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A pizza deliveryman needed 19 stitches to close a cut to his head early Sunday after a robber he attempted to disarm clubbed him with a handgun, Niagara Falls police reported. A 52-year-old employee of Mr. Ventry's Pizza was delivering an order to a home in the 400 block of 19th Street just before 1:30 a.m. when the incident occurred, police said. He was met by two wome…

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A man was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday after he allegedly broke a window after being ejected from a tavern, Niagara Falls police reported. Employees of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd., told police the man was drunk and was thrown out of the bar just after 1 a.m., but later returned and broke a window before fleeing in his ca…

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A pair of pit bull dogs, described as “emaciated,” were rescued from a condemned home Saturday, where they had apparently been left unattended for at least 12 days, according to Niagara Falls police. Neighbors alerted police, saying they had seen no one enter the residence to feed or care for the dogs since Oct. 7. When officers arrived at 2401 Whitney Ave., they said t…

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After arresting a Niagara Falls man for driving without a valid license last Thursday, Niagara Falls Police Officer Jordan Collins got to do it all again the next day when he spotted the same man driving again. Collins was issuing parking tickets in the 1000 block of 19th Street Thursday afternoon when he came across a vehicle with an expired inspection. Upon checking t…

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Michael Tatu felt some relief 51 years ago when the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits was transferred from St. John the Evangelist Church. Tatu said he grew fearful of Orsolits after the priest molested him at a drive-in theater when he was 14. But the priest who replaced Orsolits, the Rev. William F. J. White, turned out to be no better for Tatu. Tatu, 65, said White sexu…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese removed the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits from a South Buffalo Catholic parish in 1968, shortly after parents complained that Orsolits had molested a 14-year-old boy in the back seat of his car at a drive-in theater. But Orsolits quickly wound up in another Buffalo parish. And he went on to molest other boys across Western New York, according to severa…

A man dragged from a car by assailants Friday night was shot in the left shoulder with what appeared to be buckshot, Niagara Falls Police reported. Police were called to the 600 block of 20th Street around 7:30 p.m. to investigate a report of shots being fired, but found no evidence or witnesses. Minutes later they were called to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, w…

Buffalo

A man was jumped and robbed early Saturday morning on Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street, Buffalo police said. The victim told police the robbery happened at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday when two males wearing black hoodies approached him. The two suspects attacked the man, and after fighting with him, stole his cell phone and wallet, which contained a bank card, a credit …

Calling Niagara Falls Police to report a stolen vehicle is a routine that a DeVeaux-area man knows only too well. When he called again on Friday, it was the sixth time in the past seven years. The 60-year-old victim, a resident of Van Rensselaer Avenue, told police that he let a woman borrow his 2005 Ford Thursday morning, but she never came back with it. He originally …

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The body of a man was found in a home on the city's East Side and police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death. A department spokesman said the male body was found inside a home in the 200 block of Box Avenue, off Kehr Street, just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Police did not provide details on the condition of the body nor whether foul pl…

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Someone drove two men who were wounded in an overnight shooting to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment, Buffalo police said Saturday. A 24-year-old Buffalo man was in serious condition and a 25-year-old man, also from Buffalo, was in stable condition on Saturday, police said. Their names and additional details were not immediately available. A department spo…

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An Erie County sheriff’s deputy and his wife have been arrested on prostitution-related charges. Wallace Waliczek, 52, a deputy assigned to jail management, has been charged with one count of promoting prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor, according to sheriff’s spokesman Scott Zylka. That arrest came after his wife, Melissa Waliczek, was charged by Lancaster police w…

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A 41-year-old Lackawanna man is accused of urinating in an elevator in Erie County's Rath Building, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies say Jason Claar relieved himself in an elevator that serves the Social Services Department. He is charged with criminal tampering and disorderly conduct that created an offensive condition. A tweet from the Sheriff's Office a…

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Antwan Diggs never shied away from telling his employers, friends, congregants, reporters and the youth he mentored that he was once a homeless drug addict who ended up in prison twice. "I was a bum on the streets," Diggs told The Buffalo News in 2006. And he often told the story of how he turned his life around in large part through a halfway house on Grider Street …