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Child endangerment charges were lodged against the mother of a toddler who police said took her child to a Franklin Street bar Friday night. Anne K. Callan, 38, of Columbus Parkway, was charged after her 20-month-old son attempted to run into the street near the Tudor Lounge, police said. The boy was saved by a stranger, police said, adding that the mother was not aw…

Two men trying to solicit money faced disorderly conduct charges Saturday after police said they were obstructing traffic at Goodell Street near Michigan Avenue. Patrick Evancho and Aaron Pahute were arrested shortly after 3 p.m., police said. Evancho was holding up a sign that read "Down on my Luck," and Pahute held a sign with "Homeless. Need Help" at the time of the …

The three local construction executives indicted in the Buffalo Billion bribery and bid-rigging case are seeking to have the charges dismissed, or – if that fails – at least to be tried separately from the other defendants in the indictment. The federal indictment described four different conspiracies around the state, including in Buffalo, with eight defendant…

Three men were struck by gunfire at a large gathering in the 200 block of Loepere Street – in the Fillmore Avenue-Sycamore Street neighborhood – just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Buffalo police reported. A 19-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Buffalo, were in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center, police said. A 20-year-old, also from Buffalo, was treated at …

Lawrence E. Smith of Niagara Falls racked up his third felony conviction in six years when he pleaded guilty to possessing an illegal handgun. Smith, 28, of Orleans Avenue had a loaded revolver when Falls police stopped him for a parole violation at the Coastal gas station on 19th Street on Nov. 28. He pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of attempted second-deg…

A 911 call about a burglary in progress on Delaware Avenue near the city line with Kenmore led to the felony arrest of four men Friday night. Buffalo police rushed to the scene of the break-in on the Buffalo side of Kenmore Avenue and stopped a car carrying the four suspects at about 8:30 p.m. Charged with felony counts of second and third-degree criminal possession of …

Travis Beckley, 63, of Miami pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Friday to trying to pick up some 145 pounds of high-grade marijuana he had shipped to Hamburg from Nevada last year. Beckley pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana. He was arrested in Hamburg Aug. 10 when he came to sign f…

Mark J. Light was charged Thursday with illegally growing marijuana at his former home in Lewiston. Light, 29, who now lives on Bridgeman Road in Sanborn, pleaded not guilty to an indictment unsealed in Niagara County Court. He was accused of having 6.35 pounds of marijuana when police searched his former home on Model City Road July 24. Light also picked up a felony…

A 23-year-old man was fatally shot and left in a field off Ashley and Quincy streets in Buffalo Saturday morning, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department. A passerby called police after spotting the body in the field just before 8 a.m. Saturday, the spokesman said. Detectives began working on the investigation after an autopsy…

The felony weapons case against Jeffrey C. Copp, 52, of Grand Island has been transferred for review by an Erie County grand jury, Amherst town court officials confirmed Friday. The case against Copp, who was arrested on felony and misdemeanor weapons counts after an early morning traffic stop in the 2000 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard May 4, had been pending before T…

A Dunkirk man and woman each face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison following their arrest on cocaine charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Minerva Maestre, 49, and Hector Mercado-Torres, 23, were arrested following an April 28 raid at their East Second Street residence in Dunkirk. Both were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distrib…

A Jamestown couple was arrested on drug and child endangerment charges Friday following a police raid on their Sampson Street residence. Odessin M. McBride, 38, and Ashley R. McBride, 33, were in the residence with their 4-year-old child, officers from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and New York State Community Narcotics Enforc…

A Gasport man was arrested by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies Friday after allegedly attempting to break into a Town of Lockport house. Hugh R. Jackson, 61, was charged with second-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglar's tools, fourth-degree criminal mischief, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal possession of mar…

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working Thursday at the Peace Bridge seized over 400 pills that contain the properties of “bath salts.” According to a press release from the federal agency, officers at the Peace Bridge selected for further inspection a shipment that originated from Mississauga, Ont., Canada, that was bound  for Middletown in New York's …