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NIAGARA FALLS – Two years ago, Pasqua DiGianni had a bad night on the slot machines at Seneca Niagara Casino. After winning a jackpot and then losing most of it back because she wouldn't stop gambling, she ended up signing a document barring herself from the casino. On April 15, the Woodbridge, Ont., woman returned to the Niagara Falls casino for the first tim…

A Girard Street man was arrested by Buffalo police about 11 p.m. Saturday when he pulled in to a gas station in the 2700 block of Bailey Avenue  in a car allegedly stolen from a Buffalo man. Jordan Hairston, 23, was charged with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree grand larc…

LOCKPORT – Jamal D. Thompson, 26, of Pound Street, was charged Saturday with choking and punching his ex-girlfriend and putting a knife to her daughter's throat. Thompson was arrested by Lockport police about 5:20 a.m., after he allegedly fled the scene in a car that was stopped by Niagara County sheriff's deputies. The attack reportedly occurred in the ex-girlfriend'…

How the media covers the Muslim community and how the public interprets that news was the focus of a wide-ranging "Muslimedia" panel discussion Sunday in the Islamic Center, Getzville. The crowd of about 60 people obtained insights from two retired Western New York journalists as well as religious leaders and representatives of the Muslim community. Lee Coppola, a pr…

Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who officially announced she is running for mayor on Sunday, bristles at the notion she could be a spoiler in what is now a three-way race in the Democratic primary. Grant, a longtime force in East Side politics, will take on incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown, with the potential for the two to split the vote in the African-American …

SHERIDAN – A Fredonia man was captured as he was stealing two long guns from the vehicle of a South Roberts Road resident about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies said. Ryan A. Brown, 22, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of trespass. Short…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County Court jury convicted a Niagara Falls man Friday on three counts of possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines, which were found in his car during a traffic stop. Simeon D. Mokhiber, 41, of Willow Avenue, was arrested April 18, 2016, in North Tonawanda, where police said they found the Glock magazines after pulling him over for driving wh…

NEWFANE – A Wilson man was charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding past a Niagara County Sheriff's patrol vehicle, then pulling onto the shoulder of the road in hopes the patrol vehicle would pass, deputies said. Doyle W. Alexander, 30, of Dorwood Park, Wilson, also was charged with driving on the shoulder of the roadway and a moving violation. Police sa…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A Niagara Falls man was arrested recently after being caught driving without a license, which was revoked because he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test in a previous arrest. Town police said they stopped a car driven by Thomas J. Teeto, 31, of South Avenue, on April 17 after clocking him driving 47 mph in a 35 mph zone of Packard Road. A record…

Erie County's volunteer fire companies are enlisting in RecruitNY, a statewide effort Saturday and next Sunday to step up the recruitment of volunteer firefighters. Michael Loughran, a spokesman for the Fireman's Association of New York State, said volunteer fire departments will be open next weekend for the recruiting effort, with members on hand to explain what it tak…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A 56-year-old Brighton, Ont., man suffered a leg injury during a fall while hiking along the Niagara Gorge Saturday, the Niagara Parks Police Service announced Sunday. While hiking with family and friends near the Whirlpool Terminus of the Fisherman's Trail, the victim lost his footing and fell, police said. Emergency responders attended to the i…

BARRE – A skydiving instructor who was the veteran of more than 700 jumps was identified as the victim of a skydiving accident in this Orleans County town Saturday night, according to the Western New York Sky Diving Club. Erick Miller, 30, was declared dead at the scene, off Pask Road near Pine Hill Road, about 7:30 p.m. by an Orleans County coroner. Miller and anoth…

Memories of the Holocaust were combined with concern for today's refugees and immigrants during an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony Sunday. Six "Buffalo Upstanders," as the organizers of the event called them, were honored for their work on behalf of newcomers and those subject to prejudice and persecution. Each came to Temple Beth Tzedek in Amherst to l…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 23, 1917: • After ousting five Buffalo School Board members who were unfriendly to his administration, Mayor Louis Fuhrmann was planning to appoint their replacements. The article read: "Public school affairs in this city have been pretty well disorganized and confused during the last 14 months as the re…

WASHINGTON – More than 19,000 Buffalo area residents on the state's Essential Plan health care option could be in danger of losing their insurance because the Trump administration is threatening to withdraw a huge part of the program's funding. Meantime, another 10,637 metro Buffalo residents who buy their health care on the state's insurance exchange could see dra…