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Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot Monday night as Jequan Wilson, 18, of Buffalo. Wilson was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street in the city's latest homicide, police said. Wilson recently graduated from an alternative program in the Buffalo Public Schools, according to district officials. Buffalo has had 27 homicides to d…

Ricky Q. Caldwell was sent to state prison Tuesday for his 66th criminal conviction. This time, he robbed a man in his car outside a 7-Eleven store in Niagara Falls. It was the sixth time in his life, not counting parole violations, that Caldwell has been sent to state prison. But he vowed that this time would be his last. "In my illustrious career, I apologize, and …

From Day One, Carlo J. Marinello II knew it was a one-a-million proposition. After all, how many cases, especially one involving a small business owner from Buffalo, ever make it to the U.S. Supreme Court? The nation's highest court surprised Marinello and a lot of others this week by agreeing to hear an appeal of his three-year old tax evasion conviction. "Totall…

A 60-year-old West Seneca man admitted in Erie County Court that he stole money from a social club while serving as its treasurer. Craig Hicks, a former West Seneca Town Board member, pleaded guilty before Judge Kenneth F. Case to one count of grand larceny and one count of falsifying business records for stealing $12,500 from cash fundraisers and the operating of the C…

Prosecutors say they have evidence the Canadian tractor-trailer driver involved in last week's fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster removed the victim's hair from the front of the grill of his rig. As a result, Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec faces a new charge of evidence tampering, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said Tuesday. Flynn declined to elabo…

City of Tonawanda police charged a man with arson in connection with a June 16 garage fire on Broad Street, authorities said Tuesday. John E. Smith Jr., 46, who lives in a Broad Street apartment in front of the garage set ablaze, was charged with fourth-degree arson, criminal reckless endangerment of property and reckless endangerment, police said. The fire happened …

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Monday night in Buffalo's Hamlin Park neighborhood, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. He had just recently graduated from an alternative program in the Buffalo Public Schools, school officials said. "We just lost a…

Randy W. Goble Jr. of the City of Tonawanda was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison for having sexual relationships with two North Tonawanda girls, ages 14 and 16. Goble, 23, of Morgan Street, had pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with an explicit cellphone video, made Nov. 1, involving the 16-year-old, and to a misdemeanor for sexual abuse of the 1…

The Lewiston man who triggered a shelter-in-place order in the area around his Pletcher Road home on Sunday night faces rape, kidnapping and strangulation charges, according to police. Jon Ellington, 44, was arrested outside his home in the 900 block of Pletcher shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday after a search by members of four law enforcement agencies, Lewiston police s…

SHELBY – Shari Lynne Ball's naked, badly decomposed body was found by a hunter nearly 34 years ago along Route 63 in Orleans County, in a soggy wildlife refuge known to locals as the Alabama Swamps. But for more than three decades, no one knew who she was. She was listed in police reports as an unidentified "Jane Doe." Then, in 2014, State Police had her body exhum…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported five drunk driving arrests from over the weekend: Shawn Shearer, 38, of Orchard Park failed multiple field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test after he was stopped about 2:08 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road in Elma. A deputy observed Shearer's vehicle swerving in and out of its lane of travel. Shearer was charged…

A Monroe Street man has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for dog fighting. Shondel Stephens, 49, is also prohibited from owning any animals while on probation. The sentence was handed down Monday by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. In April, Stephens pleaded guilty to prohibition of animal fighting. According to the E…

A man who was arrested in 2015 raid on a Black Rock apartment pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine. Alberto Rosado-Leon, 36, of Puerto Rico faces a minimum of five years in prison to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rosado-Leon, along with co-defendants W…

Lancaster police Monday made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run accident from Wednesday. Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Danville, Quebec, has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Police allege that at about 11:50 p.m. on June 21, Lavertu was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer th…

A Niagara Falls man who videotaped a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl on his cellphone was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison, followed by seven years of post-release supervision. Teron D. Moore, 31, of Ninth Street, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal sexual act…