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Buffalo Police asked for the public’s help Monday evening in finding a 5 foot 7 inch tall white man who robbed the M&T Bank branch in the 700 block of Elmwood Avenue of an undetermined amount of money about 1 p.m.The culprit, who was wearing a white baseball cap and red parka, allegedly made an oral demand of a teller. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at…

Attorneys for Dr. James G. Corasanti on Monday were denied access to the medical and professional counseling records of the late Alexandria “Alix” Rice.State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski’s ruling sends the dispute over the records to a higher court and further delays the start of the civil proceedings in connection with the July 2011 death of the 18-year-old lon…

RIPLEY – A Lakeview Avenue home was destroyed in an explosion late Monday morning, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and fire officials reported.The family’s pet dog suffered minor burns in the fire.Four fire departments were called to the scene after the fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. No one was home at the time.It is believed gas was responsible for the explosio…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges Monday in Niagara County Court on Monday.Rashawn M. Martin, 34, pleaded not guilty to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia and was released without bail by Niagara County Court Justice Sara Sheldon Farkas. A pretrial date was se…

A 23-year-old Buffalo man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a stabbing Sunday night in downtown Buffalo. Calvin Haskins was arrested in the stabbing of a 30-year-old man during an argument on Main Street near Chippewa Street about 10:30 p.m. The victim, who was not publicly identified by police, was reported to be in critical condition Monday in Erie County…

ALBION – A 20-year-old Brockport woman and a 32-year-old Rochester man who was on parole for earlier drug-related incidents in the Rochester area were arrested by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and the Albion police Sunday in connection with a month-long investigation of the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in Albion and Medina. A car driven by the…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 42-year-old man told police he was leaving a relative’s house on his bicycle and was robbed at gun point at 3 a.m. Monday in an alley on 17th Street, between Whitney and Pierce avenues.The victim told police he was stopped in the alley by two men, dressed in black one in his early 20s with a goatee and the other between 16 to 20 years old. He said the men…

JAMESTOWN – A 50-year-old Cattaraugus County woman who was last seen leaving the emergency room of WCA Hospital early Sunday was being sought Monday by Jamestown police and Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies. Roseanne G. Hardiman has not been seen or heard from by her family or friends since her hospital visit on the weekend and they are concerned about her well-being…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – A North Tonawanda teenager was in Niagara County Jail on attempted murder charges after a drinking party turned violent Saturday, with witnesses credited with saving the victim’s life by wrestling a knife away from the suspect.The alleged assailant, Jordan L. Wankasky, 17, of Nash Road, and the victim, Andrew Huffman, 17, of the Town of Lockport, had been…

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A Hamburg teenager has been arrested in connection with a vandalism spree that damaged the Frontier Central School District’s fleet of buses over the weekend, Town of Hamburg police announced Monday evening.Andrew Lathrop, 18, whom Frontier officials said had dropped out of school, has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal tampering. Police said they w…

Rashad M. Patton, 30, of Buffalo, the victim of a drive-by shooting Saturday in the 400 block of Cambridge Avenue on the city’s East Side, died of his injuries Sunday in Erie County Medical Center, police said.Patton was shot several times in the upper body at about 2 p.m. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call or text the confidential TIP-CALL line…

A grease fire Sunday evening in an apartment building at Hilbert College drew firefighters from five Hamburg fire departments, but the building’s sprinkler system extinguished the flames before their arrival, town police reported.Firefighters from the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched at 6:56 p.m. to the school’s Leo House, police said. Firefighters from Armo…

An armed robber stole approximately $65 Sunday morning from a convenience store in the city’s Grant-Ferry neighborhood, Buffalo police reported.The manager told police the robber entered the 7-11 at 171 Grant Street shortly after 7 a.m., displayed a black and silver hand gun and demanded money. The suspect then fled south on Grant.

A 39-year old Buffalo woman was in critical condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center following a crash Saturday on the city’s East Side, police reported.Accident investigators said a work van may have run a red light at Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street around 5:45 p.m. and hit the woman’s grey Chevrolet minivan sending it into a traffic signal pole while the work …

Three fires in the city’s Black Rock neighborhood kept Buffalo firefighters busy Saturday night and Sunday morning.Firefighters were called at 10:50 p.m. Saturday to extinguish heavy fire in a vacant 1-½ story home at 30 Guernsey Street, fire officials said. Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to its contents. The home has been marked for emergency…