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A Buffalo native who worked as a director at QVC is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the company in a fraud scheme that funded his luxury lifestyle, according to an indictment unsealed earlier this month by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia. James D. "Jamie" Falkowski, 42, worked for QVC from 2008 until 2013, when he was fired, according to the Philadelp…

Mark Chason wanted to build a four-story, 315-foot-long condominium building at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues. He had already lowered the height by one story and shortened the length by five feet to address neighborhood objections. But, he argued, he couldn't do any more because he needed the project to work financially. So he sought eight exceptions from…

If there's one word that's at the core of the debate over the city's new Green Code, it's "variance." So what is a variance? A variance is an exception to the zoning law, permitting a property owner to legally build something that wouldn't normally be allowed. What can you get a variance for? According to guidance from the state Division of Local Government Ser…

Buffalo police arrested a 26-year-old man after a gun was fired during a robbery Tuesday night on Northland Avenue near Humboldt Parkway, according to a police report. The victim told police he struggled with two robbers, one of whom had a gun. One shot was fired during the struggle, and no one was apparently hit, according to the report. The incident happened just b…

A masked man fired several shots during a robbery Tuesday afternoon near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border, according to a Buffalo police report. A woman told police she and another person were approached by the gun-toting robber as they got out of a vehicle on the first block Stewart Avenue, just north of Walden Avenue, at about 2:15 p.m., according to the report. The …

After more than a three-year absence, Buffalo will once again get a downtown movie theater. AMC Theatres, the nation's largest movie theater chain, will open an eight-screen movie house in the former Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St., which closed in June 2014. The AMC Market Arcade 8 is expected to open in spring 2018. "We think having an eight-scre…

A woman robbed the KeyBank branch at Main Street and Jewett Avenue on Monday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. Shortly after 2 p.m., the robber handed a teller a note and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the report. The robber was wearing a black hat and a pink Victoria's Secret hoodie, the report said.

Fire swept through one home on Broadway and then damaged nearby a house, displacing 14 people Monday night. The fire started on a mattress in a first-floor bedroom at 1981 Broadway shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office. Damage to the house where the fire started was estimated at $15,000. Another house at 1979 Broadway sustained a…

A former Episcopal church at the corner of Linwood Avenue and North Street may become affordable senior housing after all, if the nonprofit religious developer can overcome concerns from the nearby neighborhood. Nearly three years after its original plan was rejected, the Episcopal Community Housing Development Organization has again proposed to convert the former Chur…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. and its partners are about two-thirds done with a $19 million project to convert the former Mentholatum Co. headquarters and manufacturing building on Niagara Street into 49 market-rate apartments. The developers are turning the five-story building into 13 two-bedroom apartments and 36 one-bedroom units, along with two storefront spaces total…

Buffalo police have charged a 21-year-old woman with stabbing her boyfriend on Carl Street on Monday morning. The attack happened shortly after 9 a.m. on the first block of Carl Street, one block east of Grider Street and just north of East Ferry Street. The victim, who police believe is in his late 20s, was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center o…

A Buffalo police officer on Sunday shot a dog that was attacking an animal control officer and was about to attack another police officer at a home on Norfolk Avenue, according to a police report. The animal control officer was investigating a "dog bite/attack" involving a large mastiff at 642 Norfolk Ave. at 5:20 p.m., according to the report. The dog's owner, ident…

Buffalo police arrested a Florida man who attempted to enter Canada at the Peace Bridge on Saturday with two loaded guns and a backpack full of ammunition. Canadian officials seized a rifle and a .357-caliber Glock from the truck of Carjohntae C. Mitchell, 22, of Jacksonville, according to a Buffalo police report. Mitchell "made a wrong turn" onto the bridge, the report…

The "Buffalo in Space" exhibit that opens today at the Buffalo Museum of Science offers new ways to learn about outer space – and to have fun doing so. At one work/play station, paper rockets are made and then tested by launching them with air pumps. At another, a short stop-motion film with a planet's surface as a backdrop is made one frame at a time, using props and…

A 28-year-old Adams Street man drove off during a traffic stop Saturday after he was ordered out of the vehicle for refusing a police command, reported Buffalo police. Joseph Washington was stopped late on Saturday morning in the 1600 block of William Street, police said. After refusing to raise his left arm from between the door and the seat, Washington was told to…