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For 30 years Saundra Adams went to school, held a good job, and, as she said herself, tried to raise her children and grandchildren the right way. But she hid a horrible secret. Now 50 years old, Adams was in State Supreme Court Monday to be sentenced for her involvement in a killing when she was 17 years old. Her 92-year-old neighbor was choked to death with neckties d…

Four people were injured Saturday night when a Buffalo Police Department Tahoe was struck by another vehicle while responding to a call. BPD spokesman Michael DeGeorge reported that the marked police SUV was traveling east on Seneca Street with lights on just before 7:30 p.m. when it was struck by a car traveling north on Bailey Avenue. The Tahoe spun around from the im…

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Rita Turkiewicz, still a resident at Garden Gate Health Care facility, misses her husband. After all, they have been married well over 60 years. But Mrs. Turkiewicz doesn't recall that, on Sept. 9, her husband, Martin J. Turkiewicz, came to her room, put a sheet and blanket over her face, and hit her with a claw hammer, according to prosecutors. She sustained two skull …

A Lancaster man will be going to prison for his illegal activities while operating two local car dealerships. Richard Giza, 63, who operated KPS Cars in Buffalo and Premier Motocar in Williamsville, ran his business through fraud, deception and theft, Erie County prosecutors said. He would take money for vehicles but not transfer the titles to his buyers or file any …

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A former PTA treasurer at a Kenmore-Tonawanda school admitted Wednesday that she stole nearly $20,000 that parents and students raised to pay for field trips and musicals. Jennifer Seyfang, 38, of Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree and attempted grand larceny fourth degree for stealing from the Charles A. Lindbergh PTA and from an athletic b…

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A former bookkeeper for a Williamsville real estate company pleaded guilty Tuesday in Erie County Court to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her employer. Nancy Lynn Smith, 47, of Buffalo, waived indictment and pleaded guilty as charged to grand larceny in the second degree. Prosecutors said Smith had stolen nearly $63,000 from Acquest Development between May…

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A young woman who pleaded guilty to assaulting a sheriff's deputy will not spend more time in jail. Brittany Ashley-Graser, 22, of Grand Island, was sentenced Tuesday to time served and five years probation for her conviction of second-degree assault. The charge resulted from her intervening in a struggle between the deputy and her boyfriend. Erie County Judge Kennet…

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Orchard Park police who responded to a complaint about an underage drinking party wound up arresting a 17-year-old from Buffalo and charging him with driving while intoxicated. Police reported that a call came in at about midnight on Friday that teens were drinking at a home on Breezewood Drive. Arriving officers saw a vehicle leaving the address and heading down the st…

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It was a slightly quieter game day for Orchard Park Police, who reported they responded to more than 75 calls before, during and after the Buffalo Bills-Oakland Raiders football game Sunday, rather than topping 100 calls as they have during previous games this season when the weather was warm and sunny. Among the minor car crashes, fires, fights and general drunkenness,…

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In the world of "Glengarry Glen Ross," if you aren't a winner, you're a loser. A bleeping, bleeping loser. And you're fired. Sound familiar? When writer David Mamet debuted this tough play back in 1983, it was shocking for its relentless profanity and disturbing for its unfiltered vision of the dark, abusive side of American business. Not anymore. Mamet could have…

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His second arrest for driving while high cost Maxamillion Hernandez dearly on Thursday when he was sentenced to 1 3/4 to four years in prison on his conviction for vehicular assault. On May 10, 2016, Hernandez, 22, drove his speeding car through a red light in the Town of Tonawanda when he was in a chase with another vehicle. His car T-boned a taxicab on River Road, ser…

In a crime that was captured on NFTA security cameras, Stephen Watkins and Gerald Robinson tried to rob a man who was on the way home with groceries. When their victim tried to run, Watkins caught up with him and began hit the man. That attack has earned Watkins, 24, a five-year prison sentence on his conviction for attempted robbery. Robinson, also guilty of attempted …

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A Rochester man in prison for the 2012 murder of a young community activist was convicted by a jury of taking part in a violent gang assault in Attica Correctional Facility. It took a Wyoming County jury 20 minutes to find Devante Spencer, 24, guilty of gang assault in the first degree, assault in the first degree and promoting prison contraband. He was prosecuted by Sp…

A Buffalo man accused of luring girls as young 14 into prostitution pleaded guilty Tuesday to a sex trafficking charge and two counts of promoting prostitution. Derek Harris, 23, of Buffalo used Internet sites to find customers for the sex trafficking operation he ran out of the Boulevard Inn Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. Prosecutors said Harris set u…

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A Rochester man with a history of drug arrests in Buffalo was found guilty by a State Supreme Court jury of two drug felonies and two lesser charges stemming from a traffic stop in November. Frederick J. Hayden Larson, 59, was seen driving erratically on Delaware Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. When Buffalo police pulled over the vehicle, they found Hayden-Larson …