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LOCKPORT – Brandi N. Cuillo, who was indicted on charges of making two sales of painkiller pills last June, was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Friday.Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing April 11 for Cuillo, 30, of Lincoln Avenue, Town of Lockport. Cuillo was living on Robinson Road in that town on June 20, when she allegedly sold oxyco…

LOCKPORT – A man who broke into a home on Willow Avenue in Niagara Falls on July 27 pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday in Niagara County Court.Donald E. Rubin, 43, of 16th Street in the Falls, faces up to seven years in prison for attempted second-degree burglary. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas scheduled sentencing for May 2.That sentence will include as much as $…

LOCKPORT – A Level 3 sex offender on Friday rejected for the second time a plea offer that would have limited his prison time in a triple child-molestation case to 25 years.Sean M. Vickers, 44, of Geneva, faces life in prison as the maximum sentence if he is convicted of all charges in a trial set to begin April 7 before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Vickers is …

WARSAW – A 17-year-old Attica High School student was arrested at the East Main Road school Thursday afternoon and charged with third-degree menacing for allegedly threatening a teacher and the teacher’s family.Sgt. Colin Reagan and Investigator Aaron Anderson of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office obtained an order of protection for the teacher. The student was released t…

NORTH TONAWANDA — Police on Thursday night raided an Oliver Street apartment building that was the target of a month-long investigation into drug sales, authorities said.Neighbors have complained that 784 Oliver St. has been a long-standing problem with a stabbing, overdose and drug sales reported within the last year, police said. The Niagara County Drug Task Force, North…

A Buffalo woman has been sentenced to two years’ probation with five months of home confinement following her conviction on charges of tax evasion and falsifying a passport application, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.Prosecutors said Diane Abram, 61, applied for a passport using a false name in January 2013 and, after the fraud was detected, admitted that …

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A three-vehicle collision involving an NFTA bus, a car and SUV Thursday night in Niagara County sent four people to area hospitals, including a 14-year-old girl who is in the intensive care unit at Women & Children’s Hospital today, authorities said.The crash occurred at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Williams Road in Wheatfield at 9:36 p.m. Authorities sa…

A Perry Street couple was arrested in an allegedly stolen rental sport utility vehicle near their house late Wednesday. Victor Lewis, 60, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, drunken driving, aggravated unlicensed driving and a number of traffic infractions, and Bernice Lewis was arrested on a charge of obstructing governmental administration for allege…

There was a time when anyone looking for organized labor support in Western New York – politicians, business leaders, community organizers – found themselves knocking on Mark N. Kirsch’s door.One of a handful of union leaders with clout beyond his own local, Kirsch was seen as a force within the labor community, a man who could help deliver endorsements, money and the back…

A 25-year-old East Amherst Street woman was arrested early Thursday after she walked into Buffalo General Hospital at 100 High Street and falsely claimed she had just been shot by a gunman. Tiara Jemison was charged about 3 a.m. with falsely reporting an incident, criminal nuisance and obstructing governmental administration for allegedly alarming medical personal and misl…

A 25-year-old Buffalo man and a 21-year-old East Aurora woman were arrested Thursday afternoon by Amherst police for allegedly methodically breaking into vending machines at a number of East Amherst public sites over the weekend. Joseph Wilson and Lauren Lind were taken into custody about 3 p.m. and charged with burglary and petit larceny, according to the Amherst Police F…

A cigarette butt left in an East Aurora house after a burglary was about all that police had to go on in 2011.There was some information about a group of men driving away from the Blakeley Road home. There was also relief that children who lived there had not walked in on the burglary.As he searched the home for clues, Detective Rick Daminski said he found what amounted to…

NIAGARA FALLS – Watches and electronics were stolen in a burglary Wednesday afternoon in the 2700 block of Independence Avenue.A 54-year-old man told police he had stopped home for lunch and locked the doors when he left. He said when he returned at 6 p.m., the front door was open and unlocked. Police said they saw pry marks on the door.The victim said two watches were sto…

NIAGARA FALLS – Copper plumbing was among the items stolen in a burglary of a vacant house in the 1100 block of Ontario Avenue, police reported Wednesday.A man told police that he had been watching the house for his nephew who is in jail. He said sometime between Sunday and Wednesday someone broke in, damaging the front door frame and lock, and then took the copper plumbin…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Williamsville man with a prior history of drunken driving faces felony DWI charges after being stopped Wednesday by police in Niagara Falls.Jacob M. Balch, 26, of Harrogate Square, who was stopped at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, also was charged with failure to keep right. Police said he was too intoxicated to fingerprint. Police did not give any details on the …