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A 22-year-old man is in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center with gunshot wounds suffered as he was in a house in the first block of Sweeney Street about 7 p.m. today. Homicide detectives have been delegated to investigate whether the shooter was in the house or out on the street. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Confidential T…

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Buffalo has just been named one of the nation’s best “bicycle-friendly” communities, but it became less friendly Tuesday night for the head of the city’s major bicycle promotion organization.A Schwinn World Sport owned by Justin Booth, executive director of GOBike Buffalo, was stolen from the bike rack in the Innovation Center at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at 640 E…

Amherst police were continuing Tuesday to try to track down three suspicious men, including two would-be armed robbers, who were spotted in the Cranburne Lane-Delamare Road area of the town Monday night. Calls came in about a man dressed in dark clothing and periodically looking over his shoulders in a suspicious manner. While checking on those calls, officers were told by…

In the continuing crackdown on under-aged drinking in Buffalo’s University District by party-happy college and high school students, state troopers assigned to the City Police Department’s Buffalo Strike Force and working hand in hand with investigators from the State Department of Motor Vehicles, arrested 18 underage suspects as they tried to enter bars in Buffalo and Am…

A 23-year-old Olean woman has pleaded not guilty before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz in Little Valley to a felony charge of unlawful grand jury disclosure for allegedly tipping off a suspect to grand jury action while she was a Cattaraugus County grand juror in August and September 2012.Brittany J. Coleman faces a possible prison term of up to four years on th…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda heroin addict was promised drug treatment Tuesday in exchange for his guilty plea to stealing more than $6,000 earlier this year.For Jonathan M. Grant, 25, of Robert Drive, it was the second time in two years he had pleaded guilty to grand larceny. This time, the plea was to attempted third-degree grand larceny for thefts between March 5 and Ap…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man voiced his regret at becoming involved with making methamphetamine Tuesday, as Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision.“This is knowledge I wish I had never learned,” said Sean A. Smith, 39, of William Street. “I never taught anybody how to make that produc…

LOCKPORT – A Ransomville man faces further charges after a Niagara County Jail corrections officer found him carrying a hypodermic needle in a left pocket in his jacket after he was dropped off at the jail on driving while intoxicated charges on Monday morning.Michael L. Davis, 42, of Dickersonville Road was taken into custody and charged with prison contraband and possess…

NIAGARA FALLS – A landlord in the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue told police Monday that he broke into his house after the tenants changed the locks and he found that they had moved out and trashed the place. He said the suspects had been his tenants for about four years and owed him rent money.Neighbors said the two left in mid-October.Inside the house the landlord said he…

JAVA – Authorities say a Sardinia man’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he pointed a gun at police who confronted him while he was hunting in Wyoming County.The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office said John M. Smith, 44, was hunting on private property Saturday in the town of Java.Officials said he pointed his gun at deputies, who determined…

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Theresa Anderson sold drugs day and night.So did her husband, son and three daughters.And yes, even her granddaughter.It was a family business so unique it attracted the attention of the nation’s biggest newspapers and TV networks.Anderson, the family matriarch turned ring leader, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison.“She devastated her whole family,” U.S. D…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man who allegedly robbed a victim at gunpoint and a woman who apparently lured the victim there, were both charged on a warrant Tuesday for their roles in a Nov. 3 armed robbery in the 400 block of Fourth Street.Joshua C. Shimmel, 26, of Portage Road and Alidia A.M. Henry, 17, of Ferry Avenue were each charged with both first and second-degree robbery.The…

New York State will pay $750,000 to a former doctor at the Albion Correctional Facility to settle her 11-year old claims of race discrimination.The suit by Dr. Gwendolyn Cole-Hoover, an African-American, accused several nurses and supervisors at Albion of creating a racially hostile workplace and improperly disciplining her on several occasions.“She was constantly mistreat…

ALBANY – The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York’s SAFE Act gun-control law.The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group’s lawsuit against the state over the gun and ammuni…

LOCKPORT – Timothy C. DePetris, the Niagara Falls businessman charged with shooting his brother-in-law and trying to hire a hitman to finish the job, must stay in solitary confinement, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ruled today.DePetris, 44, has been in isolation in the Niagara County Jail since June, when he was charged with using the jail telephones to try to r…