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The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested five people on drug-related charges after a 6 a.m. raid Thursday on a house at 853 Pendergast Ave., authorities said. A search of the lower apartment turned up more than three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, $3,570 cash and drug paraphernalia, police said. Five people were arrested at the site, including Angel L. Ortiz-R…

Cheektowaga Police have increased nighttime patrols because of an increase in overnight thefts of property from unlocked cars, Assistant Police Chief Jim Speyer said Thursday. "Now that nicer weather is finally here, the Town of Cheektowaga, like many other municipalities, has experienced a surge in the number of reports of people breaking into and stealing from vehicle…

Joseph A. Daniels, 21, of North Hempstead, and his passenger, Briana G. Collins, 20, of Buffalo, were arrested early Thursday by Amherst police after their vehicle was stopped for a traffic check in the 3500 block of Main Street, police said. After the stop at about 12:15 a.m., Daniels was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and Collins was charged with seven…

In early 2011, James M. Palladino sent out newsletters with "misleading and fictitious information" about the penny stocks he was trying to manipulate. Palladino, who was eventually caught and arrested, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to engage in monetary transfers and will face a recommended prison term of up to 27 months when he is sentenced by U.S. District J…

An alert off-duty Town of Tonawanda Police officer quickly collared a Lackawanna teen who allegedly used a baseball bat to rob a Delaware Avenue McDonald's late Wednesday, police in the town reported. Tyler Williamson, 19, is accused of threatening a clerk at the 3354 Delaware Ave. restaurant at Sheridan Drive with a baseball bat. Williamson demanded cash during the …

An Olean man was arrested on a felony drunk driving charge after New York State troopers observed him driving recklessly. Gary G. Lerchen, 65, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after troopers stopped him shortly after 5 p.m. Monday on Route 16 in Machias for crossing the center line, state police said. While interviewing Lerchen, troopers said they could…

OLEAN - A Portville woman gave her sister's name and date of birth when stopped by a state trooper for speeding and now faces other charges, according to State Police. Kelly M. Crawford, 36, was charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation and other vehicle and traffic infractions. Police said Crawford was stopped on Route 417 in Portville abo…

The Eden man accused of killing his mother inside the home they shared in the rural community pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Eden Town Court. Wayne Kozak, 48, is charged with murder in the shooting of his mother, Mary Louise Kozak, 79. The woman's body was found in her home at 8925 East Eden Road after police received a call from a concerned citizen,…

When Carlo J. Marinello II started his Buffalo-based courier business, it's a good bet he never saw himself at the center of a criminal case that would prompt two judges to suggest "no one is safe" from the IRS. It's also a safe bet Marinello never imagined his tax evasion case going to the U.S. Supreme Court. Marinello, who is 70 and now serving time in federal pris…

The Fredonia Police Department is warning that it plans to post on Facebook all the arrests its officers make in the village over the coming weekend. A press release issued Wednesday by Fredonia Police Chief Bradley C. Meyers did not specifically allude to why the department was taking such measures, beyond stating its "anticipation of the possibility of illegal activit…

Damage caused on the I-290 near the Sheridan Drive overpass early Wednesday morning is under investigation by the Amherst Police Department, officials confirmed. A Cheektowaga man who witnessed the incident called and reported it about 4:15 a.m., according to police officials. Officials did not release further details on the incident because the investigation is ongoing…

Gregory Ramos was sentenced in State Supreme Court Wednesday for a domestic violence conviction. But he has more court appearances ahead of him. He already was convicted in federal court on drug and firearms charges. And he faces a murder charge in Erie County Court. Ramos, 25, is accused of being the driver for the gunman in the fatal shooting last May of an emp…

LOCKPORT – Gia M. Arnold, who ran for the State Senate in 2014 on a platform opposing New York's SAFE Act gun control law, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal possession of a semiautomatic assault rifle. Arnold, 26, of Rochester, who was arrested last year in Niagara Falls after police found the gun in her vehicle, said she accepted a plea offer on the recommendation …

A woman from Romania was sentenced to time served Wednesday for her role in an ATM skimming scheme that targeted Bank of America customers in the Buffalo area. Marinela Unguru-Ducila, one half of a husband and wife team, had previously admitted using skimming devices and cameras at several local ATMs to steal bank account information from consumers. Skimming devices, whic…

A Buffalo man called as “backup” when a friend was in a fight admitted Wednesday killing a man to protect his friend’s “turf.” Russell M. Adams, 19, said he shot and killed Myron Kemp the night of Aug. 31 on a West Side street corner. Prosecutors believe that Kemp had gone to Grant and Breckenridge streets that evening to confront the drug dealer he believe…