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A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his conviction on a heroin possession and distribution charge in U.S. District Court, officials said. Steven Martinez, 51,  was one of five people convicted in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Another man, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, was convicted earlier this month on the same charge as Martine…

A Cattaraugus County man was sentenced on Monday to an indeterminate term of 5 to 15 years in state prison for his conviction in a fatal crash a year ago in Red House, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office. Cyrus N. Spruce, 20, of Little Valley, had been convicted of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault for his role in the fatal c…

Niagara Falls City Judge Robert P. Merino seems to think it was unfair for Seneca Niagara Casino to deny a $1,400 jackpot to a Canadian woman last month. She was instead charged with trespassing, and that's why she appeared before him on Monday. Pasqua DiGianni about two years earlier voluntarily barred herself from the casino, and that's why the casino denied her the s…

A Cheektowaga man has pleaded guilty to attempting to possess child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday. Andrew Reiner, 29, communicated with a 15-year-old girl using cellphone applications known as Kik and Skout starting last June. After learning the girl's age, authorities said, Reiner texted her messages "of a sexual nature in order to entice her into…

Hate crime accusations against a Wilson man were dismissed Monday, and he was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an incident the judge blamed on "consuming copious amounts of malt beverages." State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. granted a one-year conditional discharge to Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, who was indicted on h…

The Buffalo mother arrested Friday night after she took her toddler to a Franklin Street bar says she she won't be taking him out to taverns anymore. "I'll never do it ever again," Anne K. Callan told The Buffalo News on Monday. Callan, 38, was charged with two counts of child endangerment outside the Tudor Lounge, according to a Buffalo police report. According t…

A "man with a gun" call led to the arrest of Donald Clark, 42, of Manhart Street late Saturday afternoon. Police ordered Clark to pull over as he drove down Grider Street about 5 p.m., shortly after he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun on East Delavan Avenue near Bailey Avenue. Told that Clark had driven toward Grider Street after allegedly making the armed t…

Amanda J. Cheek, 33, of Warwick Avenue, was charged with drug possession by Buffalo police after a traffic stop in the 100 block of Weston Avenue off Bailey Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. She was in the driver's seat when officers approached her stopped car and reported spotting a crack pipe on her lap. Cheek, who police say was trying to hide an object in her vehicle…

Lackawanna Police Sunday continued to seek public help in tracking down the man who allegedly fired more than a dozen times from a handgun into a loud block party on Holland Avenue just before 3 a.m. Sunday. One partygoer was shot in the lower back and taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of what police described as a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. …

Michael S. Brown, 47, of Ashville, was charged with drunken driving after he was pulled over on College Street in North Harmony about 12:43 a.m. Sunday. Chautauqua County sheriff deputies charged him with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test. He was also charged with failing to signal before turning onto College Street and failing to maintain a l…

A faulty muffler led to the felony drunken driving arrest of a Town of Alabama man by Genesee County sheriff deputies early Sunday morning. John Paul Daley, 36, was pulled over on Alleghany Road about 12:19 a.m. After reportedly smelling alcohol on Daley, deputies asked him to take a breath test, but he refused. After a check on his records, he was charged with felony D…

Alexis Gonzalez-Saez was arrested by Buffalo police shortly after he allegedly knocked a woman to the ground on Jefferson Avenue near Sycamore Street Saturday morning and stole her bank debit card and cellphone. Gonzalez-Saez, 35, of Mills Street was apprehended minutes after the incident about 9:04 a.m. He was charged with third-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larc…

An Alaska man was charged with weapons and drug possession by Buffalo Police after he was stopped on the Peace Bridge by Customs and Border Protection officers. Anthony J. Davis, 25, of Homer, was driving into Buffalo from Canada just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday. A stun gun and cotton balls allegedly laced …

Buffalo police responded to a call at the Peace Bridge early Saturday and arrested four men from Utica on stolen vehicle charges. Arrested were: Moulid M. Somow, 22; Joseph A. Lumbrazo, 17; Ali Muya, 30; and David. T Upendo, 22. They were detained by Customs and Border Protection officers for attempting to cross the border in a stolen Volkswagon Jetta, police said. …

Child endangerment charges were lodged against the mother of a toddler who police said took her child to a Franklin Street bar Friday night. Anne K. Callan, 38, of Columbus Parkway, was charged after her 20-month-old son attempted to run into the street near the Tudor Lounge, police said. The boy was saved by a stranger, police said, adding that the mother was not aw…