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LOCKPORT – A man who sexually abused a preteen girl for two years in Niagara Falls was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in state prison, followed by 20 years of post-release supervision.Philips Aguilar, 36, was living on Whitney Avenue in the Falls during the crimes. After the girl reported them to her mother, Aguilar left the Falls, according to his attorney, Alan S. Hoffma…

Four Michigan residents from the Detroit area were arrested Thursday on federal fraud conspiracy counts, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.Rodney Gilliam, 25, of Southfield, Mich.; Raina Johnson, 22, of Detroit; Deantuan Wiley, 24, of Sterling Heights, and George Brown, 24, of Farmington, face prison terms of up to five years and $250,000 fines if they are…

The Buffalo Niagara region’s moderate job growth continued into August.Yet despite some strengthening, the local job count expanded only about half as fast as the rest of the country.The region’s job market grew at an annual pace of 0.9 percent during August, with local employers adding 5,000 jobs over the past 12 months to bring the area within a whisker of where it could…

Anybody want 80 acres of rural land, complete with a five-bedroom luxury mansion, palatial grounds, a balcony and a deck, and horse stables – just 40 minutes from downtown Buffalo?That’ll be $4.5 million, please. Oh, and add in the $22,693 in annual property taxes.That’s the asking price for a 6,563-square-foot equestrian estate in Newstead that just went on the market. Th…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A nasty political mailer hit mailboxes roughly a week before Primary Day that nearly made a developer walk away from a $25 million development proposal.Some local elected leaders got wind that the developer, Mark E. Hamister, might have had enough of the Falls, a place he said he “was warned about.”They called Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who then looked into the …

LOCKPORT – A Lockport burglar and a Niagara Falls woman who assaulted a man three times both were placed on probation Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas and ordered to continue mental health treatment.David B. Tomporowski, 33, of Bowmiller Road, drew five years’ probation for attempted third-degree burglary, and was ordered to pay $550 in restitution. He…

LOCKPORT – A Navy veteran who has a drinking problem and bipolar disorder pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Veterans Court to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.Kenneth G. Turgeon, 44, of Main Street, West Seneca, is to be admitted to a VA treatment facility next week, County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said. He will be on probation for a year to see if trea…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman and her son pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to separate drug-dealing charges.Evelyn George, 48, and Eddie George, 27, of Ninth Street, each admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and are scheduled for sentencing Nov. 13 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Evelyn George was charged with making sales…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man, charged with two drug deals and a strongarm robbery, pleaded guilty Thursday to gain entry to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.If Gino A. Fascitelli, 42, of Allen Street, succeeds in the treatment program, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence. But if he fails, as a repeat fe…

LOCKPORT – Shawn Pryor, 22, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of making two cocaine sales in Niagara Falls May 30 and 31.Pryor is charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. The sales allegedly were made to a police informant.

A former member of the Camp Street Boys gang was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to five years in prison for cocaine trafficking.Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said Tramell McGee, 30, sold crack cocaine around Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street. McGee was arrested along with 10 others in June of 2011. So far, eight of the 10 de…

Only the driver was injured Thursday morning when a car plowed through the front of a house on Pine Street in Buffalo, according to police.The car was traveling west on Broadway, shortly after 7 a.m., when the driver lost control. The car cut across a field, sideswiped a tree and knocked over a sign before going through the front of 296 Pine St., a police spokesman said.Th…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Slappy White, born Melvin White on this date in 1920, “The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning, you’re on the job.” ...GLASS GALORE – Postcards, antiquarian books, pottery, glassware, jewelry, toys, coins and Pan American Exposition souvenirs will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday as the Greater …

NIAGARA FALLS – A rabbit and a dog were rescued, but five other animals perished in a fire on 15th Street just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.Residents John Derosa and Norma McGuire of 2318 15th St., told investigators that they had left to go shopping and returned to find the 1 1/2-story house on fire. Multiple animals were in the home and two dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and a ham…

MIDDLEPORT – A couple was greeted by an unwelcoming committee shortly after moving into their new neighborhood in the 3300 block of Stone Road.The victims told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that they had purchased the two story house on Sept. 10, moved in on Sept. 12 and it was broken into five days later on Tuesday, while they were at work.A window was broken in a sto…