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The 31 empty storefronts on Elmwood Avenue from Allen Street to Forest Avenue represent restaurants, boutiques and food markets that have closed their doors in recent years. They also represent a 17 percent vacancy rate, a red flag that community leaders cannot afford to ignore, said the two Common Council members that represent the area, Delaware District Councilman Jo…

Buffalo

Most people can't give away their Buffalo Sabres tickets. That includes Buffalo craft brewer, Community Beer Works, which on Monday took an additional step to unload its tickets. It paid somebody. The brewer couldn't find anyone who wanted a free pair of 200-level tickets for the Monday afternoon game against the Washington Capitals. It tried everybody, but couldn't …

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Kevin K. Sheridan of Buffalo was in his motorized wheelchair and headed to the store late Friday afternoon when a driver struck him and took off, according to a neighbor and police. Sheridan told a neighbor he doesn't remember what happened on Vulcan Street, which straddles the border between Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood and the Town of Tonawanda. Sheridan, 56, s…

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A 24-year veteran of Catholic Health will take over as the system's CEO next month, an appointment that comes at a challenging time for health systems here and across the country. Catholic Health's board of directors promoted Mark A. Sullivan, the system's executive vice president and chief operating officer, after conducting a national search to replace Joseph D. McDon…

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A 47-year-old woman with a 9-year-old child in her car was pulled over just after midnight Sunday by State Police who charged her with a Leandra's law violation. Deanna Carhart, 47, of Alden, was stopped on Crittenden Road after police observed her speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign, police said. Carhart failed field sobriety tests and was arrested with…

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A City of Tonawanda man charged with driving while intoxicated last month faces a new DWI charge after he was arrested over the weekend, according to police. King G. Bonner II, 29, of Young Street, was pulled over on State Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers found an open bottle of vodka in his vehicle's center console, City of Tonawanda police said. Bo…

Buffalo

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was listed in critical condition after he was shot several times early Monday morning on Shepard Street, according to Buffalo Police. The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. on Shepard, north of Pullman Place near Bailey Avenue and Broadway. The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was initially listed in serio…

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A pizza deliveryman, a gas station clerk and a 7-Eleven employee fell victim on Sunday to customers with counterfeit cash, according to Buffalo police reports. Someone bought two candy bars at the 7-Eleven on Prospect Avenue Sunday afternoon, paying with a fake $50 bill, according to a report. In the second case, two women paid for gas at a gas station on Bailey Aven…

Columns

Myrtle Pickering's three children always understood that their mother, in early childhood, endured a traumatic family separation. They knew that Myrtle – called "Micki" by her friends – was placed in Buffalo's old German Catholic Orphan Asylum, in the late 1930s. They knew she was finally reunited with her mother when she was 13, and that she became a fine enough studen…

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Competition from nearby new and renovated hotels has prompted the owners of a 53-year-old Delaware Avenue hotel to invest more than $1.8 million in their own upgrades. Brothers Dennis and Frank Tripi are redoing all the guest rooms and bathrooms in the Best Western Inn on the Avenue, as part of a top-to-bottom renovation of the 63-room hotel at 510 Delaware. The goal…

Buffalo

Computer Task Group has acquired a French information technology company in a move to expand its presence in Europe. The Buffalo-based information technology company acquired Soft Co., a Paris information technology consulting and engineering company, in a deal valued at $16.5 million. The acquisition will expand CTG's European presence, which now is centered mostly in …

Crime

A crook masquerading as a water authority worker stole $4,000 from an 82-year-old man who allowed the scammer in his house to check on basement pipes, Orchard Park Police reported. The $4,000 cash was kept in a safe in a closet of the man's bedroom, said Orchard Park Lt. Joseph Ray. Police believe the money was taken by an accomplice who came in the house while the vict…

Buffalo

A bitter feud between two Buffalo women resulted in their arrests after one woman apparently broke into the other's apartment Saturday, leading her victim to retaliate by slashing the first woman's tires, according to Buffalo Police. Buffalo Police reported that Ronette N. Cooks, 23, of High Street broke through the front door of Helena L. Green's home on Carlton Street…

Buffalo

A thief stole a full cash register after assaulting a clerk early Sunday at the Sunoco gas station at the intersection of Delaware and West Delavan avenues in Buffalo. The Sunoco employee told Buffalo Police that an unknown man confronted him around 3 a.m. Sunday, grabbed him by the collar, punched him in the face and shoved him to the ground, injuring his right leg. Th…

Buffalo

A woman shopping at the Wegmans supermarket in Black Rock early Saturday morning was arrested and charged with shoplifting after police said she tried to sneak out of the store with a bunch of steaks. Michelle A. Davis of West Avenue was arrested at 5:10 a.m. Saturday at the Wegmans on Amherst Street after leaving the store without paying for a family pack of strip stea…

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A Buffalo man visiting relatives in Erie, Pa., for a birthday party was found dead on the ice in Presque Isle Bay early Saturday. He was identified as Thomas Fields, 65. Erie County, Pa., Coroner Lyell Cook said Fields died of exposure after wandering from a relative's house late Friday evening and falling off a dock at the foot of Dobbins Landing, a tourist area by Pre…