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The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing that occurred Friday night near Batavia Downs Gaming. Deputies who responded to an emergency call at 9:30 p.m. found a man suffering from a stab wound to the throat in the Batavia Downs parking lot at 8315 Park Road. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries that appeared to be seriou…

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A man who struck and killed a 60-year-old Buffalo man on Bailey Avenue this spring – a crime captured on video – pleaded guilty on Thursday to hit-and-run charges in Erie County Court. Wade J. Sanders, 54, pleaded guilty as charged to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death. Sanders was driving a white Lincoln MKX on Bailey Avenue on May 26 when the vehi…

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A New York State correction officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident in the case that left a Grand Island grandmother with a traumatic brain injury. Edward J. Kuebler III, a correction officer at Wende Correctional Facility and a volunteer firefighter, was charged Aug. 30 with the felony, 2 1/2 months after Dana Papaj w…

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Erick J. Meir, still claiming his innocence, will begin serving two 25-to-life concurrent sentences for predatory sexual assault against a child and predatory sexual assault. The judge Wednesday said he wanted to hand down a tougher sentence. "Based on everything I have read, everything I have heard and everything I have seen in this courtroom, if I could give you more …

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Just like the women it celebrates, "Menopause: The Musical" is aging well. In fact, after 16 years of sweating it out in theaters across the country, Jeanie Linders' show at the 710 Main theater seems hotter than ever. The current cast of this traveling sisterhood  – Teri Adams, Beth Buczkowski, Megan Cavanagh and Donna J. Huntley – breathes fresh life into the …

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When Wayne F. Kozak arrived in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning, he was unrecognizable as the shaggy-haired, bushy-bearded man in the mug shot taken after his arrest in April. Kozak, 48, was scheduled for a pretrial conference related to his indictment on a charge of intentional murder in the death of his mother. Mary Louise Kozak, 79, was killed April 20 in the Eden…

Authorities are not sure of exactly what was happening in Brandon White’s trailer in Collins on July 12, or how White’s best friend, Anthony E. Chipman, came to be fatally shot. But at his sentencing for second-degree manslaughter Tuesday in State Supreme Court, White described the situation for the judge as “just a really messed-up day.” Justice John L. Mich…

An ex-boyfriend who set fire to a woman’s apartment and instigated a stand-off with Town of Tonawanda police two and a half years ago was sentenced Thursday to prison. Damario James, 27, was indicted in June 2015 on charges of arson in the second and third degree, two counts of assault with intent to injure an officer, and criminal contempt of a court order for violat…

A tree removal contractor took money from customers but either failed to remove trees or did shoddy and incomplete work, the state Attorney General's Office says. In a lawsuit, state lawyers want John Kniery, operator of Tree Service, to make restitution and pay civil penalties. They also seek a court order requiring Kniery to post a $50,000 bond to protect consumers wh…

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Apologies and testimonials to his good character only slightly mitigated the prison sentence for Jake Klocek, a 20-year-old from East Aurora who unintentionally shot and killed his friend last fall as he showed him a gun. Jake Klocek, 20, of East Aurora received a sentence Thursday of 4 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in July to second degree manslaughter fo…

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Things could have ended better for Devere D. Thomas, but then, considering how quickly events got out of control on Feb. 2, it could have been worse. Thomas, 21, was sentenced to nine months in jail Wednesday for what started out as a parking ticket. But he also survived being shot by a police officer and he had a felony charge against him dismissed – a charge that co…

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The right of Buffalo Jills cheerleaders to pursue a class action lawsuit against the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills and others was upheld by the state Appellate Division. The Jills are suing the team and the league to recover what they say are hundreds of hours in unpaid wages and other Labor Law violations. The suit was originated in 2014 by four women…

The Marilla teenager charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a toddler has rejected a plea offer and wants a new attorney. Devon M. Vanderwege, 17, is accused of inflicting fatal injuries on Ethan Bigham, 2, when Vanderwege was living in the same trailer home as the boy and Ethan's mother, her three other children and three other adults. Ethan suffered…

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Thunder rumbles, lightning flashes and eerie music fills the air at Theatre of Youth in the Allendale Theatre. Put it all together and it can only mean one thing: "Bunnicula" is stalking the building. Well, actually, as any fan of the children's book of the same title knows, it is the celery that stalks. And despite the delicious Halloween-style theatrical effects, Bunn…

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A muddled story of greed vs. the good of the community plays second fiddle to the individual performances in O'Connell & Company's season-opener "Dear World." "Dear World," with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman of "Hello, Dolly!" fame, premiered almost 50 years ago, set in post-war Paris and based on the play "The Madwoman of Chaillot." Although it is remembered as …