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A City of Tonawanda man has been charged with burglarizing two homes in the city earlier this week. Garrett M. Shugg, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Wednesday night at his home after authorities executed a search warrant and found items taken in the burglaries, City of Tonawanda police said. The first burglary was reported Monday at a home on Clarence Hard…

A tip about neglected dogs locked inside a trailer in the hamlet of Frewsburg led to the arrest Wednesday of Thomas C. Wallace, 26, on charges of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance to the animals, state police said. Responding to a tip about neglected dogs locked in a trailer, troopers found the trailer had no electr…

The teenage bicyclist struck by a motorcycle Monday night in Amherst is not as seriously injured as initially believed and police are not filing charges against the motorcyclist. The 17-year-old girl was hit at about 9:30 p.m. while riding her bike on Main Street by a motorcyclist heading south on North Forest Road, police said. Motorcyclist Justin Clukey, 32, was cross…

Pro-immigrant lawn signs were set on fire in front of an Allentown home on Tuesday night. The signs were burned in front of a home on the 100 block of Mariner Street shortly after 11:30 p.m., Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email. Police are investigating the matter, DeGeorge said. Allentown resident Carmen Rodriguez, who posted photos of t…

Two teenagers were arrested Tuesday night after authorities responded to two reported armed robberies outside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, according to State Police. Troopers responded at 7:40 p.m. to the mall parking lot as Niagara County sheriff's deputies were called to a different area of the lot for another armed robbery, state police said. Town of Niag…

A 70-year-old woman struck by a pickup truck in Niagara Falls on Tuesday afternoon suffered a broken arm and leg injuries, police said in a news release. The woman, whose name was not released by police, was hit at about 3:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Forest Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. She was crossing Forest in the middle of the block when she was hit…

The saga of a heroin dealer dubbed "a merchant of death" connected to as many as 10 opiate-related deaths in one day came to a conclusion this week in Erie County Court. Dellsean Hamilton, 28, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Judge Sheila A. DiTullio. Hamilton pleaded guilty in March to four felonies — criminal possession of heroin with intent to sell, crimin…

A Chautauqua County woman was arrested by troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to State Police. Tonya Spallino, 39, of Kennedy, was involved in a one-car crash Sunday on Route 62 in the Town of Poland, where her vehicle ended up in a ravine, according to State Police. Spallino was extricated from her car by members of t…

One man is suspected of robbing three banks and trying to rob a fourth over the last eight days in Buffalo. Buffalo police posted an image of the suspect on the department's Facebook page on Tuesday morning and asked the public for information to help identify him. All four crimes have happened since Sept. 11, police said. The robber last struck an M&T bank branc…

People can trade guns for gift cards in Niagara Falls on Thursday. The state Attorney General's Office and Niagara Falls police will hold a gun buyback event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Falls police headquarters, 520 Hyde Park Blvd. Working and nonfunctional firearms will be accepted – no questions asked, according to authorities. Guns must be brought t…

The only people behind the judge's bench in the new $6.8 million Clarence Public Safety Building this past week were a couple of construction workers who were building a brand-new bench. The lobby is empty and the judges' chambers are still unfurnished offices. But it's another story on the other side of the building. New York State Police have begun moving into thei…

A Cheektowaga teenager was shot multiple times Monday night on Donovan Drive near the Ferry-Grider Homes, according to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Donovan, DeGeorge said in an email. The 18-year-old victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center where she remained early Tues…

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration so that he could keep receiving disability benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced on Monday. Ari Elias Baum, 32, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he returns for sentencing Nov. 15 before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. …