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Albion man is killed when caught in auger

GAINES -- An Albion man was killed Friday afternoon when he got caught in an auger attached to the power take-off unit of a tractor while he was working at an apartment complex at 14351 Northwood Drive, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office.

Joseph E. Navarra, was pronounced dead at the scene by Orleans County Coroner Scott M. Schmidt. His body was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office in Rochester for an autopsy.

The incident remains under investigation by the medical examiner's office and Sheriff's Office.

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Falls man, 29, shot at 13th and Ontariot

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 29-year-old city man was rushed to the hospital after being shot in his lower body shortly before 9 p.m. Friday at 13th and Ontario streets.

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John R. Chella said the man is talking and his injuries do not appear life-threatening, but he was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center as a precaution.

Chella said the shooting is being investigated.

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Fatal crash in Hamburg under investigation

A fatal one-car crash at the traffic circle at South Park Avenue and Big Tree Road early Friday morning remains under investigation by Hamburg police.

Police declined to release the identify of the lone victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. as the victim's car was northbound on South Park.

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Woman in burglary case to stay on probation

LOCKPORT -- A 19-year-old Lockport woman who attempted to burglarize her stepfather's home in Royalton last year will remain on probation, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza ruled Thursday.

The woman, who was granted youthful offender status and placed on probation after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree burglary, had violated the rules by failing to report to her probation officer after June 6.

The woman arrived at the home Jan. 21, 2010, with Anibal R. Cordero, 26, of Buffalo. But her stepfather had been tipped off and greeted them by firing 15 rifle bullets into the engine compartment of Cordero's car. Cordero served a year in jail for having a handgun that had been stolen in another burglary at the same home two days before the shooting incident.

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Driving without headlights leads to drug charges

LOCKPORT -- Three Buffalo residents face a number of drug-related charges after being stopped for driving without headlights just before noon Thursday, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.

Patricia M. Jasko, 48, was stopped and ticketed on Niagara Street just west of Michigan Street for failure to use her headlights while running her windshield wipers, deputies said.

A passenger, Tanisha L. Miles, 31, was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana when she was found to be carrying two small bags of marijuana, deputies said.

Another passenger, Antoine Thomas, 41, also consented to a pat down and was found to be carrying two crack pipes and charged with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies are further investigating a benefits card Thomas was carrying that did not belong to him.

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Missing Colden man, 80, found in Franklin, Pa.

A missing Colden man has been located in Pennsylvania after a two-day search.

Robert Stevens, 80, was located in Franklin, Pa., early Friday morning.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office had asked for the public's help in finding Stevens, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and had driven off alone. The county had issued a "Silver Alert," which notifies the public of a wandering elderly person.

Arrangements were made with the Franklin, Pa., police to return Stevens to his family.

Franklin police reported that Stevens appeared to be in good health when their patrol located him.

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Two accused of selling fake designer goods

Two women reportedly selling counterfeit designer goods from a storefront and kiosk at Cheektowaga's Super Flea and Farmers' Market on Walden Avenue were arrested Friday on federal charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Robin Landahl, 55, of Lancaster, and Tiffani Weld, 31, of Niagara Falls, were released on their own recognizance after arraignments before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. in Buffalo.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said both face maximum prison terms of 10 years and $2 million fines if convicted of the unauthorized sale of products containing labels such as Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Oakley, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Hochul and Assistant U.S. Attorney Fauzia K. Mattingly, who is handling the case, said the women were arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service.