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An Erie, Pa., woman was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers screening luggage at Buffalo Niagara International airport saw a loaded, 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on bag, TSA and NFTA Police said Friday. TSA agents using a checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the weapon and contacted NFTA police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscat…

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Timothy C. DePetris finds himself in another business dispute. The last one didn't end well for him, and the odds seem long for any kind of payoff at the end of this one, too. Last time, DePetris ended up with a 25-year prison sentence for trying to kill his brother-in-law.  DePetris, thinking he wasn't paid enough for equipment he sold, went to his brother-in-law's off…

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A Niagara Falls man charged with killing a Buffalo restaurant owner has been charged with possessing two shivs hidden inside his cell at the Erie County Holding Center, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Jamell Chapman, 26, was charged with possessing dangerous contraband in prison, a felony, the Sheriff's Office said. The shivs were made of sharpened pla…

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A North Street man on Thursday reported a safe containing two handguns was stolen from his apartment, according to a Buffalo police report. The guns – a Smith & Wesson revolver and a Glock pistol – were among several items inside the safe. The theft happened between Jan. 1 and Thursday in the apartment near Symphony Circle, the victim told police. There was no si…

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A person with a knife tried stabbing an employee of the Dollar General store at Genesee Street and Fillmore Avenue Thursday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The thief tried walking out of the store at about 8:40 p.m. without paying for items. When an employee approached, the thief pulled out a knife and tried to stab him, according to the police report. P…

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A Pennsylvania woman who was convicted of stealing funds from an Olean-based credit union and making false entries in the company's ledger, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Norma Gold, 57, of Eldred, Pa., also was ordered to pay $179,939 in restitution to her now defunct employer, the Olean Tile Employees Federal Cr…

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An East Amherst man who admitted stealing $1.3 million from his comatose boss now owes $1.4 million for failing to pay state and federal income taxes. Christopher Myles, 48, pleaded guilty in 2016 to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud and received three to nine years in prison, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors said the bookkeeper embezzled…

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A Mexican national who was deported then convicted of illegally re-entering the United States after a conviction for an aggravated felony, was sentenced to one-year time served by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Armando Navarrete-Dominguez, 29, was taken into police custody Feb. 15, 2017, following a traffic stop on Grand Island, according to the U.S. Attorney's o…

A Buffalo drug dealer pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to distribution of butyryl fentanyl. Steven Paschell, 48, faces a maximum 30 years in prison when Judge Richard J. Arcara sentences him June 4. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins said that on three occasions in late 2016 Paschell sold quantities of butyryl fentanyl to a confidential source wor…

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As a way to prevent future mass shootings in schools, the New York State Sheriffs' Association called for the state to fund "at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state," in a statement released Thursday. “We spend many millions of dollars to protect a relatively small number of judges across the state, as we should. Sur…

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John McIntyre did not not have much to say Thursday afternoon. He had finally heard a truck driver admit that his actions and inattention last year led to the death of his wife, Ellen M. Volpe. But he was not in the mood to celebrate. "I just wish my wife was here," McIntyre said outside the courtroom while holding a framed photograph of his wife. "I miss her very…

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A Chautauqua County judge on Wednesday dismissed a second-degree manslaughter charge against a hunter involved in the November fatal shooting of a Sherman woman who was walking her dogs. But that doesn't mean the criminal case is over. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson said he has the option of appealing Judge David Foley's decision or presenting…

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Four men were arrested Wednesday on charges they robbed someone with a knife in downtown Buffalo, according to police. The robbery happened at about 6:20 p.m. near Fireman's Park, in the vicinity of Ellicott and South Division streets, police said. One of the suspects displayed a knife while three others rifled through the victim's pockets, taking cash and a cellphon…

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Two masked men who said they were looking for cash and "dope" accosted several people inside a 19th Street house early Wednesday morning, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The men, one of whom had a gun, kicked in the door of a home on 19th between Walnut and Ferry avenues at about 5:20 a.m. A woman inside the home told police one of the intruders put his hand…

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A woman told police she was robbed at gunpoint while walking to work around 6 a.m. Wednesday outside the Niagara Falls Public Library on Main Street, according to a police report. The robber approached the victim between the library parking lot and track around Legends Park. He demanded money and, after the victim told him she didn't have any, he told her he wanted her …