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Lackawanna police were trying to persuade an apparently distraught man to come out of a house Thursday night on Magnolia Street.There were no reports of any injury nor any crime, but a police SWAT team and a Rural Metro ambulance crew were at the scene as a precaution. Talks with the man began at about 10 p.m.

Two sets of sisters were arrested about 10 p.m. Wednesday for allegedly burglarizing a home in the 600 block of Eggert Road and harassing the owner after falsely claiming they needed help because of a car problem. Courtney Bradley, 20 and her sister Cortland Bradley, 19, both of Woodlawn Avenue, and Danielle Lane, 21, of Woodlawn Avenue and her sister Triscilla Lane, 22, o…

Eileen Colvin, 63, of Niagara County says she likes children, but she really is questioning the behavior and anger of some of them after she said she was “knocked out cold” when she stepped in to try to help two girls who were being bullied by a 17-year-old student as the bus drove the students home after school on Wednesday.The at-risk and troubled students on the bus fro…

NIAGARA FALLS – Several teenagers were seen breaking into an apartment just after midnight Wednesday in the 1500 block of LaSalle Avenue while the owner was at work. The intruders made off with several jars of coins valued at a total of $1,250.A witness told police he was asleep and heard pounding and then saw three to five males fleeing from a first floor apartment.The vi…

Two armed robbers shot by a man whose son they had just held up while the man and his two sons were washing their car in their driveway last summer in Buffalo’s University District were sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case sentenced Bernard Byrd III, 22, of Van Gorder Street, and Robert Moore, 29, of Theodore Street, in the July 28 h…

LOCKPORT – Three defendants, two of them parole violators, pleaded guilty this week in Niagara County Court in connection with the Aug. 26 gunpoint robbery of three men on High Street in Lockport.Thursday, Dominique Q. Houser, 23, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted second-degree robbery. The same plea was entered Wednesday by Rakeem J. Hamilton, 17, of Li…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 17-year-old who allegedly pointed a gun at a clerk in the robbery of a 19th Street store, was found by police and charged on Wednesday. A second male still was being sought.Sharod L. Gulley of Cudaback Avenue was arraigned in City Court on Thursday on charges of first and second-degree robbery and was remanded to Niagara County Jail on $100,000 bail. He w…

LOCKPORT – A Level 1 sex offender from Royalton admitted Thursday in Niagara County Court that he violated the Sex Offender Registration Act in February by failing to inform state officials of an Internet account he opened.Michael W. Lanham, 24, of Akron Road, faces up to four years in state prison for that, along with another four years for violating the terms of probatio…

LOCKPORT – William P. Matthews, a married father of five children, all of them under age nine, pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to possession of 0.19 ounces of cocaine on Nov. 1, 2012.Matthews, 39, of Whitney Avenue, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas after his guilty plea to …

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Like the film and music industries, book publishers are cracking down on copyright pirates.And one of them has its sights set on a prominent local politician.Ralph M. Mohr, the Republican commissioner on the Erie County Board of Elections, is the sole remaining defendant in a civil suit brought by the people who publish the popular books “For Dummies” series.They contend t…

LOCKPORT – Two Town of Lockport residents and a Niagara Falls woman pleaded not guilty to felony drug indictments Thursday.In State Supreme Court, Carmelo J. Fiorello, 35, of Maplewood Drive, Lockport, denied two counts each of fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen to a police …

MAYVILLE – A 19-year-old Ripley man and two younger men have been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly attacking a person in a Wisner Street home in the Town of Ripley about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.Kyle M. Hannold, of West Main Street, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with injuring th…

If Elhajji Elshabazz, the fourth and final suspect in the fatal beating of elderly Buffalo church deacon Levi Clayton does not fight extradition following his arrest Wednesday in Ithaca, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Thursday that he expects him to be returned here for prosecution in the murder case “soon.”Elshabazz, 23, was arrested by a Tompkins…

U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer spends most of his days sitting on the bench.Thursday was different.Minus his customary black robe, Larimer found himself in an unusual spot – on the witness stand in an obstruction of justice trial being heard in Buffalo federal court.By all accounts, he’s the first federal judge to ever testify in a local case.“Judge Larimer, what do …

North Tonawanda police have located a missing man who suffers from dementia and a heart condition.Ronald Masters, 79, had last been seen on Oct. 17 in North Tonawanda and police sought help from the public on Tuesday. He was found uninjured this morning, according to police.