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LOCKPORT – A plea bargain may be in the works for David L. Alfonso, a Lockport man charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter on New Year’s Eve.After a 40-minute closed-door conference between the attorneys and Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, the case was adjourned until July 8.Court-appointed defense attorney David C. Douglas said …

LOCKPORT – Timothy C. DePetris, the Niagara Falls businessman accused of shooting a rival business owner who was also his brother-in-law, and then of trying to hire a hit man to kill the victim, may be willing to testify regarding some of the charges against him, his lawyer said Monday.DePetris, 44, is charged with shooting Sandro Viola at the latter’s office March 26. He …

Two Buffalo teens have pleaded guilty to criminal weapons possession in connection with a January traffic stop during which Buffalo police found a sawed-off shotgun, a revolver and two pistols – all of which were loaded.Pleading guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon were Christopher N. McCleary, 17, of 1503 E. Delavan Ave. and Girard Jackson, 18, of 281 B…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man with a history of drunken driving and a revoked license was charged with felony drunken driving at 8 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of 22nd Street, police said.Aaron Potter, 30, of Linwood Ave, was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device, aggravated unlicensed operation, no inspection, no registration, and no insurance.He was also charged …

NIAGARA FALLS – A number tourists reported vehicle break-ins over the weekend.A Texas family flagged down police at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Avenue and Third Street to report a vehicle break-in. They said they had stopped for an hour to visit the Falls.The front and rear windows of the Honda Suburban were smashed. Among the items stolen were two bags that contained an iPad…

The body found by East Aurora Police Friday afternoon in Cazenovia Creek about 150 feet below a cliff in the 1700 block of David Road, West Falls was identified by police officials today as Luke Tarnacki , 22, of West Falls.Tarnacki’s body was recovered by East Aurora Police Lt. Shane Krieger with assistance of the West Falls Fire company. Detective Rick Daminski told The …

A Rochester man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for stealing scrap steel from a CSX rail yard in Batavia four years ago.Anthony Toscano, 48, had previously been convicted during a trial in U.S. District Court in Rochester of conspiracy to steal an interstate shipment and theft of an interstate shipment. Prosecutors said Toscano, along with co-conspirators Richa…

The Burmese Water Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (6/29) on Grant Street between W. Ferry and Hampshire streets, near the West Side Bazaar.The festival marks the Burmese New Year, and will feature cultural dancing, Burmese cuisine, colorful dress and traditional water activities.The official opening ceremony will be at noon.

Motorcyclist Rafael Maldonado Jr., 43, died today at Erie County Medical Center of the several injuries he suffered in a crash with a minivan in the 300 block of Grider Street last week, Buffalo police said.Maldonado’s helmet was reportedly knocked off when he crashed at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. He apparently underwent an emergency tracheotomy at the scene of the accident. …

A corpse, apparently partially decomposed, was found by Buffalo police in a backyard in the first block of Fisher Street Monday afternoon.Homicide Squad detectives and the Crime Scene Unit were sent to the scene after Northeast Division police officers responded to a call about the body about 2:30 p.m.Police were trying to determine the identity of the body. An autopsy was…

John Percy, president and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, has been named president of the New York State Destination Marketing Organizations.The group, formerly known as the New York State Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureaus, runs www.NewYorkMeeetings.com, a site which allows for comparisons of conference and convention options across the…

NIAGARA FALLS - The First Niagara Foundation on Monday announced a $5,000 donation to the Isaiah 61 Project, a housing rehabilitation and job training program.Under the faith-based program, vacant city homes are purchased cheaply, unemployed persons are given training in construction trades and when the homes are fixed up, they are sold to local low-income families.The don…

Reps. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, often don’t see eye-to-eye on partisan, ideological issues.But on Monday afternoon, they stood together at Canalside, just southeast of the USS Little Rock, to voice their joint support on an issue that cuts across party and ideological lines: the feared dismantling of the Buffalo district o…