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A man was arrested early Thursday after police kicked open the front door of his Smith Street house as he beat a woman, cupping her mouth with his hand to silence her screams, authorities said.Eric Kubisty, 37, is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief and harassment. Police said the suspect, who t…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man whose car was pulled over because he was allegedly talking on a cellphone while driving was arraigned in Niagara County Court Thursday on a resulting pair of drug felonies.Tony L. Moore, 31, of Niagara Avenue, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as second- and third-degree agg…

LOCKPORT – A man who was tied to a burglary at a Niagara Falls business by DNA testing was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Elbert J. Lewis Jr., 43, of Frontier Avenue in the Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary for a break-in at the Great Wall Restaurant in that…

An Attica man pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to attempting to receive child pornography. Paul J. Havlen, 48, posted an ad on Craigslist two years ago seeking a young man interested in smoking marijuana and engaging in sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Williams J. Hochul Jr. said. Between late October 2011 and Dec. 18, 2011, Havlen exch…

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A man wearing dark clothing and a New York Yankees baseball cap robbed the Key Bank branch at 1930 Niagara Falls Blvd. in the Town of Tonwanda at about 1:25 p.m. Thursday.Town of Tonawanda police, who released a surveillance photo of the robber, said the bandit handed a threatening note to a teller, then placed an undisclosed amount of cash into a black bag and fled on foo…

Fitzgerald A. Hudson, the fraudulent doctor sentenced to two years in federal prison this week, was sentenced to a year in state prison Thursday in a separate case in Allegany County.As part of the prosecution by the state attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control unit, Hudson also agreed to pay a $300,000 settlement for illegally billing Medicaid for services.Hudson, a Mi…

A Belmont Street man charged Thursday with first-degree burglary is accused of breaking into an Ashland Avenue about a week ago. Nicholas A. Gostomski, 23, was arrested after being picked up for questioning, said police, who noted they recovered two guns stolen during the burglary.

NIAGARA FALLS – An apartment building and a business were targeted recently by metal thieves, Niagara Falls police said.Police said a maintenance employee or Signature Apartments, 3100 block of Ninth Street, noticed the front windows of a vacant apartment broken and discovered copper piping and a hot water tank stolen. The loss and damage totaled $1,100.Police also said …

NIAGARA FALLS – Two teenagers and juvenile were arrested in the break-in of a vacant house in the 1000 block of 19th Street at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.Police said they also seized marijuana and prescription narcotic pills. Both teens were charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and one, additionally, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. On…

A North Tonawanda man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.Thomas A. Sparks, 21, is accused of knowingly receiving 94 images of child pornography and possessing a flash drive with images of child pornography.Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Sparks is charged with receipt and possession of child pornography. His indictment is the…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 22-year-old woman was shot in the back of her left leg just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday outside the entrance of Club Joey’s in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue. Police said the shot appears to have come from a pellet gun. The victim said she was smoking a cigarette when she heard two shots, then felt pain in her lower left leg. The victim told police no vehicl…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two men wearing ski masks and armed with long guns who attempted to rob Frenchy’s Pizza at 2210 Niagara St. about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday apparently left empty-handed. The bandits demanded cash, pointing their weapons at three employees who fled out the back door of the business and called police. A customer also had left when the gunmen arrived. Both bandits …

In court Thursday for the sentencing of her one-time teacher, a 14-year-old girl recounted how she once liked and admired William Kuhn.“He was a fantastic teacher who challenged band students,” the student said of the former Kenmore Middle School teacher and band director.But Kuhn broke the law and violated the trust of students, their parents and the community when he sen…

MAYVILLE – On the third day of testimony in the Anthony R. Taglianetti II murder trial, a Clymer school secretary recounted today how the unshaven Taglianetti showed up unannounced at Clymer Central School around noon on Sept. 21, 2012, requested an application to be a substitute teacher and asked if Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. was in the building.“He wasn’t polite. H…

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CAMBRIA – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a two-car crash at Plank and Ridge roads at about 10:15 a.m. today in which the vehicles sideswiped each other and one ended up hitting a house.A car traveling southbound on North Ridge Road and headed toward Plank Road, failed to stop as the driver turned left onto Ridge Road and was struck by the eastbound driver on R…