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A judge this week sentenced a Buffalo man to one year in jail and ordered him to return $1,950 he collected from two would-be tenants for a rental property that he did not own.Daniel Loster, 30, of Edson Street, had pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery and grand larceny charges for pretending to be the landlord of a South Buffalo property that police said he advertised through…

Fitzgerald A. Hudson masqueraded as a doctor.He lied on his application to medical school and later on his request for a license in New York State.And prosecutors will tell that you that, even worse, they believe that Hudson was responsible for the death of a 5-year-old boy in his care.A federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former Wellsville doctor turned convict to two yea…

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MAYVILLE – Mary Taglianetti was vigilant about deleting the sexually explicit emails she had exchanged with Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr., a man with whom she had a brief affair two years earlier while she and her husband were separated.Uncharacteristically, she missed erasing one of the emails last September, and when Anthony R. “Rob” Taglianetti discover…

A 22-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after his vehicle hit a building on Grand Island, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle striking a building on Grand Island Boulevard at about 3:40 a.m. The driver appeared intoxicated, deputies said. Andrew Cerrillo, who lives in the town, was taken into custody after a brief strugg…

A 23-year-old East Amherst man was arrested on drunk driving and traffic infraction charges after he reportedly lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on Thompson Road in Clarence at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday, State Police reported today.Daniel J. Korzak of Meadowlake Drive failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.18 percent, more than twice t…

Two men were arrested on stolen car and drug charges by State Troopers working for the Buffalo Police Strike Force early Saturday evening.Shavon I. Royal, 18, no address listed, and Harrison R. Mayfield, 28, of Theodore Street, were arrested on Bailey Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. in a car reported stolen to Lackawanna police. Both were charged with criminal possession of stol…

A faulty extension cord left too close to combustible material caused $15,000 in damage to contents of a basement in the house on Amherstdale Road at about 5:50 a.m. today, according to the Snyder Fire Department. There was no damage to the structure and no injuries caused by the basement fire.

It was pure instinct that guided Jovan Byrd when he heard the loud screeching sound, followed by a huge crash, outside his Main Street apartment in North Buffalo on Sunday night.He ran outside and spotted a 79-year-old woman’s car engine on fire, with her trapped in the driver’s seat.Together with off-duty Buffalo Police Officer Michael Norwood, from the city’s Ferry-Fillm…

LOCKPORT – A call for a suspected electrical fire just after 8 p.m. Sunday turned out to be just the odor of an improperly installed light fixture. But a search of the house led the Town of Lockport building inspector to condemn the house due to deplorable conditions.The homeowner and her 9-year-old son were removed from the house on Raymond Road after Niagara County sheri…

NIAGARA FALLS – A woman prisoner was charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a sprinkler head and flooding her cell in the City Jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday. Damages are listed at $1,750.According to jailers, they heard the fire alarm and found water spraying into the cell of Christine G. Altman, 33, of 13th Street. The sprinkler was shut down and…

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies found a man hysterical at 7 a.m. Monday in a convenience store parking lot in the 6900 block of Ward Road claiming that a man had stolen his 1989 Ford Crown Victoria, but the victim became the suspect when a witness said there was no car.Brian E. Schmiege, 26, of Balmer Road, Youngstown was charged by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies with…

WARSAW – A 19-year-old Perry man was charged with promoting prison contraband within hours of his arrest early Sunday morning.While being processed to enter Wyoming County Jail at about 6:45 a.m., Cainen P. Lisena, was found to have a smoking bowl with suspected marijuana residue hidden inside his underwear. Jail officials also found pot in his mouth.Lisena now faces a War…

FRANKLINVILLE – A 45-year-old Franklinville man turned himself into authorities a week after he caused a property damage accident on Park Circle, then drove off and abandoned his vehicle, State Police reported today.Kevin D. Woodward surrendered to Machias Office troopers after an investigation confirmed he was the owner of the vehicle that damaged a light pole and left ru…

WARSAW – A 30-year-old Perry man was belatedly charged with felony and aggravated drunken driving for allegedly knocking over a road sign and a mail box on County Line Road in the Town of Perry on Oct. 14 and then driving off to Letchworth State Park, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reported today.Ryan D. McDanel, of Orchard Street, was tracked down by State Park Polic…

A juror from the Dr. James G. Corasanti fatal hit-and-run DWI trial was stopped over the weekend for suspected drunken driving for the second time this year.The arrest of John F. Jankowiak Jr. came early Saturday in the Town of Orchard Park – just hours after a Buffalo City Court judge acquitted him of misdemeanor DWI in the first case and instead convicted him of the less…