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Sebastien Y. Lavertu wasn't drunk or high on drugs, nor was he speeding or weaving out of his lane on June 21. But he was a little drowsy and when he realized he had struck something on Broadway shortly before midnight,  he later said. He checked his truck, saw a cracked bumper and, afraid of what may have happened, drove away. Lavertu, 32, of Asbestos, Quebec, was…

When the leadership of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club was indicted and eventually jailed, Brian Witkowski found himself leading the club's New York State chapter. The promotion, according to prosecutors, was a reward for Witkowski's loyalty to former Kingsmen President David Pirk and Witkowski's lies to federal agents about Pirk's role in the execution-style killings of f…

Two Canadian men were charged with trafficking minors following an investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Service into two underage girls involved in the sex trade who were being housed at a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ont. Authorities received a tip about the girls on Saturday, the police service said Tuesday. Jerdaine Foster, 24, and Shamaree Salmon, 23, both of …

Thieves stole $1,450 in gift cards and $2,800 worth of musical equipment from vehicles parked in driveways in separate incidents late Sunday or Monday in Buffalo, police reported. In the first case, the owner of a 2015 Toyota minivan said she had left a small purse inside the vehicle while it was parked on Carlyle Avenue, off Abbott Road in South Buffalo. The van was lo…

A Buffalo man was driving drunk when he crashed his vehicle into a porch and tried to flee into the house next door, according to Buffalo police. Kevin M. Garner, 36, of East Utica Street, was driving at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday on Grider Street, near Erie County Medical Center, when he left the road and smashed into a side porch at 305 Grider. When officers responded, a …

Niagara Parks Police in Ontario said Monday they have not as of this time charged the mother of a 10-year-old boy who was badly injured when he fell about 80 feet off a railing into the gorge near the base of the Horseshoe Falls over the weekend as she was taking a picture of him. Police said they had no update on the boy's condition from McMaster Children's Hospital in…

Aaron Hicks became the latest Schuele Boys member to face prison time when a jury found him guilty last week of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The verdict came just weeks after another jury found Schuele Boys member Roderick Arrington guilty of murder. Investigated by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, Hicks was accused of taking part in the street gang's drug o…

Jerrod T. Robinson, who drove the getaway car after the Feb. 4 gunpoint robbery of a man in a Town of Lockport apartment, will spend five years on probation and 20 days in the Niagara County work program for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Robinson, 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Town of Lockport, was sentenced Monday by County Judge M…

Christopher A. Penwright, who raped a woman while she was unconscious from drinking and using drugs at a party, was sentenced Monday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to four years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Penwright, 23, of Gardenwood Drive, Town of Lockport, didn't wait to be indicted by a grand jury before pleading guilty A…

A 29-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter a week before jury selection in his murder trial was to begin, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Raquise Bryant of Buffalo faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when sentenced by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on Nov. 29. Bryan fatally stabbed 29-year-old Raheem…

A Lockport man was taken into custody Monday morning following an overnight standoff on Bowmiller Road, state police said. At about 8:41 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the address about a domestic dispute. By the time they arrived, Matthew C. Pierce, 30, had left. Troopers who responded had investigated Pierce for a prior incident. After they left the residence…