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Robert J. Chraston, who burglarized a house in Hartland while he was on probation for breaking into another house in that town, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in state prison. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon tacked on three years of postrelease supervision for Chraston, 22, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Royalton. Chraston's first burglary occurred Dec. 30, 2016, w…

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Gregory Kwiatkowski admits he "lost control" of himself. It was late May of 2009 and the Buffalo police lieutenant was one of the first officers to encounter four teenagers suspected in a drive-by BB gun shooting. Kwiatkowski grabbed one of the handcuffed teens by the neck and slammed him headfirst into a police car. And then, when the teen's friends reacted angrily,…

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Buffalo police want the public's help finding a person who's been taking packages from homes in the Richmond Avenue area. The male suspect was captured in surveillance images released by police. Police ask anyone with information to call Central District detectives at 851-4370.

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A 47-year-old man shot Tuesday night by a Buffalo police officer has died, according to a police spokesman. Officers were searching for a shoplifting suspect and the man charged at the officer with a knife, police said. The shooting happened on a flat-roof garage between Gladstone and Sayre streets, off Military Road, according to an audio recording of police radio t…

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A Castile man was charged with first-degree attempted murder Tuesday after he allegedly threatened Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph with a knife, according to State Police. Lynn M. Hall, 48, was additionally charged with first-degree attempted assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, State Police said. According to State Police, at about 6:30 …

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In Romania, George Piha was a prominent businessman and politician — and then after a car accident he became an OxyContin addict. Piha, who holds dual citizenship, returned to the United States and, according to prosecutors, began a statewide crime spree to feed his addiction. Piha stole from YMCAs in the towns of Tonawanda and West Seneca, the Aquatic and Fitness Cente…

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NEW YORK — The man who spearheaded the spending of a "Buffalo Billion" in state funds to boost upstate cities cried in a federal courtroom here Tuesday as he pleaded with a judge for leniency. "I stand before you with a heavy heart," said Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, said at a sentencing hearing that ended the bid-ri…

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A 22-year-old man wanted on a murder charge in Cattaraugus County is in police custody in the Las Vegas area, awaiting extradition to Western New York, according to the county Sheriff's Office. The suspect, whose name has been withheld by the Sheriff's Office, has been accused of killing Juwaan Holt, 22, of Buffalo. Holt was stabbed in the abdomen Saturday morning at 35…

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A Buffalo man was charged with possessing marijuana and a stolen handgun Monday night in Black Rock, according to a police report. Officers approached a man just before midnight who was standing outside a vehicle parked on the side of Niagara Street, near Farmer Street. The man, later identified as Armonte D. McDougald, 21, was standing in the roadway, according to the …

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The theft of four tires from an auto shop in Niagara Falls over the weekend took some extra effort. The thief or thieves smashed the windows on three vehicles to get access to tire jacks in the trunk, which were then used to lift a fourth vehicle, which had its tires taken, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Police learned about the theft Monday morning, whe…

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A man with a gun robbed the Sunoco gas station at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road early Tuesday morning, according to a Niagara Falls police report. An employee told police the robber approached her at about 2:10 a.m. while she was in a back room, pointed the gun at her and demanded money. They walked back toward the front counter and the robber put a white…

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Ennis E. Ruffin Sr., whose criminal record includes multiple convictions for selling crack cocaine in Niagara Falls, will serve seven years in state prison for two felonies. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon gave Ennis a three-year sentence Monday, but ordered it to be served after he finishes a four-year term he received a few weeks ago in Niagara Falls City Court. …

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A homeless sex offender from Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of failing to report a change of address. Robert E. Draper, 58, was rated a Level 3 offender for having sex with an 11-year-old girl in the Falls in 1996. He served seven years in prison for that, according to the state sex offender website. Draper didn't report a move he made in Augu…

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Brandon A. Ortiz, 20, of McKoon Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Tuesday to a 28-count indictment accusing him of robbing 7-Eleven stores in the Falls and North Tonawanda and participating in a home invasion where six people were robbed. Ortiz allegedly joined Joshua A. Carr, 18, of Ontario Avenue in the Falls, in a store holdup Oct. 6 a…