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Former St. Gregory the Great science teacher Scott Schaefer was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Friday morning for sending indecent text messages to a 12-year-old girl. The girl told State Supreme Court Justice John L.  Michalski that after Schaefer's arrest she felt she had betrayed him and considered taking her own life. She started harming herself by cutting her…

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A thief targeted the home of Western District U.S. Court Judge William M. Skretny for a burglary Wednesday morning. Skretny reported that an unknown person entered the rear door of his residence near the Erie Basin Marina, according to Buffalo police report. Stolen were: a judicial bag, passport, credit cards, an iPad, a 1966 silver and aquamarine Canisius College class…

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A Buffalo man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to attempting to run over two Buffalo Police officers during an ice storm, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Kenneth Pringle, 24, of Dodge Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault before Supreme Court Judge Christopher J. Burns, the District Attorney's Offi…

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The former treasurer of a volunteer fire department in the Town of Tonawanda has been charged with stealing $19,000 from the organization, police said. Timothy D. Kler, 35, stole the money from the River Road Volunteer Fire Company since January of this year, Town of Tonawanda police said in a news release. Kler, who was charged with third-degree grand larceny, becam…

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A reward has been offered for information on the whereabouts of a man suspected of killing a Cheektowaga woman in August. Shawntario Boyette, 47, is wanted by law enforcement in connection with the fatal shooting of Diona McCall, 29. McCall was found dead in her Sierra Drive apartment on Aug. 21. Cheektowaga police have issued an arrest warrant for Boyette, who is 6-…

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Alden schools were in lockdown for roughly an hour Thursday afternoon, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. At about 2 p.m., Alden High School administrators "received information that could potentially endanger the welfare of our high school students and faculty," the district said in a news release. Deputies responded to an incident that was reported to the schoo…

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Three people in Jamestown face animal cruelty charges after authorities said they found a dog suffering from extreme neglect following a fire Thursday morning. The fire was reported about 9:20 a.m. at 12 Mt. Vernon Place, Jamestown police said. Everyone escaped the home safely and firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the building. One of the dogs – a toy poodl…

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When Joseph Tigano III went to prison for growing marijuana in Cattaraugus County, the judge who sent him there regreted the decision and said so publicly from the bench. She called the mandatory 20-year sentence unnecessary, even excessive, but acknowledged it was out of her hands. Late Wednesday afternoon, that same judge intervened on Tigano's behalf and, acting o…

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The judge described Brian E. Schmiege as  "a one-man crime wave" before sentencing him to 4 1/3 to 11 years in state prison. Schmiege, 30, of Niagara Falls, said he has medical and mental health issues and doesn't remember some of the crimes. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted burglary for stealing a radiator and other metal objects from a home on Fe…

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Scott J. Dingwall "went on a spree of taking items that didn't belong to him," his defense attorney said, Now Dingwall will serve 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison for the spree after being sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. And once he's released, Dingwall will owe $14,172 in restitution to six victims, including Niagara County. Assist…

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Nine Buffalo men associated with a national drug trafficking ring face state charges, according to the state attorney general. So far six have been arrested. The nine are accused of dealing in cocaine, marijuana, black tar heroin and pills laced with fentanyl. The investigation that led to the arrests, Operation Blue Death, is connected to a warning issued by Attorne…

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The mother of the man accused in Tuesday's shooting outside a Dollar General in Cheektowaga returned to the scene Thursday morning and  pleaded with people that her son is "a good boy," according to Town of Cheektowaga police. Viola Green went to the store near Union and French roads where police said her son, Travis J. Green, 29, shot a man and fired 20 rounds from an…

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Requests for active shooter training have "exploded" in Orchard Park this week, after mass shootings at a Texas church and in a California small town this month. "The requests for security training and active shooter training and assessments by businesses and churches exploded this week," Orchard Park police Chief Mark Pacholec told Town Board members Wednesday night, a…

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A man robbed an M&T Bank branch on Buffalo's East Side on Wednesday morning, according to a city police report. The robber struck the bank at 999 Broadway, just east of Fillmore Avenue, at about 10:40 a.m., according to the report. He handed the teller a note demanding money and left with cash heading west on foot, the report said.

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A 55-year-old Lancaster woman was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday night on Broadway in Lancaster, police said. The woman was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west crossed over into oncoming traffic, Lancaster police said. The woman, whose name was withheld by police, was pronounced dead at the scene. …