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NIAGARA FALLS – Three female students were all younger than 15 when they allegedly had sexual contact with 79th Street School Principal Patrick M. Kuciewski, but officials are barred from prosecuting the case, because no force was involved and the incidents happened more than 15 years ago.Legally, children younger than 18 are unable to give consent, but because no force…

An Amherst man pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to what federal prosecutors call the biggest synthetic marijuana bust in Western New York history.Fawzi A. Al-Arashi, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.Al-Arashi was charged last July, after a search of his warehouse on Ri…

A 50-year-old Eden man who operated a Hamburg bar and restaurant pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski today to grand larceny in the second degree for failing to pay almost $73,000 in sales tax.Luke Mumbach of 4315 Keller Road, the former operator of the Buffalo Street Grill at 61 Buffalo Street in Hamburg pleaded guilty to the highest charge …

LOCKPORT – The man who robbed the M&T Bank branch in the City of Lockport March 8 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.Joseph J. Trusello, 24, of Ransomville Road, Lewiston, admitted to third-degree robbery in exchange for a promise that his sentence will be served simultaneously with a sentence he is awaiting from Niagara Falls City Judge Mark A. Violante o…

A passenger car driver reported by State Police to be in his mid-20s remained in critical condition at ECMC this evening hours after his car and a tractor trailer rig were involved in a crash on the southbound I-190 just north of the Skyway at about 3:52 p.m. today. The crash backed up southbound traffic as far north as Ontario Street. The accident scene was cleared at abo…

LOCKPORT – Alexander S. Wisby, whose attorney said he was a drug addict, was sentenced Wednesday to one to three years in prison for stealing $3,742 worth of property from a Town of Lockport bed-and-breakfast last year before it had opened for business.Wisby, 24, of Mechanic Street, Middleport, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to a reduc…

LOCKPORT – Brandon R. McKinney, 31, of Prospect Street, Newfane, pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling heroin and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.McKinney, a second-time felon, was living in Lockport when he sold heroin to a police informant there Oct. 1, police said. He had also …

LOCKPORT – Five years’ probation was the sentence Wednesday for a North Tonawanda man who had pleaded guilty to selling the drug Suboxone in that city last year.Jason A. Kozlowski, 37, of Payne Avenue, had admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.He had successfully served 90 days of interim probation, impressing Ni…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police caught a suspected crack dealer in a wheelchair who tried to roll away after throwing his loaded .22 caliber short revolver in a pile of dirt in the 500 block alley off of Ferry Avenue, just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.Frank D. Murphy, 28, of Walnut Avenue was charged with third and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-de…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man pleaded guilty and a North Tonawanda man was sent to jail Wednesday in drunken driving cases before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Peter L. Reed, 41, of Scovell Street, Lockport, admitted to felony driving while intoxicated and was sent to an inpatient rehabilitation facility to await sentencing Oct. 2. He had been in jail since his Ju…

NIAGARA FALLS – A building that was used to store filter press plates was heavily damaged just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Allied Waste at 5600 Niagara Falls Boulevard.Niagara Falls Fire Investigator Gerald Aderhold said city firefighters found the building engulfed in flames when they arrived.The building in the industrial complex hadn’t been used in a while, according …

A woman told police Monday night that six men threw her juvenile son off of an Olympic Avenue front porch and proceeded to punch, kick and stomp him until he was unconscious, authorities said.The six men then fled in two cars, one of them a tan Chevy Malibu, police said.

An East Side man suspected of stealing a laptop computer from Women and Children’s Hospital was arrested, police said Tuesday night.Christopher Livecchi, 42, had five keys that opened various doors in the hospital, authorities said. He entered the building “with no legitimate purpose” and took the laptop by cutting the computer cable lock, according to officials.

A man who passed a police checkpoint with a fictitious inspection sticker Monday night was found to have 1,050 bootleg movies, police said.Antoine C. Williams, 44, was driving on Bailey Avenue near the Kensington Expressway when he encountered the checkpoint, according to officials. His license was also found to be suspended, police said.

A 20-year-old woman was robbed Tuesday night on the West Side at knifepoint, police said.The woman was walking at Vermont and 17th streets when an unknown man approached her and said, “I don’t want to stab you, but just give me your cash and card,” authorities said.The woman gave up her bank card and $300 in cash and then ran to the Central District station, accordin…