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Sam Ogozalek


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Herminia Gonzalez said she has been waiting for justice since May 20, 2016. That’s the day her son, Freddie Dizon, was shot and killed in the Anchor Bar restaurant on Main Street. On Tuesday, Gonzalez said justice was finally — and fully — served. A Buffalo man who was the “getaway driver” in the fatal shooting of Dizon was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in pr…

Clarence

In the late 1930s, Stephan H. Lewy and other Jewish kids were once locked in a Berlin synagogue by Nazi soldiers who cut a gas line, leaving the children to die and suffocate. An older boy helped save them. Fearing for his life, Lewy embarked on a nearly 4,000-mile journey in 1939 after obtaining safe passage on a Kindertransport to France, and eventually a visa to the …

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A driver was administered Narcan after striking a bus shelter and pedestrian about 6 p.m. Saturday at Fillmore Avenue and Broadway on the East Side, police said. The driver was administered Narcan at the scene, police said. Narcan is a brand name of Naloxone, the opiate rescue drug. The driver was transported to Buffalo General Medical Center. Injuries to the pedestr…

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The man who was seriously wounded Saturday evening in a shooting at Genesee Street and Crossman Avenue died Sunday of his injuries, Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge reported. The 28-year-old man was shot about 7 p.m. Saturday and transported to Erie County Medical Center with “serious” injuries, said DeGeorge, who did not release the victim's name. Anyone wi…

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Two Western New York fishermen reported missing Saturday morning safely returned to land at about 4 p.m., a U.S. Coast Guard official said. “They’re both fine,” said Paul Angelillo, a spokesman for the Coast Guard. “All’s well that ends well.” The men, from Buffalo and Cheektowaga, set out to Canada to fish on Friday and could not be reached. Angelillo said there …

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Technology has made it harder to get away with stealing campaign signs. And for Rep. Tom Reed, it has made it easier to get the signs back. Some of Reed’s signs were swiped recently in the Southern Tier, and his re-election campaign used a GPS system to get them back. “The signs were disappearing,” said Abbey Daugherty, communications director for the Corning Repu…

Crime

Kristofer M. Gregorek was driving a 20,000-pound truck 70 mph in a Thruway construction zone as he bought a video game and filled out a customer satisfaction survey in June 2017. That's when he struck and killed a University at Buffalo nursing professor. On Wednesday, Gregorek stood motionless in State Supreme Court as a judge handed down a sentence of one and a half…

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State officials on Monday hailed a $5 million grant awarded to D’Youville College and its proposed health center project as an economic catalyst for Buffalo’s West Side, and a sign of the city’s renaissance. “Think about 10,000 — 10,000 jobs in health care that will have to be filled over the next six years, in Buffalo and Western New York,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown, d…

Crime

A Byron man was arrested on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated following a one-vehicle crash on Lyman Road in the Town of Byron at about 8 p.m. July 4, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies investigating the crash determined that the driver, Kelly P. DiMatteo, 34, of Byron Holley Road, was intoxicated. He was charged with felony DWI for having…

Crime

The Amar Second Hand Store in Black Rock was robbed of $440 Saturday evening by a man with a small silver and black handgun, a woman told police. “Hand me the money in the register,” the man said, according to the woman’s report to Buffalo police. Amar Second Hand Store is located in the 400 block of Tonawanda Street. The suspect left walking northwest, according to …

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A Lovejoy woman’s trampoline, pool and 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser were damaged by a person or people who entered her locked yard and lit off fireworks, she told Buffalo police on Sunday. While she was away on vacation, the woman told police, fireworks at her home resulted in roughly $400 damage to a trampoline, $170 damage to a pool cover and $500 damage to the sport utilit…

Crime

A Frewsburg man faces a charge of felony driving while intoxicated after being arrested early Sunday morning in Bemus Point, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Christopher A. Marker, 33, also faces charges of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and consumption of alcohol in a mo…

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A Pennsylvania man was arrested on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated Sunday morning in the Town of Chautauqua, police said. Timothy S. Troutman, 58, of Erie, was previously convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the past 10 years, police said. Troutman was pulled over on W. Chautauqua St. at about 5 a.m. Sunday, according to a poli…

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A 46-year-old Fredonia motorcyclist was injured Saturday night after hitting a deer in the Town of Pomfret, police said. The man, who was not identified in a police report, was later transported to Erie County Medical Center. A 42-year-old female passenger was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No update was provided on their conditions. The crash occurred a…

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A man was arrested in Jamestown on Saturday after police said he allegedly restrained a female victim in a car and got into a “physical altercation” in the presence of a 4-year-old child, according to a Jamestown Police Department report. The incident occurred in the 100 block of West Virginia Boulevard at about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the report. Scott L. Fost…