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Sunday's hot weather compounded the number of calls to Orchard Park Police before, during and after the Buffalo Bills Game at New Era Field. Police reported that they responded to more than 100 calls for service, including medical calls they attributed to the combination of alcohol consumption by fans and the heat. Other incidents included car crashes, fires, fights,…

A woman was charged Saturday morning with harassing a neighbor, something the victim said has been going on almost daily for two years. The complainant told police that Anita White, 58, of 274 Delaware Ave., regularly trespasses on her property at 247 Georgia St. and threatens to harm her with profanity-laced rants. White was arrested after accosting the victim at 11…

Two people were injured shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday when their westbound motorcycle struck a minivan that made a left turn in front of them on West Lake Road (Route 18), just west of Olcott, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported. The two riders were thrown from the motorcycle, deputies said, and were taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center. Their n…

A Buffalo man was arrested Sunday on several charges after allegedly beating a woman in front of two children, ages 9 and 3. Jonathan Rivera, 21, of 80 Edson St., was accused of striking the victim repeatedly, bruising her face, neck and body, and also shoving, choking and dragging her into their home. Police responded to the domestic abuse at 9:30 p.m.

NIAGARA FALLS – An argument over a broken video game controller led to a Saturday morning fistfight that left one woman injured and another in jail. A 33-year-old Niagara Falls Boulevard woman told police that she went to a home in the 400 block of 27th Street just after 2 a.m., where several people were hanging out. An argument erupted over the broken controller, and…

A Buffalo seasonal parks employee was charged after he stabbed a pit bull that was being walked by its owner Saturday morning. Buffalo Police said a woman was walking her dog just after 8 a.m.  Saturday near Mineral Springs Road and Frank Avenue when a man got out of the passenger side of a City of Buffalo vehicle, exchanged words with her and then stabbed her dog with…

Authorities are looking for a man who demanded money Saturday morning from the Bank of America branch, 495 Elmwood Ave. The robbery occurred just before 10:30 a.m., and police have released two images of the suspect. Detectives say a white man entered the bank, demanded money from a teller and then fled on foot after making off with an undisclosed amount of money. …

A Buffalo man was treated and released from the Erie County Medical Center for an overnight shooting that may have been a drive-by incident. Buffalo police said the 24-year-old man was driven to the hospital in a civilian vehicle after he was shot just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The incident appears to have happened at East Lovejoy and Ideal streets, according to detect…

A home health care aide faces 30 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Friday to bank fraud in U.S. District Court after admitting she opened an unauthorized credit card account in the name of the elderly woman she was hired to care for and used it to fraudulently make thousands of dollars in purchases. In May 2015, Cassie Tillinghast, 32, of Buffalo was hired as an …

A Jamestown man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison and 10 years supervised release following his conviction on charges of distributing child pornography According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Christopher Whitford, 46, on May 1, 2016, used a peer-to-peer file sharing program in which he shared files with an undercover law enforcement officer. On June 23, 2016,…

A Buffalo woman was arrested after she failed to pull over for troopers in Olean Friday night and crashed a stolen SUV with four small children, state police said. At about 8:30 p.m., troopers attempted to pull over a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder for speeding on E. River Road. The driver didn't comply and troopers put on their emergency lights. The Nissan turned onto Steam Va…

A Chautauqua County man sought by authorities on an outstanding warrant for drug-related charges was arrested Thursday by deputies after he was stopped while driving on Route 20 in the Town of Sheridan, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Benjamin M. Gray, 26, of Sinclairville, had been wanted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of controlled…

The long-awaited trial of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz on three felony election law violations, slated to begin in Albany County Court on Monday, has been delayed until Feb. 5. Albany County Judge Peter A. Lynch, who was to preside over the non-jury trial, granted the Friday motions of defense attorneys Joseph M. LaTona of Buffalo and E. Stewart Jones of Troy see…

A Buffalo man accused in a violent attack on a woman last June pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday morning to attempted assault in the first degree. In exchange for the guilty plea, Justice Deborah Haendiges agreed that she would sentence Felix Velazquez to no more than 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision when he returns before her on Nov…

Michael C. O’Neill, the Wheatfield man who lost part of his leg in an explosion at his home, now admits he owned an explosive device. O'Neill's admission, part of a guilty plea in federal court in Rochester to unlawful possession of a destructive device, came two years after the explosion at 6761 Walmore Road, and a subsequent police search that found evidence of a pi…