Melinda Miller, The Buffalo News

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A Buffalo police officer has been cleared of accusations that she helped facilitate heroin use by two addicts for the sake of making a movie and that she overstepped her role in law enforcement by recruiting the pair for an anti-opiate film after they were arrested. City Court Judge Joseph A. Fiorella ruled Friday that the fact the officer recruited the addicts for the …

Sebastien Y. Lavertu wasn't drunk or high on drugs, nor was he speeding or weaving out of his lane on June 21. But he was a little drowsy and when he realized he had struck something on Broadway shortly before midnight,  he later said. He checked his truck, saw a cracked bumper and, afraid of what may have happened, drove away. Lavertu, 32, of Asbestos, Quebec, was…

A 10-year-old boy visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario with his family was seriously injured Sunday when he fell about 80 feet off a railing into the gorge near the base of the Horsehoe Falls. Niagara Parks Police reported that they were called to the Niagara Parkway near the Horseshoe Falls at 4:34 p.m. The child was visiting from another country and was sitting on the g…

A bounce house at a Niagara County corn maze became airborne Sunday when strong winds swept through the area, carrying several children with it as it went off the ground and bumping a woman standing nearby. The bounce house was part of the children's play area at The Maize, 3901 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield. A wind gust picked the bounce house up shortly before 2 p…

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing that occurred Friday night near Batavia Downs Gaming. Deputies who responded to an emergency call at 9:30 p.m. found a man suffering from a stab wound to the throat in the Batavia Downs parking lot at 8315 Park Road. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries that appeared to be seriou…

A man who struck and killed a 60-year-old Buffalo man on Bailey Avenue this spring – a crime captured on video – pleaded guilty on Thursday to hit-and-run charges in Erie County Court. Wade J. Sanders, 54, pleaded guilty as charged to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death. Sanders was driving a white Lincoln MKX on Bailey Avenue on May 26 when the vehi…

A New York State correction officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident in the case that left a Grand Island grandmother with a traumatic brain injury. Edward J. Kuebler III, a correction officer at Wende Correctional Facility and a volunteer firefighter, was charged Aug. 30 with the felony, 2 1/2 months after Dana Papaj w…

Erick J. Meir, still claiming his innocence, will begin serving two 25-to-life concurrent sentences for predatory sexual assault against a child and predatory sexual assault. The judge Wednesday said he wanted to hand down a tougher sentence. "Based on everything I have read, everything I have heard and everything I have seen in this courtroom, if I could give you more …

Just like the women it celebrates, "Menopause: The Musical" is aging well. In fact, after 16 years of sweating it out in theaters across the country, Jeanie Linders' show at the 710 Main theater seems hotter than ever. The current cast of this traveling sisterhood  – Teri Adams, Beth Buczkowski, Megan Cavanagh and Donna J. Huntley – breathes fresh life into the …

When Wayne F. Kozak arrived in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning, he was unrecognizable as the shaggy-haired, bushy-bearded man in the mug shot taken after his arrest in April. Kozak, 48, was scheduled for a pretrial conference related to his indictment on a charge of intentional murder in the death of his mother. Mary Louise Kozak, 79, was killed April 20 in the Eden…

Authorities are not sure of exactly what was happening in Brandon White’s trailer in Collins on July 12, or how White’s best friend, Anthony E. Chipman, came to be fatally shot. But at his sentencing for second-degree manslaughter Tuesday in State Supreme Court, White described the situation for the judge as “just a really messed-up day.” Justice John L. Mich…

An ex-boyfriend who set fire to a woman’s apartment and instigated a stand-off with Town of Tonawanda police two and a half years ago was sentenced Thursday to prison. Damario James, 27, was indicted in June 2015 on charges of arson in the second and third degree, two counts of assault with intent to injure an officer, and criminal contempt of a court order for violat…

A tree removal contractor took money from customers but either failed to remove trees or did shoddy and incomplete work, the state Attorney General's Office says. In a lawsuit, state lawyers want John Kniery, operator of Tree Service, to make restitution and pay civil penalties. They also seek a court order requiring Kniery to post a $50,000 bond to protect consumers wh…