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A 21-year-old LaForce Place man was arrested shortly after he fled his car when it was routinely stopped by a police patrol car on Hertel Avenue at Pavonia Street about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Darren A. Smith was arrested in a Pavonia Street backyard after a brief foot chase. He was charged with ignoring a traffic sign, obstructing government administration for fleeing his vehicle…

ELLICOTTVILLE – Members of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency have moved ahead unanimously on three projects, according to Executive Director Corey Wiktor.One project would transform $10 million of bond issuance to St. Bonaventure University from a taxable commercial bond to tax-exempt funds. The money will help in freshman dormitory upgrades and renovati…

In Buffalo City Hall, the human resources commissioner gets a six-year term – two years longer than the mayor.But those who hold the post usually don’t last that long.Patricia P. Folts, who left last month, worked for the Brown administration for just more than two years.Karla L. Thomas lasted from September 2008 to January 2011 when revelations that the city paid nearly $…

Eight SUNY at Buffalo students were reported by campus police to have gone to local hospitals over the weekend for treatment of breathing and other problems that may have been caused by smoking marijuana laced with a synthetic marijuana known as Spice or K2.The substance is known to cause a number of adverse reactions including agitation and hallucinations. All of the stud…

A 32-year-old Hewitt Avenue man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly cutting a woman and beating her with a vacuum hose during an argument in an Olympic Avenue flat. Kyle Jordan was arrested about 7:15 a.m. and charged with a felony count of second-degree assault for the alleged attack in the third block of Olympic.

Cheektowaga manufacturer Niagara Transformer Corp. received a big present from New York State Electric & Gas on Tuesday, and it wasn’t an electricity bill.NYSEG, the Binghamton-based utility that is owned by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola S.A., awarded a $500,000 economic development grant to Niagara Transformer to finance the electrical infrastructure investments for the …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to taking part in the June 28 armed robbery of the Valero gas station and convenience store in Sanborn.Kenneth McNeil Jr., 25, of 20th Street, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery, and he faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced April 11 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr…

One in 10 of the three most common CT scans done in Western New York is likely an unnecessary duplication that wastes money and poses a radiation risk to the patient, according to a new study.An estimated 2,763 of 27,229 scans included in the review were deemed potentially unnecessary, according to HEALTHeLINK, a nonprofit consortium of hospitals, insurers and other medica…

The murder trial of Candace Croff Cartagena, accused of suffocating her 8-year-old daughter, has been postponed for three months after her attorney, John R. Nuchereno, withdrew to receive inpatient treatment for a pre-existing medical issue. Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk had scheduled jury selection to begin March 18, but it has been rescheduled for June 9 to give h…

LOCKPORT – James M. Martin of North Tonawanda, who was charged with stealing his former girlfriend’s car Sept. 19 and driving it while drunk, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to two misdemeanors.County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing April 14 for Martin, 42, of Goundry Street, who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and second-degree …

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man, who was expelled from the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment in October, was sentenced Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to three years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.Bonito P. Medina, 30, of Comstock Avenue, had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled…

LOCKPORT – Antoine R. Bones, whom Niagara Falls police called a cocaine dealer when they arrested him May 3, accepted a plea offer Tuesday that included a five-year state prison sentence.Bones, 28, of South Avenue in the Falls, admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and will remain free on bail pending sentencing April 22 by Niagara County J…

LOCKPORT – A homeowner in the 5400 block of Saunders Settlement Road told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday that someone had taken $150 worth of firewood and scrap metal from open trailers on his property.The victim told deputies that the property was taken sometime since Thursday when he loaded the wood into the trailer. Deputies said they were checking local scra…

ROYALTON – The president of Wolcottsville Fire Department called in the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department on Monday after firefighters found $800 in damage to their parking lot, caused by a car doing “doughnuts” on the pavement.President Robert Groff said the suspected car, an older, 1990s model, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, had been observed in the area. He said it appears t…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Falls man accused of burglary and grand larceny in two separate cases was charged after being caught on surveillance tape allegedly using a stolen credit card in a liquor store.William A. Reilly, 29, of Fifth Street was arraigned Tuesday in City Court on five felony charges and held on $21,000 bail after being arrested by Niagara Falls detectives at his h…