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SHERMAN – Call it a GKWI — go-karting while intoxicated.State Police based in Jamestown announced Thursday that Arthur Reid, 22, was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday after a trooper pulled him over for allegedly operating an unregistered go-kart on Main Street in the Chautauqua County town of Sherman.Reid failed field sobriety tests, police said, and late…

LOCKPORT – A man with a history of gun violence was arraigned Thursday on an indictment charging him with shooting a man in Niagara Falls on May 26.Cordarise M. Houston, 23, of 70th Street in the Falls, faces a charge of shooting John Petty “seven times and leaving him to die,” Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.Pett…

MAYVILLE – Trial has been set to begin March 11 for four men charged with killing a Chautauqua County couple earlier this year in their Town of Carroll home.A Chautauqua County Court judge set the date for the men who are charged with murder in the slayings of Gordon and Joyce Skinner.Firefighters responding to a blaze at the couple’s home April 17 found the bodies.Four me…

Police, government agencies and the Buffalo community need to work together. This was a sentiment emphasized repeatedly during Wednesday night’s summit attended by community activists, police and Mayor Byron W. Brown to discuss solutions to curbing violent crime and homicides in the City of Buffalo. “Without the community getting involved, without witnesses getting involve…

A man on the roof of a commercial building around William Street and Transit Road jumped off the structure, ending a standoff that began at around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster police said.Thomas Bailey, 37, of Lancaster, was given first aid and transported by ambulance to ECMC with internal injuries, police added. He will be held for a mental evaluation.The incident bega…

A Kenmore man who accidentally left his cellphone at a slot machine of the Buffalo Seneca Creek Casino early Wednesday rang up the phone on another cellphone and confronted the thief, police said. Ramon Byrd, 43, of Perry Street was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and menacing at his Perry Street home, where the cellphone was recovered as well as…

Chalk up another tradition being affected by social media: large underage drinking parties.Young people take to Facebook, Twitter and texting to spread the word when they decide to spend a lazy summer night drinking, especially in remote rural areas.Local police agencies recently have broken up such parties attended by up to 200 young people, many of them underage.But soci…

A soldier from the Buffalo area stationed at Fort Hood died Sunday after being found unresponsive in her barracks at the Texas military base, the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office announced today. Pfc. Lisa Christine Salzman was assigned to Fort Hood as a member of an artillery brigade in January of this year. The 27-year-old recently completed her first full year of servic…

LOCKPORT – City police responding to a call in the 100 block of South Transit Street found a woman face down in a car with her hands and feet bound by duct tape Tuesday night.Police released the woman, who told them that a man was being assaulted in a nearby apartment on the second floor.The suspect, William S. Johnson, 35, of 132 South Transit, had allegedly attacked the …

A Batavia man has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 56 months in prison for taking an underage girl out of state to have sex with her.Timothy Logsdon, 29, had previously admitted his intention to take the victim to Tennessee, where they planned to live together and carry on a relationship.Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell said the investi…

A Sweet Avenue man arrested on weapons and menacing charges is accused of threatening a man with a 22-caliber revolver at Bailey Avenue and East Amherst Street about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Tyquarius Bush, 19, was arrested on the complaint of a man who said he was treatened after questioning Bush about a recent gang assault.

LEWISTON – A 96-year-old woman died after the crash of her car into a house at 700 Cayuga Street at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.The woman, who has not been identified, was unresponsive when she was taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Further information was unavailable. Lewiston police and state police investigated.

A 23-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with robbing the First Niagara Bank branch Monday afternoon in the 700 block of Exchange Street, according to Buffalo police.Alqifi Nageeb of Minton Street was charged with first-degree robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after South District police recovered more than $3,000 and the note Nageeb alleg…

James Costello Jr., the volunteer director of campaign operations for Bert D. Dunn, a Democratic candidate for Erie County sheriff, was charged last week with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.Costello, 46, of Lancaster Avenue, is accused of fleeing from Gates Circle after crashing into two traffic signs, five trees and a wall at…

LOCKPORT – A Pine Street man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday for growing marijuana in his apartment, but he faces much more serious legal troubles in federal court.William H. Chapple III, 45, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Police raided his apartme…