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NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls home with eight external security cameras was unable to record the person or persons who cut fiber optic wire to all of the cameras in a 24-hour period. Damage was listed at $2,000.The 45-year-old victim in the 3200 block of Michigan Avenue said he discovered at 11:30 p.m. Monday that wires to four external cameras were cut. He said when he …

A 22-year-old Buffalo man, who used the Internet to lure several victims, has pleaded guilty to robbery and weapon possession charges, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced today.Kendrick Pritchett, of Amherst Street, pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk to multiple felony counts of robbery, as well as criminal possession of a we…

A 22-year-old Buffalo man whose leg was broken as he tried to rob two men in a car has pleaded guilty, as charged, to first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced today.Anthony Ward, of Box Street, faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 22 by Erie County Judge Sheila A. Di…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas imposed five years’ probation and 100 hours of community service on a Rochester man Wednesday.Ra’kuann S. Simpson, 21, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having cocaine when he and another Monroe County man, Daquan S. Johnson, 19, of Greece, w…

By Barbara O'Brien / NEWS STAFF REPORTER

Tue, Jun 25, 2013

LITTLE VALLEY – A 27-year-old Little Valley man pleaded guilty Monday before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz to attempted strangulation in the second degree for allegedly trying to choke his wife during a domestic dispute in their Second Street home last Dec. 20.Brian P. Blasdell, who also has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and growing cannabi…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, charged with selling cocaine to a police informant on his street July 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.Carl A. Zimmerman, 34, of Pierce Avenue, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Matthew J. Mur…

JAMESTOWN -- A 43-year-old burglary suspect was arrested early Tuesday, and Jamestown police recovered from his Jamestown home items that were allegedly stolen from a Barrett Avenue home. Johnny Nunez was charged with felony second-degree burglary, petit larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.After obtaining a search …

The woman who was fatally shot during a drive-by incident Monday night at East Ferry Street and Stevens Avenue was identified by police Tuesday as Diamond J. Toler, 20. of Buffalo.Moses McCullen, 27, of Buffalo, who also was shot, was in stable condition Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center.Both were shot from a passing car about 8:30 p.m. Ms. Toler was pronounced dead on…

CASTILE – The death of a 52-year-old Wyoming County woman whose body was discovered in the burnt wreckage of her Castile restaurant last October has been ruled an arson-suicide, authorities said.Lorraine Qutermous’ body was discovered Oct. 3, one day after the fire at Lorraine’s Place Restaurant, 55 N. Main St. The blaze turned into a three-alarm fire that destroyed the re…

The woman killed in a drive-by shooting Monday night is a 20-year-old Buffalo resident, police said this morning. Her name is expected to be released later today after her relatives are notified.A second person wounded in the shooting was identified only as a 27-year-old city man, who is in stable condition at Erie County Medical Center.The shooting occurred at about 8:30…

A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of Paul T. Imes, who was charged with sexually assaulting a SUNY Buffalo State student nearly five years ago.The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court rejected Imes’ contention that he had consensual sex with the student.Imes, now 27, is an inmate at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility serving a 12-year prison sentence.Du…

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Most of the residents who fled a two-alarm fire in a six-story, 112-unit Elmwood Avenue apartment building Tuesday morning were able to return to their residences by the end of the day, according to fire officials and the Red Cross.But 23 residents on the second floor in the Brent Manor Apartments, where the blaze started in a studio apartment, needed temporary housing be…

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What happened in Hamburg two weeks ago played out like a Hollywood script involving teens, alcohol and an empty house.And it had a bad ending – most notably a family car stolen and set on fire.A 17-year-old girl left alone at home for the weekend invited a dozen or so friends over for a Friday night get-together. It swelled into a raging, out-of-control party that grew mor…

One woman is dead and a man is being treated at Erie County Medical Center following a drive-by shooting at East Ferry and Stevens avenues about 8:30 p.m. MondayThe woman was pronounced dead at ECMC and the man is being treated there for what homicide detectives described as non-life threatening injuries.Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP…

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear what could become a landmark case on the limits of the president’s power to make appointments – along with a defining moment in the career of a Buffalo-born lawyer and the make-or-break point for a Buffalo-based ruling on Internet free speech.In a case called National Labor Relations Board v. Canning, the justice…