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


Andrew Charles Maier, 30, of Corfu, was arrested for felony drunken driving and speeding after he was pulled over on Colby Road in Pembroke by Genesee County sheriff deputies about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Maier was charged with felony driving while intoxicated because of a previous DWI conviction, and with speeding and aggravated driving whil…

Felicia M. Payne, 47, was arrested at her Roma Avenue apartment by Buffalo Police Saturday afternoon about a half-hour after she allegedly threatened a female neighbor with a large knife during an argument, according to an arrest report. Officers responding to a 911 call about the alleged knife threat took Payne into custody about 3:10 p.m. She was charged with fourth-d…

Aaliyah Whitaker, 20, of Edge Park Drive, Cheektowaga, was charged by Buffalo Police Saturday afternoon with a felony count of second-degree strangulation for allegedly choking a woman into unconsciousness after slugging her during an early morning argument in the Riverside area. After the mother of the alleged victim filed a complaint with Cheektowaga Police, Buffal…

LITTLE VALLEY – Norman L. Geddis, 47, of Conewango, was ordered to serve a state prison term of six and 1/2 years by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz last week on his conviction for a violent assault in his hometown last summer. The judge also ordered Geddis, currently held at the Cattaraugus County Jail, to five years of post-prison release supervision on hi…

Police couldn't help notice that Paul R. Kowalski Jr. was acting a little suspiciously when they saw him on South Ogden Street near Mineral Springs Road about 5 p.m. Saturday. That made them suspicious, and that led to Kowalski's arrest for alleged possession of burglar tools. After Kowalski, 44, of Greene Street attracted the attention of Buffalo Police officers, they …

A 17-year-old Longnecker Street teen was arrested by Buffalo Police on second-degree robbery and weapons charges for the alleged armed theft of a scooter-like hover board from a Winslow Avenue juvenile on March 26, officials confirmed Sunday. The suspect, part of a group of boys who allegedly came to the first block of Winslow Avenue late in the afternoon of March 26 to…

Kenneth W. Kopper, 38, of Normal Avenue was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault for allegedly injuring two Buffalo police officers, one female and one male, during a noontime argument with a female neighbor in his residence. Kopper allegedly threatened to kill the woman during their heated confrontation, and after the police officers arrived, he lun…

TOWN OF MINA -- Edward P. Schwab, 57, of Ripley was killed when he was pinned under the tractor he was operating on property he owned on Sulphur Springs Road here late Saturday afternoon, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Deputies, an emergency medical services unit and a crew from the Sherman Fire Department were called to Schwab's property about 5:…

Three men who apparently got stuck in the water while trying to fix a damaged jet ski near Gallagher Pier off Fuhrmann Boulevard and Tifft Street were rescued by a boat from the U.S. Coast Guard's Buffalo Command at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Buffalo Fire Department's Water Rescue Unit and an Erie County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit also were dispatched to the scene. The t…

Kevin L. Spell, 36, of Buffalo, remains in custody, charged with two recent store crimes, Buffalo Police confirmed Saturday. Spell was captured  after allegedly stealing goods and injuring a store worker  about 4 p.m. May 27. After Spell was arrested near the Rite Aid pharmacy at 756 East Delavan Ave. and the male worker who was injured there was treated, officers c…

Kevin J. Hagland, 36, of Jamestown, was charged with drug possession in Amherst in the 3600 block of Main Street near Bailey Avenue Thursday morning, according to Amherst police. Hagland was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. Officers reported finding narcotics in his vehicle after a traffic incident at about 3:05 a.m…

LITTLE VALLEY – Dana A. Toppins, 36, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty this week to a felony drug possession charge in Cattaraugus County Court, prosecutors said. Toppins, who has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail since his arrest in the Gowanda Middle-High School parking lot May 2, faces sentencing July 16 by Judge Ronald D. Ploetz. Toppins pleaded guilty Monday to third-…

Amherst police are investigating the theft of identification documents from a 92-year-old woman who resides in a northern Amherst apartment complex, officials confirmed Thursday afternoon. A concerned relative of the woman, who lives in the North Forest Road area, contacted police Thursday morning. Police would not comment on possible suspects.

Emergency demolition of a "possibly vacant" home on Kensington Avenue was requested Sunday night following a fire that injured four firefighters, Buffalo fire officials said. Firefighters were called to 894 Kensington about 8:39 p.m. for a report of fire in the 2½ story frame home. At 8:50 p.m. all firefighters were ordered out of the building as conditions worsened. …

A 43-year-old Hamburg man was struck by a vehicle Sunday night while attempting to cross Southwestern Boulevard, town police reported. The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was struck about 9:37 p.m. by a vehicle traveling westbound on Southwestern near South Park Avenue, police said. Police did not say if the man was injured or the nature of any injuries. The…