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Car break-ins are often prosecuted as misdemeanors and don't hold criminals accountable for one of the city's most pervasive crimes, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage said Wednesday. Savage said he wants the "car pops" prosecuted as felonies. "The last thing someone wants is to wake up in the morning and find their windows smashed," the Buffalo Democrat said. …

Tapestry Charter School’s expansion plans are moving forward. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its current main building adjacent to the new site. In turn, that would create more space for the school’s upper grade…

The campaign for a new playground planned by the Boys and Girls Club of Elma, Marilla and Wales got a jump-start from another Southtowns organization. The Butterfly Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the new $175,000 playground. The foundation, a nonprofit organization celebrating the life of Katie Durkin, just completed funding and coordinating the new Butterfly Athleti…

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site. The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation h…

Northtown Automotive is moving ahead with its plans to build 468 parking spaces on land at Getzville Road and Sheridan Drive that it is buying from Temple Beth Tzedek, as it negotiates a lease with Dent Neurologic Institute for 300 of the spaces. The dealership has filed a site plan with the town, and the Amherst Planning Board must review the project. Northtown is b…

A longtime officer will receive a promotion and a new officer will be sworn in by the City of Tonawanda Police Department on Tuesday at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St. Acting Detective Matthew Burke, an officer in the department since 1997, will be sworn in as a full-time detective. Eric Foels will join the 28-member force and be sworn in as a new officer. &n…

Casey Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District has a new principal. Peter Dobmeier, assistant principal at Casey for the last 6½ years, takes over in July from Francis McGreevy, who is retiring after 18 years in the the district. The School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dobmeier to the $112,000-a-year post overseeing one of the dis…

Buffalo police reported that a man was struck in the leg by gunfire just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the first block of Richlawn Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood. Additional details, including the identity, age and condition of the victim, were unavailable.

Six African-American police officers who were promoted by the Buffalo Police Department earlier this year say they've been harassed and "treated like criminals" by their police union and fellow officers for accepting provisional promotions from the commissioner against their union's directive. Officer Deidre Carswell recalled how excited and honored she felt when the ad…

Immigrants and refugees settling in Buffalo sometimes run into difficulties, and when difficulties occur, police frequently respond to help sort out the problems. But how to communicate, when thousands of refugees speak dozens of different languages in Buffalo? Buffalo police came up with a way. They carry a card listing 75 different languages that are spoken in the …

The Erie County Health Department is hosting two free rabies clinics this Wednesday and next Wednesday for all dog, cat and ferret owners. The first free rabies clinic will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday at the Town of Tonawanda Highway Garage, 450 Woodward Ave. The next clinic will be held at the same times on May 31 by the Broadway Market at 999 Broadway …

The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, a man shot by Buffalo police, is a homicide, according to a lawyer representing Hernandez-Rossy's family. "The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide by gunshot wound, and that is consistent with the independent investigation conducted by my office," Nelson Torre tol…

Erie County has created a free, self-guided Junior Ranger program program to encourage children and families to visit more of the county's 18 recreational parks. Participants can pick up the 30-page, full-color passport books at designated county parks and hunt for codes at each one. The passports can also be downloaded online. To become a Junior Park Ranger, participa…

Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student "made a possible threat to the school," Williamsville School District officials said. School officials learned last week about something "supposedly to occur sometime this week," Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Mond…