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A Niagara Falls man was embarrassed to have a car in front of his house with a "boot" on it. So he and his son wanted to move the red Buick Century from the street into his driveway, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Falls police showed up to the house on Van Rensselaer Avenue in the city's DeVeaux section at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and saw the rear end of…

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A Buffalo woman faces an assault charge in connection with a knife attack on Parkridge Avenue, according to a city police report. Janiah Peete, 23, of Kensington Avenue, is accused of slicing a woman in the right side of her abdomen with an 8-inch knife shortly before 8 a.m. Monday in a home on the first block of Parkridge, between Kensington and East Amherst Street, ac…

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A Niagara Falls man has been charged with stealing the tip jar from Moe's Southwest Grill on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo, according to a Buffalo police report. Thomas A. Crossfield, 19, of 87th Street, is accused of swiping the jar containing about $300 from the front counter of the restaurant at about 5:15 p.m. Jan. 14. He was arrested Monday, according to police.…

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A Buffalo teen drove over lawns and sidewalks and on the wrong side of the street while fleeing police in a stolen SUV, causing pedestrians to scramble to avoid being hit, according to a police report. Buffalo police tried pulling over a black Jeep Grand Cherokee Monday night on East Ferry Street because officers believed it had excessively tinted windows. The driver tr…

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Whatever happened to ski masks? For the second day in a row, a thief wearing a very obvious wig held up a bank branch in Buffalo. The latest came at 1 p.m. Tuesday at an M&T Bank branch at 788 Tonawanda St. Two robbers approached the tellers, screaming and demanding money, police said. A surveillance camera image shows the robbers, one wearing a long, curly wi…

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A Buffalo man convicted of burglarizing residence halls on the University at Buffalo campus late last summer was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Darnell Cleveland, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree burglary, second degree forgery, second degree identity theft and  unauthorized use of a v…

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A Wheatfield woman was arrested Monday morning after she allegedly sprayed a woman with pepper spray in the parking lot at Trott Access Center in Niagara Falls, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Deeann R. Schumacher, 30, of Lockport Road, got out of her car next to the victim shortly after 8 a.m., pulled the victim's car door open and sprayed her in the face, …

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Two robbers wearing long, curly wigs held up an M&T Bank branch at 1300 Jefferson Ave. at about 2:10 p.m. Monday, Buffalo police said. The robbers passed a note to a teller demanding money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. They were last seen heading north on Jefferson. Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call or text the police …

A Byron teenager was arrested Monday on multiple misdemeanor charges involving girls ages 15 to 17 following an investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, state police said. Anthony L. Miraglia, 18, was charged with 2nd-degree unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and 3rd-degree sex abuse. The inves…

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A Buffalo man told police his 11-year-old son suffered a broken nose when he was beaten Monday afternoon by four juveniles on Grant Street, according to a police report. The boy, who also suffered cut lips, was attacked coming out of a store at 419 Grant St. between 4 and 4:30 p.m., the father told police. The attackers were described as being preteens and the father…

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Caleb E. Bell Jr., who started a fire in his mother's home less than three weeks after she was found dead following another blaze there, was sentenced Monday to five to 10 years in state prison. Bell, 35, said he was planning suicide when he poured gasoline in the house at 605 E. High St., Lockport, on Nov. 8, 2016, and lit it. His mother, Holly A. Seiler, 54, wa…

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Two robbers took cash from an M&T Bank branch at 1300 Jefferson Ave. on Monday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. Both robbers passed notes to the same bank employee and took an undisclosed amount of cash at about 2:30 p.m., according to police. The first thief was described as male between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet, wearing a dark jacket, black pants an…

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A 21-year-old Buffalo man was shot Friday night in Buffalo, but where it happened is unclear, according to Buffalo police. Officers responded to Buffalo General Medical Center shortly before 10 p.m. where they found a victim who had been shot in the stomach, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim was driven there in a private vehicle, police said. The victi…

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Krista B. Schultz has not been making her court-ordered restitution after embezzling $27,567 from Oracle Charter School in 2013, so she will be going to jail for one year. Schultz, 47, of Snyder had been sentenced to five years of probation after her conviction for third-degree grand larceny in October 2015. She had stolen the money by overpaying herself during the seve…

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A Buffalo man was arrested Sunday and charged with robbing a Dollar General in the city's Riverside neighborhood on Jan. 8, according to Buffalo police. Lamar L. Keys, 21, faces one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and petit larceny charges, police said. The same Dollar General at 827 Tonawanda St. was robbed two more times – Jan. 14…