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LOCKPORT – A woman said she got a message on Facebook that someone had broken in to her grandmother’s apartment on Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday.Niagara County sheriff’s deputies responded the apartment in the 6500 block of Lincoln Avenue at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday and found that a door had been pried open and the deadbolt was damaged.A Remington pump action shotgun and a 24-ka…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man said he cashed in some stolen merchandise, using a discarded receipt, to obtain cash for bus fare at a Sally Beauty Supply store in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard on Wednesday.David A. Ferris Jr., 33, of Ninth Street, was charged with petit larceny for stealing make up valued at $5.39 at 5 p.m. Wednesday.A store clerk said Fer…

NEWFANE – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies weren’t buying the excuses of a man found rifling through frozen food in an outside storage shed at Cafora’s Restaurant just before 9 p.m. Tuesday on South Main Street.Aaron S. Hill, 46, of Lake Road, Appleton was charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny.Hill was found inside the shed by employees who said they found…

A Buffalo man who admitted fatally beating his wife got another adjournment Friday to give him time to hire a new attorney and file a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.Antoine Mattox last week told Erie County Judge Sheila M. DiTullio that he planned to retain a new attorney to replace Brian K. Parker, the third attorney assigned to represent him in this case. She adjourn…

A Buffalo man admitted Thursday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to robbing three banks last summer.Jason Berg, 22, pleaded guilty to robbing First Niagara Bank at 1000 Elmwood Ave. in April, M&T Bank at 788 Elmwood in May and M&T Bank at 1580 Hertel Ave. in June.Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said Berg faces up to 6½ years in prison and will…

Dustin Ortiz Maldonado, 27, has been identified as the man fatally shot in Black Rock late Sunday night, police said Thursday. His identity had been withheld pending notification of his relatives. Ortiz Maldonado was shot on Newfield Street at about 11 p.m. An investigation into the slaying is continuing.

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Frozen pipes in a South Buffalo home turned out to be more than an annoyance late Wednesday night when a propane-fueled “torpedo” heater a resident was using to thaw the pipes touched off a two-alarm blaze.The fire was an unfortunate occurrence that repeats itself every winter when pipes freeze and inexperienced individuals try to solve the problem on their own rather than…

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LOCKPORT – A neighbor saw Jennifer Marchant and her boyfriend Ralph D. Stone Jr. “giggling and smiling” about 10 minutes before Marchant stabbed Stone to death, Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said in her opening statement in Marchant’s manslaughter trial Wednesday.Baehre told the Niagara County Court jury of 10 men and two women that they will hear tapes of 911…

Fire that caused an undisclosed amount of damage to a woman’s mobile home at 126 Bush Garden in Marilla about noon today has been determined to have been accident, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.The department’s arson unit was put to work on the fire after it was put out by the Marilla Fire Company, but no foul play was found.

Frank Dean Rudge, a disgraced former detective for the Niagara Regional Police, was described Wednesday as committing crimes “analogous to treason” for passing secret police documents on to members of the Ontario Hell’s Angels gang during a long-standing investigation as Welland (Ont.) Superior Court Justice Peter Hambly ordered him to serve a four-year term in federal pen…

Two Breckenridge Street men are being held and a third suspect is being sought in connection with the armed robbery of $150 from a man at Congress Street and Lafayette Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. With the victim in a patrol car, officers reported spotting two of the suspects, Glenn Benton, 19, and Charles Hoelflich, 18, at Breckenridge and Grant streets shortly after t…

A 22-year-old Thornton Avenue man was arrested on a felony weapons charge when police found him walking out of his driveway with a .38-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his jacket pocket about 10:35 a.m. today. Dijon Q. Dunovant was arrested on a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree after officers who had responded to a “man with a gun” cal…

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MIDDLEPORT – As thick smoke poured from a burning, two-story apartment building, the Middleport police chief and a Niagara County sheriff’s deputy rescued four children as their mother handed each child down to the law officers from a second-floor window Wednesday morning.They saved the mother and her sister, too, by finding a ladder in a nearby yard and leaning it up to t…

LOCKPORT – The criminal case against Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven C. Richards has been reassigned after State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. recused himself, court officials said Wednesday.The administrative office for the Eighth Judicial District confirmed that Kloch had backed out of the case. An official said Kloch did not have to give a reason.The case…