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Buffalo police have released the names of the three people injured in a shooting that left one man dead on the city’s West Side early Saturday.27-year-old Ervin Maye of Buffalo died after an unknown shooter opened fire inside a residence in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in a statement. Als…

Three homemade pop bottle bombs exploded early today in Lockport and South Buffalo.Two of the pop bottle bombs were discovered on a cul-de-sac street in the Town of Lockport, police reported.One bomb had already detonated by the time police arrived around 3:12 a.m., and the second detonated soon after, police said. The bombs were contained in a plastic Gatorade and two-lit…

Five lost hikers were rescued in Chestnut Ridge Park late Saturday after they became disoriented amid the park’s dense foliage and deep ravines, Orchard Park police reported.The two males and three females who range in age from 12 to 19 had entered the park around 6:30 p.m. But as darkness fell they realized they could not find their way out and placed a 911 call at 8:26 p…

Police across the area charged motorists in West Seneca, Ripley and Clarence overnight for driving while intoxicated, including one who was charged with a violation of Leandra’s Law for having a minor in the vehicle.A 21-year-old Hamburg man lost control of his vehicle at 4 a.m. today and struck a parked car on Warren Avenue near Center Road in West Seneca, town police rep…

LOCKPORT – A man accused of having a hand in stealing about $1,500 worth of products the Rite Aid on Lincoln Avenue was arrested Saturday evening after he entered the store as Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting an investigation. Jason L. Benedict, 31, fled when approached and deputies used a Taser to subdue him after he ignored their commands to stop, ac…

A passenger in a car stopped on Virginia Street in Buffalo Saturday had heroin, hypodermic needles and marijuana on her, Erie County sheriff’s deputies said. Ashley A. Alba, 27, of Depew was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. The deputies were on patrol as part of a Strike F…

ALABAMA – A Batavia father and son were seriously injured when their car crashed into a utility pole, spliiting in two, about 8:18 a.m. Saturday on Ledge Road in the Town of Alabama.Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies said the driver of the car, Shawn P. Wolcott Sr., 30, indicated his car jerked to the right before crashing into the pole, and ended up in a cornfield. His s…

A lawsuit charging a former associate dean with sexual harassment has been settled for $255,000 – and the University at Buffalo will pay most of the amount.Dr. Jude A. Fabiano and the university settled with Lesley Shiner, 64, of East Amherst, who worked as a clerk at the School of Dental Medicine’s instrument management services for 14 years. Shiner claimed Fabiano made u…

EAST RANDOLPH – An East Randolph man is accused of choking a woman unconscious during a domestic disturbance Friday.Richard Frink, 28, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and petit larceny – the latter charge for stealing his victim’s purse, state police said. Frink faces a future appeatrance in Town of Randolph Court.

An Amherst man has been arrested for selling drugs and untaxed cigarettes at the New York State Fair in Syracyse, authorities said. State police on Saturday said James Scherer Jr., 66, was charged with violating state tax law by selling unstamped cigarettes from the trunk of his car near a restaurant at the fairgrounds. Scherers also was charged with criminal possession o…

NIAGARA FALLS – Drugs, cash and a Chinese-made SKS rifle were recovered from a Niagara Avenue home after police broke down the door in a raid early Friday. Niagara Falls police and Niagara County Drug Task Force agents broke into the home at 5:30 a.m. and recovered crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, along with two digital scales, the rifle and $870 in cash. Devonte…

CAMBRIA – A reckless driving complaint led to the arrest of Niagara Falls man late Thursday on Lockport Townline Road.Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said a car driven by Steven D. Pike, 24, of 27th Street was swerving when he was pulled over about 11:40 p.m. Pike., deputies said, admitted to taking s pills before getting behind the wheel. He was charged with driving w…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two copper thefts were reported to city police on Friday, including one from a vacant home in the 2100 block of Ferry Avenue. Police said someone entered the bank-owned home through a boarded-up window and ripped copper plumbing from the basement and other rooms, resulting in extensive damage to ceilings and walls. The loss was estimated at $1,500. A 12th S…

WILSON – Items worth $4,000 were stolen Friday morning from cars parked at homes in the 2800 to 2900 blocks of Lake Road, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.In all, six unlocked vehicles at two residences were targeted, deputies said, with items taken from four. One homeowner reported the loss of $930 worth of goods, including a DC converter, dual DVD player, tablet …

Two victims of a crash Friday that killed a 3-year-old Cheektowaga boy were listed in fair condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center.Adrianne Hettinger, 27, and Frank Addeo, 66, of Lancaster, were both listed in fair condition the day after a head-on collision on Losson Road in Cheektowaga that killed Hettinger’s son. Hettinger veered from the eastbound lane of Loss…