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A Buffalo man who was arrested last July with 114 packets of heroin and fentanyl in his pockets was sentenced Tuesday to three and a half years in prison. Erie County Judge James Bargnesi also ordered two and a half years post-release supervision for Andre Davis, 26, who pleaded guilty in March to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal p…

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A Buffalo man who broke into the home of Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese in late January and stole the bishop's car was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail. Joshua P. Hobes, 20, was arrested in Rochester with the bishop's car about two hours after the break-in, police reported. He also was suspected in other crimes, including car thefts. He plea…

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Three people pleaded guilty in Erie County Court Tuesday morning to committing an unprovoked attack on a 70-year-old man during a minor traffic incident. Taisean L. Johnson III, 2o, of Cambridge Avenue, and Edtical T. Thompson, 22, of Collins Walk Avenue, each pleaded guilty to second degree assault for attacking a person over age 65. Kiara S. Triplette, 23, also of Col…

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It took some nudging from the judge, but Christina Sanford Gordon finally uttered a quick "I'm sorry" Tuesday for the 30-plus victims of her phony grant-writing scam. Gordon, 47, appeared for sentencing before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on three felony convictions. Her courtroom demeanor was such a mix of self-pity and defiance that the judge went out of h…

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A young man who was 18 when he shot and killed a man in 2015 during an argument has lost his appeal of his conviction for manslaughter in the first degree. In his appeal, Rashawn Austin, 21, argued that the court had failed to consider whether he deserved youthful offender status before he was sentenced to 22 years in prison and five years post-release supervision. H…

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July 26, 1934 — May 25, 2018 In a world large pharmacy chains, Joseph M. Rutowski kept his family pharmacy business going on a foundation of personal service and neighborhood commitment. He was still active in the business up until his death May 25 in Clarence at age 83. Mr. Rutowski was born in Buffalo and lived in Western New York all his life, graduating in 1951 f…

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The cold case murder trial of a woman accused of stabbing her mother to death in 2005 ended in a mistrial Friday when a State Supreme Court jury could not agree on a verdict. Justice Christopher J. Burns declared the mistrial after jurors notified the court that they were hopelessly deadlocked over whether Lashawn Lewis, 40, was guilty of killing Lateyfa Lewis in he…

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A man who said he was carrying a handgun loaded with hollow point bullets "for protection" was convicted on a felony weapons charge in State Supreme Court Wednesday. Jurors were quick to return a verdict finding Ansara "Randy" Walker, 36, guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. The weapon was found by police responding to a call about a domest…

Brandon Moore, 25, of Buffalo, was arraigned before acting Erie County Court Judge James A.W. McLeod on charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly firing several shots at Luis Flores on March 19, 2017, as Flores was trying to flee another shooter. Flores, 24, already had been shot in the chest by someone else, according to the District…

A 27-year-old Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for assaulting a 7-month-old boy who had been entrusted to his care by his sometime girlfriend. Frank Redd also was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to have no contact with the young victim for nine years. The assault was reported Jan. 2, when the baby’s mother, Jasmine L. Me…

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A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty in April to committing a string of violent robberies was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison. Justin Arnold, 29, who was convicted on 12 robbery charges, also was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to spend five years on post-release supervision. Arnold robbed at least a dozen businesses this year between…

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June 17, 1924 - May 29, 2018 Fredrick J. Woods, a farm boy from Arkwright who became a decorated Army veteran of World War II and longtime active member of Fredonia Presbyterian Church, died Tuesday at his daughter’s home in Buffalo after a lengthy illness. He was 93. Mr. Woods, the youngest of eight children of the combined families of Harry D. and Sarah “Sadie” Mil…

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The charges against Officer Joseph Hassett were only misdemeanors, but both sides in his police brutality case felt there was more riding on the outcome than whether Hassett would ever wear a badge again. Cheers rang out in State Supreme Court Thursday as fellow police and Hassett's family heard Justice Russell P. Buscaglia announced his verdict in the non-jury trial of…

Joseph Cruz-Ocasio, 30, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all felonies. He sold heroin to an undercover officer four times in April 2017, according to the District Attorney's Office. Heroin and…

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More than three dozen people – almost all of them friends and family members of Leon Bruno Nelson Jr. – crowded into Erie County Court Tuesday morning to get their first look at the man accused of killing their loved one. Dydisci R. Martin, 25, was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder in the death of Nelson, 48, who was killed July 28 at Martin's home at 1…