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A new Puerto Rican restaurant opened in August, just off West Ferry Street on the West Side. Restaurante Mi Isla – “my island” – opened at 74 Herkimer St. on Aug. 25. The space, accessible from the Herkimer Street side of the corner building, was formerly La Gourmet Empanadas. The Isla menu includes many Boricuan standards, starting with mofongo, green plantains that…

Courts

A Buffalo man was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in their West Side apartment, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Jose Eiras Oviedo, 53, was arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee on one count of second-degree murder on Sunday. Alina Vega-Lantoron,…

Crime

A 57-year-old woman is dead and a 53-year-old was hospitalized after what Buffalo Police are describing as a domestic stabbing. The Buffalo Police Department said the incident happened inside their home in the first block of 15th Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The man was transported to Erie County Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition. …

Crime

An Elmwood Avenue resident told Buffalo police he was robbed early Saturday while walking to a Grant Street convenience store to buy food, according to a police report. The victim told police he was attacked at about 3:30 a.m. by three males near the corner of Grant and Lafayette Avenue while he was walking to a 7-Eleven at Grant and Auburn Avenue, according to the repo…

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Buffalo police want the public's help locating a missing 57-year-old woman. Sabra Woodson was last seen Wednesday on Seventh Street, police said Saturday in a Facebook post. Woodson was described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds with brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 911.

Crime

A 25-year-old man was shot late Tuesday night in Buffalo, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Police said the incident happened just after 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Hampshire Street on the city's West Side. He was transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition, according to police. Anyone with inf…

Crime

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…

Crime

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 …

Crime

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…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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…

Crime

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…

Gusto

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…

Crime

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…

Crime

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.…