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Reymundo Nieves-Rojas was ordered Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to serve an eight-year state prison term on his guilty plea to burglary charges linked to a series of West Side house burglaries over the last two years.Arrested months ago, Nieves-Rojas pleaded guilty to one-count of second-degree burglary, two counts of attempted second-degree…

A Kensington Avenue man and two Hempstead Avenue teens were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a laptop computer and other property from a Lasalle Avenue man at about 12:30 a.m.Howard Cahee, 20, of Kensington, and Robert Proctor, 19, and Daryl Bland, 18, are charged with first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm for allegedly stealing the goods by threateni…

An Amherst woman pleaded guilty Wednesday before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to embezzling more than $1,500 in funds raised last year for families of New York National Guard troops from the Connecticut Street Armory assigned for yearlong duty in Kuwait.Shana King, 24, of Sheridan Drive, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, the highest charge she…

Amherst police are searching for the man who robbed an Amherst bank Tuesday morning.The robbery occurred at about 10 a.m. at the KeyBank branch at 5200 Main St. at North Forest Road.The robber handed a teller a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun, police said. He fled with an undetermined amount of money.The robber was approximately 40 years old, 6 feet, 2 i…

Suspect in Target fire needs mental evaluationThe man accused of starting a fire at a Target department store appeared in Amherst Town Court on Wednesday morning, but the proceeding was rescheduled for Sept. 19 because he hasn’t had a court-ordered mental health evaluation, his defense attorney said.William Lattin, 64, charged with second-degree arson, told the judge he di…

A woman in her late 40s was fatally injured just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when she was struck by a minivan as she attempted to cross the street at East Ferry Street and Fillmore Avenue and later pronounced dead, authorities said.The woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Police are continuing to investigate, but no charges have been fi…

An M&T Bank branch at 1300 Jefferson Ave. was robbed at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Buffalo police said.A man entered the bank and handed a teller a note reading, “Give me all your money and give me my note back,” police said. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said.

NIAGARA FALLS – After assurances from an attendant at Niagara Majestic Tours that its lot in the 6500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard was “the safest parking lot to park in,” the driver of a rented van from Delaware told police Tuesday that it was hit by thieves while he and his passengers were taking a four-hour bus tour.The driver said the van’s lock was heavily damaged…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A 76-year-old tourist from Quebec was pronounced dead at the scene after he, his wife and their grandson were struck by a pickup truck as they crossed Niagara Parkway south of Murray Street about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Niagara Regional Police reported.The victim’s 75-year-old wife was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, while their 14-year-old gran…

PENDLETON – A Cloverleaf Lane man told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies two notebook computers were stolen from his 2006 Mercedes Benz over the weekend.The victim told deputies a silver MacBook Pro, valued at $1,600 in a black computer bag with a purple stripe, and a second white MacBook, valued at $1,400, were taken, probably overnight Friday when he forgot to shut the g…

LOCKPORT – Joseph M. Gaines, 44, of Chestnut Road, Wilson, pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated in Niagara County Court on Wednesday.County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing Nov. 7 for Gaines, who was arrested in Wilson Feb. 2. He has a previous DWI conviction from 2005.

NIAGARA FALLS – A second arrest was made Tuesday in connection with a home invasion on Linwood Avenue in January.Lester M. Streeter, 18, of 22nd Street, was arraigned in City Court on felony charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. Released Wednesday after posting $3,000 bond, he will return to court Friday.Three masked men entered …

NIAGARA FALLS – An unnamed female employee is suspected of taking $2,500 in cash while working a shift as a finance cage cashier, the Seneca Niagara Casino’s head of security reports.He said that after the 43-year-old woman completed her shift from 10:15 p.m. on July 25 to 6:15 a.m. on July 26, the finance cage manager did a count of the drawer and found it $2,500 short. T…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda woman who is charged with stabbing her live-in boyfriend to death rejected a plea offer Wednesday, and her attorney said she is likely to pursue her self-defense claim in a trial.Jennifer Marchant is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 6 death of Ralph D. Stone Jr., 24, in the couple’s Oliver Street apartment.Marchant…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was to have gone to trial Wednesday on a felony assault charge accepted a plea offer, and Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she is likely to give him a conditional discharge when he returns to court Nov. 8.Robert V. Abrams Jr., 48, of Ontario Avenue, admitted to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He had been charged with a f…