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CAMBRIA – A 33-year-old Lockport man who was injured in a one-car crash was charged with felony drunk driving under Leandra’s Law Friday for having three children in his vehicle, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported.Eric V. Heiman was arrested after he was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for treatment after the 11:45 a.m. crash on Saunders Settlement …

LOCKPORT – Ronald A. Bugyi Jr., 40, of New Road, Ransomville, pleased and surprised Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas by his success on six months of interim probation for felony driving while intoxicated, so the judge spared him a prison sentence and expanded his probation term to a full five years Friday.Bugyi had pleaded guilty in the wake of a May 11, 2012, arre…

LOCKPORT – Timothy C. DePetris, the Niagara Falls businessman accused of trying to murder his brother-in-law and then trying to hire a hitman to finish the job, may have been hoodwinked by a jailhouse informant and a federal agent, according to comments by attorneys in Niagara County Court on Friday.Also, defense attorney E. Earl Key said he believes the state’s new gun co…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man was arraigned in Niagara County Court Friday on an indictment charging him with making three cocaine sales to a police informant in that city last year.Patrick E. Powell, 32, of Mead Street, is charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.The indictment accused him of selling cocaine …

Five people were taken to area hospitals after a two-car crash at about 3:20 p.m. Friday at South Park and Dorrance avenues. One of the injured was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.Police continue to investigate the accident, in which one of the vehicles rolled over.The identities of those involved have not been released.

LOCKPORT – Jonathan D. Bersani accepted a plea deal in Niagara County Court Friday, admitting to two cocaine felonies while avoiding prosecution on a third.Bersani, 21, of Koons Avenue, Buffalo, a former Town of Niagara resident, accepted a sentencing cap of three years from County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who will make it official Oct. 18. Bersani is jailed in lieu of $…

LOCKPORT – A Cambria man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to a charge of violating a restraining order by roughing up a woman March 12.Robert G. Holmes, 32, of Upper Mountain Road, admitted to first-degree criminal contempt and was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 1 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. He could receive up to four years in prison.The woman alleged…

An Olean businessman pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges Friday during a proceeding before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.Edmund J. Renaud, 70, faces a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 or both, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.Hochul said Renaud failed to pay federal payroll taxes totaling $132,000 for moving and s…

LeROY – A 20-year-old Leroy man was arrested Friday in connection with a burglary earlier in the day at a Mill Street business.Bishop E. Williams of Lake Street is being held on three counts of third-degree burglary, petit larceny and criminal mischief. He is accused of taking part in the burglary sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. According to police either Williams or …

Local police are warning that an extremely powerful and potentially fatal batch of drugs, being sold as heroin, has hit the Buffalo area.Laboratory tests confirmed that one of two batches of heroin recently purchased by undercover lawmen from a Buffalo drug trafficker was not heroin but a highly potent and very dangerous drug routinely given to severely ailing cancer patie…

LeROY – A Brockport motorcyclist was killed early Friday in a collision with a Smart car driven by an out-of-state driver making a U-turn, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reported.Joshua J. Lowery, 26, was heading west on North Road at 6:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Jeffery J. Simek, 55, of New Smyrna, Fla., was also westbound…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police detectives are looking for a man who made off with an undetermined amount of money in a robbery at about 12:40 p.m. Friday at the M&T Bank branch on Main Street.The robber was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a thin build and wearing a white T-shirt, black knee-length shorts, dark sunglasses and a Pittsburgh Steelers ba…

A Crestwood Avenue woman is accused of slashing the front tire of a neighbor’s car during an argument early Wednesday evening. Cecile P. Puckhaber, 33, was charged with criminal mischief and harassment about 7:30 p.m., shortly after the tire slashing and verbal threat to the neighbor, police said. Damage was estimated at $180.

A Columbus Avenue man stopped by police as he drove out of his own driveway without working headlights was arrested on drug charges early Thursday. Debashish Kake, 34, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container.

LOCKPORT – Two brothers who were kicked out of their Niagara Falls home and spent some nights sleeping in the woods were arraigned this week in Niagara County Court, charged with a string of residential burglaries in the city’s LaSalle area.Mark A. Pardee, 21, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three burglaries. His brother Justin S. Pardee, 18, appeared Wednesday before Count…