June 4, 2014 - 12:04 PM
June 4, 2014 - 9:41 AM
Merry-go-round will operate all summer from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day between Gallagher Beach and the Small Boat Harbor.
June 3, 2014 - 1:08 PM
Urban planning experts will meet in Buffalo this week for a four-day conference. The News' Mark Sommer tells Brian Meyer the best and worst of the region will likely spur discussion:
May 31, 2014 - 10:50 AM
Riders get ready to go over the Skyway in a photo by Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News.
GObike Buffalo hosted its first SkyRide this morning along the Buffalo Skyway, which was closed for two hours to accommodate the event.
The bicycle ride started at 10 a.m. from Canalside. Riders completed two routes – a 14-mile South Loop going to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and a 15-mile North Loop through Delaware Park and along the Niagara River.
Buffalo News photographers are on the scene and up high to record the event; click here for a gallery of images.
Riders took to Twitter and Instagram to share the experience:
May 28, 2014 - 12:52 PM
A cleanup at the Buffalo Police Department continues with the announcement today that three officers have been indicted for using excessive force against four teenagers in a case dating to 2009.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda discuss the indictments:
May 23, 2014 - 9:52 AM
May 14, 2014 - 7:02 PM
Ben Sauer, the Clarence 5-year-old who was the inspiration for the #Blue4Ben campaign, died Tuesday night after battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Ben's story, chronicled in his mother's blog, captured the hearts of Western New Yorkers, prompting locals to tweet their support of the little boy and his family and post hopeful messages on Facebook, many adopting the #Blue4Ben hashtag.
The Sauer family formally announced the passing of little Ben around 4 p.m. today on Facebook, spurring another wave of encouraging and introspective Twitter and Facebook posts -- some of which have been imbedded below.
We followed little Ben's story. We prayed. We cried. And now we mourn...with the Sauer Family, our… http://t.co/NyHtnwY8Ja— Jill Kelly (@HJKforever) May 15, 2014
Prayers today for Ben's family! RIP little guy. #BlueforBen— Carl Paladino (@CarlPaladino) May 14, 2014
RIP Ben Sauer. Thoughts & prayers for his family & friends. #Blue4Ben— Craig Kanalley (@ckanal) May 14, 2014
We are thinking of Ben Sauer today and our prayers are with his loving parents, siblings & family. #blue4ben— Rep. Chris Collins (@RepChrisCollins) May 14, 2014
God Bless Ben Sauer, may he rest in peace. His life touched more than his family could ever know. #blue4ben— Nick Langworthy (@NickLangworthy) May 14, 2014
May 10, 2014 - 10:51 PM
Jim Van Blarcom, who has nine natural gas gas wells on his farm, has expanded his business fivefold since 2009, erecting a new barn and investing in hog farming. Photo by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.
The Front Lines of Fracking is a Buffalo News special report that looks at the potential for fracking in New York’s Southern Tier and the benefits and pitfalls that come with it. The three-part series examines how fracking is changing communities in neighboring states and how residents are trying to adapt.
Part One (May 11): Fracking has been a boon for Pennsylvania, but its economic benefits aren’t as big as claimed.
- If New York relents, will it be worthwhile?
Part Two (May 18): Despite many anecdotal concerns about environmental and health risks, the science is inconclusive.
Part Three (coming May 19): The fracking industry transformed Youngstown, Ohio, almost overnight.
May 9, 2014 - 4:23 PM
After the felony hearing for Jean Sanchez, assigned counsel Paul Dell talked with the media about the case. Sanchez, 13, is accused of killing Ameer Al Shammari, 13.
Large police presence in the court room of part one buffalo city court right now for the expected felony hearing of 13-year-old suspect— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
Sanchez held over for grand jury on second-degree murder charge— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
Defense attorney Paul Dell argues Sanchez's statement alone absent physical evidence should not be able to hold him on the murder 2 charge— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
Dell says New York State law is "antiquated" with respect to trying 13-year-old.— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
According to testimony in court today Sanchez allegedly tried to use a shoelace to strangle the victim .— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
when the shoelace broke, He resorted to a pull string from a sweatshirt.— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
The District Attorney's Office now has 30 days to indict Sanchez before a grand jury— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
Dell said Sanchez will remain in a juvenile detention facility.— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
Sanchez was initially questioned May 3 and denied involvement. He was subsequently question May 6 and also initially denied involvement.— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
About 15 to 20 minutes into the questioning on the sixth however Sanchez admitted to crime according to Buffalo police homicide detectives.— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
Paul Dell, attorney for Sanchez, addresses reporters outside the court room. Video: http://t.co/XAunni5mmn— TJ Pignataro (@TJPignataro) May 9, 2014
May 6, 2014 - 1:25 PM
A 13-year-old Black Rock boy has confessed to killing Ameer Al Shammari, a law enforcement official said today.
The boy, identified by authorities as Jean Sanchez, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. today after homicide investigators developed leads that helped them to identify the suspect.
The teenager will be charged as an adult, an official told The Buffalo News.
News Staff Reporter Jay Rey is providing live updates from a police news conference:
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