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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda drug dealer and a Newfane drunken driver pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court, and both were assigned to treatment programs by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Patrick E. Powell, 32, of Mead Street, North Tonawanda, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was indicted on three alleged cocaine sales in April…

A Buffalo woman who stole more than $66,000 from her employer to feed her gambling habit pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree grand larceny.Candice L. McCrae, 63, of Eden Street, admitted that between Feb. 13, 2012, and Aug. 13, 2013, she stole $66,650 in cash from J. Mills Distributing Co., an Orchard Park food wholesaler where she worked as accounts receivable manager.…

LOCKPORT – Wilbert J. Henderson, whose 38-year criminal career has given him expertise in incarceration, was in effect allowed to choose his sentence Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Henderson, a Niagara Falls man who turns 55 Sunday, was at first sentenced to a year in the County Jail for violating probation on a 2010 conviction for fifth-degree criminal…

LOCKPORT – Frank M. Thomas, a Niagara Falls man facing felony drug and gun charges, was indicted Friday in connection with a burglary at an electronic cigarette store on Pine Avenue in the Falls.Thomas, 33, of Memorial Parkway, pleaded not guilty to burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny, all in the third degree, along with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen…

ALFRED – The body an 18-year-old Alfred State College student was found Friday in the Town of Almond by state and local law enforcement officers. Eric Michael Green, the son of Alfred State College Distinguished Teaching Professor Michelle Green, was last scene alive when he left the Student Leadership Center on campus about 6 p.m. Monday. He was reported missing Wednesda…

Two men from Iran – one an illegal immigrant, the other a naturalized U.S. citizen – were sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison for robbing a woman last March in the Boulevard Mall parking lot.One of the men held a loaded BB gun to her head as her purse was stolen.State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia sentenced Fardat Vahdat, 23, of Allenhurst Street, Amherst, …

A 56-year-old Clarence woman was arrested early Friday morning for aggravated driving while intoxicated after an Erie County sheriff’s deputy stopped her for allegedly driving on the shoulder of Salt Road in the Town of Clarence.Peggy Schulz was charged with DWI at about 2 a.m. after a breath test revealed her blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent, according to the Sherif…

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A tractor-trailer carrying carpets caught fire around noon Friday on the I-190 near the Clinton-Bailey exit.The fire appeared to have started in the cab. Buffalo firefighters initially brought the flames under control, but the fire flared up again, going through the roof of the tractor-trailer.Three fire trucks were parked on the Thruway, near an overpass, while another on…

A Buffalo man whose driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 18 times over the last 10 years gave police a novel excuse when he was pulled over in April.He told officers he was planning to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the next day to clear up his license, prosecutors said.Damario James, 31, of Van Gorder Street, was charged with first-degree aggravated unli…

A Buffalo man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the shotgun slaying of a teenager who was waiting outside his pregnant girlfriend’s West Side apartment last year to take her shopping for a baby stroller.Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk gave the maximum sentence to Demario Smith, 25, for killing Shaquille R. Woods, 19, at Massachusetts and Shields av…

One of the 23 defendants arrested in a 2010 crackdown on a Lockport-based cocaine ring has been sentenced on a drug conspiracy charge, while another has been convicted on the same charge, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Thursday.James Dolly, 48, of Gasport, convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, was sentenced by…

A 55-year-old East Utica Street woman in custody in the basement police cell block at the Buffalo City Court Building at 50 Delaware Avenue was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanor counts for fire alarm incidents. Diane B. Jones, who was in the cellblock for allegedly pulling a false fire alarm at 7:57 a.m. at Main and North streets, allegedly pulled another fire …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to a six-count drug indictment unsealed Thursday in State Supreme Court.Eric D. Jones, 19, of 22nd Street, denied charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation …

LOCKPORT – A Level 2 sex offender from Orleans County was sentenced Thursday to four months of weekends in the Niagara County Jail, five years’ probation and $5,520 in fines and surcharges for a felony count of driving while intoxicated.Kelly P. Chellino, 44, of Park Avenue, Waterport, had pleaded guilty after a Nov. 30 arrest in the City of Lockport.Niagara County Judge S…

LOCKPORT – Jheryl B. Carter, 24, of 12th Street, Niagara Falls, was sentenced Thursday to 45 days in jail and three years’ probation for misdemeanor possession of a sawed-off shotgun.“Just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Carter, who was the only occupant of a car that Falls police caught following a New Year’s Day chase. The weapon was found inside the vehicle.…