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A longtime Buffalo firefighter will become the next commissioner of the city’s Fire Department. Vincent Muscarella, a firefighter for the last 21 years, became a lieutenant in 2009 and captain in 2013. In July 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Byron W. Brown as deputy commissioner of Buffalo Fire Operations, one of three deputy commissioner posts in the department. Mus…

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A woman taking out the garbage from a Fillmore Avenue store Monday night was punched in the face and robbed, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim, who works at the Dollar Tree on Fillmore between Dewey and Leroy avenues, told police the robber got out of a vehicle that was parked near the trash area, made threats and then took cash out of her pocket after pu…

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Two masked men, including one with a gun, robbed the Dollar General store on Tonawanda Street on Monday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. A store employee told police the robbers entered the store at 827 Tonawanda just before 12:30 p.m., displayed the handgun and demanded money, according to the report. One of the thieves was about 5-foot-9 with a thin…

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 1 at KeyBank Center. Taylor and his All-Star Band will perform with Raitt and her band, the venue announced Tuesday morning. Tickets are $69.50 and $103.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 19. A random handbill policy will be in effect and a limited number of handbills are currently available. Tickets will be…

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A Lackawanna teenager has been accused of stabbing someone in the lower back Jan. 1 and causing serious injury, according to Buffalo Police. Officers said Samantha Clements, 18, is accused of stabbing the victim on the right side of the lower back while they were on Seneca Street in South Buffalo, between Indian Church Road and Duerstein Street, according to Buffalo Pol…

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City of Buffalo crews on Monday began breaking up ice in the Buffalo River to help prevent possible flooding. The Buffalo Fire Department fireboat Edward M. Cotter worked at breaking up ice on the lower section of the Buffalo River, from the Michigan Avenue lift bridge to the mouth of the river at Erie Basin Marina. Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for Mayor Byro…

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A public forum on Metro Bus transportation for Buffalo students will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. The forum is hosted by the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and a coalition of community organizations that want better bus service and treatment for thousands of students who rely on the Niaga…

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A pizza deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night in the Elmwood Village, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim told police a man pointed a gun at him and demanded money near the corner of Ashland Avenue and Summer Street between 9:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., according to the report. The robber took some cash and fled, the victim told police.

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school opened its doors Monday to students on the first day of classes in their new digs. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also visited the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. to talk with students about the historical significance of the day. Teaching, research and clinical work got…

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The state has put the brakes on a $101 million plan to convert the Scajaquada Expressway into a lower-speed boulevard after receiving public comments that were overwhelmingly in opposition. The decision by the state Department of Transportation comes at the end of a long design process to reshape 2.2 miles of Route 198 between Parkside Avenue and Grant Street, which has…

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A Buffalo woman is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court on Thursday on charges she intentionally started a fire Friday on the West Side. Lucinda Eaddy, 57, is accused of setting her ex-boyfriend's clothes on fire in the stairwell of a residence on West Avenue. She was arrested on Friday, according to a Buffalo police report. There were two other people inside th…

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York is hoping for a turn of fate to be able to turn the historic Ascension Church into affordable housing units. And it’s appealing to the Buffalo Common Council to make it happen. The diocese’s $7 million project calls for transforming the vacant church at 16 Linwood Ave. and 67 North St. into 28 apartments for people 55 and old…

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The WNY Peace Center is organizing a bus trip to Seneca Falls on Jan. 20 and a march in downtown Buffalo on Jan. 21 to mark the first anniversary of the historic Women's Marches held throughout the U.S. on the day after President Donald J. Trump took office. The #STILLRESISTING bus to Seneca Falls leaves at 7 a.m. Jan. 20 from the University at Buffalo South Campus Park…

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Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says she has not read the new “Fire and Fury” tell-all book about Donald Trump’s White House. But she said Monday in the Town of Tonawanda that even though she has no plans to read the book now dominating the nation’s political discourse, she needs no insider account to pronounce the president unfit to lead the nation. “It seems like a lot …

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Garbage pickup will be delayed by one day this week in the city of Buffalo due to harsh weather conditions over the weekend. Sanitation crews will resume picking up garbage in the Delaware and North districts today, after being forced to stop early due to the bitter cold temperatures on Saturday. If you’re regularly scheduled garbage pickup day is Monday, crews will …