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A Buffalo man accused of stabbing a man who was dating a woman he knew faces an attempted murder charge. Tyron A. Fish, 27, of Davidson Avenue, was also indicted on assault and weapon charges. Assistant District Attorney Amy Benedict said Fish violated his parole by going to an ex-girlfriend's house in the 200 block of Millicent Avenue in the predawn hours of Sept. …

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A contrite Andrea Costantino took full responsibility Wednesday for stealing more than $14,000 from the University at Buffalo, provided proof that she has repaid the full amount and received a conditional discharge. Costantino, 48, previously pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree for using her position as director of campus living at UB to embezzle $14,66…

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Theatre of Youth's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is exactly that: a live re-enactment of the animated television program that was inspired by a popular comic strip. Charlie Brown has been picking out his sad little "real" Christmas tree for more than 50 years, which more than qualifies the story as a holiday classic, and it is impressive to see how well the story holds up…

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A Buffalo man who was arrested in December 2016 while carrying more than four ounces of cocaine was sentenced this week to six years in prison. Michael Queener, 32, of 170 Blaine Ave., pleaded guilty in August to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. He was arrested Dec. 19, 2016, by Erie County Sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop on…

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Buffalo Police Officer Joseph Hassett pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to five misdemeanor charges connection with a March 18 incident involving a person in custody. Hassett, 32, was indicted on two counts of assault in the third degree and one count each of official misconduct, offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree and making a punishable…

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The celebrations that pile up at Christmastime, when we think of faith, family and friends, all deliver the warm comfort of familiarity in a cold, dark season. We feel it when we open that big box of holiday decorations and pull out the much-loved ornaments. And for company, anyone can turn on the television that's as big as the front door, and welcome in old friends li…

A Town of Tonawanda man admitted in Erie County Court on Wednesday that he provided a fatal overdose of narcotics to his girlfriend in September 2016 in his Brighton Road home. Jon Herrle, 55, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree in the death of the 38-year-old woman. Herrle gave his girlfriend a crushed opiod pill to get high, but told her it was cocaine…

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A 60-year-old man who was in a "dark, dark spot" in his life when he robbed an Elmwood Avenue bank told a judge Wednesday that ending up in Erie County Court may have saved his life. Harry Charnock, 60, received a sentence of one year in jail from Judge James Bargnesi. The judge wished Charnock well and offered hope he would continue to deal with the mental illness that…

A young Buffalo man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing a 19-year-old during an argument Raquise Bryant stabbed Raheem Malone once in the chest on the night of Sept. 24, 2016 near 1780 Genesee St. Family members described Malone as a role model in his neighborhood, and he was the first young man in his family to go to college. Bryant, who was 17 at…

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Logan Mott, the Florida 15-year-old accused of shooting and stabbing his grandmother last week before fleeing north, will spend at least a few more days in Buffalo before returning home to face a murder charge. In an extradition appearance in State Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, Mott's attorney, Dominic Saraceno, asked Justice Russell P. Buscaglia for a 48-hour del…

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A young woman victimized by a sex trafficker called her abuser "a soulless, cold-hearted, evil person" during a court hearing Tuesday in which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. "You are a monster," the woman said of Derek Harris, 23, of Buffalo. "I will forever have flashbacks of what took place in that hotel room. You treated me like a dog. Not only did you physi…

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Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 32, who got drunk on New Year's Eve and drove his car into a group of pedestrians walking along Richmond Avenue, was sentenced Tuesday to up to 10 years in prison for the crash that sent shock waves through the community. Four people were seriously injured, including a teenager who lost his left leg. Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case ordere…

A 16-year-old from Buffalo was arraigned on a charge of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a September shooting that injured an 18-year-old woman. Jarrmel Peterson, who initially was charged with assault when he was arrested Sept. 27, pleaded not guilty to the higher indictment charge in State Supreme Court. He is accused of shooting…

A bench warrant was issued for an Amherst  woman after she failed to appear Monday in State Supreme Court on 10 charges of check fraud and one felony count of grand larceny in the third degree. Christine Whitney also has disregarded court dates in Amherst  Town Court in connection with the check cases, which resulted in her indictment, prosecutor Amy Benedict said. She …

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A former City of Buffalo parks worker lost his bid to be freed on his own recognizance when he was arraigned in State Supreme Court Monday morning on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. James Craddock, 47, also is charged with menacing in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree for allegedly stabbing a dog on a leash and t…