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Matt Gryta covers city police and crime for The Buffalo News.

A "man with a gun" call led to the arrest of Donald Clark, 42, of Manhart Street late Saturday afternoon. Police ordered Clark to pull over as he drove down Grider Street about 5 p.m., shortly after he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun on East Delavan Avenue near Bailey Avenue. Told that Clark had driven toward Grider Street after allegedly making the armed t…

Amanda J. Cheek, 33, of Warwick Avenue, was charged with drug possession by Buffalo police after a traffic stop in the 100 block of Weston Avenue off Bailey Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. She was in the driver's seat when officers approached her stopped car and reported spotting a crack pipe on her lap. Cheek, who police say was trying to hide an object in her vehicle…

Nov. 6, 1931 - May 18, 2017 George F. "Nick" Phillips Jr., a distinguished investment manager for more than six decades, died Thursday at Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. He was 85. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Phillips was the namesake son of George F. Phillips Sr., an early partner in Phillips Lytle LLP, and Mary Weston Phillips. He was a graduate of Nic…

Lackawanna Police Sunday continued to seek public help in tracking down the man who allegedly fired more than a dozen times from a handgun into a loud block party on Holland Avenue just before 3 a.m. Sunday. One partygoer was shot in the lower back and taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of what police described as a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. …

Feb. 22, 1926 - May 19, 2017 Helen Dent Lenahan, a nationally acclaimed equestrian and philanthropist and the daughter of the founder of the former Durez Plastics and Chemical Company, died Friday at Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 91. A devoted equestrian since early childhood, Ms. Dent Lenahan owned more than 100 horses and ponies …

Michael S. Brown, 47, of Ashville, was charged with drunken driving after he was pulled over on College Street in North Harmony about 12:43 a.m. Sunday. Chautauqua County sheriff deputies charged him with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test. He was also charged with failing to signal before turning onto College Street and failing to maintain a l…

A faulty muffler led to the felony drunken driving arrest of a Town of Alabama man by Genesee County sheriff deputies early Sunday morning. John Paul Daley, 36, was pulled over on Alleghany Road about 12:19 a.m. After reportedly smelling alcohol on Daley, deputies asked him to take a breath test, but he refused. After a check on his records, he was charged with felony D…

Alexis Gonzalez-Saez was arrested by Buffalo police shortly after he allegedly knocked a woman to the ground on Jefferson Avenue near Sycamore Street Saturday morning and stole her bank debit card and cellphone. Gonzalez-Saez, 35, of Mills Street was apprehended minutes after the incident about 9:04 a.m. He was charged with third-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larc…

An Alaska man was charged with weapons and drug possession by Buffalo Police after he was stopped on the Peace Bridge by Customs and Border Protection officers. Anthony J. Davis, 25, of Homer, was driving into Buffalo from Canada just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday. A stun gun and cotton balls allegedly laced …

Coca-Cola Field , the home of the Buffalo Bisons, and the James D. Griffin Plaza around the downtown ball park are now smoke- and tobacco-free, officials of the baseball club announced Saturday. Mike Buczkowski, vice president and general manager of the club, said that, in cooperation with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara, the club has opted t…

A 911 call about a burglary in progress on Delaware Avenue near the city line with Kenmore led to the felony arrest of four men Friday night. Buffalo police rushed to the scene of the break-in on the Buffalo side of Kenmore Avenue and stopped a car carrying the four suspects at about 8:30 p.m. Charged with felony counts of second and third-degree criminal possession of …

Travis Beckley, 63, of Miami pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Friday to trying to pick up some 145 pounds of high-grade marijuana he had shipped to Hamburg from Nevada last year. Beckley pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana. He was arrested in Hamburg Aug. 10 when he came to sign f…

A Panama couple were treated at WCA Hospital in Jamestown for non-life-threatening injuries after they were thrown from their motorcycle in a crash on Route 474 in North Harmony at 3:07 p.m. Saturday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Leroy E. Boutelle, 35, failed to complete a bend in the road and drove into the grass, knocking him and his wife, Em…

About $1,000 worth of kitchen items were damaged by a fire at 479 Genesee St. late Saturday afternoon, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The initial call about the fire came at 3:39 p.m. Saturday and sent a number of units to the scene. The fire was reported out by 3:59 p.m. with only the $1,000 damage to items in the kitchen. No damage to the structure  was re…

A 23-year-old man was fatally shot and left in a field off Ashley and Quincy streets in Buffalo Saturday morning, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department. A passerby called police after spotting the body in the field just before 8 a.m. Saturday, the spokesman said. Detectives began working on the investigation after an autopsy…