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A Hamburg woman confessed her involvement in a tax scheme that earned her and a co-conspirator $60,961 in fraudulent tax returns.Sheri L. Becirovic, 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced.She faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Becirovic provided the Social Security numbers of seven famil…

An Erie County jury has convicted a 20-year-old Buffalo man of first-degree rape.Rudell Jemes, 20, of Berkshire Street, was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl who had been locked inside the basement of his home on March 28, 2012, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.“A child rapist has been brought to justice,” District Attorney Frank A. Sedit…

An Erie County grand jury has indicted a Buffalo man accused of burglarizing the Delaware Avenue home of County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.Avello Pena, 22, of Richmond Avenue, faces second-degree burglary and petit larceny charges for the early morning June 17 break-in of Poloncarz’ home. Pena is accused of breaking…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man whose 3-month-old son was shaken and left permanently brain-damaged, including blindness in at least one eye, was arraigned Friday on an indictment that could land him behind bars for as long as 25 years.Kenneth S. Lathrop Jr., 26, of Ruhlman Road, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault and two counts of reckless assault on a child.Deputy Dist…

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Two portraits of Donald A. Alessi Jr. emerged Friday, one day after the well-known exercise guru was charged by state police with spiking an energy drink with a date-rape drug and giving it to a college intern working at his family’s Clarence fitness center.Those close to him say Alessi, 44, of Orchard Park, would never endanger a young woman. Alessi resigned from Alessi P…

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MAYVILLE – A Chautauqua County jury Friday determined that Nushawn Williams has a mental abnormality that makes him likely to commit more sexual crimes in the future.Williams lost his bid to be released from civil confinement under the state’s Mental Hygiene Law.Williams gained national notoriety in the 1990s after authorities said he infected at least 13 young Chautauqua …

For the second time this week, the Sanborn Family Mart was targeted by robbers in the wee hours of the morning.A clerk called Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies about 3 a.m. Friday to report an armed robbery at the store at 2939 Saunders Settlement Road. A handgun was displayed as two men entered the store, deputies were told. The robbers fled with an unspecified amount of…

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Beth Lynne Hoskins says a private investigator she hired has evidence indicating that one of the prosecutors in her criminal trial on animal-cruelty charges and an SPCA investigator remain romantically involved, even after the judge in the case was told earlier this month that the liaison had ended in March.The Aurora horsewoman is again insisting that the case should be t…

LOCKPORT – John R. Freeman Jr. suffers from an assortment of mental defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome, his attorney said Thursday in explaining why he intends to offer a mental health defense on a charge that Freeman strangled a 5-year-old girl and dumped her body in a stolen garbage tote.But Niagara County prosecutors said the claims by defense attorney Robert Viol…

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The owner of Alessi Fitness-Kids in Williamsville was arrested Thursday by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a college intern who was working for his business in April 2012.Donald A. Alessi Jr., 44, of Orchard Park was arraigned on an arrest warrant in Clarence Town Court and released without bail.Alessi turned…

Three youths from Medina were arrested in Batavia about 9 p.m. Wednesday after a high-speed police chase involving a stolen truck.Batavia police, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies and agents of the Genesee County Drug Task Force participated in the arrests.Charged Thursday with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and obstruction of governmental admi…

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Bit by bit, Theresa Anderson’s family business is being dismantled.Her daughter pleaded guilty earlier this year, and her granddaughter followed suit Wednesday.And if all goes as prosecutors plan, four more members of the “Anderson Drug Trafficking Organization” – her husband, a son and two other daughters – may soon join the list of convicted drug dealers.Anderson, the 56…

A 47-year-old man spotted using a cell phone while driving on William Street was stopped by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Daniel Harris and Richard Retzlaff at the intersection with Pine Street about 10:45 p.m Wednesday and ended up being charged with driving while intoxicated after he refused to take a breath test. Elton Deas was issued an appearance ticket for a Buffalo…

More than 80 motorcyclists and their vehicles were checked by specially-trained State Police motorcycle inspectors Wednesday evening on Gunville Road and on Main Street in Clarence. The two checkpoints resulted in the issuance of 92 traffic tickets for offenses that included helmet and equipment violations. One rider was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.The st…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police led two men out of a house at gunpoint after responding to a burglary-in-progress call just after noon Wednesday in the 8300 block of Laughlin Drive.Darren J. Holland, 17, of 87th Street and Aaron M. Adamec, 19, of 70th Street were both charged with felony counts of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree possession of s…