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The identities of the two people killed early Sunday morning in a fatal car crash in South Buffalo were released Monday afternoon by the Buffalo Police Department. A.J. Twentyfive III, of Buffalo, a 33-year-old male, was the driver, while Kristin N. Labruno, 32, of Buffalo, was the passenger, police said. Both were killed when the Toyota sedan they were in was struck by…

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A lesser-known notch in the screaming slice belt bolstering South Buffalo’s ballooning pizza gut, Artone’s has been a neighborhood staple. Originally opening as a submarine shop known for its steak hoagie nearly 50 years ago, it later added pizza and began cranking out the regional style for years, albeit under different ownership and through brief periods of closure. T…

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The trio of South Buffalo firefighters who own Hook & Ladder Development are now exploring the possibility of putting a brewery in the former St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church that they acquired on Seneca Street. But only if the Catholic Diocese gives its blessing. Peter Scarcello Jr., one of the three partners in the firm, said the group is "still co…

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A brightly lit replica marquee above the main entrance to the historic and recently renovated Shea’s Seneca building was officially dedicated Monday at 2178 Seneca St. in South Buffalo. Adorned with flashing white lights, the restored iconic marquee resembles one from the 1920s that advertised movies for decades when the building was used as a movie theater. Both were m…

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A Buffalo man who admitted killing his grandmother was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Alec M. Swiderski, 31, who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Aug. 26, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to a determinate sentence of 25 years in prison and five years postrel…

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An $84 million new economic development project in South Buffalo could result from a Canadian medical device manufacturer creating significantly more jobs than state officials announced on Thursday. Gregg Gellman, the new CEO of Thinking Robot Studios, said the planned new project at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park will create "well over" the 88 jobs initially listed…

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Three men were charged with gang assault after a man was stabbed Saturday night at the South Buffalo Irish Festival, according to a police report. The victim was stabbed in the abdomen and slashed across the chest at about 7:30 p.m. during the event in Cazenovia Park. Michael Monti, 19, of South Buffalo, was accused of attacking the victim with a knife during an argu…

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A new effort to get a man facing a murder charge released on bail failed Monday. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski rejected a bid from new lawyers for Shane X. Casado, who has been charged with killing his girlfriend, Rachael Wierzbicki, in South Buffalo in November. In March, Casado was released on bail by Michalski – a move the judge rescinded nine days…

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A 37-year-old South Buffalo woman faces robbery and weapons charges after a 19-year-old man said she took his iPhone after she displayed a shotgun wrapped in a sweatshirt. Lisa M. Dumas, of Princeton Place, was arrested early Monday at her home after the victim said he was robbed at about 3:30 a.m. near the corner of Seneca Street and Yale Place, according to a Buffalo …

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Ko-Ed Candies has been a South Buffalo staple since 1947. Even after longtime owners Gary and Sandy Whitt retired and fellow chocolatier Platter's took over the business four years ago, Ko-Ed's sponge candy and other sweets have remained rabidly popular. Chocolate lovers will now have greater opportunity to take advantage of Ko-Ed Candies, at 285 Abbott Road, which will…

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A man found a racial slur scratched into his car in South Buffalo, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim told officers the N-word was etched on the trunk of his car, which was parked overnight on Remoleno Street, near Southside Parkway, he reported Wednesday. Doors on both sides of the car were also keyed. The victim, who went to the South District police …

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The 78-year-old South Buffalo man accused of stealing a police vehicle earlier this week left a path of injuries and property damage over just a few blocks, according to court documents. The driver, identified in court documents as Robert J. Closs of Culver Road, sent two police officers and another driver to the hospital and totaled the stolen police SUV, according to …

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A South Buffalo man reported two guns stolen from his home Sunday night, according to a police report. A .22-caliber revolver and a double-barrel sawed-off shotgun were taken from a home on Lockwood Avenue, officers were told at about 9 p.m. The victim told police the guns had been stored in a safe in his bedroom closet. The report did not indicate whether there h…

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A man told Buffalo police he was beaten and robbed Monday by two men, one armed with a baseball bat and the other with a gun, according to a police report. The victim told officers his girlfriend asked him to come over because "there was a problem with some missing drugs," an officer wrote in the report. When the victim arrived at a home on Good Avenue, between South…

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By the end of 2020, Western New Yorkers could be drinking beverages, swallowing pills, inhaling oils and smoking joints made from marijuana and produced right here in South Buffalo. Flora-California Prime, which calls itself a health and wellness company, plans to manufacture a range of cannabis products to address a variety of medical needs for adults at a new facility…