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A 40-year-old North Tonawanda man was arrested and charged with first-degree assault Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a family member in the neck while riding in a vehicle on Tonawanda Creek Road in Pendleton. According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Cory J. Ochterski allegedly left the vehicle after the victim, who was driving, stopped the car, and then ran…

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Six individuals were airlifted to safety Sunday afternoon from a floating patch of ice on Lake Erie, after the ice broke off from the shore at Sturgeon Point Marina while they were ice fishing. A Town of Evans police dispatcher said the Erie County Sheriff's Office Air One helicopter was called to the scene at about 1:05 p.m. to help rescue the anglers, who had gone abo…

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A 16-year-old Iroquois High School student from Elma was killed late Sunday morning after the car she was a passenger in crossed the center line on Bullis Road and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/15/police-identify-teen-killed-in-elma-crash/ State Police did not reveal the names of the victim, drivers or the other occupants, saying they…

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A 42-year-old man was charged with second-degree menacing after he threatened another man with a kitchen knife during an argument. Jamestown police responded to the 600 block of Spring Street at about 7:51 p.m. after receiving a report of a person armed with a weapon. Officers were told that an argument had occurred between Ismael Rivera-Pena and another unidentified…

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Not having both headlights on at night landed a Jamestown woman in jail for drunken driving early Saturday morning. Jamestown police stopped Tammy B. Arnold, 35, at North Main Street and East Fifth Street for having a headlamp out. She was arrested for driving while intoxicated and taken to the city jail, where a chemical test recorded her blood-alcohol content highe…

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A 43-year-old Oakfield man had a little too much to drink before getting on his snowmobile, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Raymond E.J. Smith Jr. of Lockport Road was arrested for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated after he was involved in a single-snowmobile crash at 10:19 p.m. Saturday night on Lockport Road. He was also charged with operat…

A Crescent Avenue man said he was robbed while he was on the Delaware Park Ring Road at about 7:15 a.m. Friday morning. Buffalo Police said the thief held what appeared to be a handgun and demanded his property. Police said the thief then struck the victim in the head with the same object and fled.

Two masked men robbed a 7-11 store at 281 Parkside Ave. early Saturday, Buffalo Police said. The two men walked into the store at 12:30 a.m. and demanded an employee place money from both of the store's cash registers into a backpack, Buffalo Police said. A second person was held at gunpoint and ordered not to move. Both thiefs appeared to be armed with guns. After t…

A Parkside resident reported $2,300 worth of property stolen from his locked vehicle. The resident of the 300 block of Parkside Avenue reported the theft occurred sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning. The front passenger window was smashed, and a HP computer and a laptop bag were taken, Buffalo Police said.

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A 28-year-old Buffalo motorist was charged with second-degree assault after he struck a police car and then tried to flee, police said. Andrew B. Goldsmith of Spring Street ran south on Elmwood Avenue after hitting the police vehicle at 615 West Ferry St., at 11:54 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was caught near 654 Elmwood, but broke the glass on the south-facing door o…

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If you want the secret, maybe it was the shoes. Officer Patrick McDonald does not wear your grandfather's thick-soled leather police shoes. He wears jet black, uniform-matching, department-approved black Under Armour sneakers, which allow him to be nimble in any number of split-second on-the-job situations. Let's say, for instance, he was playing wide receiver in a game…

Four local police departments, in the town and village of Hamburg, the city of Tonawanda and the town of Evans, will receive state grants totaling more than $60,000 to enhance their law enforcement efforts. The town of Hamburg will use its funding to purchase a new patrol vehicle, said Chief Gregory Wickett. The City of Tonawanda intends to use its funding for new radio…

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A man who is apparently vision-impaired sustained head and back injuries when he fell into a sinkhole along a street on Buffalo’s lower West Side late Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo police reported. The man, who remained conscious, was rescued by police and firefighters who arrived at the scene on Georgia Street near Prospect Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Identified by aut…

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City of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena has been a cop for 30 years. You might think he has seen it all. But he said he hasn't seen anything like this.  For the past five weeks, the entire 28-member police force has been given permission to break a department requirement that officers be clean-shaven. The cops are going hairy for a cause. They're ra…