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A Wyoming County man was charged with DWI following a one-car accident early this morning in the Town of Wales.A vehicle allegedly driven by Benjamin C. Francis, 42, of Castile became lodged against a guardrail on Big Tree Road at Hunters Creek Road, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Francis reportedly suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Erie…

Buffalo firefighters rescued two people from a burning house on the city’s East Side early Sunday morning.The occupants of a home at 56 Wasmuth Ave. were saved from the blaze, while one firefighter was injured responding to the fire and taken to the hospital for treatment.Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000 and cause of the fire is being investigated.The same gr…

One man is in critical condition and another is stable after an overnight shooting near Jefferson Avenue and Davis Street, the site of a similar shooting last weekend.Buffalo homicide detectives are investigating the incident, which occurred about 3:15 a.m. Sunday. The victims, who have not been identified, were taken to Erie County Medical Center.A 25-year-old man is in c…

LOCKPORT – One of several local homeowners dissatisfied with the work of Sanborn contractor Dennis Goss won a damage award of nearly $11,000 last week.James Kitcho of Hoover Road, Sanborn, who fought with Goss for years over what he considered shoddy workmanship, came out on top in a nonjury civil trial in September before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who is…

SANBORN – A Lockport man evicted from his dormitory room for marijuana use was arrested Friday after allegedly breaking into a mechanical room on the roof of Niagara County Community College. Security personnel at the Saunders Settlement Road campus said Jared G. Scheeler, 20, caused about $1,000 in damage to an air-handling compressor during the break-in, which occurred …

NIAGARA FALLS – Police are hunting for two women, accompanied by a young child, who engineered a midday shoplifting spree Friday, then escaped in a luxury vehicle. The thieves filled a shopping cart with items from the Ollie’s outlet on Niagara Falls Boulevard, then left without paying shortly after noon, driving off in a black Cadillac Escalade, police said. Store officia…

JAMESTOWN – State police in Jamestown said Gary L. Linger Jr., 32, of Sherman, was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a juvenile female.Police said the incident occurred Oct. 11. Linger was arraigned in Sherman Town Court.

A State Supreme Court post can be found on top of the ballot but not often at the top of the agenda for voters.Two lawyers are campaigning for an open seat, looking to serve a 14-year term and preside over civil cases ranging from divorces to personal injuries in the eight Western New York counties of the 8th Judicial District. A handful of State Supreme Court justices als…

ROYALTON – Fire destroyed a two-story home at 4663 Gasport Road Saturday morning, sending one resident to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. A family friend who had spent the night discovered the fire in the kitchen about 8:13 a.m., Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said. He tried to use a wet towel to extinguish the fire on a stove, but was unsuccessful, suff…

A Buffalo man was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center on Saturday after being shot in the abdomen during a robbery, police reported.The victim told police that he was outside in the 200 block of Chadduck Street, in Buffalo’s Riverside section, when a gunman shot him in the abdomen at around 10 p.m. Friday. The gunman then ran off with his cell phone …

Two men approached their victim on a downtown street on Halloween night and asked him for change for a $20 bill.As they were handed the change, one of the men then hit their victim in the face with a glass bottle, leaving a cut above his upper lip, according to police. As he lay on the street, the robbers then pummeled him with their fists, police said. The attack played o…

A mother and her daughter made heartfelt pleas Friday in a Buffalo courtroom for the maximum prison sentence for a Town of Tonawanda man who they said stole the young girl’s innocence when he took pornographic photos of her and a friend, both under the age of 11.The mother said her daughter is sentenced to a life of pain.Shawn McIntosh ended up receiving a prison term of t…

LEWISTON – The Democratic nominee for town supervisor in Tuesday’s election, Dennis J. Brochey Sr., has filed a lawsuit demanding $2 million in damages from a company that he hired nearly 20 years ago to clean up environmental problems at his auto repair shop.Brochey’s suit, filed this week in State Supreme Court, alleges that the company, Green Environment Specialists of …

LOCKPORT – A Cambria man pleaded not guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of growing marijuana in his garage.Eric V. Wisor, 51, of Ridge Road, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing cannabis.The county Drug Task Force arrested him April 8 after a raid allegedly uncovered 48 pot plants in his una…

A judge had just spared her jail and let her keep the Morgan horses she was convicted of mistreating.But as Beth Lynne Hoskins left the East Aurora Village Hall to gather with family at the Roycroft Inn a few blocks away, she asked if she deserved what had come to her – both inside and outside the courtroom.“If I am going to seek justice, why am I a demon?” she asked.Erie …