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Law enforcement agencies across the state on Thursday plan to call for a delay in the implementation of laws that would end cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies and require evidence to be turned over to defense attorneys within 15 days of arrest or indictment. The new criminal justice reform laws, passed earlier this year as part of the budget, are se…

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The top staff members at the Erie County Sheriff's Office rarely comment on personnel matters. But Sheriff Timothy B. Howard spoke up when one of his jail deputies, Jeremiah Nolan Jr., was accused of stealing another lawman's ammunition pouch, charged with petit larceny and fired. "I cannot understand," Howard told reporters in June 2018, "how a sworn officer could t…

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A panel of city residents that advises the Buffalo Police Department will hold a community forum tonight in Kaisertown. The Buffalo Police Advisory Board says it is looking to hear from members of the public about their views on policing and police-community relations. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. at the East Clinton branch library, 1929 Clinton St. The volunt…

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A Lackawanna man who admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old victim was sentenced Tuesday in State Supreme Court to six months in jail followed by 10 years of sex offender probation, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 68-year-old Stephen Savaglio on July 22 pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual act – a v…

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Tuesday issued a warning to those who attempt to either intimidate or tamper with one of his witnesses that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Flynn issued the warning at a news conference following the arraignment of 28-year-old Dayquain Trent on an indictment charging Trent with attempted murder, assau…

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Joshua J. Lindsey, on probation for two convictions for having a gun in his vehicle when he was pulled over on other charges, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a third such incident. Lindsey, 29, of Memorial Parkway, Niagara Falls, admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. A gun was found in his vehicle May 18 when he wa…

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Four members of a Grand Island family have been charged with playing varying roles in two bank robberies in summer 2018, according to federal prosecutors. Timothy L. Mulvey, 33, faces federal charges that he robbed banks in Grand Island and Niagara Falls, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. And now his father, mother and sister are accused of attempting to imped…

Buffalo

A 30-year-old Buffalo man was in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center following a shooting incident at about 6:45 p.m. Monday on Buffalo’s West Side, Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge reported. Also wounded in the shooting near 14th and Connecticut streets was a 24-year-old Buffalo man, DeGeorge said. He was treated at ECMC and released. DeGeorg…

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A Lockport man was charged Monday with felony driving while intoxicated after City of Tonawanda police pulled him over for driving without brake lights. Police said 22-year-old Paul O. Hylkema, who was stopped at 1:45 a.m. at Main and Niagara streets, allegedly showed signs of intoxication and told officers that he had four beers. Hylkema failed field sobriety tests …

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An Orchard Park father was hit with a slew of charges after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped in traffic Friday evening, Orchard Park police said. At about 5 p.m. Friday, town police were called to a two-car accident on North Freeman Road near East Quaker Street. Police determined that Thomas P. Quinn, 35, of Orchard Park had been driving a black …

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Two drivers raced each other at speeds estimated at more than 100 mph on the Kensington Expressway on Sunday night, leading to a crash that injured a passenger in another vehicle, Cheektowaga police said Monday. The crash closed the westbound lanes of the expressway for more than two hours. Witnesses told police the drivers of a dark-colored Dodge Charger and a 2013 …

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An Allegany County man has been accused of providing the heroin and fentanyl used in a fatal drug overdose last week, the State Police announced Monday. Michael J. Perkins, 38, faces charges in connection with an overdose death that happened Nov. 12 in Bolivar, troopers said in a news release. Perkins, of Bolivar, was charged Friday with third-degree criminal sale of…

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A woman's bank cards were used to fraudulently purchase $900 worth of gift cards within minutes of her purse being stolen Saturday morning, Niagara Falls police reported. The victim, a Pasadena Avenue resident, told police that her car was broken into around 10:45 a.m. while parked in front of the Home Decor Outlet, 8297 Niagara Falls Blvd. Surveillance cameras in the a…

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A man who was assaulted and robbed early Friday as he left a downtown Buffalo bar suffered a skull fracture and had his car stolen. The victim told police he had spent part of Thursday night at the Rec Room bar, 79 W. Chippewa St., and was leaving sometime after 12:30 a.m. Friday when someone attacked him and knocked him out cold. It's not clear from the police report w…

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Two Buffalo residents recently reported losing nearly $30,000 combined in thefts involving a game of pool and a Bible. The first took place Oct. 18 but wasn't reported until Saturday. The victim said he was having some people over to his apartment in the Hydraulic Lofts, 500 Seneca St. The group went to the building's billiard room, and the victim thinks that's when …