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Local police are warning that an extremely powerful and potentially fatal batch of drugs, being sold as heroin, has hit the Buffalo area.Laboratory tests confirmed that one of two batches of heroin recently purchased by undercover lawmen from a Buffalo drug trafficker was not heroin but a highly potent and very dangerous drug routinely given to severely ailing cancer patie…

LeROY – A Brockport motorcyclist was killed early Friday in a collision with a Smart car driven by an out-of-state driver making a U-turn, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reported.Joshua J. Lowery, 26, was heading west on North Road at 6:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Jeffery J. Simek, 55, of New Smyrna, Fla., was also westb…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police detectives are looking for a man who made off with an undetermined amount of money in a robbery at about 12:40 p.m. Friday at the M&T Bank branch on Main Street.The robber was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a thin build and wearing a white T-shirt, black knee-length shorts, dark sunglasses and a Pittsburgh Steelers …

A Crestwood Avenue woman is accused of slashing the front tire of a neighbor’s car during an argument early Wednesday evening. Cecile P. Puckhaber, 33, was charged with criminal mischief and harassment about 7:30 p.m., shortly after the tire slashing and verbal threat to the neighbor, police said. Damage was estimated at $180.

A Columbus Avenue man stopped by police as he drove out of his own driveway without working headlights was arrested on drug charges early Thursday. Debashish Kake, 34, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container.

LOCKPORT – Two brothers who were kicked out of their Niagara Falls home and spent some nights sleeping in the woods were arraigned this week in Niagara County Court, charged with a string of residential burglaries in the city’s LaSalle area.Mark A. Pardee, 21, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three burglaries. His brother Justin S. Pardee, 18, appeared Wednesday before C…

LOCKPORT – Two men who admitted violating the terms of their probation sentences were ordered to spend a year in the Niagara County Jail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Thursday.Josh P. Czamara, 21, of Winchester Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty last year to attempted second-degree assault for stabbing a man who was fighting with Czamara’s cousin. C…

LOCKPORT – Rashie K. Perry, the mother of children ages 1 and 6, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Thursday to an indictment accusing her of making crack cocaine sales to a police informant in Niagara Falls this spring.Perry, 27, of South Avenue, was ordered jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas on the indictment charging two counts …

LOCKPORT – A native of the former Soviet Union will not face deportation after being placed on five years’ probation Thursday in a felony driving while intoxicated case.Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence on Vasiliy V. Kayutkin, 41, of Wheatfield-Pendleton Town Line Road, Wheatfield.A permanent resident of the U.S., Kayutkin was drunk on Oct…

LOCKPORT – A former Lockport resident, now living in Bridgeport, W. Va., pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of molesting a girl 17 years ago and a woman last year while visiting Lockport.Andrew K. Peyatt, 55, is charged with predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum life prison sentence. He also is charged with first…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Veterans Court opened for business Thursday, with County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas accepting guilty pleas in two drunken driving cases.Allyn D. Smith, 32, of Bollier Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted second-degree assault and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, reduced charges from a Nov. 2 incident in which three Niagara Falls off…

LOCKPORT – Miguel E. Febres, who was to go to trial next week on an indictment charging him with four heroin sales and possession of a loaded handgun, took a plea deal Thursday that ensured him a six-year prison sentence instead of the potential 51 years if he were convicted on all counts.Febres, 34, of Zimmerman Street, North Tonawanda, complained about his attorney, As…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man will serve 1½ to three years in prison for having child pornography on his cellphone, State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ruled Thursday.Hollis Stewart, 38, of Main Street, had pleaded guilty to possession of a sexual performance by a child, a crime thyat occurred in April.

A Jamaican woman who is accused of scamming Medicaid repeatedly by claiming to be a U.S. citizen has been arrested again, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Thursday. Georgia Bowen, also known as Georgia Bennett, 38, of Lackawanna, has been charged with health-care fraud, identity theft and unauthorized use of Social Security numbers.Prosecutors said Bowen previous…