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The City of Buffalo thought it had an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by the parent company of the Groove Lounge after the city shut down the establishment last summer after an off-duty police officer was shot outside the business. But following another shooting early Sunday morning outside the business, the city will take another look at the tentative settlement as…

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On a summer day in 2012, an Erie County sheriff's deputy arrived at the Wierzbic family farm in the Town of Aurora to serve papers. What happened next is in dispute, but the Wierzbics claim Deputy Michael Hoock instigated a fight and that three other deputies eventually joined in and repeatedly beat Raymond Wierzbic, the eldest member of the family. They also claim d…

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A Lockport man was charged Tuesday morning with trying to break into Stevie V's pizzeria on Robinson Road, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A neighbor called the Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. after seeing someone trying to get into the restaurant. David C. Heimerl, 53, was charged with attempted third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mi…

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The fatal shooting Friday night of a 23-year-old man in Byron appears to have been an accident caused by the careless handling of a weapon, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. John "Jack" Carney was shot with his own 9-mm Ruger at about 11:45 p.m. during a party in a barn behind his home at 6409 Byron Holley Road. Carney, who owned the registered handgun, …

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Two armed men wearing masks robbed the Citgo gas station at 700 Main St. in Niagara Falls on Sunday night, according to a city police report. The robbery happened at about 8:25 p.m. After the robbers walked in and demanded money, one assailant told a customer at the counter not to move while the other robber went behind the counter and told an employee to open the regis…

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Nyjier Scott, who took part in the shooting of a Niagara Falls man in a robbery attempt, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a gun possession felony in exchange for a promise that he will spend no more than 10 years in state prison. Scott, 20, of North Avenue in the Falls, will be sentenced Jan. 3 for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon Jan. 3. Niagara County Judge M…

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An 18-year-old was arrested Sunday morning and charged with injuring a woman while stealing her purse inside a senior apartment building on Linwood Avenue, according to a Buffalo police report. Junior Zelee of Parkdale Avenue was sleeping in a hallway inside Linwood Manor, 333 Linwood, before he pulled the victim to the ground, took her purse and beat her in the head, s…

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Authorities are offering up to a $4,000 reward for information in the fatal July beating in a North Buffalo apartment. Carl Davis, 71, was found dead shortly after 11 a.m. July 23 in his home on Holling Drive, between Delaware and Virgil avenues. Davis died of blunt-force injury, according to Buffalo police. In the days after the killing, police said they were lookin…

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A man dancing on stage at Club Marcella was attacked Sunday morning by a group of six to eight people who pulled him off the stage and began to beat him, according to a Buffalo police report. Security threw the attackers out of the Pearl Street club after the attack, which happened about 3:30 a.m. One of the attackers was outside waiting for the victim as he left and pu…

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Two juries could not decide whether Andre Lewis was a murderer, or just a frightened man who was trying to protect himself and his baby daughter when he shot and killed his ex-stepfather in West Seneca last year. In February, a third jury will take a crack at the murder case when it again goes to trial at State Supreme Court in Buffalo. Lewis, 41, is charged with…

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They made their chilling discovery 52 years ago, but Matthew Nasca and Patrick Borrusso remember it like it was yesterday. Finding the body of a murdered priest is not the kind of incident that anyone forgets. On March 13, 1966, Nasca, Borrusso and their buddy, James Brady, were all 12 years old, altar boys from a West Side church. They were out for a carefree Su…

City of Tonawanda Police said they found a meth lab Sunday in a camping trailer in a backyard on Kohler Street in the City of Tonawanda. Police said they were directed to the site. Inside the trailer, they found items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, including crystalline substances, clear plastic bottles and cooking devices. Police said the person who a…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins probably won't be able to fulfill one of the most basic duties of a congressman – serving on a committee – in 2019. And the year after that, he may well be distracted not just by one court case, but by two, one right after the other. Those two harsh realities came clear in the days after Collins, a Clarence Republican, grabbed a 2,910-…

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A woman told Buffalo police Sunday she was threatened by a man as she tried picking up a fish tank that was being given away in the city's Seneca-Babcock neighborhood. The woman told officers she went to an address on Lester Street, off of Seneca Street, around 5:10 p.m. to pick up the tank, which was posted on Facebook Marketplace, according to a city police report. …