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The Skyway was closed in both directions for almost an hour during this morning’s rush hour, following an approximately five-vehicle chain-reaction accident that apparently resulted in only minor injuries, Buffalo police reported.The accident, on the inbound Skyway, occurred shortly after 7:40 a.m. The road was reopened, in both directions, at about 8:30 a.m.Police were no…

A 23-year-old Buffalo man and a juvenile have been charged in a mugging on South Park Avenue.Erick D. Threatt of Buffalo and a 15-year-old accomplice are accused of accosting a male while he was waiting at a bus stop just before 2 p.m. last Monday and punching him in the face before taking a mobile flip phone and $5. The thieves fled in an SUV. According to police, the vic…

A gunman robbed a service station on Elmwood Avenue, near Amherst Street, over the weekend, Buffalo police said.The man walked into Joe’s Service Center at 1602 Elmwood at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, pulled out a gun and demanded all the cash in the register, according to police reports.The gunman’s face was covered by a hood.He fled with an undetermined amount of money and ran w…

In separate incidents, an East Side man and a juvenile were arrested Saturday afternoon during the Gus Macker basketball tournament for possession of loaded firearms.Gus Macker security officials and reserve police officers approached a group of men acting suspiciously at Niagara Square and Genesee Street just before 1 p.m., authorities said. They found Eric D. Gray, 21, o…

About 30 youths aged 17-19 were drinking “a large quantity of alcohol” Friday night in a wooded area on Evergreen Trail, a new street in the Braunview development off Baker Road in Orchard Park, police said.Police stopped the party just before midnight, confiscated the alcohol and charged Samuel A. Larkin, 18, of Orchard Park with unlawfully dealing alcohol to a minor and …

An appeals court ruled unanimously Friday that a malicious prosecution lawsuit filed by a former Niagara Falls man can proceed.The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court agreed with a lower court ruling that Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell and former Erie County Medical Examiner Dr. James J. Woytash are not entitled to immunity from bein…

A man was held up at gunpoint on Buffalo’s East Side around 11:15 a.m., Sunday, according to police.The man told police he was on Jefferson Avenue between Glenwood Avenue and East Utica Street when an unknown man walked up to him, pulled out a black Glock and said, “Empty your pockets,” authorities said, and he took $30 from the victim.Police said the suspect then struck t…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A man and woman were taken to local hospitals after being rescued from the Niagara Gorge this morning.Niagara Parks Police received a 911 call at about 7:20 a.m. reporting a male and female falling over the gorge wall across from the Parks Police building along the Niagara Parkway.“The information that we received is that they were sitting on the rai…

State Police have arrested a former Lockport resident on rape charges.Andrew K. Peyatt, 55, of Bridgeport, W. Va., was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree aggravated sexual abuse.State Police received a complaint from a Niagara County resident that alleged sexual abuse by Peyatt that began over 10 years ago. An investigation sh…

A 22-year-old Lewiston man surrendered to members of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday after a hit-and-run incident earlier in the day that claimed the life of a 34-year-old Buffalo woman.Carmen Crapsi was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.Crapsi was arraigned i…

Three Buffalo men could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.Michael Smerka, 56, James Simmons, 38 and Timothy Borkowski, 46, entered pleas Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio.The men purchased cocaine at an auto shop on Broadway Street in Sloan and then sold the cocaine to customers in Buffalo and …

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…