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Buffalo police make arrests in West Side murder


BUFFALO, NY - Two suspects have been charged with the murder of Rafael Martinez, 57, whose body was found on Arnold Street, near Grant Street, by a passerby on Wednesday at about 8 a.m.

Kenneth M. Smith, 37, of Grant Street, and Mahalia M. Guest, 20, of Seventh Street, are accused of murder in the second degree, police said in a statement released Saturday.

Buffalo Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge says homicide investigators and Northwest District officers worked around the clock, gathering evidence and tracking down tips, ever since the call came in Wednesday, leading to the arrests.


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Buffalo Police investigating west side homicide


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Buffalo Police are investigating a homicide on the city's West Side.

Officers were at the intersection of Arnold Street and Grant Street around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after a person reported finding a body in that area. Police later determined that the person died as the result of a homicide.

On Thursday, they released his name as Rafael Martinez, 57, of Buffalo.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential tipcall line at 716-847-2255.


Cross-border power lines taken down with controlled explosion


BUFFALO, N.Y. –Some huge power lines that run between the U.S. and Canada near the Peace Bridge were taken down Saturday morning in a dramatic way.

The transmission cables were removed around 9:45 a.m. from two steel towers located in Buffalo and in Fort Erie with a planned implosion.

There was a loud boom, similar to fireworks, and a small cloud of smoke before the cables connected to the Buffalo High Tower fell into the Niagara River. Crews immediately pulled them to the Fort Erie side of the international border.

Portions of the Niagara Parkway, Interstate 190, the Niagara River and local streets in the two cities were temporarily closed while the work was being conducted. The Peace Bridge was also closed for a short period of time.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Book-signing Event with Jim Ostrowski

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Book-signing Event with Jim Ostrowski

 

Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo, will host author Jim Ostrowski for a book-signing event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Ostrowski is a trial and appellate lawyer from Buffalo. His book, “Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America,” was released in September.

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“Next Things Now” Buffalo Innovation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views After Debuting At 43north Finals

“Next Things Now” Buffalo Innovation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views After Debuting At 43north Finals

Since its founding more than two centuries ago, Buffalo, N.Y. has been home to innovators and entrepreneurs—and that legacy continues today. 43North—The World’s Largest ($5 million) Business Idea Competition—has teamed up with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and Paget Films to tell the story of a forward-looking city with a proud past in an inspiring new video.

Titled “Next Things Now” and clocking in at just under five minutes in length, the video highlights dozens of bright moments in Buffalo’s history, ranging from the opening of the Erie Canal to the first successful skin graft to today’s groundbreaking genomic research.

This fast-paced, emotional video is narrated by 25 members of the next generation of Buffalo leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs (see credits below).

Preserving the Status of Children Born to LPR Parents

Preserving the Status of Children Born to LPR Parents

 

Per U.S. immigration regulations, a child born to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) parent will automatically acquire his or her parent’s status if the child was born in the U.S. within the validity of the parent’s green card. But what happens when a child is born during her LPR mother’s temporary visit abroad?

Fortunately, the same regulations hold that children in this category also automatically acquire their parent’s LPR status, provided:
• The parent and child seek entry into the U.S. within two years of the child’s birth; and
• Either accompanying parent is applying for readmission upon first return after the birth of the child.

High School Students to Compete in Annual AutoTech Competition

High School Students to Compete in Annual AutoTech Competition

 

The 2015 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial High School AutoTech Competition, an annual event sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College, will take place on Saturday, January 17th.