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One of the leaders of a counterfeit sneaker ring that stretched from Buffalo to China was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 27 months in prison.Malik Bazzi of Montreal had previously admitted buying and selling nearly 240,000 pairs of fake Nike sneakers as part of conspiracy that started with a factory in China and ended with retailers in cities …

LOCKPORT – A Lockport woman accused of holding up the Cornerstore Credit Union on April 10 pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of third-degree robbery in Niagara County Court.Dale L. Swain, 56, of Robinson Road, remains in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The bail was reduced from $50,000 by Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Swain, who was ar…

LOCKPORT – A Jerauld Avenue man was sentenced to a year in Niagara County Jail Monday for violating terms of probation in a felony case of driving while intoxicated.Robert G. Minney, 36, who had pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on April 9, was sentenced Monday by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Farkas. Minney’s attorney, David C. Douglas, said his client, who was ser…

A Germain Street man whose residence was the target of a Buffalo Police SWAT unit raid Sunday night is in custody and faces several charges, authorities said.Michael Cohen, 27, was charged with violating probation and domestic assault in unrelated cases, police said. During the raid, police arrested three suspects and recovered weapons, including an AK47 and a shotgun.

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man is accused of hitting the owner of a Ferry Avenue bar over the head with a beer bottle and breaking the glass entry door about 3 a.m. Sunday.Robert J. Ferguson, 30, of Mackenna Avenue, was charged with second-degree assault with a weapon, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct following the disturbance at Unc’s Bar & Tavern, polic…

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WASHINGTON – James C. Kopp, the anti-abortion zealot who fatally shot an Amherst physician nearly 15 years ago, lost his latest – and likely last – bid to have his convictions overturned at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.Appealing a case that had been rejected by lower federal courts, Kopp asked the Supreme Court to hear his argument that he had been denied his con…

An accident involving a truck pulling a cattle trailer forced authorities to close part of Route 63 in the Town of Covington in Wyoming County for about an hour and a half Monday morning, officials reported.No serious injuries were reported in the crash, which occurred at about 7:15 a.m. on Route 63, near Peoria Road. Power-line issues forced authorities to close the roa…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 27th Street woman told police on Sunday that someone has been using her bank account information to make unauthorized withdrawals at area convenience stores. The victim learned that $743 had been withdrawn from her account at 7-Eleven stores on Niagara Street and Pine Avenue in recent days. She said she was not missing any bank cards and did not know ho…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police are trying to determine who forged and cashed a stolen check worth $13,500.A 73rd Street man told police on Friday that he has been waiting for the check from the county treasurer, and called to inquire of its whereabouts when it had not arrived by Friday. He was told the check had indeed been cashed at a convenience store on 19th Street.An investi…

A man accused of selling counterfeit postage stamps has been arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.Alcides “Amigo” Marcelino is charged with possession and sale of counterfeit postage stamps, and he faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted.Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati said Marcelino sold counterfeit Lady Liberty and U.S. fl…

A 37-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to criminal possession with intent to use or transfer unlawfully identification documents allegedly destined for use by undocumented immigrants. Jorge Garcia faces a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $250,000 or both when he is sentenced Sept. 19.U.S. Attorney William …

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Police Lt. Brian Strobele drew his service weapon and fired at a “mentally deranged” motorist, who had started backing up toward the lieutenant, who had gotten out of his patrol vehicle after a chase.The bullet struck the driver of the pickup truck in the neck and shoulder, and Strobele believed he had saved not only himself but other South District officers.Two years …

A home near East Delavan and Bailey avenues was riddled with bullet holes on Sunday afternoon, with the shots believed to have come from a neighboring home.An Ericson Avenue man told Buffalo Police that he heard several “pops” and noticed bullet holes in drywall, siding, windows and gutters of his home between about 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday.Based on the trajectory of the ho…

Three people were taken into custody Sunday night after an incident near Grant and Amherst streets in which the police SWAT team was called, Buffalo Police said.Officers had been pursuing a warrant suspect just after 4:30 p.m. when the suspect fled to a home on Germain Street where police were told there may have been weapons.The situation ended without incident at 8:50 p.…

A Lockport man was beaten by five men near Main and Allen streets early Sunday.The 37-year-old victim told Buffalo Police he was chased and then kicked and beaten by his attackers at about 3 a.m.The police report noted that the attack happened near a gay bar on Allen, but no further details were provided by a police spokesman on Sunday night.The attackers took the victim…