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The story behind the Chautauqua County resident accused of firing a replica cannon at his neighbor’s property will be revealed – in court, his attorney said Friday.This week’s arrest of Brian J. Malta, of the Town of Kiantone, made headlines across the world. Not necessarily for the crimes with which he’s charged – relatively minor counts of menacing and harassment – but f…

A judge today sentenced a Cheektowaga man to one to three years in prison following his three arrests in two months on weapons, stolen property and burglary charges.Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced Troy Jones, 19, of Reo Avenue.Jones had pleaded guilty to second-degree weapon possession, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of t…

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Michael Tortorici’s defense lawyer says that he was justified in attacking his 86-pound German shepherd, even if he did end up killing the dog.Tortorici, who pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of animal abuse, suffered “pretty severe injuries” to his arm because of the dog, Frank LoTempio III said. “They’re incredibly deep wounds,” LoTempio said.“Once the facts c…

A report of reckless driving and a vehicle hitting guard rails on Grand Island resulted in the arrest of a 49-year-old woman on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated, according to Erie County sheriff’s deputies.Deputies responding to the report, at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, found the vehicle on Staley Road and reported that the driver, Coleen Duncan of North Tonawa…

A two-alarm fire Thursday evening on Inwood Place between Delaware Avenue and Windsor Avenue caused more than $200,000 in damages to three homes and sent two firefighters to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Buffalo fire officials reported.The blaze started at about 8:45 p.m. at 81 Inwood, a large two-and-a half story, wood frame house and cause…

A Kenmore teenager was sentenced Thursday to weekends in jail for six months and must also spend five years on probation for deliberately running over a Kenmore West High School classmate last spring in a dispute over remarks posted on Twitter and Facebook about the school’s upcoming prom.Liana Nieves, 18, of Crosby Avenue, will spend weekends in the Erie County Correction…

Fire in a two and a half story wood frame house at 81 Inwood Place was brought under control just after 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the Fire Department.No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.The fire was reported at about 8:45 p.m., and it caused traffic delays in the area until it was put out.

A 51-year-old Massachusetts Avenue man was arrested in a stolen car at Hertel Avenue and Jasper Parrish Drive about 11:30 a.m. today, police said. Luis A. Hernandez was arrested after the owner of the vehicle flagged down a police officer who stopped Hernandez as he was driving the car. The suspect was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of stolen property an…

LOCKPORT – A former Town of Lockport woman, arrested with her boyfriend when police raided their basement methamphetamine lab April 30, was placed on five years’ probation Thursday.Reading from a presentencing interview with a probation officer, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas quoted Jessica L. Pittler as saying, “The raid was horrible, but it saved my life. Reall…

The State Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas was right in 2010, when she added 15 years to the minimum prison sentence for a Niagara Falls man convicted of murder.Farkas gave Darnell D. Carter 40 years to life instead of the typical 25 years to life for second-degree murder. She added the additional time for Carter’s conviction fo…

OLEAN – A 42-year-old Olean man was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana found in his automobile during a routine traffic stop Wednesday afternoon by State Police.Damone Lewis was served with an appearance ticket for Olean City Court after he was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana found in his vehicle. He is slated to go to court on the charge Nov. 26.

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County corrections officer found two orange colored strips, believed to be the narcotic suboxone, in a piece of mail addressed to a woman prisoner in the Niagara County Jail on Wednesday.The only return address on the green envelope found by officials was “BFF,” which is often used as shorthand for best friends forever.Deputies also found a card insid…

NEWFANE – Citing “privacy issues.” Newfane School Superintendent Michael Wendt today declined comment on injuries to a 12 or 13-year-old Newfane Middle School student who was taken by a Mercy Flight helicopter to Buffalo’s Womens and Children’s Hospital after suffering a head injury at the school. The helicoptor was filmed taking the boy off the school’s playing field Wed…

A Kenmore teenager was sentenced today to weekends in jail for six months and must also spend five years on probation for deliberately running over a Kenmore West High School classmate last spring in a dispute over remarks posted on Twitter and Facebook about the school’s upcoming prom.Liana Nieves, 18, of Crosby Avenue, will spend weekends in the Erie County Correctional …

A Buffalo man has been charged with attacking a sheriff’s deputy at the Erie County Holding Center last summer, resulting in a knee injury that forced the deputy off the job for two months.Edward Hubbs, 42, of Main Street, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree assault in the June 20 attack at the Holding Center, where he was serving a 15-day jail sentence for harass…