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A Buffalo man who was stopped Sunday by City of Tonawanda Police was found to have 20 suspensions on his driver's license that date back to 1999. Gregory L. Black, 55, was charged with both second- and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, alcohol-related aggravated operation of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, driving an unregister…

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A Queens man who helped set up meetings between clients and prostitutes in the Town of Tonawanda as well as in other cities and states was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to 21 months in prison. Cheng Qi Li, 29, of Flushing was previously convicted of conspiracy to use interstate facilities to promote prostitution and to transport individuals…

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Between now and Friday, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny will decide the fate of Tonawanda Coke. Will he order the company shut down? Or will he find an option short of closing its doors? Skretny, who found Tonawanda Coke in violation of its probation Monday, did not reveal his hand but at one point asked both sides for alternatives to shutting down the River R…

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A Buffalo man was arrested Saturday evening on several charges after a reckless dirt-bike ride through Riverside that included running over an officer's leg, Buffalo Police say. Kevin Martinez-Mendez, 23, was seen riding a dirt bike at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Rosedale Street and Roesch Avenue at about 7:20 p.m. Officers say he failed to stop at sev…

Amherst

An Amherst woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated and several other charges early Saturday morning after her persistent horn-honking drew the attention of Buffalo police, officers said. At approximately 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning, Syndronica Redd, 30, was continuously honking her car horn near the intersection of Allen and College streets, police said. Buff…

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A Buffalo man is in serious condition following a shooting Sunday night, according to Buffalo police. A 20-year-old man was struck by gunfire just before 8:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Hewitt Avenue. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police's confid…

City of Tonawanda

A Buffalo man was pulled over in the City of Tonawanda for driving with a cracked windshield. His bad driving record led to his arrest. The traffic stop of Gregory L. Black, 55, led to several charges as well as his arrest Sunday afternoon due to his having 20 suspensions on his driver's license over the last 20 years, police said. After being stopped on Delton St…

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NIAGARA FALLS – City Police said that a man took off his belt and "whipped" a 12-year-old boy repeatedly with it Saturday night after the child not only refused to stop cussing in public, but also redirected his vents at the suspect. The boy's father, a 19th Street resident, contacted police at 8:15 p.m. to report the incident. He said the boy had been outside his resid…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police charged a woman with shoplifting from the Military Road Super Walmart store Saturday evening. Store personnel stopped Rashi K. Perry, 33, as she left the store without paying for $340 worth of goods just before 7 p.m. Saturday. The Jordan Gardens resident was charged with petit larceny.

Niagara County

NIAGARA FALLS – A city man told police he had just picked up money from a Western Union outlet Saturday evening when he left a Pine Avenue store, losing his wallet in the process. By the time he realized it was missing, someone already had taken it. The victim, a Fifth Street resident, told police he went into the Rite Aid store at 17th Street and Pine Avenue at 6:20 p.…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A 48-year-old city man told police he was attacked and robbed Saturday afternoon while walking the troubled 19th Street corridor scouting potential locations for a new barber shop. Police said  the victim was walking in the 600 block of 19th Street at about 2 p.m. when he was confronted by a man who argued with him about "being on the block." The man the…

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The news may be slow to come in Wyoming County, but the speed wasn't. A 57-year-old Buffalo woman was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after she was spotted by a sheriff's deputy traveling 101 mph in in a 55 mph zone in the Town of Perry. Sandra D. Bolden was stopped on State Route 20A and taken into custody after a "roadside investigati…

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A Royalton woman died Saturday evening after a car rear-ended a station wagon parked in front of 7626 Chestnut Ridge Road, near Hollenbeck Road, in the Town of Royalton, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour reported. The sheriff said that Mary Beccari, 58, a passenger in the station wagon, had walked in front of the vehicle when it was struck from behind and the stat…

A Silver Creek woman was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center with apparent non-life-threatening injuries after an all-terrain vehicle accident shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Alleghany Road in the Town of Hanover, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies said Zulayka Flores, 31, of Angell Road, had been operating the vehicle on the highway when…

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A 24-year-old man reportedly told Niagara Falls Police Saturday that he needed to pick up some household essentials for his new apartment, but couldn't afford to pay for them, so he tried to shoplift instead. The man stuffed 31 small items into a backpack and tried to exit the Walmart store on Military Road just after midnight, but an alert employee stopped him. Andrew …