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A 56-year-old Clarence woman was arrested early Friday morning for aggravated driving while intoxicated after an Erie County sheriff’s deputy stopped her for allegedly driving on the shoulder of Salt Road in the Town of Clarence.Peggy Schulz was charged with DWI at about 2 a.m. after a breath test revealed her blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent, according to the Sherif…

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A tractor-trailer carrying carpets caught fire around noon Friday on the I-190 near the Clinton-Bailey exit.The fire appeared to have started in the cab. Buffalo firefighters initially brought the flames under control, but the fire flared up again, going through the roof of the tractor-trailer.Three fire trucks were parked on the Thruway, near an overpass, while another on…

A Buffalo man whose driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 18 times over the last 10 years gave police a novel excuse when he was pulled over in April.He told officers he was planning to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the next day to clear up his license, prosecutors said.Damario James, 31, of Van Gorder Street, was charged with first-degree aggravated unli…

A Buffalo man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the shotgun slaying of a teenager who was waiting outside his pregnant girlfriend’s West Side apartment last year to take her shopping for a baby stroller.Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk gave the maximum sentence to Demario Smith, 25, for killing Shaquille R. Woods, 19, at Massachusetts and Shields av…

One of the 23 defendants arrested in a 2010 crackdown on a Lockport-based cocaine ring has been sentenced on a drug conspiracy charge, while another has been convicted on the same charge, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Thursday.James Dolly, 48, of Gasport, convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, was sentenced by…

A 55-year-old East Utica Street woman in custody in the basement police cell block at the Buffalo City Court Building at 50 Delaware Avenue was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanor counts for fire alarm incidents. Diane B. Jones, who was in the cellblock for allegedly pulling a false fire alarm at 7:57 a.m. at Main and North streets, allegedly pulled another fire …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to a six-count drug indictment unsealed Thursday in State Supreme Court.Eric D. Jones, 19, of 22nd Street, denied charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation …

LOCKPORT – A Level 2 sex offender from Orleans County was sentenced Thursday to four months of weekends in the Niagara County Jail, five years’ probation and $5,520 in fines and surcharges for a felony count of driving while intoxicated.Kelly P. Chellino, 44, of Park Avenue, Waterport, had pleaded guilty after a Nov. 30 arrest in the City of Lockport.Niagara County Judge S…

LOCKPORT – Jheryl B. Carter, 24, of 12th Street, Niagara Falls, was sentenced Thursday to 45 days in jail and three years’ probation for misdemeanor possession of a sawed-off shotgun.“Just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Carter, who was the only occupant of a car that Falls police caught following a New Year’s Day chase. The weapon was found inside the vehicle.…

LOCKPORT – Marc A. Madore, a Niagara Falls man who has been to state prison twice, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to an attempted murder charge stemming from an Oct. 28 stabbing.Madore, 41, of 20th Street, also was indicted on charges of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Madore was charged with stabbing Shawn Stoltz,…

MAYVILLE – A 30-year-old Town of Villenova man was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail here in lieu of $50,000 cash bail Thursday by Hanover Town Judge Walter Klyczek after his arraignment on kiddie porn charges.The charges were lodged by State Police after a lengthy investigation of his alleged computer-based activities. Christopher G. Travis was being held on numerou…

A 22-year-old East Aurora man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk while reportedly driving erratically on Transit Road in the Town of Lancaster about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, State Police reported. Stanley J. Rachwal of Quaker road, East Aurora, failed roadside sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated because he…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 57-year-old woman told police that a man pointed a gun at her and tried to rob her at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of 7th Street.The woman told police that the unknown man approached her from behind, pointed a silver handgun at her, and demanded that she hand over all her money and “drop everything.” She told police that at first she thought the m…

PORTER – A laptop computer and gift cards were among the items taken from two unlocked vehicles parked in a driveway in the 1400 block of Lake Road.The victim told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday that sometime overnight someone entered two of his vehicles and took $350 in cash, a laptop, a GPS, gift cards, a pair of sunglasses, postage stamps, and a Microsoft Win…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a woman who apparently stole purses while shoppers had turned away at two separate stores both in the 5700 block of South Transit Road between 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday.Both shoppers described the suspect as a white, heavyset female in her 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and white or tan trousers. Deputies sa…