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Two young women from Evans were taken into custody along Buffalo’s waterfront Tuesday afternoon as they prepared to inject themselves with heroin, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Deputies on marine patrol were in the area of Squaw Island at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when they saw the two mixing a preparation of heroin to be injected with a hypodermic needle, the sher…

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The rescuers tried their best Monday night to save a teen they found floating on the Erie Canal at Ellicott Creek Island.But the young man they pulled from the water died Tuesday night at Erie County Medical Center.Brian P. Murphy was out on a leisurely kayaking trip Monday evening with his two sons and two of friends, looking for turtles among the logs near shore at Elli…

Two Pembina Street residents were charged with assault and other counts for allegedly following a Baitz Avenue man to his house and beating him with a cane about 7 p.m. Monday. Yermula Vega, 36, and a 17-year-old girl were charged each with third-degree assault, harassment and trespass.

A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday after terrorizing a woman in her Buffalo home, police said.Michael Stroka, 25, is charged with criminal mischief, petit larceny and disorderly conduct. He was arrested at 2 a.m.Police siad the victim sought safety in her bathroom after Stroka became threatening and verbally abusive, broke her cell and land-line phones and took her ca…

Two horses were corraled at Walden Pond Park early Tuesday afternoon by Lancaster Police Officers Brian Firestone and Chris Keppner.Police were alerted to the report of the two horses running loose along Peppermint Road. The horses were captured without incident and returned to their owner, who was not identified.

Two 16-year-olds were arrested and a third suspect is being sought in the mugging of a Wescott Street man at Seneca and Babcock streets about 3 a.m. Tuesday. The boys were charged with each third-degree assault and harassment. Police said the victim was punched and kicked repeatedly until officers arrived.

A Buffalo man has been ordered to pay $67,301 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture after being convicted of food stamp fraud, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul said Tuesday.U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara also sentenced Karem Almadrahi, 25, to eight months of home confinement and three years probation.Prosecutors said Almadrahi helped operate Zip’s Food…

A 19th Street man arrested on assault and other charges allegedly punched a 14-year-old girl in the face on Grant Street about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Brian Partlow Jr., 20, charged with child endangerment, also was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration for fighting with arresting officers, police said.

LOCKPORT – Two men who sold drugs to police informants pleaded guilty in separate Lockport cases Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.DeAndre M. Mathews, 22, of North Avenue, Niagara Falls, and Anthony J. Bennett, 27, of Ashley Place, Lockport, each admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Kloch set sentencing Aug. 15 for …

LOCKPORT – Two men who pleaded guilty in separate robberies were imprisoned Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.James A. Connell, 36, of Bellreng Drive, Town of Niagara, drew seven years in prison for stealing about $55 from a clerk at a 7-Eleven store on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls June 30. Connell was armed with a knife. He pleaded guilty to a …

A man and a woman arrested by NFTA police officers on Main near Riley streets are accused of attacking a pregnant Buffalo woman about 8:35 p.m. Monday. Cleve Croft, 54, of Madison Street and Amanda Weslowski, 27 of Depew were both charged with third-degree assault and harassment. Police said the two attempted to steal a bus pass from the victim. Weslowski also was ch…

A West Avenue man was charged with obstruction after he attempted to run off after police stopped to question him at Lawrence Place and Massachusetts Avenue about 11 p.m. Sunday, police said. Carlos Rodriguez, 19, also was charged with two counts of harassment and resisting arrest for shoving officers and verbally abusing them, police added.

A Northampton Street arrested on third-degree assault and harassment charges is accused of hitting a woman in the face during an argument on Grider Street near Northland Avenue about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect was identified as Jamal Thompson, 23. The victim, police said, refused medical treatment.

NIAGARA FALLS – A swimmer was pulled from the Niagara River late this afternoon after New York State Parks police investigated reports of swimmers between the American Falls and the Maid of the Mist dock.The male swimmer was spotted about 4:30 p.m. and is being questioned. A search for other possible swimmers was continuing.

A Buffalo man faces several charges after police were called to a Niagara Street bar early Sunday for the report of a man with a gun.Jose R. Santos, 30, of Hinman Avenue, was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. inside Klub Karaoke, 2081 Niagara, according to a Buffalo police report.When Santos was approached by police inside the bar, he started pulling out the gun, according to th…