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The Buffalo Police Advisory Board is inviting members of the public to voice their thoughts and concerns about policing in the city at a series of meetings this summer: • Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library – July 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Gloria J. Parks Community Center – Aug. 13, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. • Niagara Branch Library – Aug. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The advisor…

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Niagara Falls police arrested a man suspected of breaking into the houses in the DeVeaux neighborhood as people slept but rarely taking anything – and sometimes staying there until he was discovered. The suspect was identified as Eriq D. Santiago, 22, of Pierce Avenue in the Falls. "Almost all of the residents of the homes (that were) entered were women. Fearing that…

Buffalo

The scene was like something out of an old silent movie. Three Buffalo police officers packed into a squad car racing through Delaware Park in the middle of the night chasing a vehicle without headlights. But the pursuit had a real-life, tragic ending. The police car flipped, and the officers were ejected. They slammed against a tree. Two were killed instantly from h…

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Niagara Falls police charged a woman with first-degree robbery Wednesday after the victim alleged she had a gun held to her head and her wallet stolen. The victim told police she was walking down 25th Street between Walnut and Ferry avenues at about 3:25 p.m. when an SUV pulled up and a woman exited the vehicle. The victim told officers the other woman "hit on her" and …

Local News

A man convicted in the 1980 murder of a Rockland County teenager will live in Buffalo following his release on parole, a move that angered two local lawmakers. Richard LaBarbera and another man were sentenced to 25 years to life for attacking 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky, who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted, beaten and fatally stabbed while walking home from a job…

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A man walked into a 7-Eleven store on Dingens Street just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and pulled out what looked like a silver-plated handgun. When he demanded money, the cashier opened the register and handed him $40. The individual took off on foot toward South Ogden Street, according to a police report Wednesday. It had been the second time in less than a week the …

City of Tonawanda

A Niagara Falls woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after police say she was pulling down temporary parking signs in the City of Tonawanda related to this week's Canal Fest. After fleeing the police, she was pulled over by officers and confronted about the sign situation. "I am mad at the police for a previous arrest," she told officers, according to Capt. Fre…

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A Lockport man was charged with attempted robbery after he allegedly displayed a handgun while trying to steal a woman's purse late Tuesday morning following a traffic incident in North Buffalo, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said. And the victim, Jeanneie Muhammad, who identified herself at a press conference wants the DA to also charge him with a hate cri…

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Devin Ford, the Lackawanna man at the center of a police brutality trial, was supposed to take the witness stand Wednesday. Instead, he was in police custody, facing what defense lawyers are calling domestic violence allegations. "I believe he had an argument with someone in his family," Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said in court. Ford, 27, was arrested …

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Two men who are serving prison time for a brutal assault on a North Tonawanda man are scheduled for arraignment next week on an indictment charging them with first-degree manslaughter in the wake of the victim's death last December, months after their sentencings. At their sentencings last summer, Michael R. Jungier, 57, was said to be permanently brain-damaged after he…

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Five people were arrested and more than a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine was seized Tuesday at a house that "was being used for the sales and use of" crystal meth, according to the Jamestown Police Department. Jamestown police and several other agencies responded to 12 Bishop St. at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to find Camille I. Lopez, who wa…

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A Buffalo man arrested on aggravated driving while intoxicated and other charges on the New York State Thruway was found to have a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, according to state police. Jose A. Sanchez, 50, was stopped on I-90 in the Town of Hamburg at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday for a vehicle and traffic violation, troopers said, when he w…

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State troopers in the Southern Tier arrested three out-of-state individuals – two from Indiana, one from Illinois – for marijuana possession on Monday after they were stopped for excessive speeding in Jamestown. State Police said troopers stopped Angel Rocha, 21, of Griffith, Ind., for driving 90 miles an hour in a 65 mph zone. Troopers found that Rocha had an e-cigaret…

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An 18-year-old faces a felony weapons charge after Niagara Falls police recovered two rifles, one of which had features of an assault weapon. Officers responded just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday to a home on 20th Street, near Independence Avenue, for a domestic situation and a person with a gun, according to a police report. Dequan A.D. Moore, of Cedar Avenue, was charged …

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A Buffalo man convicted of attempted murder in the beating of his girlfriend was sentenced this week to 25 years to life in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Alonzo Ross, 50, was given the maximum sentence by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges on Monday. A jury earlier found Ross guilty of second-degree attempted murder an…