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After almost a decade in a semiconscious state, Donald J. Herbert woke up lucid on a Saturday afternoon in April 2005 and was talking and catching up with family and friends – for nearly 16 hours that first day and also at times the next two weeks.But when the injured Buffalo firefighter slept at night, he thrashed around the bed in the nursing home where he had lived sinc…

A Springville man was charged with drug dealing early Saturday in the Village of Gowanda.James A. Wheat, 24, of East Main Street, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance not in the original container and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.G…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman was charged with welfare fraud Friday as part of the continuing crackdown in Niagara County.Colby Edwards, 27, of Ontario Avenue, was charge with fourth-degree welfare fraud, fourth-degree grand larceny and three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Further details were unavailable.The Sheriff’s Office, wo…

NEWFANE – A Middleport motorcyclist was charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting a cow early Thursday while en route home from a concert at Artpark in Lewiston, Niagara County bsheriff’s deputies said.Frederick W. House, 48, of Rose Road, was traveling on Wheeler Road about 1:40 a.m. when he struck the cow, which was in the middle of the road, deputies sai…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – The kitchen of a Sweetwood Drive apartment was heavily damaged early Saturday when a woman fell asleep after putting a pot on the stove, authorities said The woman, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said, awoke to a smoke-filled apartment. Deputies said the bottom of the pan had burned out and flames damaged the stove and a vent, cupboards and a microwa…

NIAGARA FALLS – A confrontation in an alley between 12th and 13th streets early Saturday ended with a man being shot in the foot with a long gun, police said. The victim, identified as Micah Watson, was found bleeding heavily inside a 13th Street home shortly before 2 a.m., according to reports. He told police he had been walking in the alley when he was confronted by thre…

ORANGEVILLE – State Police at Boston arrested a Texas man for driving while intoxicated after he weas stopped for driving well below the speed limit and crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic in Wyoming County early Friday, officials said.Ronald Kincy, age 49 of Megargel, Texas, was charged with DWI after troopers stopped his pickup on Route 20A in the Town of Orangevi…

Buffalo police on Saturday released the name of the Cheektowaga man who was fatally shot in the city’s Grider neighborhood.Michael Payne, 29, was shot multiple times at about 3 p.m. Friday near Northland and Rickert avenues, police said.Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255.

The victim, who was treated at Erie County Medical Center, told Ferry-Fillmore District police that an unknown woman cut him on the left side of the face outside the bar, at about 1:15 a.m. Police said the attacker was described as a black female, about 5 foot 6, with a heavy build, wearing a red polo shirt, blue jeans and long, black braided hair.

A Buffalo man was taken to Erie County Medical Center by a relative after he was struck in the head by his hammer-wielding girlfriend early Saturday morning in the city’s Bailey-East Delavan area, police reported.The victim told Northeast District police that he was trying to stop the woman from fighting with a minor when she attacked him with a hammer inside a Roebling Av…

BATAVIA – A mystery man is being credited with helping rescue a conscious but groggy man who was spotted floating down Tonawanda Creek Saturday morning.A resident in the Walnut Street area heard someone moaning in the creek at about 9 a.m. and told her husband, who went outside and stopped a passing motorist.“That person wound up diving into the water, grabbing the guy and…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A Niagara Falls man injured in a four-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Queen Elizabeth Way just north of Lyons Creek Road Wednesday died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, Ontario Provincial Police said Friday. Wayne Peck, 56, was a passenger in a Ford Windstar. The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. on the southbound QEW, Two others were in…

Kelvin W. Robinson of Niagara Falls, who admitted stabbing his wife to death in 2004, won his appeal Friday, on his third try.A four-judge panel in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that incomplete questioning by the judge who took Robinson’s guilty plea means that the plea was invalid and the case should be reopened. He stays behind bars in t…

A Busti Avenue man was captured on Royal Avenue Thursday evening following a chase that began on Grand Island about 3 p.m., authorities said. Pascual Munoz-Ortiz, 32, was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree assault and criminal mischief linked to the attack that afternoon on a woman in her Grand Island home. He is being held without bail in Erie County Holdi…

Two men and two teenage boys from Buffalo are being held on felony burglary charges linked to recent home burglaries and attempted burglaries in Marilla, Wales, Holland, concord and North Collins, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Friday.Sean Guthrie, 20, of East Lovejoy Street, Jeremy Agosto, 21, of Greene Street, and the two teens are being held in Erie Coun…