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When he was a student at South Park High School in the 1940s, Joe Conley’s friends jokingly called him “Hollywood Joe.”“I always had a flair for the dramatic and was involved in plays and shows, but I think they meant it sarcastically,” he said.That flair eventually led Conley to an acting career in Hollywood where he became best known for his role on the long-ru…

A 7-11 convenience store located at 2065 Delaware Avenue was robbed early Wednesday, according to Buffalo police reports. Shortly before 2 a.m., the male suspect covered one hand with a plastic bag, indicating he had a weapon and demanded the cashier empty the register, which contained $50. The suspect, who is believed to have robbed the store on several occasions, also …

A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to five years in prison and ordered deported to the Dominican Republic after his sentence is complete.Elvis Espinosa, 46, who was arrested with eight others in August 2009, had previously been convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin. The eight other defendants also pleaded guilty.Assistant …

Police have identified the man who was fatally shot late Monday night on Sun Street in Langfield Housing Projects.Raymond Carmichael, 20, of Northumberland Avenue was killed when someone fired a shotgun at him around 11 p.m., but his body was not discovered until shortly after dawn Tuesday on a back porch at a residence on the first block of Sun, according to police.Author…

State officials plan to open a new center in Buffalo to help local manufacturers develop innovative new products that they might not otherwise have the resources to do on their own.Plans for an Advanced Manufacturing Institute still are being developed, but the project is expected to be one of the key initiatives backed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development…

Seneca Gaming Corp. has 200 job openings and is holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Seneca Niagara Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.Full-time, part-time and casual positions throughout all departments are available at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and downtown Buffalo’s Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, which will open a new facility l…

Construction crews next year will tackle the half of the Kensington Expressway (Route 33) that isn’t being refurbished during the current pavement rehabilitation project. Plans for doing the rest of it will be outlined at a state Department of Transportation public information meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Alumni Hall at Maryvale High School, 1050 Maryvale Dr…

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Nothing seems to put a significant dent in Buffalo’s homicide rate from year to year.Not the Buffalo Police Department’s extensive efforts to break up violent gangs. Not city leaders’ tough talk about bringing killers to justice. Not all the well-intentioned stop-the-violence pleas and prayer vigils, like the one held Tuesday in Niagara Square.Homicide patterns have …

For Buffalo residents, this might not be the best time to have a medical emergency.The Common Council on Tuesday put off renewing a contract with Rural/Metro Medical Services, which handles as many as 34,000 emergency calls a year in the City of Buffalo. Since a two-year extension on the company’s original 5-year contract with the city expired July 1, 2012, the ambulance…

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If Buffalo public school leaders eliminate band and orchestra programs from 14 city schools this fall, national music foundations that provide free instruments and support to struggling schools say they will no longer donate to city schools.Even worse, many schools that have already received more than $1 million in donated instruments through these music charities may be f…

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The Buffalo City Mission, a fixture at East Tupper and Ellicott streets since 1984, plans to renovate a massive former warehouse on the edge of the city’s Larkinville district for use as an emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments.Proponents of the plan to relocate and expand the City Mission at 545 Swan St. are hoping the m…

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A stretch of Delaware Avenue from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square will be turned into a food lover’s paradise this weekend from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The 30th annual Taste of Buffalo will cast a spotlight on the region’s culinary talents. Joseph M. Lane, a financial consultant with AXA Advisors, is the event’s volunteer chairman…

A Canadian convicted of armed robbery in California and later deported is facing new charges of illegally reentering the United States.Elizabeth Reid, 31, was arrested on Busti Avenue in Buffalo last week by U.S. Border patrol agents and charged with illegally entering the country after an aggravated felony conviction.U.S. Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bitterman said Reid cl…

A Buffalo man will spend up to a year in jail for attacking a woman on the Kensington Expressway, Cheektowaga police announced Tuesday.Rafael A. Martinez, 56, who pleaded guilty to strangulation and obstruction of breathing, was sentenced Monday by Town Justice Paul Piotrowski.According to police, Martinez was riding in a car driven by his 48-year-old girlfriend last Decem…

Four more members of the Anderson Drug Trafficking Organization pleaded guilty this week to federal charges of selling cocaine in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.The latest members of the family-run drug ring headed by Theresa Anderson to admit their guilt are Melvin Calhoun, her husband; Dion Anderson, her son; and Anquensha and Toshia Hodge, two of her daughters.All f…