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A man was critically wounded by gunfire in Buffalo’s Grider neighborhood Saturday afternoon during a drive-by shooting.The 30-year-old victim was shot at about 2 p.m. in the 400 block of Cambridge Avenue, police said. The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition late Saturday, police said. The victim’s name was …

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Only hours after receiving a civic group’s humanitarian award and being photographed with the mayor last July, the executive director of Urban Christian Ministries was arrested when bar employees told police he pointed a loaded rifle from his SUV as he drove past a Buffalo bar.Police caught up to Alexander J. Wright, 34, a mile away. They found the rifle in the back seat a…

NORTH TONAWANDA – A North Tonawanda teenager has been charged with attempted murder after stabbing another teenager several times during a fight early Saturday, Nort Tonawanda police said.Jordan L. Wankasky, 17, of Nash Road, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.Police were su…

OLCOTT – Drunken driving and other charges were lodged against a West Main Street man early Friday after he nearly drove his vehicle into Lake Ontario, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said. Charles R. Hawk, 52, was arrested on Beach Street, where his vehicle became stuck in sand and heavy equipoment was required to remove it. Hawk was charged with driving while intoxicat…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man faces felony charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation following his arrest early Saturday. Charles G. Maracle Jr., 32, of Portage Road, was arrested at 12:26 a.m. in the 7300 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard after making an unsafe lane change, said police, who found an open alcoholic beverage container in…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Grand Island man discovered major damage to his Walnut Avenue rental property when he tried to show it to a prospective tenant Saturday, police said. The owner told police he found a side door unlocked and open, and noticed that copper plumbing and a faucet had been cut and removed from the basement. The thieves also disabled a hot water tank after remo…

A Buffalo man was shot in the leg early Saturday in the city’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.Officers responded at 12:06 a.m. to the report of shots fired on Broadway, near Rother Avenue, and several vehicles leaving the scene, according to reports.Brandon Herbert, 24, of Playter Street, was shot in his left calf and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was t…

Three men face burglary charges after a neighbor reported to authorities a possible burglary in progress in the Town of Boston and then followed the men as they fled from the area, according to Boston-based state police.State Police received the call about noon Friday regarding the possible burglary on Black Creek Road. The neighbor then followed three young men, who lef…

A 54-year-old Hickory Street man was arrested on drug charges as police went to Sussex Street near Deerfield Avenue looking for other suspects at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Kurt Stevens, after being stopped on the street, was arrested on criminal possession of a controlled substance charges after police reported finding him carrying a glass crack pipe with crack cocaine resid…

Two men and a woman were literally caught in the act of burglarizing a residence in the first block of Hayden Street at about 1 a.m. Friday. The three were arrested after police allegedly found their getaway vehicle, parked in the driveway of the home, containing two stolen hot water tanks, aluminum heating duct work, copper piping and a number of burglar’s tools.Charged w…

A 24-year-old Riverside Avenue man was arrested at his home at about 5 a.m. Thursday for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl there early on June 30. Richard Bermudez was charged with a felony count of criminal sexual act in the second degree and sexual misconduct for the alleged incident.

A 37-year-old Fuller Street man was arrested shortly early Friday morning on felony charges for allegedly stealing the furnace and duct work from the Deer Street home from which he had recently been evicted. Vladimir Timoskav was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and criminal mischief. Police accused him of going back to the Deer Street home Thursday night, damaging…

A 31-year-old Powers Road man whom Orchard Park police would not identify was taken to Erie County Medical Center Friday morning for a mental evaluation after he acted extremely aggressively toward his parents.Police were called the home where the man lives with his parents at about 6 a.m. and were told he had become combative after an apparent night of drinking and using …

A 26-year-old Buffalo man was killed when the car in which he was a backseat passenger crashed into a utility pole at about 4:30 a.m. Friday on Ridge Road near Rosary Avenue in Lackawanna, Lackawanna police reported. Brian Matthew Sprull, no home address listed, died of severe internal injuries. He was pronounced dead in Mercy Hospital shortly after the accident.The woman …

LOCKPORT – State police in Lockport have charged a former North Tonawanda man with failing to file and report $16,000 in personal income he gained from collecting scrap metal from various locations in Niagara County.Thomas L.S. Deponceau, 27 of Chesapeake, Va., was arraigned Thursday on two counts of third-degree criminal tax fraud, both felonies.He allegedly failed to fil…