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Just a week after two African-American men died at the hands of police, one in Louisiana and the other in Minnesota, Arthur Jordan signed onto his Facebook page and posted a message. "Let’s Start Killin Police Lets See How Dey Like It,“ the message said. Jordan, a Buffalo man who is also black, was arrested a week later and accused of threatening Buffalo Police offic…

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A 4-year-old girl is in serious condition in Oishei Children's Hospital after she was grazed in the head by gunfire Thursday night in the 300 block of Lasalle Avenue, near Comstock Avenue, Buffalo police said. Detectives say the girl, identified by neighbors as Lelana McLemore, was not the intended target of the 10:20 p.m. shooting. She was in a vehicle when she was sho…

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A person was stabbed Friday morning at the Delavan-Canisius College Metro Rail station on Main Street, according to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit police. The stabbing was reported at about 8:15 a.m. The victim, identified only as male, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Erie County Medical Center, according to police. Police said th…

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Tips generated after West Seneca police posted a video to its Facebook page led to an arrest in two burglaries, police announced Friday. Scott J. Lenartowicz, 42, of West Seneca faces two counts of third-degree burglary, and one count each of fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief in burglaries at two separate locations in March a…

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A Town of Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child less than 16 years old, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Christopher Hayden, 49, faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 13 in State Supreme Court, the District Attorney's Office said. According to the District Attorney's Off…

A Lackawanna tobacco wholesaler pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal tax fraud and criminal possession of a weapon charges in State Supreme Court, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. The District Attorney's Office said between Jan. 14, 2014, and April 30, 2016, Mohamed Alabadi, 55, significantly underreported the amount of tobacco products imported by his co…

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A 20-year-old man who was shot in the leg Sunday evening ran into more trouble Thursday when a judge doubled his bail on drug charges he faces. Ismat Hassan was still on crutches when he appeared before Judge Sheila A. DiTullio in Erie County Court. He has been free on $15,000 bail while awaiting resolution of several felony drug charges against him. Assistant Distri…

Cheektowaga

Inmates from the Erie County Correctional Facility will spruce up Dick Road Friday morning, clearing trash and trimming brush, according to Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The inmate work crew will be cleaning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. along Dick Road between Broadway and the railroad overpass. Two deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Office will supervi…

Buffalo

Buffalo police have charged an 18-year-old with a hate crime, accusing him of smashing a statue of Mary with a baseball bat outside an East Side Catholic church. Kalil Colbert of Buffalo has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree aggravated harassment and second-degree aggravated harassment with a hate crime enhancement, Buffalo police said Thurs…

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James E. Walcott, who held police at bay for an hour during an armed standoff on Halloween 2016, was placed on five years' probation Thursday. He said he intends to move to Michigan. Walcott, 47, fired a shot inside his home on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, where his estranged wife was present, and threatened to fire at officers, Niagara County Assistant Distri…

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A Niagara Falls man, who is awaiting sentencing on two felony counts of driving while intoxicated, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new indictment accusing him of having a loaded, defaced, unregistered handgun in a Falls bar Jan. 19. Tommy D. George, 47, of 22nd Street, was arrested after police checked out a report of an armed man in the Empire Sportz Lounge on Pine Av…

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Michael J. Paonessa III, accused of vomiting several bags of alleged heroin in an Erie County Sheriff's Office patrol car April 8, was sentenced this week to five to six years in state prison for two other crimes in Niagara Falls. Paonessa, 28, of the Falls, was ousted from a court-supervised drug treatment program and sentenced Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J…

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Someone scratched a racial slur into a woman's car on Whitney Avenue in Niagara Falls this week, according to a police report. The 29-year-old victim, who is African-American, told police on Wednesday morning she discovered a vulgar phrase had been scratched into the sides and roof of her car sometime after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle had been parked in a vacant lot…

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Niagara Falls police are looking for a man with a gun who approached staff at the Seneca Niagara Casino after he was kicked out of the facility following a dispute at the casino buffet. The incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. Casino security told police they were called to the buffet for an unruly man "who was upset because he was no…

Buffalo

A man was seen firing a gun towards an SUV on Bissell Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. Shortly after 1 p.m., police were told a man walked out of a house on Bissell, between East Ferry and Genesee streets, and fired towards Genesee in the direction of a red or dark orange SUV, according to the report. The gunman then ran east towards …