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A 37-year-old Buffalo man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to criminal possession with intent to use or transfer unlawfully identification documents allegedly destined for use by illegal immigrants. Jorge Garcia faces a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.U.S. Attorney William J…

DUNKIRK – A 24-year-old Dunkirk man was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail after his arrest Tuesday night on a grand jury indictment linked to a three-month investigation of his allegedly drug dealing in the city. Marcus J. McCall of Deer Street was taken into custody at his home about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday by Dunkirk police officers.A grand jury that heard a case presented a…

LEROY – A Clay Street couple was arrested Thursday by the Genesee County Legal Drug Enforcement Task Force during a raid on their home at midday.Jacqueline D. Cecere, 35, and Brandon Longhany, 33, were taken into custody after a search of their residence uncovered hypodermic instruments, methadone, a small quantity of cocaine, heroin and packaging used for controlled subst…

LOCKPORT – A beating victim who broke into the home of his assailant’s father was sentenced to five years’ probation Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.Thomas J. Pembleton, 34, of Cedar Avenue, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary in the Dec. 14 incident at the home of the father of Stefan Grabowski Jr., 23, on Niaga…

A woman and her young daughter were taken by ambulance from the crash of a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer rig on Sheridan Drive at Brompton Road about 2:30 p.m. today. Amherst police are continuing to investigate the incident involving injuries to a woman reportedly in her mid-30s and her daughter reportedly about 12 years old.

NIAGARA FALLS – Police responding to a harassment call found plastic totes full of electronics that had been reported stolen earlier Wednesday from a neighboring apartment in the 700 block of Eighth Street.Steven H. Heylek, 31, of Eighth Street, was charged second-degree burglary, fifth-degree possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and petit larceny at 6:10 p.m. …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A Cayuga Village man with four previous drunken driving convictions, two of them within the past three months, was stopped for a fifth time on Wednesday.William P. Rew, 55, of West Creek Drive, was recognized by a Niagara County sheriff deputy who had pulled him over in 2012 for aggravated drunken driving and was known to be driving without a license. He …

NIAGARA FALLS – A man was charged after he allegedly uttered an obscenity at a judge and fought with an officer on Wednesday morning.Paul Kasprzycki, 60, of Ferry Avenue was charged with third-degree assault at 10:18 a.m. in the Niagara Falls Public Safety Building.Kasprzycki allegedly became angry following an arraignment in City Court and insulted Judge Diane L. Vitello …

A three-year legal battle over the sale of tax-free cigarettes on the Internet is over.U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara ended the fight when he dismissed the last remaining lawsuit filed by a Seneca Nation business challenging the 2010 federal law restricting the sale of cigarettes on the Web.Arcara’s decision means the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act can now be…

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Developer William L. Huntress has won a $3 million jury verdict against the Town of Amherst after a four-week trial in state court.Huntress sued the Town Board after it voted in 2006 to rescind a previous approval for an office park at 2190 Wehrle Drive.During the trial, his lawyers argued that the board’s about-face on the project was due to opposition from neighbors and …

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Lawyers for Nushawn Williams, the Jamestown man accused of intentionally spreading the virus that causes AIDS, will be allowed to offer evidence at his civil trial indicating he is not infected with HIV.State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on Wednesday denied a request by the state Attorney General’s Office for a hearing to try and block a jury from hearing eviden…

A 28-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when his motorcycle crashed on Route 400 in Elma, state police in Boston said.Thomas R. Vogt, of South Wales, was traveling north on the 400 when he took the northbound Transit Road off ramp, lost control of the motorcycle and struck the guardrail, police said.A motorist passing the scene at about 7:30 a.m. spotted the 2007 Ho…

Cortez Waters sold thousands of fake Nike sneakers.Even more important, perhaps, he did it as part of a counterfeiting ring that stretched all the way to China.The Buffalo man eventually admitted his leadership role in the conspiracy and became a key witness in the prosecution of 22 other defendants across the country.On Wednesday, a federal judge rewarded Waters by sparin…

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Five-year-old Isabella Tennant loved swinging on the swings and sliding down the slides at Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga. Always smiling and laughing, she didn’t mind that her favorite playground was actually designed for children ages 6 to 12.Her father, Michael Tennant, took her there often – it was near their home on Como Park Boulevard. And though “Bella” will never p…

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The 74-count animal-cruelty case against Beth Lynne Hoskins will not be dismissed.The Aurora town justice presiding over Hoskins’ animal-cruelty trial denied a motion to drop the case on the grounds that an alleged romantic relationship between a prosecutor and an SPCA investigator during the trial has compromised court proceedings.Town Justice Douglas W. Marky did not acc…