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U.S. Magistrate Hugh B. Scott denied bail Friday for Arafat M. Nagi, who is accused of recruiting for ISIS and planning to fight for the terrorist group.Nagi of Lackawanna will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until a preliminary hearing Aug. 12.Scott had to consider whether Nagi was a flight risk and a danger to the community, as the government contends.…

A ladder was used to rescue three people from a second-floor porch at a Cheektowaga home, where flames broke out in the basement early Monday morning.Nobody was injured in the fire at 30 Reo Ave., although one resident – a pregnant woman – was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. “She’s doing fine,” said Chief Richard Siejak of Rescue Volunteer Hose Company No. 1.T…

A high school student has been arrested, and suspended from school, in connection with an unsubstantiated threat made at Starpoint High School in Pendleton.State Police reported that an 18-year-old student was charged with a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an incident. Police didn’t release further information about the incident or student, other than to say arraign…

Two Clarence men have been charged in the theft of copper wire and pipes from a vacant Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority building in Cheektowaga on Thanksgiving Day, the authority reported Wednesday.William H. Bartlebaugh Jr., 23, and David D. Cummings, 41, were arrested on multiple charges, including felony counts of burglary and grand larceny.Three additional sus…

A young couple faces charges in connection with a recent Town of Tonawanda burglary spree that was spurred by drug use, town police reported.Jason Graham, 18, and Lauren Rose Olmsted, 20, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon at a local motel, police said. The two don't appear to have permanent addresses.Olmsted and Graham were each charged with two counts of felony a…

What was that whirlwind that blew through Hillery Park in South Buffalo on Saturday afternoon?People attending the opening game of the South Buffalo Football Association at the field off Mineral Springs Road reported witnessing a cyclonic wind formation shortly before 2 p.m. It cut diagonally across the middle of the football field, lifting yard markers and small tents set…

An easy way to pick up some cash is about to get even easier in the Town of Tonawanda.Bottle Junction, a beverage container redemption business that debuted last summer in the Town of Wheatfield, plans to expand to a storefront on Colvin Boulevard, near Brighton Road.A public hearing will be held at Monday's Town Board meeting on the company's application for a special-use…

A student in the Ken-Ton School District is among 30 high school trumpet players from across the nation who will perform and compete at this week's National Trumpet Competition in Arlington, Va.Mike Christie, a 16-year-old junior at Kenmore East High School, submitted his audition video via a private YouTube page, and was selected to participate for the third time …

A section of Transit Road remains closed after a beverage delivery truck tipped over early this morning, Depew police reported.The accident, at Transit Road and George Urban Boulevard, was reported at 5:21 a.m. Further information was unavailable about the circumstances, but a police dispatcher said the driver was evaluated at the scene for injuries.Transit Road remains cl…

The average annual town tax bill for homeowners in the Town of Tonawanda will increase by $12.39 under the 2012 budget adopted Thursday night.Lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the budget following a sparsely attended public hearing; most of those in attendance were department heads.Budget appropriations total approximately $93.7 million, reflecting a 2.9 pe…

Republican Raymond W. Walter was narrowly ahead of Democratic challenger Craig R. Bucki late Tuesday in the special election for the seat representing the state's 148th Assembly District.Walter, also running on the Conservative and Independence lines, bested Bucki, also running on the Working Families line, in Niagara County by a vote of 985 to 655, or 60.1 percent…

A Cheektowaga woman was arrested Thursday after town police, investigating an anonymous complaint about people living in squalor, found "deplorable" conditions in her home, including the presence of multiple animals.The woman and child who lived in the Wabash Avenue home are staying elsewhere because the building inspector deemed it uninhabitable, according to po…

Mark Venezia, whose wife gave birth this week as she remains hospitalized following a May hit-and-run accident, was arrested Thursday night at Sisters Hospital after refusing to leave when visiting hours were over, Buffalo police said.Venezia, 44, of South Buffalo, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass.Ann M. Schlifke, a spokeswoman for Sisters Hospital, …

Lancaster police say they have arrested an Alden man accused of stealing copper from the Lancaster Post Office, among other locations.Jeffrey Hawk, 44, was taken into custody Thursday at his Creekside Drive home. Following arraignment in Lancaster Town Court, he was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.Hawk faces 10 charges, including tresp…

Village of Kenmore homeowners would pay approximately $20.50 more in property taxes under the proposed budget for 2010-11.For a house with the typical assessment of $50,000, the tax bill would be $1,285 -- up from $1,264.50.A public hearing on the $14.9 million spending plan is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.Spending is up $20…