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A 50-year-old man suffered a fractured kneecap Monday afternoon during an altercation with a co-worker at the Waste Management company security booth on Balmer Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. The two combatants were employed by Sentrex Security Systems Inc. at the site, deputies said, when an argument occurred over the victim's smoking while on the job. Wh…

Niagara Falls Police said that the man who threatened a store manager after trying to steal from the store Friday morning also is a suspect in a theft that occurred only moments earlier at another nearby store. The manager told police that around 11:55 a.m. Friday, the suspect walked into Walgreens, 1202 Pine Ave., picked a receipt out of a garbage can and claimed he ma…

Niagara Falls Police said that a shoplifter made four separate trips into Home Depot on Builder's Way over a 16-minute period Wednesday, stealing $1,800 worth of goods. A review of closed-circuit security cameras showed the man entering the store at 11:51 a.m. and concealing an impact wrench, circular saw and hammer drill beneath his coat before leaving the store. They …

A Manchester, Pa., man told Niagara Falls police Saturday that he believes two cleaners stole $1,100 in cash from his room at the Comfort Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard. The victim said he had been in town for a couple of days and that his hotel room had not been cleaned, so he asked that it be cleaned Friday evening. He said that around 5 p.m. he asked two female emplo…

A thief caused about $2,000 worth of damage to a Main Street laundromat Saturday morning while stealing about $200 in coins, Niagara Falls police said. Around 2:26 a.m., a man was seen on security cameras entering the Maytag Laundromat, 1606 Main St. He proceeded to attempt to pry the coin boxes off a dozen clothes dryers and succeeded in removing the boxes from a pair …

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A Brooklyn man who authorities believe cut off his pregnant wife's right arm and several fingers on her left hand was arrested in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Saturday evening. Yong Lu, 35, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Task Force and Niagara Falls police at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at One Rainbow Center, the Welcome Center next to the Rainbow Bridge, said De…

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Rudy Ray Rockett died of multiple gunshot wounds during a car trip with his stepson, Gregory A. Roy, said Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek on Friday. What led to the April 29 shooting is unknown because Roy has refused to talk to authorities, said Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour. Rockett's body was found May 19 in a Cattaraugus County ra…

Local News

City officials have gone too far in shutting down a bowling alley and keeping it closed nearly two weeks after a man was killed outside in the parking lot, its owner says. Mark Williamson, owner of the Bowl-Inn on Bailey Avenue, also says his business has been unfairly portrayed in the aftermath of the June 9 shooting that left a 28-year-old man dead. The fatal shoot…

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A man arrested after an attempted knifepoint robbery at a gas station in Jamestown on Thursday night was also charged in connection with a bank robbery committed earlier in the day just outside the city, according to police. Albert L. Chapman, 34, was taken into custody by police who responded to a robbery-in-progress call at 11:35 p.m. at a Kwik Fill on Forest Avenue, …

Courts

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to setting a fire in an East Delavan Avenue home in November that spread to two neighboring house and left five adults and two children without a home, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Friday. Joseph Aronica pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to one count of second-degree arson and two co…

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Former Depew official Phillip Fleck, 48, pleaded guilty Friday in State Supreme Court to official misconduct in connection with the purchase of a backhoe from the Village of Depew. Fleck, former superintendent for the Depew Department of Public Works, appeared before Erie County Court Judge Susan M. Eagan. The equipment involved was a 1994 Cat Wheel Loader and a 1995…

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A North Tonawanda man apologized Friday for sexually molesting a girl over a four-year period, starting in 2010 when she was 8 years old, but the judge didn't accept it. "We can't say 'I'm sorry' and make it go away," State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said. "That's not enough?" asked Paul P. Solack Jr., 66, of Third Avenue, who had pleaded guilty to se…

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A Lockport man who reported himself to police for downloading child pornography was sentenced Thursday to seven years in state prison. "I needed help and that's why I went to the Police Department, to ask for help," said Gerald L. Perkins Jr., 31, of South Street. Assistant Public Defender David E. Blackley said Perkins "was battling demons." First Assistant District Att…

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Five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision was the sentence Wednesday for a Niagara Falls man whose apartment contained nearly 1.5 ounces of cocaine and an illegal gun when police searched it last fall. Juan M. Cox, 40, of Walnut Avenue, Niagara Falls, who had four previous felony convictions, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Richar…

Buffalo

A man tried robbing a pharmacy Thursday morning inside Rite-Aid in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood, according to a city police report. The suspect entered the store at East Lovejoy and North Ogden streets at about 9:30 a.m. held up a note to the pharmacist with a message demanding a specific opioid drug "before I shoot," according to the report. The report did not say…