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A late afternoon fire at the Boost Mobile Phone store in the plaza at William Street and Jefferson Wednesday afternoon caused $175,000 damage, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The fire, which started at the rear of the store at 411 William in the plaza, was reported at 4:13 p.m. The fire was declared under control at 4:46 p.m. Fire Department officials listed $75,…

Ansara Walker, 34, was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly threatening a female neighbor with a 9mm handgun.Police were called to the suspect’s house in the 100 block of Butler Avenue where the woman told them Walker had threatened her with the handgun. She said she was fearful of him, according to an arrest report.Walker was charged with a felony count of second-de…

Emilio Cordero, 20, was arrested shortly after allegedly stabbing a male relative as they argued in the suspect’s Lilac Street home early Monday morning.The victim was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment of a chest laceration.Cordero was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the folding k…

A 27-year-old man was stabbed during an argument in the 100 block of Hudson Street about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police said.The victim was taken to the Erie County Medical Center where he was treated and released. Police did not release the names of the victim and suspect. The two men know each other, police said.

A 17-year-old stabbed a man in the hand Tuesday morning on Bailey Avenue near Langfield Drive, Buffalo police said. The teen, whose name was not released, was later arrested a few blocks away.The stabbing happened at about 5:30 a.m. on the 2700 block of Bailey, Buffalo police said. The 17-year-old used a metal hair pick to stab a 45-year-old man during an altercation.The t…

Buffalo Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. raised his fist in silent protest during the Pledge of Allegiance before Tuesday’s meeting of the Council and altered the words of the pledge as a separate prayer he said to himself.“I opted to pray during the pledge,” said Wingo, who represents the Masten District, “and my allegiance is to God.”When Council memb…

Kitchen upgrades at Sear, the modern steakhouse coming to the Avant building, are underway today. That means that the restaurant, which has attracted backing from former Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson, Brian Moorman and Terrence McGee, should be in play by November.Old equipment is being removed, and a larger hood installed, said managing partner David Schutte. New equipment g…

Levels of some pollutants linked to diesel fuel are high near the Peace Bridge, but they are no higher than those in other parts of the state, New York State officials told about 40 residents of Buffalo’s West Side on Tuesday night.The long-awaited study of air quality in the community surrounding the bridge found that fine particulate matter meets federal standards but …

A man accused of pulling a gun at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo was found guilty Tuesday after a jury trial.Carl Randle, 58, of Buffalo, was convicted of menacing and will face a maximum of one year in prison.Randle was at the VA on May 16 when he pulled out a gun and threatened a nearby woman, according to assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie O. Lamarque and…

GObike Buffalo will host its third Annual Buffalo Bike Pageant at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at 640 Ellicott St.Participants should submit an idea based on the theme of “Buffalo.” The best submissions will be provided with a bicycle from the Community Workshop for decoration and manipulation to represent something iconic about Buffalo.The bicycles will be judged on creativity and …

A man was treated at Mercy Hospital for a stab wound following a dispute in the first block of Lilac Street on Monday evening, according to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge late Monday.Another man, apparently his cousin, 20, was arrested on assault and weapons charges, according to DeGeorge.The incident took place about 7:40 p.m. and resulted in both…

Soil and slag with low levels of radioactive material – a remnant of the steel-making process that once took place at RiverBend in South Buffalo – would be buried underneath a foot of clean soil at two locations on the property where workers are finishing the SolarCity solar panel factory.About 50,000 cubic yards of the contaminated soil – enough to fill nearly seven…

If Western New York “runs on Dunkin’,” it’s going to have to do so with about half as many restaurants as it once did.A Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee has closed 13 of his 26 locations.Jason Saghir, owner of Page Ventures, said it was a difficult but necessary decision required to “create a leaner, more efficient business.”“We remain committed to the Buffalo mar…

Grants totaling $38,000 will help identify cultural resources and historic structures in neighborhoods in Buffalo, East Aurora, Springville and Hamburg.The New York State Council on the Arts and Preservation League of New York State will present the Preserve New York grants Tuesday. They include:• $12,000 to Roycroft Campus Corp. in East Aurora for a historic structure r…