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Former Buffalo Bills star O.J. Simpson's parole hearing takes place Thursday in Nevada in front of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners. There is a good chance the notorious former NFL star is granted parole, which could have him out of prison as soon as Oct. 1. Here's everything you need to know about Thursday's proceedings. Who: Orenthal James Simpson, former N…

ROYALTON – Barns, garages and homes on Ernest and Royalton Center roads were targeted in a series of break-ins during a 24-hour period last week, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reports. At a Royalton Center Road home, someone pushed in a window air conditioning unit between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The occupant told deputies a shotgun belonging to a friend…

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Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman injured by a hit-and-run driver while walking her dog two weeks ago, remains in guarded condition in a coma, unable to speak or focus her eyes. But she has spontaneously opened her eyes on a few occasions, which has given her family "tremendous hope," according to Steven M. Cohen, the family attorney. "They are praying around the cl…

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A Niagara Falls man was stopped by State Police at 9:56 a.m. Saturday on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara and charged with drunken driving. Troopers said someone called 911 to report a possible intoxicated driver. Police stopped the suspect, Ruben Flores, 50, and he was taken into custody. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, which three an…

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A cast iron sign that touts the "Birthplace of the Grain Elevator" which was reported stolen last weekend was recovered by Buffalo Police divers, police reported Tuesday. Industrial Heritage Committee President Lorraine Pierro reported to police that the heavy, metal sign was taken off a concrete post located near lamp post No. 7 on Erie Street. Pierro said it wasn't ce…

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Phillip Jackson, 24, of Buffalo, who was on probation for selling drugs when he was caught selling drugs again, was sentenced to prison on Friday. Jackson received a probationary sentence of five years in February after being convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree. Just four days later the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit executed a …

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A Buffalo man was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for a drunken driving crash that paralyzed another driver. Kevin Reyome, 55, was sentenced by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on Friday. In March, Reyome pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 16, Reyome drove his…

BATAVIA – Offbeat crimes led to the arrests of two men in separate incidents during the past week, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports. Charles G. Monacelli, 43, of West Bacon Road, Albion, was charged with petit larceny Saturday morning for a theft outside the Bontrager Auction, 8975 Wortendyke Road, Town of Batavia. Deputies said Monacelli allegedly removed th…

An Albion mother was charged with drunken driving after her northbound vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole at 301 Hamilton St. at 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the village, Albion police said. Courtney L. Robertson, 39, also had her 6-year-old child in the car and charges were increased to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law. Police sa…

A Town of Tonawanda man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after City of Tonawanda police said he ran a red light and drove onto the sidewalk while being stopped. Glen A. Shoupp, 52, of Lardner Court allegedly passed a red light at the intersection of Broad and Seymour streets and was observed by Officer Erik Johanson around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the c…

Gregory A. Densmore, 26, of Friendship was charged by state police with criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection to an alleged domestic dispute. Police reported that Densmore allegedly choked a person and then tried to prevent that person from calling 911 on Thursday in the Town of Friendship. Densmore was arraigned in Town …

A domestic argument escalated on Butler Avenue, resulting in woman  being kicked in the stomach and a man being accused of assault and violating an order of protection, Buffalo police reported. The woman also had a cut on her arm and lip, but refused medical attention, police said. The incident happened in the woman's home in the 100 block of Butler Avenue. Brian Joh…

A man faces a felony charge after he tried to forcibly remove his impounded vehicle from a tow truck, according to Buffalo police. Joseph Farruggia, 40, no permanent address, was charged by Buffalo police just before 8 p.m. Thursday in front of 38 Dakota St. with felony third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Farruggia tried to remove his impound…