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The restaurateur and nail technician met at a golf tournament in 2009, started dating the following summer and then became engaged during a Florida vacation on Easter Sunday in 2011.Louis J. Billittier Jr. gave Christa M. Clark a diamond necklace and diamond and sapphire earrings, among other gifts, and took her on trips during their time together. “Everything was always o…

Two men were shot - one fatally - early Saturday morning as they were driving on Oakmont Avenue, near Bailey Avenue, Buffalo police reported.The 42-year-old driver was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he died. His 32-year-old passenger was treated and released.The two were driving on Oakmont when shot about 2:30 a.m., police said.Anyone with information about …

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A Niagara County man identified by police as an undocumented immigrant is accused of threatening to detonate a bomb inside a Newfane pharmacy while robbing the place on Nov. 11.Martin H. Reyes Jr., 23, of Van Buren Street, was arrested at his Olcott home on Friday, following an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Immigr…

BATAVIA – Five people, including two pedestrians, were injured in a Batavia car crash Friday morning, and Batavia Police filed a traffic charge against one of the drivers involved.None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, police said, following the 11:05 a.m. mishap at Oak Street and Richmond Avenue.Police said a car driven by Michael I, Sanders, 45, of Bat…

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A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of Mark A. Sacha’s lawsuit against Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.Sacha said Sedita fired him in September 2009 after he publicly accused Sedita of failing to pursue a case against political operative G. Steven Pigeon. Sacha claimed his firing came in retaliation for his public criticism of Sedita, and tha…

A Buffalo man was arrested early Friday after police said he refused to pay a cab driver and stabbed him in the hand with a screwdriver during a fight at William Street and Fillmore Avenue.Robert Sherry told police that Leonard Jones of Mariner Street, no age given, refused to pay the cab fare and attacked him with the screwdriver.Police recovered the screwdriver and a sma…

Buffalo police are calling it the attack of the snow brush.Mark Gramza, 24, no address given, is accused of hitting a Town of Tonawanda man in the face and head with a snow brush during the attack at 4:30 a.m. Friday in front of 709 Elmwood Ave., between West Ferry Street and Cleveland Avenue.Police said the victim suffered a bump and cut on his head and a chipped tooth.Gr…

A Buffalo man has been charged with attacking another man early Thursday outside Jim’s Steakout on West Chippewa Street.Walter Williams III, 29, of French Street, is accused of punching Shawn M. Epps of Allenhurst Road, Amherst, in the eye during a fight at 3:10 a.m. He also is accused of fighting with officers who said they had to handcuff him when he resisted arrest.Will…

A Buffalo man has been charged with breaking into a West Side home and punching a 2-year-old child.Abdi Ali, no age given, was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday in the home at 462 Normal Ave. Police said he had attempted to break into that home numerous times during the past month.Farah Fardowsa said Ali broke into her home Thanksgiving Day through a back window and p…

Two people, including a man secured in a wheelchair, were injured Friday afternoon in a collision that was caused by one driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign, East Aurora Police reported.The driver of a full-sized van had to be transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight helicopter after the 12:45 p.m. accident at the intersection of Davis Road and Jewett-…

City firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant house that was the scene of a previous fire in the Broadway-Bailey section of Buffalo Friday morning.The fire was reported at about 8:45 a.m. at 53 Quincy Street, near Ashley.Firefighters had put out a fire at the same building on Nov. 2.No injuries were reported.The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Two men have been charged with the theft Wednesday of copper wiring, fuses and fittings from a building in the Shoshone Park area of North Buffalo, Buffalo Police said.James Lunge, 45, and Dalton Jaroszynski, 18, no address available, are charged each with third-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. The two are accused of entering t…

LOCKPORT – One house was destroyed and a second heavily damaged in a fire that broke out at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said.The blaze originated in a house at 73 Elmwood Ave., which was destroyed, with the loss estimated at $80,000, authorities said. Firefighters arriving at the scene observed flames on the front porch and the west side of the home, on the first a…

A Roesch Street man is accused of dealing marijuana at Riverside Avenue and Tonawanda Street – a crime that was captured on surveillance videotape, Buffalo police said Wednesday. Myshawn Farmer, 25, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct – the latter charge for blocking pedestrian traffic, said police.

Damone Tillman, 37, was charged with drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child following a traffic stop Wednesday prompted by heavily tinted windows, Buffalo Police said. Tillman, whose address was unavailable, was driving someone else’s gray Cadillac Deville with his 6-year-old daughter sleeping in the back seat when he was stopped, police said. The location…