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LOCKPORT – Two Town of Lockport residents and a Niagara Falls woman pleaded not guilty to felony drug indictments Thursday.In State Supreme Court, Carmelo J. Fiorello, 35, of Maplewood Drive, Lockport, denied two counts each of fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen to a polic…

MAYVILLE – A 19-year-old Ripley man and two younger men have been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly attacking a person in a Wisner Street home in the Town of Ripley about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.Kyle M. Hannold, of West Main Street, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with injurin…

If Elhajji Elshabazz, the fourth and final suspect in the fatal beating of elderly Buffalo church deacon Levi Clayton does not fight extradition following his arrest Wednesday in Ithaca, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Thursday that he expects him to be returned here for prosecution in the murder case “soon.”Elshabazz, 23, was arrested by a Tomp…

U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer spends most of his days sitting on the bench.Thursday was different.Minus his customary black robe, Larimer found himself in an unusual spot – on the witness stand in an obstruction of justice trial being heard in Buffalo federal court.By all accounts, he’s the first federal judge to ever testify in a local case.“Judge Larimer, wh…

North Tonawanda police have located a missing man who suffers from dementia and a heart condition.Ronald Masters, 79, had last been seen on Oct. 17 in North Tonawanda and police sought help from the public on Tuesday. He was found uninjured this morning, according to police.

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – State Police identified the victim of a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon as James J. Silva, 60, of North Tonawanda.Trooper William Higgins said Silva was driving on a straight stretch of road, just north of Robinson Road on the Lockport Bypass/Route 93 when a witness driving behind Silva saw him veer into the path of an oncoming dump truck.The Kenworth…

MAYVILLE – Prosecutors rested their murder case against Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti on Thursday after showing jurors that DNA from both Taglianetti and Keith L. Reed, the man he is accused of killing in 2012, was on the revolver allegedly used in the shooting.Reed’s DNA was on the barrel and frame of the .357 Magnum handgun – a Taurus model 669 – while Taglianett…

Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza, the jailed murder suspect in the fatal stabbing of Toys R Us assistant store manager Larry Wells, faces arraignment on criminal contempt charges at 7 p.m. Thursday in Elma Town Court for violating an order of protection obtained by his estranged wife.Mary Murray, spokeswoman for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, said Grucza, 38. who had b…

An Amherst corporate chef walking to work across South Youngs Road remained hospitalized Wednesday evening after he was struck by a car driven by an off duty Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority transit police officer about 6:20 a.m., according to Amherst police.Robert C. Frank, 34, of Buffalo, was crossing South Youngs road just north of Wherle Drive when he was stru…

A 19-year-old Clarence man was ordered by Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski today to spend the next 45 days in jail for choking his former girlfriend last spring. The judge told Javohn Peterson of White Acres Road, that his conviction on criminal obstruction of breathing and petit larceny charges was “the type of conduct that won’t be tolerated by the court a…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to a four-count indictment accusing him of selling morphine pills to a police informant.Alexander Dracup, 20, of Dysinger Road, is charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.The alleged drug sales occurred May 14 and 16 in the Town of Lo…

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man who gambled that he would succeed in a court-supervised drug treatment program, thus avoiding a maximum 16-year prison sentence, collected his legal winnings Wednesday in State Supreme Court.Craig R. Udell, 35, of Jennifer Drive, had his charges reduced to misdemeanors and was granted a one-year conditional discharge by Justice Richard C…

LOCKPORT – A man who took part in the theft of metal from a Niagara Falls hotel under renovation pleaded guilty Wednesday and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Travis M. Kicak, 40, of C Street in the Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. If he succeeds in treatment, whic…

NIAGARA FALLS – A hydraulic jackhammer, valued at $10,000, was stolen from a storage facility sometime in the past month and a half, according to an employee of Gross Plumbing Heating and Cooling.The employee told police Tuesday that the Kubota jackhammer weighs several hundred pounds and hasn’t been used since it was purchased three years ago. The item was discovered …

LOCKPORT – A Newfane burglar who failed in a court-supervised drug treatment program was sentenced to two to four years in state prison Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.Travis J. Watts, 29, of Hatter Road, will have to pay $380 in restitution after his release, Kloch ordered. Watts pleaded guilty last December to third-degree burglary for the …