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Amy Herzog opens her play "The Great God Pan" with a disturbing revelation that ripples out to wash over secrets being held deep and still. Onstage at the Jewish Repertory Theater in Getzville, the results are mixed but thought provoking. Herzog loads a lot onto the affected characters, who deal with floods of emotions as personal disclosures and issues of self-discover…

Markilo Hayes was trying to protect his family both times that he was arrested for carrying loaded guns illegally in his neighborhood, his attorneys said. He comes from a hardworking family living in a dangerous neighborhood, defense attorney Molly Jo Mussara said. His mother’s home was shot up for reasons unknown and his girlfriend was wounded in a drive-by shooting,…

The Eden man accused of killing his mother inside the home they shared in the rural community pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Eden Town Court. Wayne Kozak, 48, is charged with murder in the shooting of his mother, Mary Louise Kozak, 79. The woman's body was found in her home at 8925 East Eden Road after police received a call from a concerned citizen,…

Gregory Ramos was sentenced in State Supreme Court Wednesday for a domestic violence conviction. But he has more court appearances ahead of him. He already was convicted in federal court on drug and firearms charges. And he faces a murder charge in Erie County Court. Ramos, 25, is accused of being the driver for the gunman in the fatal shooting last May of an emp…

A Buffalo man called as “backup” when a friend was in a fight admitted Wednesday killing a man to protect his friend’s “turf.” Russell M. Adams, 19, said he shot and killed Myron Kemp the night of Aug. 31 on a West Side street corner. Prosecutors believe that Kemp had gone to Grant and Breckenridge streets that evening to confront the drug dealer he believe…

When Leroy Favors Jr. was finishing his sentence in 2010 for raping and sodomizing a woman, he was not a candidate for civil confinement. The records of that hearing when the decision was made were sealed and may have been destroyed. But according to statements in Erie County Court this week, the decision not to keep holding Favors was based largely on testimony from…

Joslyn Miller tearfully told a judge Monday that she made a horrible mistake the night she drove drunk and crashed her car, seriously injuring her friend. Miller was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and five years on probation. Miller, 23, previously pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to first-degree vehicular assault. She recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 p…

Richard Hy, the Buffalo police officer who got in trouble for posting joke videos about police work online, was sentenced Friday on a charge that resulted from a confrontation with a teenager  last September. Hy reportedly was off duty when he and another person came upon some teens recording music videos on Collins Avenue in the early morning of Sept. 13. In an int…

Less than two months after nearly 90 people lost their homes and belongings in a fire that gutted the Lafayette Barton Apartments on March 11, the man who started the blaze has pleaded guilty in Erie County Court. A contrite Jonathan Jimenez, appearing before Judge Michael Pietruszka Friday afternoon, pleaded guilty to attempted arson in the second degree, a class C vio…

A young Buffalo man who joined in on the robbery and assault of a pizza delivery man was sentenced in Erie County Court to five years in prison. Elijah Hall, 21, previously pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping for the crime, which he committed while on probation for an earlier offense. Assistant District Attorney Alicia M. Lilley said Hall was the only person id…

Back when a million dollars was really worth something, Sam Phillips was finding gold in the rich musical heritage of the poor rural South and launching a cultural revolution with the sounds of rock and roll. In MuscialFare's latest production of "Million Dollar Quartet," that gold shines. The polish comes from the 60 years of rock and roll history that has passed since…

March 15, 1949 - April 6, 2017 Charlie Burroughs, a former employee of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Outokumpu America Brass and a Vietnam War-era Army veteran, died April 6, in Arcadia, Fla., in a boating accident. He was 68. Mr. Burroughs and a friend were docking a boat when the friend lost her balance and fell into the water. Mr. Burroughs was able to jump in and…

  A sexual predator who gave a 10-year-old girl beer and cocaine before assaulting her for over an hour has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for his crimes. David Rath, 39, was convicted in February on three counts of predatory sexual assault of a child, two counts of attempted rape of a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. T…

G. Steven Pigeon faces three charges of violating state election law. The former Erie County Democratic chairman is accused of illegally funding races for the County Legislature and a local town supervisor in 2013. Two longtime Pigeon associates, Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff, were arraigned on the same charges. All three pleaded not guilty. All are accused…

Two Amherst couples, the Eisens and the Schiffs, were friends for more than 25 years. The friendship survived even after Lawrence Schiff, an accountant, was convicted of federal fraud charges and served prison time in 2002. And after Lawrence and Jill Schiff moved to Florida and filed personal bankruptcy in 2005, Bernard Eisen and his wife, Linda, had no reservation…