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Two people were arrested on drunk driving charges in separate incidents in Orchard Park early this morning.Lisa Boitschenko, 42, of Buffalo was arrested at 2:45 a.m. on Southwestern Boulevard, while Detlef Whitlow, 62, of Orchard Park, was arrested at 3:15 a.m. at the intersection of Big Tree and Abbott roads.Boitschenko was driving erratically, unable to stay in the lane…

OLEAN – Two people are facing charges for selling alcohol to minors in Cattaraugus County, authorities said today.Gordon A. Garkhan, 41, of Olean, is accused of selling beer to an underage female at a 7-Eleven store. Rene A. Faulkner, 22, of Olean, is accused of selling beer to an underage female at Eddie’s State King Tavern.Both incidents occurred Saturday, according to …

Three people were shot near St. Stanislaus Catholic Church at Townsend and Peckham streets shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday on Buffalo’s East Side, authorities said. The victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.Initial reports by Buffalo Police indicate that police were searching for two men who may have driven…

A new housing unit catering specifically to incarcerated veterans has been unveiled at the Erie County Holding Center.Member of the Veterans Administration and Buffalo Veterans Court Judge Robert Russell joined Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard last week for the official opening of the new housing area, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the state aimed a…

The parent who has accused a Buffalo public school principal of forging her name to various school documents said she intends to file criminal charges this week on the grounds of forgery, falsification of documents and identity theft.Timekia Jones, a parent leader and teacher’s aide at Harvey Austin School 97, said she felt compelled to pursue charges against Principal Bri…

A former Amherst woman was beaten to death inside her Florida home Thursday, and her two tenants are being sought as “persons of interest.”The body of Alisa S. Kerman, 52, was found in her bedroom in Port St. Lucie on Thursday evening. She died from blunt-force trauma to the head, Port St. Lucie Master Sgt. Frank Sabol said Saturday.One of the two tenants being sought is …

DAYTON – A Town of Tonawanda woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Friday after her car slid intio a ditch and hit a tree in this Cattaraugus County community.State police said Sara Huey, 19, of Beyer Drive, told authorities she was driving from Tonawanda to Buffalo but got lost while following her GPS. She was carrying two passengers when the crash…

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Mary Lou Steff was treated no better than the cows and chickens she was told to tend during the day and sleep next to at night in a rickety Springville barn. ¶ Perhaps worse, according to investigators and relatives of the 66-year-old developmentally disabled woman who want to take custody of her. ¶ For more than a decade, Steff lived under the care of her brother and …

NIAGARA FALLS – Three thieves were sidetracked by a neighbor early Friday while trying to steal a three-wheel all-terrain vehicle, police said.The neighbor, who was alerted by noise behind his Niagara Avenue house about 2:20 a.m., spotted three men towing the ATV down an alley with a golf-cart. The theives, upon realizng they were seen, abandoned the ATV and fled. Meanwhi…

NIAGARA FALLS – An Ontario woman lost more than $3,000 in cash and property when her purse was stolen from the parking lot of the Super WalMart store on Military Road Friday afternoon, police said. Police said the 40-year-old victim put the purse on the base of a motorized scooter she was using while shopping, and inadvertently left it there after loading purchases into h…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 16-year-old South Avenue boy was charged with felony assault Friday night following a melee in a Niagara Street restaurant, police said. Police said the fight in Tummies occurred shortly after 6 p.m., and two people suffered minor injuries. The teen was charged with second-degree assault and police are seeking four others.

NIAGARA FALLS – An Arkansas man was robbed of his $400 iPhone early Saturday as he searched for a liquor store in downtown Niagara Falls, police said.. Police said the victim left his Buffalo Avenue hotel room about 1 a.m. and sought out directions from four young men, who offered to walk him to the liquor store, according to reports. In the 300 block of Niagara Street…

Erie County sheriff’s deputies have charged a Town of Concord woman with aggravated driving while intoxicated, after accusing her of registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent following a two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon.Deputies said a vehicle driven by Cheryl R. Merlau, 47, of Concord Road, was westbound on Genesee Road in the Town of Concord at about 4:40 …

RIDGEWAY, Ont. – The home of former Fort Erie town councillor Tim Whitfield was destroyed in a two-alarm fire early Saturday, Fort Erie Fire Chief Larry Coplen said.The blaze caused an estimated $300,000 damage to the structure and contents of the two-story home at 3131 Young Ave., Ridgeway. It broke out shortly before 5 a.m. The Whitfield family was not home at the time, …

OAKFIELD – Three Albion men were arrested after a vehicle chase early Friday and charged with burglarizing a barn on Lockport Road in Oakfield, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said. They also may be charged with a theft in a neighbor’s garage.Evan J. Shaffer, 20, Scott R. Miller, 20, and Hayden K. Ettinger, 19, were charged with third-degree burglary and unlawful posse…