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The woman whose body was recovered from the Erie Canal in Lockport on Friday has been identified as 21-year-old Casey Stover, police said. Lockport Police said they were called to the canal near Upson Park shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. A search of the water was done with the assistance of the State Police Underwater Recovery Team, and the woman's body was found several h…

Buffalo attorney Robert M. Goldstein has been suspended from the practice of law for two years, dating back to Dec. 15, because of misconduct associated with his failure to file certain paperwork and to correct other motion papers with the Second Circuit earlier in 2017. A decision by the Appellate Division of the Fourth Department says that Goldstein also failed to fil…

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An Appellate panel has upheld an order from an Erie County judge that affirmed a 2016 decision of the Justice Court of the Town of Concord that Buddy the dog should be euthanized. The judicial decision, first entered on Aug. 22, 2016, came after Buddy, a husky mix, attacked a woman who was at the home where he was being kept, when she tried to get him to come inside. Ac…

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What nonsense. What total, delightful, ridiculous nonsense! "Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," a romp of a rewrite of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous detective stories, is bouncing around Shea's 710 Theatre this weekend and next in a production designed to knock off any lingering gloom from the overly long winter season. "Baskervill…

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of a woman who suffered a fatal head injury during a fight last summer. Freddie Cortez, 22, admitted before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case that he caused the death of Jessica Garcia last August by inflicting blunt impact injuries during a confrontation on Niagara Street on Aug. 1. Garcia, 39, …

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A driver who was reported for pointing a weapon at another motorist pleaded guilty to a weapons charge this week in Erie County Court. Donald Clark, 43, of Buffalo, was convicted of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. According to the District Attorney's Office, a caller notified Buffalo Police last May 20 that a man had aimed a gun toward…

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The case against a North Buffalo resident who reportedly tried to kill himself by blowing up his home last month was adjourned Wednesday until his mental exam can be completed. Santo Cok, 73, remembers what happened and understands why he is in court, said defense attorney Daniel Grasso. The exam seeks to determine Cok's condition at the time of the explosion. "Obvio…

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A man already sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for attacking three people with a sledgehammer and a shovel appeared in State Supreme Court Wednesday to plead not guilty in another assault – the alleged attack on his former attorney during a meeting in the Erie County Holding Center. Mark Dublino, 54, appeared in court wearing his green state prison uniform and…

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Daryl Bland was on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation to sell drugs when he and another man in a trailer home received threatening text messages telling them to leave. But Bland didn't have a way home, so he was there when four men with a gun showed up shortly before 1 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2016, looking to enforce vigilante justice on suspected drug dealers. One of the men …

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A Buffalo man who spent 20 years in prison for maiming and robbing an 81-year-old church woman in 1996 now faces attempted murder and other charges for allegedly committing a similar offense weeks after his release. John A. Jaycox, 49, pleaded not guilty to all the charges at his arraignment Tuesday in State Supreme Court. He is accused of going into the Choco-Lo…

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Jurors convicted a Buffalo woman who ran over her ex-husband during an argument last year while their children were in her SUV. The State Supreme Court jury on Monday convicted Cuansharee Palmer, 38, of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Donnell Sharp. She also was convicted of two counts of vehicular manslaughter, four counts of aggravated driving while intoxic…

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Anthony L. Johnson decided Monday not to risk going on trial on charges of assault and sexual abuse, and chose instead to enter an Alford plea – pleading guilty while professing his innocence. Johnson, 39, denies attacking a woman who lived with him, gouging out her eye and then attempting to sexually assault her after she passed out from the pain. Nevertheless, he plea…

A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty in February to drug and weapon charges was sentenced to prison Monday for the second time. Arthur "Cutty" Lewis, 37, received a sentence of seven years in prison for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and eight years in prison for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree. Erie County Judge Mich…

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Over and over, the State Supreme Court jury watched a video of Andre Lewis fatally shooting his former stepfather, Robert Todd Echols, at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center on the evening of April 29, 2017. But in the end, they could not agree if his actions were justified, or if he committed murder. After two full days of deliberations, the jurors notified the court o…