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They had been good buddies for decades. They’d gone fishing together in Buffalo and Florida. For about 20 years, Donald L. Miller had hosted Thomas J. Wojciechowski in his mobile home in Florida and taken him on boat and scooter rides.But on Tuesday morning, as he addressed an Erie County Court judge, Miller had nothing good to say about Wojciechowski, the 67-year-old disb…

A three-vehicle crash on the Scajaquada Expressway at Parkside Avenue caused a backup and sent two people to the hospital this morning. The crash, which was reported at 9:34 a.m., snarled weekday morning traffic near where the eastbound Scajaquada connects to the Kensington Expressway.Authorities said at least one vehicle rolled over during the crash. A Rural/Metro spokesm…

A 19-year-old Niagara Falls man was taken to Erie County Medical Center late Monday night after being shot three times near Pine Avenue and Seventh Street, city police said. He was listed in serious condition in intensive care at Erie County Medical Center.Leonard L. Sistrunk Jr. suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest in the assault, which was reported shortly after 10…

A car fire spread to a nearby occupied home on the city’s West Side early Tuesday morning, leaving a total estimated damage of $26,500 to the home, its contents and the vehicle, Buffalo fire officials reported.Firefighters responded to a 4:30 a.m. alarm outside 309 Rhode Island St., southeast of Massachusetts Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets. Witnesses said the vehicl…

A Tonawanda Street woman was arrested Monday after entering an Amherst Street liquor store and demanding money, police said. Ashley Steffens, 25, covered her face with a shirt as she entered Gambino Liquors and warned that she had a gun, said the police report. Before the liquor store holdup, police added, Steffens entered a nearby Family Dollar store, covered her face wit…

A man was shot in the face and back Sunday night during an attack in the 100-block of Brunswick Boulevard on the East Side. Police identified the victim as Leonard Webb, who is in the late 50s. He was listed in critical condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center after suffering severe blood loss, authorities said.Police said the victim was capable of providing only “s…

A woman was robbed Sunday night as she was walking on Paderewski Drive near Wilson Street.The victim said two men wearing hoodies approached her as she was walking to work about 9:15 p.m. One of the men displayed a black revolver and demanded her purse. The assailants also stole the woman’s cellphone before they fled north on Wilson.

Three assailants attacked and robbed a man early Sunday in the Schiller Park neighborhood. The victim was walking on Doat Street near Zelmer Street shortly after midnight when the attackers approached him from behind. One bandit had a gun. They made off with a wallet, cellphone, gold necklace and personal papers. The victim suffered swelling to his head and a cut lip, po…

An Allentown woman was robbed early Monday by a man who followed her as she walked north on Irving Place.The victim told police she was confronted about 12:30 a.m., when the bandit grabbed her, covered her mouth and pushed her to the ground. The attacker stole a purse containing cash, a credit card, debit card and other personal belongings.Police found a pair of black san…

MACHIAS – An Elma man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Sunday after state police responded to reports of hazardous driving.Charles W. Olday Jr., 54, of Elma, was stopped about 5:25 p.m. by Trooper John Dyche on Maple Avenue in the Town of Machias, Cattaraugus County. Police said Olday’s vehicle had almost hit two other cars. Police said Olday’s s blood-alc…

A driver who led Erie County Sheriff’s deputies on a foot chase through several backyards on the Cattaraugus Reservation was charged with felony driving while intoxicated.Desmond A. Jimerson, 40, of Longhouse Road, Lawtons, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Monday by Deputy Gary Mosier after abandoning his car and taking off on foot, authorities said. Mosier pulled over Jimerso…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A vacationing Ernest Road resident returned home Sunday after a warning from police, only to discover nearly $2,300 worth of property missing from his home.Sheriff’s deputies said they went to the home after midnight to find about 20 young people collected there, apparently for a party. Several fled upon noticing the deputies, setting off an alarm and br…

A West Seneca man was arrested for driving drunk early Saturday after he swerved out of his lane and almost struck a state police car, New York State Police officials reported Monday. 42-year-old Scott T. Scarcello of Briarhill Road was driving on Pleasantview Drive in the Town of Lancaster at about 3:25 a.m. when his Dodge Charger crossed the center line, nearly colliding…

A Friendship man made the acquaintance of New York State Police Thursday after allegedly threatening another man over the phone.Dana A. McAllister was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment for the alleged threat, which targeted a man from the Town of Wirt, state police reported Monday. McAllister posted $500 bail after being arraigned in the Town of…

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Neighbors Mark Whitcomb and Rodney Johnson were rousted from their Tyler Street homes Sunday by the sound of raucous University at Buffalo students in the street.It wasn’t a loud house party, though. It was a mini-parade through University Heights of UB’s marching band, the “Thunder of the East,” and football players handing out T-shirts that culminated in a block party on…