>Smoke inhalation killed woman, 91, official says
A 91-year-old Alden woman whose body was discovered in her home Monday, died from smoke inhalation following a small self-extinguishing fire that had broken out in her living room, authorities said Tuesday.
Edna Shaw was found in her home at 3049 Townline Road by her son early Monday afternoon, Erie County sheriff's officials said.
"It appears that she was attempting to leave the premises when she was overcome with smoke," Sheriff's Chief Dennis Rankin said.
Fire investigators still are trying to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which was believed to be accidental. The smoky fire broke out overnight Sunday.
>Ex-Local 91 president sentenced for violence
A former president of Laborers Local 91 will spend four years and three months in federal prison for taking part in a firebombing and other acts of vandalism and violence aimed at non-union workers.
Robert Malvestuto Jr., 40, of Niagara Falls, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Malvestuto was elected president of the Laborers local in 2004, but he had to resign in September 2005 after federal prosecutors learned of his past involvement in illegal activities.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Malvestuto admitted to a felony racketeering conspiracy charge. Malvestuto admitted taking part in vandalism activities that caused at least $200,000 damage at non-union work sites. He also admitted his involvement in a 1997 firebombing that injured a non-union worker in the Town of Niagara.
>Ex-basketball star admits to drug charge
A former high school basketball star has pleaded guilty to running a major cocaine ring in the City of Buffalo.
Markel Curry, 35, formerly of Smith Street, admitted to a federal felony charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Curry in August 2003 after he attempted to buy 65 pounds of cocaine from an undercover agent. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also took part in the investigation.
"[Curry] admitted to being the organizer, supervisor and manager of other individuals who engaged in a series of narcotics violations between 1994 and 2003," Flynn said Tuesday.
Curry was a state and local all-star in the 1980s with the Turner-Carroll High School basketball team. U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny scheduled sentencing for June 1.
>Clerk reportedly hurt by panhandler in store
An employee of a Hertel Avenue convenience store was attacked early Tuesday by a panhandler he had told to leave, Northwest District police said.
The attack occurred at about 4:30 a.m. at the A-Plus Mini-Market, 1301 Hertel Ave., according to police.
Police said Jason R. Lemon, 26, of Sanders Road, had been told repeatedly not to come in the store and when Lemon came in early Tuesday, he was told again to leave and refused.
Lemon is accused of attacking the clerk, knocking out one of his teeth and possibly causing rib injuries. The employee was taken to Millard Fillmore Hospital for treatment. Further information was not available.
A store display also was knocked over and damaged during the attack, police said.
Lemon was charged with felony assault, as well as counts of trespass, criminal mischief and harassment.
>Woman pleads guilty in two DWI cases
Jessica Bunch, a Blasdell woman who pleaded guilty Tuesday in two drunken-driving cases, faces a prison term of at least one year when sentenced May 9.
But State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia spared her an immediate jailing so that she can arrange care for her 7-year-old child.
Buscaglia noted he routinely remands all defendants pleading guilty to felony-level offenses. But he agreed with Bunch's attorney, Herbert Greenman, that the young child's predicament justifies a delay.
The judge warned the previously arrested Bunch, 27, of Cambridge Square, that she faces a combined state prison term of at least one year and up to 11 years should she get into trouble again before sentencing. She was ordered not to drive.
Bunch pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and drunken driving in an arrest on Abbott Road at about 1:30 a.m. April 11, 2006.
She also pleaded guilty to drunken driving and aggravated unlicensed driving for her Abbott Road arrest at about 2 a.m. Oct. 28, 2006.
>Portland man added to Chautauqua list
MAYVILLE -- A Town of Portland man has been added to Chautauqua County's Wanted List.
Sheriff's deputies say Shawn Clutter, 19, of Main Street, is sought for violating his probation for petit larceny. Contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.