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A Buffalo man was arrested on assault and burglary charges Monday after he allegedly poured boiling water on a man and stabbed him several times with a kitchen knife in the man's Lovejoy neighborhood home, according to Buffalo police. Brian S. Szpadel, 28, allegedly poured boiling water on the victim's face and arms while he was lying in bed in his Longnecker Street hom…

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A suspect is in custody of the Buffalo Police Department in connection with a recent assault, the department tweeted Monday morning. Police said they are investigating an "assault and stabbing" that occurred in the 100 block of Longnecker Street on the city's East Side. Police said the victim suffered serious burns to his face and arms as well as a stab wound to his …

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Two Buffalo men were arrested Tuesday night after a struggle for a gun led to two Buffalo Police officers being dragged by a vehicle, according to Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo. "They were basically attempting to wrestle this gun from this suspect before the driver took off at a high rate of speed," Rinaldo said. Rinaldo, addressing reporters in a Wednesday pre…

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A man accused of setting his former girlfriend on fire had a bail motion denied Wednesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. The defense attorney for Jonathon E. White had filed a motion to modify bail, which was denied by State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour in Wednesday's motion hearing. The District Attorney’s Office had asked the judge …

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A Jamestown man was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison for an assault in which he set a woman on fire. Luis Castro-Mojica, 38, who was convicted of first-degree assault, was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision by Chautauqua County Court Judge David W. Foley. “Today, the defendant was held accountable for his horrific acts. My hope is that the…

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A Buffalo man was found guilty by an Erie County jury Monday of several charges connected to a March 15 attack on a 60-year-old employee at a chocolate shop on Broadway, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. John Jaycox, 50, was found guilty of one count each of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree attempted robb…

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A Salamanca man was arrested Friday on menacing, assault, weapons and drug charges in multiple locations in Great Valley, according to the New York State Police. Eric J. Harrison, 24, was arrested after troopers received complaints about a series of incidents at residences in Great Valley in Cattaraugus County. Troopers out of the Olean station responded. They said t…

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A Buffalo man who admitted attacking his girlfriend's landlord was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison and five years of postrelease supervision by Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Leonard Black, 43, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree attempted assault and one count of second-degree assault…

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An Ashville man was arrested following an alleged assault at North Harmony State Forest, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Michael C. Shreve, 22, physically attacked another person and prevented them from leaving the area on Friday, deputies said. A report on the incident was filed Saturday, and deputies arrested Shreve later that day on charges of…

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A 26-year-old woman told Buffalo police Sunday morning that she was assaulted in an East Side cemetery by an unknown person who stole her purse and ripped her shirt. The woman said she was walking through a cemetery near the intersection of Hazel and Rapin places just before 10 p.m. Saturday, as a shortcut on her way to the corner store, when she was suddenly attacked. …

A Jamestown man was charged Monday with felony assault after a violent early morning home invasion, Jamestown Police said. Dacien C. Devault, 33, was arrested and held in the Jamestown City Jail awaiting arraignment, Jamestown Police said. Police said an investigation was continuing. Others are believed to have been involved in what police described as a targeted att…

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Lesson #1 in self control: Don't return to the scene. Ewardo Arroya had returned to 678 Swan St. after leaving a corner bar drunk and "out of control," according to a Buffalo police report. He punched a picture frame, breaking the glass and cutting his hand, before also punching a woman in the eye and back of the head, causing her pain, swelling and bruising. He was …

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A 28-year-old Buffalo motorist was charged with second-degree assault after he struck a police car and then tried to flee, police said. Andrew B. Goldsmith of Spring Street ran south on Elmwood Avenue after hitting the police vehicle at 615 West Ferry St., at 11:54 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was caught near 654 Elmwood, but broke the glass on the south-facing door o…