Koyuki Nakahara has seen two sides of America. Thirteen months ago, the Japanese tourist was robbed, beaten and sexually assaulted as she went for a late night walk at Niagara Falls. And on Friday, she watched and listened as her attacker was convicted on all counts. Nakahara says she chooses to see the good side of this country and not just because Robert E. MacL…

When immigration officials denied asylum to Noorullah Aminyar, his lawyer predicted almost certain torture and death upon the Afghan solider’s return home. “The blood will be on the hands of the U.S. government,” Buffalo attorney Matthew Borowski said at the time. A year later, Aminyar remains at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia, still fighting his d…

LOCKPORT - Tony L. Moore hid 1.75 ounces of cocaine in a box of frozen pierogies. Now he is going to prison for  five years for that felony and two others. Moore, 35, was arrested July 28, 2015, when police executed a search warrant at his Niagara Avenue home in Niagara Falls and found the cocaine in the pierogies in the freezer. They also found an unlicensed, loaded …

Niagara Falls police on Friday were searching for a 2002- to 2005-model, charcoal-colored Hyundai Sonata with front passenger side damage, in connection with a collision Thursday that left a 19-year-old bicyclist in serious condition. The incident occurred about 3:20 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Ontario Avenue, according to authorities. The victim, whose name was …

LOCKPORT - When a Niagara County Court jury convicted Robert E. MacLeod Friday of robbing and sexually abusing a female Japanese tourist in Niagara Falls, the victim smiled and, shortly thereafter, shed tears of joy and relief. "I was looking at the jury," Koyuki Nakahara told reporters. "I traveled 24,000 miles to hear that." The jury deliberated 6 1/2 hours, mo…

NIAGARA FALLS - Police charged a Falls Street man with driving while intoxicated Thursday after he crashed into two parked vehicles on Fifth Street. The crash happened at about 12:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Fifth, according to a city police report. Initially, a woman passenger in the car told police she was driving when the crash occurred. In addition to the DWI …

Buffalo officers tried to pull over a driver in the Riverside area Wednesday evening for a loud exhaust system, but he sped off and led them on a high speed chase through the city with speeds exceeding 100 mph, Buffalo police reported. Officers tried to pull him over at Ontario Street and Beatrice Avenue at about 7:30 p.m., but were not able to said stop until he reache…

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls  man charged at city police officers with a box cutter last week, and police used a Taser to subdue him, according to a police report. Officers responded to the 400 block of 12th Street last Friday night for the report of a mental health situation and a person cutting himself with a box cutter. Police could hear a fight coming from an up…

City of Tonawanda police went into the Tim Horton's coffee shop on Niagara Street about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday because of a call that a man was exposing himself in the women's restroom. They left the coffee shop after arresting an Amherst man they said was in possession of nearly 700 pills. Officers charged Kevin R. McNinch II, 32, with three counts of a controlled subs…

KENNEDY - State Police tried to stop a driver for speeding on Interstate-86 Thursday, but he just kept going  - at 109 mph, they said. The driver got off the interstate at the School House Road exit, according to the State Police, and with assistance from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, he was  eventually stopped in Randolph. In addition to speeding, Trist…

A Buffalo man was taken into custody at his home in the first block of Gorski Street, off Clinton Street, on Thursday afternoon following an incident in which he allegedly cut the cheek of a female neighbor with a steak knife during an argument, according to Buffalo police. Cornell Edwards, 44,  was arrested at about 2 p.m. and charged with a felony counts of second-d…

A Buffalo man who ran into the woods after a traffic stop on Route 16 in the Town of Holland and his female passenger were arrested by Erie County sheriff deputies late Wednesday night, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Thursday. Jamie Wilson, 47, and Jenna Shoup, 26, also of Buffalo, were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled su…

LOCKPORT - A man who shot his mother's then-boyfriend last summer in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a promise of a 9-year state prison sentence. Jason A. Pryor Jr., 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, risked up to 25 years behind bars if he had been convicted of the attempted murder charge listed in the original indictment. He accepted a plea of…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man accepted a plea offer Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred during a robbery almost a year ago. Donald Dolson, 23, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he would sentence Dolson to no more than four years in prison when he returns t…

NIAGARA FALLS - A man involved in a hit-and-run crash with a parked car left his damaged vehicle on the sidewalk and took a taxi home before police arrived on scene, according to a city police report. Niagara Falls police responded to the 400 block of 27th Street at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a black Jeep Patriot on the sidewalk with heavy front-end damage…