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The new USS Little Rock is decorated in patriotic red, white and blue bunting, its crew will wear freshly dry-cleaned uniforms, and thousands of spectators are expected to converge on Canalside for today's commissioning of the ship. History will be made, starting at 11 a.m. "I love the seagoing service and have a great respect for the Navy, even though I'm in the Coa…

Crime

A woman who struck another woman with her car in Niagara Falls after a Jan. 12 confrontation was sentenced Friday to one to three years in state prison. Victoria R. Mozell must pay $2,000 of the victim's medical bills after her release from prison, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III also ruled. Mozell, 32, of Hope Boulevard, also was ordered to stay away from…

A second-time felon from Lewiston will serve a year in Niagara County Jail for growing marijuana in his home. Mark J. Light, 28, of Model City Road, was sentenced Thursday for a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of pot. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said police seized 6.53 pounds of marijuana when they raided Light's home Jul…

Robert E. Draper, a Level 3 sex offender from Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to a year in the Niagara County Jail for failing to visit Police Headquarters every 90 days to re-register, as required by the state Sex Offender Registration Act. Level 3 is the considered the most serious of the three categories of sex offenders. Draper, 57, of Ashland Avenue, was placed…

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A Buffalo man faces numerous weapons charges after Buffalo police stopped him in his vehicle Thursday, armed with a rifle and ammunition in the 400 block of Fox Street. Marven D. Lee, 27, a previously convicted felon, is accused of waving a loaded shotgun outside a bar in the 600 block of Fox Street. Police, who were responding to a 911 call about the incident, said Lee…

A Miami, Fla., woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and now faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Yordani Ramirez Salgado, 28, who stood before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Friday, admitted to conspiring with two others to use 129 counterfeit access devices to purchase gift cards at various Walmart stories in Erie, Niagar…

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The victim in a fatal shooting Sunday on  Guilford Street shooting has been identified by Buffalo police. The deceased man is 50-year-old Craig Hadley of Buffalo, police said. The shooting occurred about 2:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Guilford.

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When state officials announced a Buffalo Billion grant to improve Lovejoy's historic storefronts, one of the first neighborhood businesses to pop up was Barberians Barber Shop. To hear investigators talk, the offerings there included more than just a haircut or shave. Steve Alejandro, the operator of Barberians, was arrested with three others last month and accused o…

The annual first hike of the year at Allegany State Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1. The self-guided hike starts at the Red House picnic area. Participants are asked to start at the picnic shelter to sign in, pick up a trail map and a winter scavenger hunt sheet, and then make their way along the marked trail past Red House Lake, out to the Arboretum …

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It was not the destination a kid from Olcott expected. David Donovan is a longtime resident of the island of Vieques, in Puerto Rico. Before he enlisted in the Navy, more than 40 years ago, Donovan's longest journey beyond Western New York was to Toronto. Things turned out in a way he could not envision. For that, Donovan credits the Navy — and the absolute symbol of th…

Erie County

New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the big gainers and losers among Buffalo Niagara neighborhoods. Often, they're right next to each other. Twenty census tracts — either city or suburban neighborhoods or huge swaths of rural towns — showed gains of 15 percent or more over the past five years. But 11 of them adjoin tracts whose populations fell …

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LOCKPORT – The big red kettle swinging from the tripod and the gent or lady ringing the bell for donations is a common sight this time of year, but few know the story behind that familiar Salvation Army symbol of the holiday season. “Doing the most good for the most people in the most need,” is the motto.    Chris Gresart, social services director for the Salvation …

Valu Home Centers Thursday presented the Salvation Army with a check for $50,320 as part of the store's annual holiday fundraising drive. The donation brings Valu’s 16-year fundraising total to more than $760,000, according to Doug Wasiura, vice president of marketing and development for the hardware store chain. The funds collected are intended to support the Salvat…

Two pedestrians were dead Friday following a fatal crash in the Town of Salamanca, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office late Friday. The incident occurred at about 5:37 p.m. at Route 353 and North State Street, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, the Sheriff's Office said. A passenger in the vehicl…

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Ronald J. Winter, a veteran Niagara County attorney who was taped last year allegedly trying to talk a Niagara County deputy sheriff out of arresting his daughter on a drunken driving charge, faced little in the way of consequences. A spokesman for the state court system said Friday that Winter, confidential law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.,…