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LOCKPORT – Aluminum down spouts stored in front of an overhead door at a workshop/garage in the 5600 block of Niagara Street Ext. were stolen sometime between Saturday and Monday.The garage owner, Chuck Barclay, told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies there was approximately 40 pounds of scrap aluminum, which consisted of brown downspouts with pinched ends, and sections…

A Buffalo man will spend up to a year in jail for attacking a woman on the Kensington Expressway, Cheektowaga police announced Tuesday.Rafael A. Martinez, 56, who pleaded guilty to strangulation and obstruction of breathing, was sentenced Monday by Town Justice Paul Piotrowski.According to police, Martinez was riding in a car driven by his 48-year-old girlfriend last Decem…

Four more members of the Anderson Drug Trafficking Organization pleaded guilty this week to federal charges of selling cocaine in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.The latest members of the family-run drug ring headed by Theresa Anderson to admit their guilt are Melvin Calhoun, her husband; Dion Anderson, her son; and Anquensha and Toshia Hodge, two of her daughters.All f…

Buffalo police are investigating an apparent shooting that took the life of a man in his early 20s, after the young man’s body was found on a porch Tuesday morning in the city’s Langfield Drive-Suffolk Street area.The body was discovered by a neighbor shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Sun Street, which runs north from Langfield Drive, east of Suffolk, Buffalo police said.Anyo…

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the second-degree murder conviction of Tyrome L. Elder in the Nov. 7, 2009, handgun slaying of a Buffalo man.Elder, 27, of Weston Avenue, Niagara Falls, is serving a sentence of 32 years to life for the shooting of Jacobi L. Lovett, 36, of Stanislaus Street, Buffalo. Lovett was shot in the left thigh as h…

LOCKPORT – Ricky Q. Caldwell, of Niagara Falls, who has been to state prison three times, is headed back after pleading guilty to attempted third-degree robbery Monday in Niagara County Court.Caldwell, 48, of Michigan Avenue, admitted to the charge in connection with a theft attempt May 6 at a Family Dollar store on Hyde Park Boulevard in the Falls.Police said Caldwell l…

Three people were rescued Monday evening by the U.S. Coast Guard after their boat became disabled and began taking on water in the Niagara River not far from LaSalle Park, officials reported late Monday from the external affairs office of the Ninth Coast Guard District. No injuries were reported.The Coast Guard watchstander at the Buffalo Station was summoned at about 7 p.…

When Saul Santana went looking for revenge, he found it in Anthony “Ace” Colon.It was the bloody summer of 2009, and Santana, a 10th Street Gang member, was seeking retaliation for the shooting of his cousin, fellow gang member Edwin Rivera.Santana found Colon, the rival Seventh Street Gang member who shot his cousin, on Ullman Street in Riverside and in broad daylight…

Buffalo’s 19th and 20th homicides of the year occurred within hours of each other during what proved to be a busy holiday weekend for police homicide investigators. Ronald L. Jones, 23, of Buffalo was shot late Saturday in the first block of Norway Park, just hours after a 16-year-old was shot and killed in the 200 block of Northland Avenue, police reported Monday.Polic…

Toward the end of the day Wednesday, with the jury preparing to recess for the holiday weekend, defendant Mohamed Taher wrote a note and held it up inside the courtroom.“Bangs are nice,” the note said.No one knows for certain why Taher, one of two defendants in a marijuana-trafficking case, wrote the note, although the judge wondered aloud Monday if it was intended for…

Beth Lynne Hoskins’ 74-count animal cruelty trial resulted in her conviction on 52 counts of animal cruelty for mistreatment of her high-end Morgan horses.But the judge’s verdict issued Monday is not stopping her in her fight, and already she is strategizing her appeal. It’s a case that has rung up at least $2 million total, between both dueling sides, the SPCA Servi…

Genesee County sheriff’s deputies nabbed a driving while intoxicated suspect Saturday night in the Town of Leroy – about four hours after he was arrested for DWI in a Darien Lake concert parking lot.The double trouble for Charles W. O’Shea, 35, of East Main Street, Leroy, started late Saturday afternoon when he was arrested for DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation…

The thefts weren’t just a one-time crime.Instead, they followed a long-term pattern of a Catholic nun’s systematic stealing from two churches and their parishioners.Those crimes included taking money from the weekly collection basket, depositing checks made out to the church into her personal bank account and carrying on a campaign of dishonesty for five full years –…

KENNEDY – An unattended candle left burning in the first-floor family room sparked a fire that destroyed a home in the Town of Poland on Sunday evening, Chautauqua County sheriff’s officials reported.Kennedy volunteer firefighters responded to a 6:48 p.m. alarm at 2094 Route 62, before being joined by firefighters from Frewsburg, Falconer and Kiantone. Two youths who w…