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A Canadian man who tried to scam an Iowa woman by falsely notifying her that she won “the Australian lottery” won a small break himself on Thursday in State Supreme Court. Daniel Dumesh, 25, of Holland Landing, Ont., received a conditional discharge of his case provided he is not arrested again in the next year. Dumesh originally was charged with attempted grand lar…

A 16-year-old who threatened a teenaged girl with weapons and sexually assaulted her pleaded guilty this week in Erie County Court to two counts of criminal sex act in the first degree. Ibrahim McBryde, 16, of Stanislaus Street, admitted to abducting the victim from her home on Feb. 27 and threatening her with a knife and several guns. He took the girl to a vacant house…

When Argos wouldn’t, or couldn’t, get up, even to reach one of his favorite treats, Andrew Skolnick says, “I knew we were in terrible trouble.” On Wednesday, Skolnick notified friends and admirers of the big, gentle, English Labrador retriever that Argos had died. He was 12 years old. Argos left his mark. He was honored for his skill in hunting, retrieving an…

Jamell Chapman, charged with two counts of murder and robbery in the beating death of an East Side restaurant owner last summer, on Thursday turned down an offer to plead guilty to one count of second-degree murder. As a result, Assistant District Attorney John P. Feroleto said his office will re-present the case to the grand jury to seek a superceding indictment on…

The woman who committed the largest single case of embezzlement in Erie County history struggled to contain her emotions during her sentencing hearing Tuesday that ended with a term of four to 12 years in prison. When the time came for her to make a statement, Billie B. Becker broke down. She said she was sorry for what she did to those at Towne Automotive Group, a comp…

Jerry John, who crashed a pickup truck carrying nine people last summer, critically injuring two of his passengers, was sentenced to two to six years in prison Tuesday. John, 19, of Perrysburg, who was also seriously injured in the crash, had pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in the first degree. He reportedly was driving friends from a party and had a blood alcohol l…

Robert Sagliani was using heroin again, this time in a public restroom at a Main Place Mall restaurant. A Buffalo police officer was outside the restroom door, and others around him in the restroom knew what he was doing. And it was all captured on film. But Sagliani wasn't worried about being arrested. The 37-year-old addict figured the police officer knew what he w…

The only man charged in connection with the gunfight that left an 11-year-old boy critically wounded was found not guilty Thursday of assault in the boy’s shooting. Detavion Magee, 22, had been accused of assault and criminal possession of a weapon on the basis of his participation in a shootout June 29 on Humason Avenue, a residential street close to Buffalo’s bord…

Andre Lewis, 39, of Rochester, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at his arraignment Wednesday in State Supreme Court, stemming from the shooting of his former stepfather in West Seneca. The two, plus other family members, were attending a junior high girls' basketball tournament April 29 at the Niagara Frontier Sports Complex on Meyer Road when they got into an…

A Buffalo man is charged with murder in the first and second degrees in connection with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Hillard Smith, 46, was arraigned Friday in Erie County Court on the murder charges and on charges of third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of criminal cont…

Daren Alexis, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first degree manslaughter in the August shooting death of JaDero J. Kelley, 26, of Cheektowaga. Jury selection was set to begin in Alexis’ trial on a charge of second degree murder when he indicated he would be interested in a plea deal. Had Alexis been convicted or murder, he could have faced a possible maximum sentence of …

An Erie County grand jury has indicted a Rochester man on one count of intentional murder, a Class A felony, in the shooting death of another man while both were attending a junior-high girls basketball tournament in West Seneca on April 29. Andre M. Lewis, 39, is accused of firing several shots at Robert Echols, 54, of Irondequoit, outside the Niagara Frontier Sports C…

Three women did some party shopping without stopping at the checkout counter on Friday, and one of the items stolen surprised even the investigating police officers. A clerk at the Party City store on Niagara Falls Boulevard told police that three women entered the store shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, each carrying a large purse, and all the purses appeared to be largely …

Drug addicts who run afoul of the law in Buffalo are seeing a new twist in the justice system. The first opiate intervention court in the country has been operating since May 1 in Buffalo City Court. The court reverses the traditional trajectory of criminal cases by putting treatment ahead of prosecution. Everyone arrested in Buffalo will be screened for opiate use, and…