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A Buffalo man and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty on Thursday to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide related to the fatal beating of 39-year-old Jessica Garcia on the 800 block of Niagara Street in August. Freddie Cortez, 22, and Michelis Romero, 24, were arraigned before Erie County Family Court Judge Kenneth F. Case. Cortez also pleaded not guilty to felo…

Crime Stoppers Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department are offering up to a $2,500 reward for information about one of the city's three homicides from New Year's Day. Alvin "Duke" McDowell, 25, of Buffalo, was shot in a vehicle on McNeeley Way at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 1. He died at the scene, police said. The reward is for information that leads to an arrest or indict…

A man robbed an M&T Bank branch at 130 Grant St. Wednesday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. The thief entered the bank at about 2:30 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, according to the report. The robber was described as a thin black man, 5-foot-9 with bushy hair and wearing yellow or gold glasses, a black baseball cap with a Jordan …

Buffalo Police were seeking the public's help on Wednesday in locating a 13-year-old Buffalo girl who was missing, authorities said. Authorities on Wednesday said Armani Zarlae, a Riley Street resident, did not get on the school bus at dismissal time from Hamlin Park School #74. Buffalo Police continued to search for Zarlae late Wednesday, according to authoritie…

Hispanics United is eager to build its La Plaza senior housing community to meet the growing needs on Buffalo's West Side. But first it may need to figure out the parking. The nonprofit agency, which provides a mix of social, medical and housing services for its clients, wants to erect a three-story building at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of affordable housing ai…

Amid the hoopla of Byron W. Brown’s middle-of-Court Street celebration Tuesday night, the Democrat headed for a fourth term as mayor of Buffalo was asked if voters had handed him a mandate. Did his healthy primary election win over Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant bestow upon him a wealth of political capital, a reporter queried. In his best imitation of Co…

Two Buffalo residents who live near the planned site of a new condominium building at Elmwood and Forest avenues have sued the City of Buffalo, challenging the city's approvals of the controversial proposal and demanding that it be blocked. The Article 78 lawsuit by Susan Davis and Sandra Girage accuses the city's Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals of violating …

At least eight double-decker shipping containers in a long freight train toppled shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when they struck a bridge spanning the tracks on Main Street in Buffalo, but no one was injured. Buffalo police said the Canadian Pacific Railway train that derailed on CSX tracks between Greenfield Street and Rodney Avenue did not threaten public safety.…

Talks by architects, designers, urban planners and researchers will be held as part of the "Border Crossing" series this fall at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. The talks start at 6 p.m. in Hayes Hall. Among upcoming speakers: Oana Stanescu, founding partner of New-York-based the Family, which seeks to make cities better places to li…

Two people robbed a corner store at 819 Genesee St. on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. The male assailants, one of whom displayed a handgun, tied up the store clerk's hands with USB cables and stuffed underwear in his mouth during the robbery, which happened at about 2:45 p.m., according to the report. The thieves took two cartons of cigarett…

Trial attorney Andrew C. LoTempio, a former Buffalo City Court judge, is the winner in a three-way primary race for the Democratic nomination for two Buffalo City Court seats. Incumbent Betty Calvo-Torres, who is seeking a second 10-year term as City Court judge, captured the second nomination. With all 148 city districts reporting, unofficial totals showed LoTempio …

Two people were shot in Buffalo on Monday, according to city police reports. Just after 7 a.m., a person was shot in the hand on the 200 block of Bissell Street. The victim, described only as male, ran to the 300 block of Moselle Street, where he was picked up by an ambulance and taken to Erie County Medical Center, according to one report. At about 12:15 p.m., a per…

National Grid is expanding its capabilities in South Buffalo with a new electric substation on Fuhrmann Boulevard. The British-owned power company wants to ensure that it can maintain adequate electric service for its customers in a growing part of the city with increased demand. So it's planning to build the new station on property it has owned at 1000 Furhmann Blvd. s…

The remake of Our Lady of Lourdes can begin. Ellicott Development Co. won approval from the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday to start work on its $4 million renovation of the century-old church into a mixed-use facility just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. That's the second phase of a larger project that also includes construction of a six-story commerci…