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LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas sentenced a Niagara Falls man to two years in the County Jail Friday, after mental health agencies refused to take him because he is an arsonist.William M. Bradley, 31, of Buffalo Avenue, had been placed on probation Aug. 30, on condition that he win entry to a mental health facility. Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph C…

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After a violent and shocking attack three months ago in a Hamburg toy store, Larry Wells is gone.But the former Toys R Us store manager is not forgotten.The people who loved him most – and others who simply felt bad about his death – will gather tonight to raise money for the family he left behind.The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in Matthew Glab Post 1477, Americ…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 14-year-old Niagara Falls High School student has been arrested by Niagara Falls police detectives Wednesday afternoon for placing a call to Niagara County dispatchers claiming there was a hostage situation at Gaskill Middle School and demanding $1 million or a hostage would be shot in head.The threat prompted a two-hour lockdown at the school.The teen, w…

A report that a boat had capsized this afternoon near the South Grand Island bridge proved to be unfounded, authorities said.No sign of a boat was found after a two-hour search prompted by a call from a motorist who said she thought she saw a boat in distress.Boats of the Coast Guard, Grand Island Fire Company, Erie County Sheriff’s Marine Unit and other agencies were invo…

An elderly man swindled out of $400,000 by a postal worker who delivered his mail told a judge Friday that he has become destitute because of the crime.“I had a real good friend that worked for the post office, and he took me to the cleaners, took everything I had,” the 78-year-old man told a judge during the sentencing phase of the proceeding. “I can’t even fend for mysel…

A former air sampling technician at the Kensington Heights public housing complex admitted Friday to looking the other way regarding false asbestos inspection reports.Chris Coseglia, 27, formerly of JMD Environmental Inc. of Grand Island, is the second worker to admit some role in the improper removal and disposal of asbestos at the vacant housing complex on Fillmore Avenu…

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LOCKPORT – The man who helped a killer dispose of a 5-year-old Cheektowaga girl’s body and then told police all about it won’t be in jail for much longer.Tyler S. Best, 19, who has served 13 months in Niagara County Jail since telling Niagara Falls police about the death of Isabella M. Tennant, was sentenced Friday to 16 months to four years in state prison, but Niagara Co…

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An apparent murder-suicide Friday involving an elderly couple has shocked a quiet Amherst neighborhood.It was a surreal scene for the residents of Dawnbrook Lane, who in the early-morning hours saw their quiet, tree-lined street off North Forest Road turn into a hub of activity.Police cruisers swarmed the neighborhood as Amherst police descended on 107 Dawnbrook, a small b…

A 41-year-old Donovan Drive man was arrested on marijuana charges after he allegedly refused to get out of the way of police officers checking on a report about a “suspicious vehicle” at East Ferry Street and Cornwall Avenue about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. Parris Palmer was arrested after he allegedly refused to comply with police officer requests, began harassing them and thr…

A West Avenue woman and her son were arrested on assault and other charges when the woman allegedly began fighting with officers who were taking her son into custody for allegedly punching a woman during a street incident about 8:54 p.m. Wednesday. Nilda Gutierrez, 49, and her son, Alex Labory, 25, were arrested at their home when police tracked the man there after a woman…

Homeowners who receive a foreclosure notice from their bank should stay in the house, and cut off any padlock that is put on their door, Housing Court Judge Patrick M. Carney said Thursday. Carney spoke to about 50 people who had gathered in Council chambers in City Hall for a public hearing about housing issues, where vacant and flipped properties were also addressed. Pe…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Pine Street businessman said cash, jewelry, clothing, cigarettes, cigars and a television set were stolen from his home in the 700 block of 15th Street sometime between 5 and 10 p.m. Wednesday.The 59-year-old man said he had $7,800 in business cash that he was going to deposit the next day, as well as $2,000 worth of Newport cigarettes in the house. Loss …

NIAGARA FALLS – A grounds keeper for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church said someone removed four copper downspouts and damaged the gutters on the church at 616 Cayuga Drive.The grounds keeper said Wednesday that the theft happened sometime in the past two weeks. Total loss estimated at $1,000.

LOCKPORT – The about-to-be-divorced father of three daughters under age 4 was placed on probation for 10 years Thursday for viewing child pornography.Aaron M. Dean, 23, of Royal Parkway South, Lockport, pleaded guilty July 10 to a reduced felony charge of attempted possession of a sexual performance by a child. The material was downloaded onto his computer in January 2012.…

LOCKPORT – A motorcyclist whose name is Harley Davidson Milstead was taken to a hospital for back and shoulder injuries after his Harley Davidson motorcycle struck two parked trucks and he was thrown from his vehicle at 12:55 p.m. today on North Transit Street near West Main Street in the City of Lockport.The injured driver, 38, of Lockport, was driving his 1985 motorcyc…