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Hamburg man drowns in Oneida Lake

NORTH BAY -- A Hamburg man apparently drowned while fishing Tuesday in Oneida Lake in Oneida County, according to state police.

He was identified as Ronald R. Emerling, 64, of Prospect Avenue.

Troopers were dispatched after a report of a body floating in the water near the shore off Lake Shore Road here, police said. Officers said Emerling's upper body was submerged under the water while his lower part was still in the boat.

Emerling was pulled to shore, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead on arrival in Oneida City Hospital. Further investigation is pending results of autopsy.

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Cheektowaga man held in HSBC branch robbery

Cheektowaga police have arrested a 54-year-old man on charges of robbing an HSBC Bank branch on Union Road late Monday morning.

Robert Stein was taken into custody Tuesday at his home on Alexander Avenue in Cheektowaga after police received several phone tips from people who saw bank surveillance photos of the robber on local media outlets.

Police said a search of Stein's home uncovered evidence of his involvement in the crime. Detective Terence Griffin led the investigation.

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Weapons, costly equipment stolen from Pendleton home

PENDLETON -- Several thousand dollars worth of handguns and rifles, a pair of $2,000 sports binoculars and $1,000 worth of camera equipment were stolen from a resident who lives along Tonawanda Creek, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

The resident in the 5300 block of Tonawanda Creek Road told deputies he left his home at 4 p.m. Sunday and when he returned Monday found the glass broken from the door window.

The owner told deputies that 11 handguns and three long guns were missing from behind his computer. Also stolen were a bolt-action rifle, as well as two loaded handguns that were hanging from holsters from his bedposts. He said nine other handguns stored in an unlocked case under his bed also were gone.

Also stolen were 20 pocket knives, valued at $500, Swarovski binoculars and camera equipment.

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Another DWI arrest sends ex-lawyer to jail

A former lawyer was jailed Wednesday after he was arrested for drunken driving while he was free on bail and awaiting sentencing for an earlier DWI.

Kevin J. Love, 44, of Hunt Avenue, Hamburg, was taken into custody after State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia revoked his bail pending sentencing Oct. 6 on his June 25 guilty plea to felony drunken driving.

Prosecutor Bethany A. Solek of the Erie County district attorney's Vehicular Crimes Bureau urged the judge to jail Love immediately as a "flight risk" and a danger to other motorists and pedestrians.

Frank Luther Bybel, one of Love's attorneys, unsuccessfully urged the judge to place Love in a secure treatment facility before sentencing, calling his client "a complete alcoholic" with a wife and a 3-year-old son.

Bybel said Love, a University at Buffalo Law School graduate who resigned from the legal profession in the summer after a 17-year career, has "thrown away his whole career." Love has been arrested for DWI five times since 1988.

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Identity theft admitted in federal court

Georgia F. Bowen, 34, faces a two-year mandatory prison term after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft in federal court Wednesday.

Bowen, a native of Jamaica who has lived in Buffalo and Kenmore, used another person's identity and Social Security number to obtain Medicaid and utility services between 1998 and 2009, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti said.

The case was investigated by the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service, the Postal Inspection Service and Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

District Judge William M. Skretny scheduled sentencing for Jan. 13.

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