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A State Supreme Court judge has rejected G. Steven Pigeon's efforts to invalidate search warrants executed on his home, cellphone and email accounts in 2015 and 2016. Pigeon argued the warrants were illegally altered and that the judge who signed them was politically biased against him. Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr.'s ruling deals a blow to Pigeon’s effort to have th…

A vestibule in a Bank of Akron branch in the Village of Akron was vandalized over the weekend, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. On the Sheriff’s Office website, it said members of its detective bureau, and the Village of Akron Police Department Tuesday were seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who were caught on surveillance video during th…

LOCKPORT – A man who removed all the tires from two Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks at a Ransomville Chevy dealer last summer pleaded guilty to a felony Monday. Brian E. Schmiege, 29, of C Street, Ransomville, faces up to four years in prison for second-degree auto stripping, and must pay restitution for the theft. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Joel M. …

LOCKPORT – A former nurse at an inpatient drug rehabilitation center in Wheatfield was placed on probation for 10 years Tuesday for having sex with two patients at the facility last year. “I failed as a professional,” said Candace A. Seelbinder, 35, of Niagara Falls, who admitted to third-degree rape in the case before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. …

JAMESTOWN - Two people were arrested Tuesday morning after police found materials for making methamphetamine in a car during a traffic stop, the State Police said. A trooper pulled the car over at about 1:30 a.m. at 6th and Main streets, authorities said. A 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested. Officials said the names of the suspects would be relea…

The young man who admitted shooting another person in December at the University Metro Rail Station is “a total enigma,” his attorney told a State Supreme Court judge on Tuesday before the teen -- a former honors student -- was sentenced. Arkeil Gaskin, 18, who pleaded guilty in January to attempted assault in the first degree and second degree criminal possession o…

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls man faces a driving while intoxicated charge after a crash that sent three people to the hospital on Monday night. A Chrysler minivan and a Chrysler sedan collided at about 10:54 p.m. at the intersection of Falls and 27th streets, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Police charged the minivan driver, identified as David A. Wink…

NIAGARA FALLS - A woman was slashed in the face and chest Monday night during an altercation in the parking lot of the Coastal gas station at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The 32-year-old victim told police that at about 10:30 p.m. she got in an argument with a man in the parking lot. The man told her he would be calling a w…

No charges will be filed against former Sabres forward Andrew Peters for his involvement in a brawl during a youth hockey tournament at the HarborCenter Saturday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday. Peters, 36, of Hamburg, who is the coach of the Junior Sabres team, was suspended Sunday from coaching indefinitely after video of the incident su…

LOCKPORT - State police on Sunday charged a Newfane man with stealing a purse in Walmart on Transit Road. Ronnie W. Clines Jr., 45, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, authorities said. The victim told investigators she inadvertently left her purse in a shopping cart and it was gone when she returned to the cart. Store surveillance showed the…

A Jamestown man was arrested Monday in connection with the robbery of a Falconer credit union, according to authorities. Kyle R. Senear, 22, was charged in connection with a robbery at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on Main Street in the Town of Ellicott, according to Jamestown and Ellicott police. Police said that Senear allegedly walked into the bank a…

A Jamestown man was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges related to the alleged kidnapping of a woman who told police she had been held against her will from Friday to Sunday in the man's apartment, according to authorities. Joshua I. Turybury, 31, of McDaniel Ave., was arrested Monday at his apartment, according to Jamestown police. Police had taken a criminal com…

A Buffalo man has been indicted on a charge of vehicular assault for allegedly driving while high last spring, causing a crash that left a Tonawanda man seriously injured. Maxamillion Hernandez, 20, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week in Erie County Court on charges of vehicular assault in the second degree and assault in the second degree, both felonies. He…

NIAGARA FALLS - A state trooper dislocated his shoulder trying to arrest a man who fled a traffic stop Sunday morning on Eighth Street. State police pulled over the driver of a 2005 Ford at about 12:45 a.m. for having tinted windows. While troopers interviewed the driver, identified as Ron J. Bennett, 36, of Niagara Falls, they saw narcotics in the vehicle, authorit…