p…

A Cuban national caught a small break in Erie County Court on Wednesday afternoon when Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced him to one day less than a full year in jail. The 364-day sentence gives Deladier Benitez, 34, of Miami a better chance to try to remain in this country when he is returned to Florida after serving his time in New York. Benitez pleaded guilty in Dece…

Winter parking rules along bus routes have been suspended in Buffalo "until further notice" because of the unseasonably warm temperatures over the next few days, the mayor's office announced Wednesday morning. High temperatures will reach the 50s and 60s through Friday, according to forecasters. [Related: 'Fore' the record, this February has been unusually warm]

A train struck a woman late Tuesday night near the foot of Schutrum Street, according to Buffalo police. She was struck just before midnight and taken to Erie County Medical Center where she was undergoing surgery for what were described as serious injuries, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email. Schutrum Street runs off Broadway just west of Bailey Ave…

The political gods may yet answer the prayers of Buffalo mayoral hopeful Mark J.F. Schroeder. Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, a powerful force in East Side politics, said Tuesday she is considering challenging Schroeder and incumbent Byron W. Brown in the September Democratic primary for mayor. The move could provide a major boost to the underdog candidacy of S…

The Niagara International Transportation Coalition is reporting that the ramp to the northbound Interstate 190, between the Skyway and Church Street, has been closed because of an accident. The coalition's cameras showed a tractor trailer overturned shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Tractor trailer on its side and ramp closed from the Skywalk to the I 190 North . Will b…

They have little in common. One is a construction worker. Another wants to be a mental-health counselor. And one is a professional hockey broadcaster and former Buffalo Sabre. The 26 Buffalo area residents sworn in as U.S. citizens Tuesday morning have vastly different stories. They come from war-torn lands, from totalitarian regimes, even from democratic Western cou…

State environmental officials have proposed an "expedited cleanup of contamination" for the former Mentholatum building before Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. can finish its proposed renovation of the Niagara Street facility into a new residential apartment building. Ciminelli bought the 80,000-square-foot daylight factory building at 1360 Niagara in February 2016. The firm…