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Someone broke into a Kensington Avenue church earlier this week and stole a large charcoal grill, according to a Buffalo police report. The thief damaged a side door to Greater at the New Testament Revival Church in order to gain access to the building, a church representative told police on Tuesday. The nondenominational church at 987 Kensington, three blocks west o…

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An 81-year-old Albion man and a 72-year-old woman were in guarded condition in the burn unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after explosions ripped through their house at 5 Elmwood Ave. in the Village of Albion at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Albion police said. Investigators say Vincenzo Spampanato, 81, was "performing maintenance on a gas heating appliance in …

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Former Lackawanna City Councilman William R. Leonard received no jail time for committing official misconduct by lying to public officials about his residency. Judge James Bargnesi sentenced the 53-year-old collision shop owner to a one-year conditional discharge on Wednesday in Supreme Court. “People should be able to trust their elected leaders,” said Erie County D…

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An Orchard Park man was arrested and an order of protection was issued against him Tuesday after police say he grabbed a woman by the throat and shoved her up against a wall so that her feet were dangling, Orchard Park police said. Police were dispatched to a residence in the Sheldon Road Apartments just before 11 p.m. regarding a "physical domestic," police said. In…

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Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of Anthony L. Butler of Niagara Falls, who had been charged with raping three women but now faces charges for only one. Pretrial rulings by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon led to dismissal of an alleged 2011 rape because of the statute of limitations. On the eve of trial, charges pertaining to a May 9 incident were dropped be…

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A former Lockport man now living in Genesee County faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to stealing a woman's purse at knifepoint. "I wanted money for heroin," Jeremy D. Holmwood told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Murphy scheduled sentencing for March 6. Holmwood, 27, of Angling Road, Corfu, admitted to a reduced charge o…

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Hamburg police first learned early Wednesday morning that something horrible had happened inside a home on Loring Avenue. A man who identified himself as Kevin called them and said he had shot his girlfriend and was going to shoot himself. But the tragedy began unfolding 24 hours earlier on Facebook. “I need to get out of this house,” Danielle Morse wrote at 2:39 a.m…

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A man was charged this week with making threats at a Kaisertown corner store with a pocket knife he just bought at the store. Daniel M. Batherson, 32, was accused of waving the knife at a clerk inside The Corner Store, 2050 Clinton St., shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Buffalo police report. Batherson, of Wheelock Street, also used the knife to cut th…

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A robber armed with a handgun robbed a liquor store on Bailey Avenue on Monday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The male suspect entered Shepherd's Liquor, 3177 Bailey, at about 8:55 p.m., displayed the firearm and took cash, the victim told police. The robber ran from the scene toward Stockbridge Avenue. The amount of cash taken in the robbery was not sp…

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A cab driver was robbed Tuesday morning by two men, one of whom displayed a gun, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim told police the robbery happened at about 4:40 a.m. in front of 237 Northland Ave., between Jefferson and Wohlers avenues. The robbers took the driver's cellphone and $24 in cash, according to the report. They ran from the scene heading…

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A Jamestown woman and an underage individual were both arrested on drug possession charges following a traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 86, according to New York State Police. Peggysue Goldsmith, 33, was pulled over in the Chautauqua County hamlet of Stow for speeding, during which troopers said they smelled marijuana inside her vehicle. A State Police K-9 search …

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The Buffalo Police Department announced an arrest Tuesday in connection with a pit bull attack on a child Sunday on Watson Street. According to police, 30-year-old Amber Lewis has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the attack on the child. Police said Lewis is the dog's owner. Police also said the dog has been seized. The child…

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An Allegany County man was arrested and charged with assault Monday after State Police responded to an alleged dispute in Angelica, according to State Police. After arriving upon the scene in front of a residence on Olean Street, troopers determined that Juston W. Conklin, 26, of Almond, had allegedly caused injury to another person during the dispute, State Police …

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A Town of Tonawanda man pulled over Monday night on Buffalo's West Side registered a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to a Buffalo police report. James J. Diati, 56, was stopped by police near the intersection of West Ferry and Barton streets at about 6:10 p.m. Diati was driving west on West Ferry when a police officer saw him driv…

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A 13-year-old Southside Elementary School student was charged with criminal mischief after a fight with another student at the school on Tuesday morning, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. Police were called to the school at 10:20 a.m. for a fight between two female students, the spokesman said. Police did not release any further information.