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A Wheatfield woman is out $1,550 after being victimized in a check fraud scheme originating on the online website Craigslist, police said. The woman, who lives on Arnold Drive, was selling a piece of furniture for $295 on the website and was contacted by a prospective purchaser on Jan 10, according to reports. The suspect forwarded the woman a check for $1,550, instruct…

A man was stopped Friday in the Village of Delevan for driving a lawn tractor in the roadway. Troopers pulled Scott R. Chapman over on State Route 16, and placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated after he failed multiple field sobriety tests. He reportedly recorded a 0.18 BAC after he was taken into custody. Chapman was arraigned in Town of Freedom C…

A North Tonawanda man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Friday after walking up to a City of Tonawanda police car and pouring a 24-ounce can of beer on the hood. Officer Eric Foels was inside the car writing a report on his car computer at Main and Niagara streets when the incident allegedly occurred. David L Serrano, 45 of Mead St., North …

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In May 1995, a killer snuffed out the life of Louise Cicelsky, an 82-year-old businesswoman, in her apartment on Longmeadow Road in Amherst. Investigators believe a man robbed and stabbed Cicelsky, who stood just 4 feet and 7 inches tall, while an accomplice stood nearby and watched. The killer, who plunged a knife eight times into the neck of the widow, was never ca…

A Cheektowaga man faces a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 15 years in prison after he was found guilty Friday of criminal possession of a weapon. Raekwon Barnes, 23, also faces 5 years post-release supervision as a repeat violent felony offender. Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20 by state Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns. Aparole officer arres…

Niagara Falls police are looking for the driver of an SUV following a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian Friday afternoon at 24th Street and Independence Avenue. The vehicle is described as an older model 2000 to 2006 white, Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle was last seen in the area of 24th Street and Pine Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. Police identi…

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Eric L. Fehr of Royalton was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison for shaking his infant son, causing a brain injury, and choking the boy's mother. Fehr, 30, was living on Dysinger Road in Lockport when the baby was injured in June or early July 2016. The child was 2 to 4 weeks old at the time, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baerhe said.…

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Ronald Caryl's use of the social networking site MeetMe.com is sending him to federal prison. Caryl, 25, of Silver Springs, appeared before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo this week and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Caryl began using MeetMe.com in February of last year to communicate wit…

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A Buffalo man accused of shooting a man to death at a neighborhood party 2 1/2 years ago was arraigned Friday on a second-degree murder charge. Cornelius Jones, 27, who was arrested in November, is charged with killing Dequawn Griggs, 21, of Buffalo on July 5, 2015, at a party on Montana Street. Jones pleaded not guilty to murder and second-degree criminal possession…

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A Niagara Falls man who walked into a Pine Avenue bar carrying a loaded gun in his hand early Friday morning was tackled and detained until police arrived, according to Niagara Falls police. Tommy D. George, 47, of 22nd Street, also had a knife when he walked inside Empire Sportz Lounge, 1602 Pine, at about 2:25 a.m., according to a police report. Several people disa…

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A cook at Attica Correctional Facility has been charged with official misconduct and misdemeanor sexual abuse, according to the State Police. Joann Thompson, 53, of the village of Wyoming, is accused of having an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate, troopers said. She has been suspended without pay, according to the state Department of Corrections and Communit…

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A Buffalo man shoveling snow on Thursday night told police he was robbed by a man with a gun who threatened to shoot him, according to a city police report. The robbery happened at about 7:45 p.m. on Hempstead Avenue in the Kenfield/Langfield Homes, according to the police report. The victim told police he initially refused to hand over any belongings but the robber …

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A Buffalo woman ran into some trouble this week when she went to smoke marijuana with some people she had met on Snapchat. The woman told Buffalo police a man and a woman got into the backseat of her vehicle on LaSalle Avenue at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report. The two then picked a fight with her and a male friend who was with her in the car. …

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Joshua D. Huntress, who ingested a variety of drugs in a Warsaw motel room before getting behind the wheel July 9, will serve 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison for colliding with two motorcycles, killing one of the riders, according to the Wyoming County District Attorney's Office. Huntress, 29, of Mayville, was sentenced Thursday in Wyoming County Court for aggravated vehicu…