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June 17, 1924 - May 29, 2018 Fredrick J. Woods, a farm boy from Arkwright who became a decorated Army veteran of World War II and longtime active member of Fredonia Presbyterian Church, died Tuesday at his daughter’s home in Buffalo after a lengthy illness. He was 93. Mr. Woods, the youngest of eight children of the combined families of Harry D. and Sarah “Sadie” Mil…

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The charges against Officer Joseph Hassett were only misdemeanors, but both sides in his police brutality case felt there was more riding on the outcome than whether Hassett would ever wear a badge again. Cheers rang out in State Supreme Court Thursday as fellow police and Hassett's family heard Justice Russell P. Buscaglia announced his verdict in the non-jury trial of…

Joseph Cruz-Ocasio, 30, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all felonies. He sold heroin to an undercover officer four times in April 2017, according to the District Attorney's Office. Heroin and…

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More than three dozen people – almost all of them friends and family members of Leon Bruno Nelson Jr. – crowded into Erie County Court Tuesday morning to get their first look at the man accused of killing their loved one. Dydisci R. Martin, 25, was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder in the death of Nelson, 48, who was killed July 28 at Martin's home at 1…

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara is presenting a panel discussion on "Perspectives on What Works in Public Education" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. The public is encouraged to attend the free program, which will include panelists Sherry M. Cleary, executive director of the New York Early Childhood Pro…

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At its state convention in Rennselaer on Saturday, the Green Party nominated Howie Hawkins for governor, Jia Lee for lieutenant governor, Mark Dunlea for comptroller and Michael H. Sussman for attorney general. Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, will be making his third consecutive run for governor. He received 5 percent of the vote in 2014 and is a co-founder …

Commercial air service may be returning to the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport if the federal Department of Transportation accepts a proposal submitted by on-demand airline Boutique Airways under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced the plan Saturday. Southern Airways previously ser…

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It was one of those confusing moments, when people try to figure out whether something is really going wrong, or if it’s part of the show. As it turned out, something was really going wrong. The performance of “The Rain Dogs Project” was just getting underway last Friday night at 44 17th St. when the lights came on. Matthew LaChiusa, founder of the American Repertory…

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A 20-year-old man who was shot in the leg Sunday evening ran into more trouble Thursday when a judge doubled his bail on drug charges he faces. Ismat Hassan was still on crutches when he appeared before Judge Sheila A. DiTullio in Erie County Court. He has been free on $15,000 bail while awaiting resolution of several felony drug charges against him. Assistant Distri…

An office manager who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer pleaded guilty – again – to three felony charges. The embezzlement case involving William Gajewski, 56, of Amherst, moved from Erie County Court, where his earlier guilty pleas were vacated in January, to State Supreme Court, where Gajewski admitted to grand larceny, forgery and criminal tax …

Edward "Boo" Bishop's third conviction for animal fighting still stands, but appellate judges scolded the person involved in the case who drafted a warrant. The appellate ruling rejected Bishop's contention that evidence seized in the execution of a search warrant should be suppressed, but it included the appellate judges' condemnation of testimony by the person who dra…

A West Seneca man who was found with 35 pounds of marijuana and a kilo of cocaine on his property was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison. David Link, 41, pleaded guilty in March in State Supreme Court to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a felony. Link was on parole from an earlier felony drug conviction when state…

An Orchard Park Police officer on routine patrol early Sunday morning noticed some suspicious activity at a closed Sunoco gas station Southwestern Boulevard. A man appeared to be tapering with the coin-operated compressed air dispenser mounted on the outside wall of the building. Confronted by the officer, Peter P. Christopher, 46, of Buffalo tried to run away but wa…

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With the New York State Democratic Convention coming up in less than two weeks, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to make it clear that he expects Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to remain on the ticket as his running mate. Asked about the prospect of changes at the top during a Sunday interview with Matt McClure of NY1 cable TV, Cuomo was adamant that he is committed to Hochul “100 per…

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The woman whose body was recovered from the Erie Canal in Lockport on Friday has been identified as 21-year-old Casey Stover, police said. Lockport Police said they were called to the canal near Upson Park shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. A search of the water was done with the assistance of the State Police Underwater Recovery Team, and the woman's body was found several h…