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A Skip the Dishes driver was robbed at gunpoint Monday night on Buffalo's West Side, according to a police report. The victim told police the robbery happened at about 9 p.m. on Bird Avenue, between Grant and Dewitt streets. The robber approached the passenger side of the delivery driver's vehicle and displayed the weapon, according to the report. The robber then ask…

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A Cheektowaga woman pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree attempted murder in connection with a September 2018 incident which resulted in the death of her accomplice, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say Vivian D. Rodriguez, 47, conspired with her cousin, Luis Pirela, in a plan to kill her boyfriend, Jesus Hernandez. In the early …

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A man  charged with firing seven or eight gunshots into the air on Buffalo's West Side also faces weapons and drug possession charges, according to a police report. Officers who responded to a call of gunfire at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday near Grant Street and Potomac Avenue reported hearing a person on Glenwood Place, a block east of Grant, screaming and talking about sh…

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To Yohalis Rivera, in sun or ice, the wind is still the wind. More than 16 months ago, she and three young sons huddled in the living room of their home in Humacao, a Puerto Rican city blasted by Hurricane Maria. That wind had a voice, a lonesome power she will never forget, and they listened as it shattered windows and caused water to pour from the ceiling. Rivera’s…

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Residential tenants at The Mentholatum apartment building on Niagara Street will now have an extra way to keep fit. Developer and building owner Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. said Fitness360, a locally owned and operated fitness center, has leased 1,800 square feet of retail space in the converted former warehouse building, located at 1360 Niagara St. on Buffalo's West Si…

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Two armed men wearing ski masks and apparently looking for drugs kicked in the door of a home Wednesday on Buffalo's West Side, according to a police report. An 18-year-old Herkimer Street woman told police the robbers entered the home near Perkins Place and displayed a handgun. They asked her the location of the "stuff" belonging to a man and identifying that man by…

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The restaurant spot at the corner of Hudson Street and West Avenue, a few blocks from the Niagara Street Tops, has a new operation in residence. After a succession of Puerto Rican outfits, 272 Hudson St. is now home to The Difference Kitchen, a cafe with Mexican, Middle Eastern, and vegetarian leanings. Owner Lucille Altieri, who formerly operated Presto on Allen Str…

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A Buffalo man who sold drugs to a federal informant – on four separate occasions – was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court to eight years in jail, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Charles Watkins, 36, had pleaded guilty in November 2018 to four counts of second-degree felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. On the four separate occas…

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A Buffalo man accused of striking a female 7-Eleven employee in the breast, yelling obscenities and then exposing himself early Saturday later found himself in even more trouble. Police tacked on a drug charge while processing Richard M. Davey at Central Booking after officers reported a crack pipe fell from his pants while he was thrusting his hips at a female officer.…

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D'Youville College is moving ahead with plans for a new $20 million Health Professions Hub on its West Side campus, after obtaining the first in a series of city approvals before starting construction on the project. The college, with more than $5 million in support from Catholic Health, plans to create a new clinical training center that will educate future health prof…

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A Buffalo man told police he was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night by a person who came to his apartment to sell him marijuana. The 29-year-old victim said two men he didn't know arrived at his apartment on Niagara Street, near Massachusetts Avenue, at about 7 p.m., according to a police report. In a hallway outside the apartment, one of the men pulled out a black pi…

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A woman checking on a relative's West Side apartment on Wednesday told Buffalo police she came face to face with a man who was outside the apartment door trying to force his way into the dwelling. The burglar forced his way into the Fourth Street apartment after she opened the door. The two got into a physical struggle and the burglar punched the victim in the mouth, ac…

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Warning: The following video features graphic content of a man being shot and killed. An investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's Office into the fatal shooting of Rafael "Pito" Rivera by a Buffalo police officer ended Monday when prosecutors announced there would be no criminal charges against the officer. Attorneys for Rivera's family have released surv…

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A Buffalo police officer who shot and killed a 32-year-old man during a foot chase in the early morning of Sept. 12 on the city’s West Side was justified in shooting him, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Monday. Rafael “Pito” Rivera had a gun when he ran from police, ignored the officer’s commands to drop the weapon and was turning toward the officer whi…

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A Buffalo man faces four felony drug charges after an arrest on the city's West Side. Demario L. Boler Jr., 40, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Monday outside a convenience store near the intersection of Grant Street and Auburn Avenue, according to a city police report. Police reported finding 55 bags of heroin, 17 bags of crack cocaine and 5½ ecstasy pills in his pockets.…