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LOCKPORT – Hollis Stewart of North Tonawanda admitted Thursday in State Supreme Court that he had pornographic images of children on his cellphone in April.Stewart, 38, of Main Street, pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of a sexual performance by a child. As a second-time felon, he faces mandatory prison time.Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could sentence Stewart …

A woman was burning mad – so angry, that she torched the clothing and sneakers of a man with whom she was having a disagreement on the patio grill of her Niagara Street home, Buffalo police said.Keturah K. Johnson, 26, was charged with fifth-degree arson and criminal mischief following the temper flare early Saturday, police said. The criminal mischief charge was lodged b…

In January, Norman A. LeBlanc Jr. was considered unfit to be a prosecutor in Lackawanna City Court, but two months later, he was appointed to preside over that same court as an associate judge.Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III had revoked LeBlanc’s authority to serve as a public prosecutor. But in March, Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski turned to LeBl…

Two people injured in the crash of a motorcycle and minivan just before 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Grider street remain in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center. Buffalo police identified the motorcyclist as Rafael Maldonado Jr., 43, and the driver of the minivan, Ronald J. Smith, 63, both of Buffalo. The Buffalo police accident investigation unit is …

WARSAW – A malfunctioning carpet-cleaning machine was blamed for a fire that caused an estimated $750,000 damage to a Warsaw business, according to Wyoming County authorities.The fire at Warren’s Carpet Cleaning, 80 Butternut St., was reported at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. It started when a gas-powered carpet-cleaning machine malfunctioned, the county’s Office of Emergency Servi…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two people were charged in the theft of copper during a break-in just before 2 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Haeberle Avenue.Steven A. Willard Jr., 21, of 20th Street and Cameron A. Paul, 19, of Haeberle Avenue, were both charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

NIAGARA FALLS –A laptop computer and jewlery were stolen from a home in the 8800 block of Pershing Avenue Wednesday Afternoon, police said.A resident who returned home discovered a door open and police said there was no forced entry. In addition to the laptop, 75 rings worth $7,500 and 10 pairs of earrings valued at $1,000 worth also were stolen, police said.

RANSOMVILLE – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies called to check on the well-being of a Harris Avenue man Wednesday found his home in deplorable conditions and officially condemned it.The man, who had bot been seen for nearly a week by neighbors coworkers, was not at home and later determined to be a patient in a Buffalo hospital. Deputies entered the bhome, in the 3500 bl…

Two men were arrested on drug and hypodermic instrument charges in the McDonald’s Restaurant at 390 Niagara St. about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police said. Joseph Spicola, 22, of Irving and Siles Preishel, 19, of Gowanda, were charged each with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.Police said they found seve…

Lancaster police late this evening remained at the scene of two-car crash that occurred about 6:30 p.m. at Broadway and Cemetery Lane. One victim, described only as a male, was taken from the scene in an ambulance. Further information was unavailable.

A Hudson Street man charged Tuesday with second-degree burglary is accused of breaking into a Krettner Street apartment and threatening a woman with a knife. The suspect was identified as Angelo Balisteieri, 33. Police said bthey seized the knife as evidence.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on heroin conspiracy charges by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Wednesday.Antonio Almonte, 57, was convicted of conspiring to possess and distribute more than a kilogram of heroin. He was arrested after the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped a truck and trailer in…

LOCKPORT – A Level 3 sex offender is headed back to prison after admitting Wednesday that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl last year.Isaac L. McDonald, 29, of 24th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, failure to register as a sex offender and disseminating indecent material to a minor as a sexually motivated felony.McDonald could face up to 18 yea…

LOCKPORT –A West Seneca man charged with sexually attacking a 12-year-old girl in North Tonawanda last year accepted a plea deal Wednesday in Niagara County Court.Justin C. Wheeler, 21, of Westminster Road, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree rape in connection with the Nov. 18 attack. Prosecutors said the sex was not forcible and the rape charge stem…

A Bristol Street man is charged with felony arson for starting a fire inside a house in the 400 block of Bristol about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Dominique Bailey, 28, also was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a young child that firefirefighters found in the house after the fire was extinguished.