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A Niagara Falls woman was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her part in a cocaine ring. Chief U. S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. sentenced Tammy Hoover, 41, after she was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. Hoover agreed t…

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Niagara University canceled all classes Thursday, one day after officials discovered the school was the victim of a ransomware attack. Spokesman Thomas J. Burns said the university learned late Wednesday that some of the school's email servers were encrypted by ransomware. "University staff are currently working with a third party vendor to understand the nature and …

City of Tonawanda

After City of Tonawanda Police responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a guardrail in a shopping plaza, they pulled over a car driven by a 72-year-old Tonawanda man. When an officer asked the driver if he had been drinking, police said that the man responded, "Yes, a lot!" Joel R. Palma was arrested at around 7 p.m. Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicate…

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A Brooklyn man deemed at "medium risk" for the coronavirus after he was taken into custody at the Peace Bridge Wednesday on a warrant out of Pennsylvania was expected to be driven to Chester County, Pa., as soon as possible. The man, identified as Kevin Qiu, 42, of Brooklyn, was attempting to enter after returning from a trip to China, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howar…

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The threats against investigative reporter Charlie Specht were both un-Christian and un-American, according to Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. Scharfenberger, in a statement today, stopped short of mentioning Specht by name but said the Catholic Church needs to withstand the media attention that has grown out of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. The statement came ju…

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No charges have been filed in the blockade of a Niagara Falls school bus by three carloads of adults Jan. 28, and the case is considered closed, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Thomas J. Licata said. "I don't think anybody came forward and wanted to press charges," Licata said. According to School Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie, who reviewed video from a bus secu…

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A former professor at Christ the King Seminary is facing charges that he stalked a television reporter investigating the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. Federal prosecutors claim Paul E. Lubienecki engaged in a campaign of intimidation that included death threats against the journalist, who was unnamed in court documents. WKBW-TV identified its reporter Charlie Specht as t…

Clarence

A Buffalo man was arrested Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Clarence after investigators traced smashed pieces of the suspect's car back to the alleged driver. Dionte Heath, 23, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury for the December 2019 incident at Main Street and Shimerville Road, the Erie County Sheriff's Of…

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A former Marine accused of driving under the influence of marijuana when he crashed an SUV into an apartment building last March killing a 94-year-old woman was poised to enter a guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter Tuesday in Erie County Court. But Edward T. Harris didn't make it to the courtroom. Instead, the 33-year-old was being admitted to Buffalo's Veterans Af…

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A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a fatal shooting in the city's Riverside neighborhood last August, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn reported. In handing down the sentence to Juan A. Ayala-Colon, 27, County Court Judge Susan Eagan also ordered five years of postrelease supervision. Ayala-Colon pleaded guilty to first-degree mansla…

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A Niagara Falls man faces multiple charges for thefts after he was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Wilson. He may face even more charges, pending further investigation, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported. Anthony S. Giannone, 23, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, fifth-degree possession of stolen prop…

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A veteran Niagara County Jail corrections officer resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for reporting that she made rounds of jail cell checks when she really hadn't. Alexandra L. Matalavage, 52, of Burt, was suspended from her nearly $80,000-a-year job after being charged last August with five felony counts of tampering with public records. She was ch…

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Wyatt E. Whitaker, who moved from Virginia to Niagara Falls last year to be with a 15-year-old girl he met online, was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for sexually abusing her and another girl, who was 12, in December 2018. "This is one of the most bizarre fact patterns I've seen in my 30 years," Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said as she denied youthful offe…

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A priest who for years oversaw the legacy of Father Nelson H. Baker – the Buffalo Diocese’s sainthood candidate – is accused in two recently filed lawsuits of sexually abusing boys in Our Lady of Victory programs he oversaw. A 76-year-old Depew man alleged in one of the filings that Monsignor Joseph M. McPherson molested him in 1951, when he was 8 years old and living a…

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A Jamestown woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after she allegedly attempted to bring methamphetamine into the Chautauqua County Jail, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. Diana L. Bloom, 54, was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was released pending an appearance i…