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A 62-year-old Ellicottville man was arrested Friday on three different charges that occurred over a two-hour span in the City of Tonawanda, according to police officials. Wilbert J. Hockenbury was arrested on third-degree burglary, two counts of larceny and theft of service following three different incidents, according to City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels. …

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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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Several Batavia businesses were struck by burglars and vandals over the weekend, according to the Batavia Police Department, which is investigating the incidents. Police said the areas where burglaries took place were on Ellicott and Jackson streets, Harvester Avenue, Swan Street, Center Street, Apollo Drive and Liberty Street. The individuals broke windows or kicked in…

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The Buffalo Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating wheelchair stolen from a 4-year-old child. The child needs it to ride the bus to school, police said. The wheelchair was taken during a Nov. 18 burglary at a West Avenue home. The photo provided by police appears to be that of a Convaid Basic Cruiser CX12, which is listed as costing more tha…

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A confessed rapist who was identified by forensic DNA analysis was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to 21 years in prison followed by 25 years post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Anthony Burse, 25, pleaded guilty in August to one count of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree criminal se…

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An alert neighbor and the work of a New York State Police K-9 helped apprehend two Jamestown men who were accused of burglarizing a vacant home. Terry L. Kendall, 28, and Kenneth E. Kendall, 49, were both arrested early Wednesday morning on charges of second-degree burglary by troopers stationed out of the State Police Amity station in Allegany County. Just before mi…

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A North Tonawanda man who has been in and out of jail during a life of crime admitted Friday that he attempted to burglarize St. Timothy's Church in the Town of Tonawanda, the same church he stole from 11 years earlier. Robert Wasyl, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary Friday before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi, Erie County District Attorney…

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West Seneca police asked for the public's help Sunday morning in identifying two burglary suspects who broke into two restaurants during the early morning hours of July 22. The suspects first broke into Mooney's Sports Bar & Grill at 1537 Union Road, and then broke into a second unidentified restaurant on Harlem Road an hour later, where a safe was taken, police sai…

The Orchard Park Police Department capped a five-week investigation into burglaries at a Southwestern Boulevard restaurant with the arrest of a Buffalo man, authorities said. Andrew B. Dumas Jr., 37, of Bogardus Street, was charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy following burglaries on Jan. 4 and Wednesday at Buffalo'…

A Wecker Street man said thieves broke into his Buffalo apartment in the 100 block on Saturday night and took $10,000 in cash, which he had been storing in a sneaker box in his bedroom. The victim told police that the suspects knew what they were looking for. He told police it appeared that the suspects forced their way in and went straight to his bedroom, where he had …

          Three Niagara County residents were arrested in connection with a burglary at a Braley Road residence in the Town of Porter, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies reported. Ryan Petersen, 26, of North Tonawanda, Melissa Walker, 28, and Matthew Miller, 31, both of Royalton, were each charged with second degree bur…

A West Seneca man was arrested Monday in connection with a string of burglaries in the town and surrounding suburbs after a local fast food employee alerted police to the man's presence inside a local dining facility. Danny N. Butcher, 55, was identified within 24 hours of West Seneca police posting his photo on Facebook and Twitter. During the course of their inves…