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A local contractor who was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2005 for what prosecutors called one of the largest home-improvement fraud cases in Western New York history is again in trouble with the law. A federal grand jury Monday returned a 15-count indictment charging Todd A. Cameron, 46, of Amherst, with filing false tax returns, as well as transporting and harbor…

A woman who stole a 2005 Dodge Caravan in Niagara Falls and crashed it in Lewiston while leading police on a high-speed chase appears headed to state prison. Mariah M. Patterson, 21, of Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty last week to a felony and two misdemeanors. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing for Aug. 24 and refused a defens…

A Rochester man who admitted he robbed seven banks in the Buffalo and Rochester metro areas was sentenced Monday to 71 months in prison, according to federal prosecutors. Khiry T. Aiken, 27, who was convicted of bank robbery, admitted to robbing these banks in 2016: Advantage Federal Credit Union, 1625 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, on April 16 Key Bank, 1475 Mt. Ho…

A one-vehicle rollover crash in Colden on Sunday morning led to impaired driving charges against a Cheektowaga man, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Michael Gawinski, 60, was driving north on Center Street just after 9 a.m. when he left the road, hit two utility poles and flipped over, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies determined Gawinski was impaired…

John E. Castro of Strauss Road, Town of Lockport, was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, for fondling a 13-year-old girl in Somerset on Nov. 1. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III gave Castro, 27, the maximum sentence available for the charge. Murphy said Castro didn't merit any further breaks beyond …

A Batavia woman faces a child endangerment charge after authorities said she left her two small children outside in freezing weather this past February without adequate clothing. Temperatures were in the low 20s on the morning of Feb. 1, which is when Tesla R. Plantiko, 25, is accused of having left the two children unsupervised outside the Mark Trail Motel on West Main…

The Buffalo Police Department confirmed in a tweet Monday that it had recovered a gun in connection with a shooting near Frank A. Sedita Academy on the city's West Side earlier in the day. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/876959770527268864 Sedita School #30 was briefly placed on lockdown just after 3 p.m. Monday, following reports of gunshots fired in the vicin…

A U.S. citizen was turned over to Buffalo Police Saturday after he allegedly turned his vehicle around on the Peace Bridge and then failed to stop in the primary inspection lane, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday. The driver, Luis Cruz Figueroa, 33, was driving a vehicle reported stolen in Buffalo when border protection officers saw him turn the …

A $1,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of writing racist graffiti at the parking ramp at 343 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo. Crime Stoppers released on Monday two surveillance camera images of the man in a ball cap and carrying a yellow duffel bag. It was not clear when the man was in the parking ramp, located betw…

Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Scott, however, can earn a reduction to impaired driving, if he stays out of trouble during six months of interim probation. If he does so, he would not have a criminal record. Lockport City Judge William J. Watson accepted the proposal from the Niagara …

A driver who police found asleep behind the wheel outside a Niagara Falls Tim Horton's on Sunday morning faces an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge. Andra T. Smith, 41, of Buffalo, was sleeping in the driver's seat outside the coffee shop on Pine Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard just before 6 a.m., according to a city police report. Officers woke Smith up, an…

Greg Knight, 29, of Spruce Avenue was arrested by Buffalo police as he was injuring a woman during an incident in her Sweet Street home late Sunday afternoon. Knight was arrested as he was allegedly assaulting the woman on the floor of her home in the first block of Sweet about 5:10 p.m. The woman was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of …

Stanford L. Gray, 22, of Dartmouth Street, was arrested by Buffalo Police at the Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Jr. Park late Saturday afternoon. After allegedly being observed by officers who knew him as a "known gang member" and being stopped for questioning, Gray allegedly tried to run away but was arrested in the park by officers about 4:04 p.m. Saturday.…

Jose A. Roman, 20, of Grant Street was arrested by Buffalo police after he allegedly shot his mother's boyfriend, Steven Jobson, 33, four times with a BB gun. Jobson reportedly was arguing with Roman's mother in her home in the 1300 block of Kensington Avenue about 10 a.m. Sunday. Roman was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapo…