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A burned-out vehicle with human remains inside. Three people from Florida who are missing. A 3-year-old Florida boy found sleeping alone on a West Side porch. The three incidents all came to the attention of Buffalo police on Monday. Now they are trying to figure out if, and how, they might be linked. Members of a Florida family on Tuesday said they are awaitin…

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A Hertel Avenue man was arrested Wednesday night after he was accused of attacking an employee at 7-Eleven with a knife, according to a Buffalo police report. Joshua D. Rivers, no age given, was charged following an incident at the convenience store at Hertel and Niagara Street at about 6:30 p.m., according to the report. The victim told police Rivers tried to get mo…

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In an unlikely moment in the sun, the most celebrated resident of the Black Rock Canal is a giant goldfish receiving a 21st century burst of international fame. Yet Marcus Rosten, who helps with social media for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, said the goldfish would still be living in murky anonymity if not for the Twitter "Creature Feature" that Waterkeeper sends out eve…

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A Black Rock man woke up this week to a burglar wearing a black mask and a brown cowboy hat inside his apartment, according to a Buffalo police report. The Gorton Street resident told police he ran out of his home at about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday after he saw the intruder. The burglar, who had entered through an open window, took the victim's cellphone, according to the repor…

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The Common Council approved today a permit for the Sportsmen’s Tavern to produce various public events, including concerts, art shows and an open-air market, on a vacant lot owner Dwane Hall recently purchased that sits adjacent to the Amherst Street club. Hall said the first show on the new grounds will be an Aug. 4 performance with Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, the Lustr…

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Dwane Hall was near the door of his Sportsmen's Tavern on Thursday evening when Michael Anelli walked in. Anelli had been Hall’s principal at Riverside High School in Buffalo in the early 1970s, and Hall was pretty sure he remembered their last true conversation. They were sitting in Anelli’s office with a truant officer about 48 years ago, while Anelli kept telling Hal…

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Prosecutors say Buffalo Police Officer Joseph Meli acted out of self-defense when he shot and killed a shoplifting suspect last year. They also believe Marcus Neal, the man who died, was armed with a knife and at one point lunged at Meli during their rooftop confrontation in Black Rock. "He was either going to get stabbed or fall off the roof," Erie County District A…

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The space and equipment used for Hali Boyz Mexican is for sale, in anticipation of its March 30 closure. Malak Mazeh and his brother Nour opened the halal taco spot at 388 Amherst St. in May 2017, after extensive upgrades on the building. In a Facebook statement March 12, they announced it was for sale, for $48,000 or best offer, for the lease and contents. Holi Boyz…

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It’s fitting that Black Rock, one of the first neighborhoods in Buffalo to boast a community-based individualism and a progenitor of what we now know as the “buy local” movement, is experiencing a bit of a resurgence along the lines of what’s happened in the Hertel, Elmwood Village and Canalside regions. “Black Rock, by the end of the 19th century, had developed a commu…

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A man with two drunken driving convictions was charged with driving while intoxicated Monday afternoon after he left the scene of a crash, dropped his car off at home about a block away and walked back to the scene, according to a Buffalo police report. The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. at Hamilton Street and St. Francis Place in Black Rock. Robert A. Plant, whose …

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A Buffalo man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a crash early Sunday morning in Black Rock, according to a police report. Austin Skomra, 33, was arrested at about 12:40 a.m. near the intersection of Hertel Avenue and Niagara Street, where police said he struck another vehicle. Skomra failed several field sobriety tests at the scene and later…

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Buffalo police charged a woman and are looking for another assailant after a food deliveryman was robbed Tuesday night in Black Rock. The 37-year-old victim told police a man robbed him at gunpoint at about 10:05 p.m. on Gorton Street, between Austin and Farmer streets, according to a police report. Tiana J. Matias, 25, of Hoffman Place, was arrested at 2:10 a.m. Wed…

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A Buffalo man was arrested after several shots were fired into a Black Rock home, nearly hitting the homeowner who was in the kitchen, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Nathaneil L. Graham, 19, was charged early Sunday with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Police say Graha…

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A Buffalo man was charged with possessing marijuana and a stolen handgun Monday night in Black Rock, according to a police report. Officers approached a man just before midnight who was standing outside a vehicle parked on the side of Niagara Street, near Farmer Street. The man, later identified as Armonte D. McDougald, 21, was standing in the roadway, according to the …

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Casey’s Tavern, the Black Rock staple that closed this summer, is coming back freshened up but not dramatically changed, the new owner said. It’ll be called Casey’s Black Rock, expand its menu, and add a line-up of pinball machines and bubble hockey. But it will be the same neighborhood haven at heart, a “fresh start that doesn’t reinvent the wheel,” said Vincent Garofa…