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A lawsuit charging a former associate dean with sexual harassment has been settled for $255,000 – and the University at Buffalo will pay most of the amount.Dr. Jude A. Fabiano and the university settled with Lesley Shiner, 64, of East Amherst, who worked as a clerk at the School of Dental Medicine’s instrument management services for 14 years. Shiner claimed Fabiano made u…

EAST RANDOLPH – An East Randolph man is accused of choking a woman unconscious during a domestic disturbance Friday.Richard Frink, 28, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and petit larceny – the latter charge for stealing his victim’s purse, state police said. Frink faces a future appeatrance in Town of Randolph Court.

An Amherst man has been arrested for selling drugs and untaxed cigarettes at the New York State Fair in Syracyse, authorities said. State police on Saturday said James Scherer Jr., 66, was charged with violating state tax law by selling unstamped cigarettes from the trunk of his car near a restaurant at the fairgrounds. Scherers also was charged with criminal possession o…

NIAGARA FALLS – Drugs, cash and a Chinese-made SKS rifle were recovered from a Niagara Avenue home after police broke down the door in a raid early Friday. Niagara Falls police and Niagara County Drug Task Force agents broke into the home at 5:30 a.m. and recovered crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, along with two digital scales, the rifle and $870 in cash. Devonte…

CAMBRIA – A reckless driving complaint led to the arrest of Niagara Falls man late Thursday on Lockport Townline Road.Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said a car driven by Steven D. Pike, 24, of 27th Street was swerving when he was pulled over about 11:40 p.m. Pike., deputies said, admitted to taking s pills before getting behind the wheel. He was charged with driving w…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two copper thefts were reported to city police on Friday, including one from a vacant home in the 2100 block of Ferry Avenue. Police said someone entered the bank-owned home through a boarded-up window and ripped copper plumbing from the basement and other rooms, resulting in extensive damage to ceilings and walls. The loss was estimated at $1,500. A 12th S…

WILSON – Items worth $4,000 were stolen Friday morning from cars parked at homes in the 2800 to 2900 blocks of Lake Road, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.In all, six unlocked vehicles at two residences were targeted, deputies said, with items taken from four. One homeowner reported the loss of $930 worth of goods, including a DC converter, dual DVD player, tablet …

Two victims of a crash Friday that killed a 3-year-old Cheektowaga boy were listed in fair condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center.Adrianne Hettinger, 27, and Frank Addeo, 66, of Lancaster, were both listed in fair condition the day after a head-on collision on Losson Road in Cheektowaga that killed Hettinger’s son. Hettinger veered from the eastbound lane of Loss…

The saucy fried treat being feted at the National Buffalo Wing Festival at Coca-Cola Field this weekend may or may not have a black market across the border.Canadian media outlets reported Saturday on the latest developments in a large-scale cheese-smuggling operation that resulted last year in the arrests of three Fort Erie, Ont., men, including two police officers.One of…

Three men were shot – one fatally – early Saturday near West Ferry and Chenango streets, on the city’s West Side.Buffalo police homicide detectives were investigating the shootings, which occurred about 1 a.m.Police said a 27-year-old Buffalo man died and a 32-year-old Buffalo man was listed in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center. Police also said a 42-year-old …

The Cheektowaga man who jumped off a bridge into Buffalo Creek in West Seneca after stealing beer and cookies from a nearby supermarket Monday night was in custody in Erie County Holding Center Friday night, West Seneca police said. Ricky Ross, 19, of Charles Street, was apprehended Thursday and is being held on stolen propertycharges pending further court proceedings a…

Carelessly discarded ashes from a fire pit triggered a fire about 3:20 p.m. that caused $325,000 damage to a home at 36 Chapel Woods in East Amherst, authorities said.Amherst Fire Control said Kathleen Lukowski, identified as the owner of the house, alerted authorities initially that a garbage tote next to the house was burning; however, a subsequent call reported a propa…

A 3-year-old Cheektowaga boy died and his mother. older brother and another driver were hospitalized after a head-on crash on Losson Road near Borden Road about 3:50 p.m. Friday.Police said the mother, Adrianne Hettinger, 27, veered from the eastbound lane of Losson and struck a westbound SUV, which in turn was hit by another car.The boy was pronounced dead at Women and Ch…

A Royal Avenue man charged with criminal mischief and harassment is accused of punching a woman in the face as they argued over money at Delaware and Hertel avenues about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Daniel Covert, 43, also is accused of breaking her victim’s $300 cellphone.

A Town of Boston woman arrested on stolen property charges is accused of breaking into a parked car on Chandler Street near Military Road in Buffalo about 2:30 a.m. Friday and stealing a computer and sunglasses. Megan A. Maghran, 26, of Omphalius Road, was arrested on Chandler about 15 minutes after the crime, police said. She was charged with criminal possession of stol…