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NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man allegedly hit a man with his Chevrolet Tahoe in a parking lot on Pierce Avenue at 1 p.m. Tuesday and fled following an argument.Timothy S. Saunders, 50, of LaSalle Avenue was stopped by police at 1:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Linwood Avenue and charged with attempted second-degree assault with a weapon. The victim told police the suspec…

NIAGARA FALLS – A clerk was charged Tuesday with stealing $500 by fraudulently loading funds onto a prepaid credit card at a 7-Eleven store on Niagara Street.Erika N. Simmons, 27, of Fifth Street, Niagara Falls, was charged with petit larceny.According to the manager, Simmons loaded $500 onto a MoneyPack card and had a friend ring up a second MoneyPack card with no balance…

One of two Buffalo men charged in a home invasion that ended in three people being robbed and one of the victims being shot was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday in Erie County Court.Judge Sheila A. DiTullio sentenced Jamar Maye, 36, of Schuele Avenue, in the Oct. 8, 2012, robbery at a home on A Street off Fillmore Avenue near Genesee Street. Police said he and ano…

It’s rare when a developer has the vision to look at Buffalo’s East Side and see an “underserved jewel.”But that’s what David Pawlik calls 1490 Jefferson Ave., an address synonymous with the Bellamy family’s business and civic success. Redeveloping the site into Bellamy Commons is an acknowledgment of that history.But it’s also a recognition of something else: Regions are …

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man who was categorized as a Level 3 sex offender, the highest category, was again charged for his alleged role in a sexually-related offense involving a child.Sean P. McLaughlin, 42, of Glendale Drive was charged with endangering the welfare of a child on Wednesday for allegedly showing indecent material to a child under 16, according to the Niagara …

NEWFANE – Residents of a home in the 6300 block of Jockey Street told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that someone entered through an unlocked side door between noon and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and took four guns and a change jar.Suspicious footprints and ATV tracks were located around the house, according to Niagara County sheriff’s deputies.The owners told deputies that a ja…

Two pranksters accused of listening in, recording and selling a private phone conversation by former Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix will avoid federal prison.Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, both 21 of Plymouth, Mass., resolved the criminal case against them – they had been charged with intercepting a wire communication between private parties and making a telep…

LEWISTON - A loud muffler led to charges against a Niagara falls man for marijuana possession and driving while ability impaired by drugs about 4 p.m. Tuesday on Military Road, according state police said.Police identified the suspect as Brian Bugyi, 29, who was issued appearance tickets for Jan. 15 in Lewiston Town Court.

NIAGARA FALLS – A man trying to defend himself during a knifepoint robbery at 24th Street and Walnut Avenue early Wednesday had his hand slashed as he tried to defend himself.The victim was accosted by two men, one armed with a knife, police said. After the attackers fled, the victim was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment, police said.

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JAMESTOWN – Parents troubled by a series of changes in public school education – from tougher state tests to an overhaul of curriculum standards – had a chance to make their voices heard tonight when State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. was speaking at a forum at Jamestown High School.The auditorium appeared to be about half-full with around 600 people in attendan…

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to weapons and contempt charges for threatening a former girlfriend and another person at her home with knives.Michael Jackson, 45, of Bailey Avenue, admitted violating a domestic violence order of protection on Dec. 5, 2012, and again on Jan. 6, 2013, when he unlawfully entered the woman’s residence with knives and made threats, according …

An offshoot of the fertile hip-hop breeding ground that is Odd Future, MellowHigh dropped its debut effort in October, and is already riding a substantial critical buzz provided by the likes of Pitchfork Media, whose critic praised the trio’s “blockbuster dystopian thriller(s)” and “huge, intimidating walls of sound.”Comprised of Odd Future rappers Domo Genesis and Hodgy B…

For 27 years, the faithful have gathered in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) on the Thursday closest to the date of John Lennon’s murder, to celebrate the man’s life and work. Rather than simply mourn Lennon’s passing, these “Cold Turkey” events have long been more party than funeral, as a host of diverse area musicians interpret their favorites from Lennon’s vast catalog befor…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A first-floor apartment in the Vincent Morello Senior Housing complex at 402 95th St. was condemned by the Niagara Falls building inspector after an 84-year-old woman drove her car into the building at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.“She went right through” the wall, said Police Traffic Capt. Angela Munn, who noted that the driver, whose identity has not been releas…

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Three years ago, at a rickety table in the back of one of the Asian groceries on Niagara Street, I fell in love with a bowl of soup. ¶ Kevin Lin, the Burmese guy responsible for the sushi at the Amherst Street Wegmans, had told me his wife, Stephanie, was opening a place, at 1989 Niagara St. Their first menu was a scattershot collection of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and …