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ALBANY – The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York’s SAFE Act gun-control law.The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group’s lawsuit against the state over the gun and ammuni…

LOCKPORT – Timothy C. DePetris, the Niagara Falls businessman charged with shooting his brother-in-law and trying to hire a hitman to finish the job, must stay in solitary confinement, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ruled today.DePetris, 44, has been in isolation in the Niagara County Jail since June, when he was charged with using the jail telephones to try to r…

A Clarence man was arrested Monday for felony driving while intoxicated after State Police at Clarence stopped his vehicle for driving down the middle of Transit Road in Clarence.The driver, James A. Smith, 31, submitted to a breath test that revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, troopers said. He was charged with felony DWI because of a prior drunken-driving con…

LOCKPORT – Doors were smashed to gain entry, a cabinet was ransacked and dozens of phones were stolen in a weekend break-in at the Wireless Zone store on South Transit Road.Niagara County sheriff’s deputies and New York State Police responded to an alarm just before 7 a.m. Sunday at the store at 5883 South Transit Road and found the front doors of the business had been sma…

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A dishwasher who fatally shot one co-worker and wounded another at a downtown Delaware Avenue restaurant more than three years ago was found mentally ill and not responsible for his crimes by a judge Tuesday.State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns ordered Ernesto Arechavaleta-Taureaux committed to the care of the state mental health commissioner for evaluation and…

A man armed with a handgun forced his way into a KFC restaurant on Bailey Avenue in Eggertsville Monday morning, robbed the store and forced two workers into a freezer, Amherst police said today.The robbery occurred at about 8:50 a.m. at the fried chicken eatery, located at 3962 Bailey Ave.The robber, who had what police said was a “small handgun,” ordered the employees to…

JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown woman faces three criminal charges and six traffic counts after she tried to run her car into another vehicle Monday afternoon while she had a 6-year-old child in the back seat, Jamestown police report.Officers said Jennifer N. Bernard, 28, led them on a short chase after they answered a call about a domestic incident on Pershing Avenue at about 4:3…

A 36-year-old Buffalo man was arrested by State Police on drunken driving and other charges after he was found speeding Saturday on Route 5 in Lackawnna, police said.Robert C. Oshei III was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, moving between lanes unsafely and failing to signal a lane change. He was ticketed and ordered to appear in Lackawanna City Court in se…

Police agencies in five Western New York counties will share in nearly $700,000 in state grants that will help them purchase video equipment to record suspects as they are being interrogated, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday. The grants will be administered through the district attorney’s offices in the five counties. They include:Allegany County, $25,140, for the Alf…

MAYVILLE – A 36-year-old Gowanda man was charged with failure to keep right by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies after he was injured when he allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic while driving east on Route 39 in the Town of Hanover and colliding with an oncoming car about 7:30 a.m. today. The occupants of the other vehicle refused medical attention. Jeffrey M. Royce…

MAYVILLE – A 25-year-old Frewsburg woman was flown to Erie Cpunty Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of internal injuries after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a ditch along Milestrip road in Cherry Creek about 11 a.m. Monday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department reported. Sarah Parke reportedly overcorrected after veering into the oncoming lane…

A 34-year-old Brockport man is in satisfactory condition in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with the head injury he suffered when his SUV crashed on State Route 31 in the hamlet of Fancher in the Orleans County Town of Murray about 10:50 a.m. Sunday.Erich R. Baase, who fled briefly after he lost control on a curve and his SUV went onto a drainage ditch, surrendered …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who has five prior felony convictions was arraigned in Niagara County Court Monday on charges of striking a near neighbor in the head with a golf club.Dennis C. Jeffrey, also known as Dennis Townsend, 50, of Ashland Avenue, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Deputy District Attorney Do…

A Buffalo woman pleaded not guilty today to second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another Buffalo woman outside the suspect’s home two months ago.State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller continued bail at $50,000 for Nedra S. Jones, 28, of North Oak Street.She is charged in the Sept. 8 slaying of Lonnice M. Willis, 28, of Seneca Street.Erie County Judge Thomas…

Two local tax preparers were sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to six months’ home confinement for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.Brenda Jeffries-Silmon, 54, of Cheektowaga, and Marcel Richardson-Redden, 58, of Buffalo admitted filing 58 fake tax returns on behalf of clients.Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White said the…