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Alexis Gonzalez-Saez was arrested by Buffalo police shortly after he allegedly knocked a woman to the ground on Jefferson Avenue near Sycamore Street Saturday morning and stole her bank debit card and cellphone. Gonzalez-Saez, 35, of Mills Street was apprehended minutes after the incident about 9:04 a.m. He was charged with third-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larc…

An Alaska man was charged with weapons and drug possession by Buffalo Police after he was stopped on the Peace Bridge by Customs and Border Protection officers. Anthony J. Davis, 25, of Homer, was driving into Buffalo from Canada just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday. A stun gun and cotton balls allegedly laced …

Buffalo police responded to a call at the Peace Bridge early Saturday and arrested four men from Utica on stolen vehicle charges. Arrested were: Moulid M. Somow, 22; Joseph A. Lumbrazo, 17; Ali Muya, 30; and David. T Upendo, 22. They were detained by Customs and Border Protection officers for attempting to cross the border in a stolen Volkswagon Jetta, police said. …

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Child endangerment charges were lodged against the mother of a toddler who police said took her child to a Franklin Street bar Friday night. Anne K. Callan, 38, of Columbus Parkway, was charged after her 20-month-old son attempted to run into the street near the Tudor Lounge, police said. The boy was saved by a stranger, police said, adding that the mother was not aw…

Two men trying to solicit money faced disorderly conduct charges Saturday after police said they were obstructing traffic at Goodell Street near Michigan Avenue. Patrick Evancho and Aaron Pahute were arrested shortly after 3 p.m., police said. Evancho was holding up a sign that read "Down on my Luck," and Pahute held a sign with "Homeless. Need Help" at the time of the …

Saluting Our War Heroes

Frank Cortese is one of the few people who fought on both sides during World War II. He started as a sailor with the Italian navy, fighting against the Allies. After Italy surrendered, he continued as an Italian sailor fighting for the Allies. As most familiar with history remember, Italy entered the war on the side of Germany and Japan, before surrendering in Octob…

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Buffalo artist and curator Dana Saylor is suing Artvoice for unpaid artist fees stemming from the weekly newspaper's 25th anniversary party in 2015. Saylor's claim, which will be heard in Buffalo City Court on June 8, seeks payment of about $3,800 she says Artvoice founder and editor Jamie Moses withheld from her and 17 other artists after a disappointing tu…

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WASHINGTON – Two days after news broke that congressional investigators are looking into Rep. Chris Collins' biotech stock purchases, the Clarence Republican sat down with pharmaceutical lobbyists Thursday over lunch at Fiola, a swanky Italian restaurant a half-mile from the Capitol. The cost of admission: a campaign contribution of anywhere from $500 to $2,500. It…

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Three men were struck by gunfire at a large gathering in the 200 block of Loepere Street – in the Fillmore Avenue-Sycamore Street neighborhood – just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Buffalo police reported. A 19-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Buffalo, were in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center, police said. A 20-year-old, also from Buffalo, was treated at …

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The Erie County district attorney's office is investigating an allegation of a bribe involving the proposed Hamburg public/private ice rink project. "We are aware; we are investigating," said Joanna Pasceri, public information officer for District Attorney John J. Flynn. The town has proposed partnering with Sportstar Capital of Toronto to develop a $30 million multi…

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Self-proclaimed “geeks” are boldly exploring the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this weekend in search of Captain Kirk, Darth Vader and Captain America. For these thousands – from Western New York and worlds beyond – who crammed the floors of the second annual Nickel City Con Saturday, it was a voyage to the ultimate frontier. “It was kind of crazy walki…

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Dozens of individuals who serve on boards and committees in Amherst are at risk of being removed from their posts for not filing annual financial disclosure forms, as required by a local law. The law requires approximately 302 town officials who are elected and appointed, paid or unpaid, to file an annual financial disclosure statement with the town clerk's office by Ap…

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Western New York's churches are rich in artistic and architectural treasures, and some of them are on view this weekend outside of worship hours. Ten current and former churches opened their doors Saturday as part of a statewide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend organized by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. One of the prime locations whose doors were open Saturday …

Shirley A. Nicholas, whose activism is credited with producing a cleanup of toxic sites in her Lockport neighborhood after decades of government inaction, has been honored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's highest award. Nicholas, 80, is one of this year's winners of the Environmental Champion Award. She was nominated by the EPA's Buffalo-area spokesman, M…

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It was 2 a.m. Palm Sunday. Computer screens across Erie County Medical Center flashed white with bright red words: "What happened to your files?" The ransom demands began with hot pink text. "Step1: You must send us 1.7 BitCoin for each affected PC OR 24 BitCoins to receive ALL Private Keys for ALL affected PC's." Hackers had encrypted the hospital's files and wan…