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Buffalo man charged in suspected dog fighting ring

May 3, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Buffalo man faces eight counts in relation to a suspected dog fighting operation in the city's East Side, the Erie County District Attorney's Office and SPCA Serving Erie County announced Thursday.


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Members of the mental health community are working to educate the public about recognizing mental illness.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Erie County and its partner’s kicked-off Mental Health Awareness Month Tuesday.  

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that expands the confiscation of guns from individuals convicted of domestic violence cases. While some, including the Erie County District Attorney, welcome the updated legislation, others are raising questions about the governor's history with gun rights issues.


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Feeling sleepy? You're not alone. A new poll finds New Yorkers aren't getting much shut-eye.

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May is observed as Mental Health Awareness month.  As part of our mental health reporting initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a bell was created more than six decades ago as a symbol and sign of hope.  

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A 19-year-old man is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after being struck by the SUV of an off-duty Buffalo Police detective on her way to work.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes the introduction of a new user fee that will be applied to events at prominent city-owned venues. While city lawmakers are only beginning to review the budget, they too are discussing how to cover the cost of maintaining and protecting public events while lessening the burden on city taxpayers.


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A major infrastructure upgrade is taking place under the Buffalo River.

Erie County

Erie County is doing some significant planning on its sewer system, aided by hard computer data showing where the system is doing well and where work is needed.

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy is mourning the loss of its co-director and co-founder. Norm Paolini has died. He was 71.

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Spectrum says its cable service is good and getting better. However, it was a different story at a City Hall meeting Monday evening, as some customers told the Common Council Finance Committee they worried about an expensive cable service getting more expensive.

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North Tonawanda Police were investigating the death of a former Assistant United States Attorney whose body was found unresponsive in the waters of a marina off Tonawanda Island late Sunday. In the meantime, George Burgasser is being remembered as a man who was "everyone's friend."


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There's still no sign that arbitration involving New York State and the Seneca Nation will get underway any time soon. At issue is their disagreement over the terms of their Casino Compact and the payments Albany insists are still owed. Seneca Nation President Todd Gates was asked: would his nation be willing to enter a side agreement with the cities who have come to depend on those dollars?


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Starting later Monday, only two of the four lanes of the Buffalo Skyway will be open to traffic through November. Inbound traffic will use the lanes during the morning commute; outbound traffic will use the span during the evening commute.  Susan Surdej of the state Department of Transportation says detours have been well-planned, but admits the work is sure to be disruptive to the 40,000 commuters who use the bridge each day. 


Buffalo NAACP

A leading civil rights leader in Buffalo has died. Frank Mesiah, the longtime president of the Buffalo chapter of the NAACP, died Friday night at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 89.

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The Buffalo Bills had a long wait before making defensive tackle Harrison Phillips of Stanford their third round pick.

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The Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Gaming Corporation are announcing the launch of a project they say will help leave a better first impression on tourists arriving in the Cataract City.


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Following the recent arrest of 225 people across New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that the state will take legal action to stop the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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The Polish-American newspaper Am-Pol Eagle will mark this year's 100th anniversary of Poland's restoration as a sovereign state with a special ceremony at St. Adalbert Basilica in Buffalo. Among those to be honored as part of the celebration are surviving Polish-born World War II veterans.


A new audit is raising concerns about New York state's oversight of domestic violence shelters.

American Automobile Association

The American Automobile Association is out with some scary statistics. According to new research, the AAA says more than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths in 2016 - the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009.

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When new tariffs were imposed on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, President Trump said they would help rebuild American industry and create jobs. But what impact are they having on local businesses?


St. Stanislaus Parish

While recognizing the tragic circumstances which led to the development, leaders in the City of Buffalo say Bishop Richard Malone's choice to move into the St. Stanislaus parish demonstrates a vote of confidence in the turnaround of the long-struggling Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.


Buffalo to host historic tall ships in July 2019

Apr 24, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo's waterfront will play host to a fleet of sailing historic tall ships for a four-day span in July 2019. Officials are already announcing plans to welcome what they say will be the largest number of such ships in Buffalo since the days when the city was a critical shipping port.

A former worker in Buffalo's parks department has been sentenced to two years in jail for stabbing a dog.

Two recent deadly air incidents show why the Federal Aviation Administration must not give in to political pressure and roll back safety standards, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said during a local visit.


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Some time this summer, the parking lot at Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street will start looking like a giant hole in the ground, as environmental cleanup and construction work starts on a major mixed-use building. It is the first sign of re-purposing Buffalo's old Women and Children's Hospital site.


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Average retail gasoline prices in Buffalo have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week -- and they are expected to rise higher even before the heavy summer driving season.

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More construction and planning are coming to Buffalo's Outer Harbor, as decisions continue on what to do with the vast swath of land along Lake Erie.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Joined by members of the Niagara Military Affairs Council, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stood outside the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Monday, urging fellow federal lawmakers to approve $50 million for several capital and security upgrades he says are critical to the base and its employees.


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