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Yuriy Bruks called 911 the morning his wife was found dead inside their Cheektowaga home on Aug. 4, prosecutors said. And it was not until the next day when an autopsy was performed that authorities realized Tetiana Bruks died of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and torso. In the meantime, Bruks was able to get back into his house to get his passport and laptop a…

Cheektowaga

A Buffalo man admitted to assaulting another driver in a road rage incident in Cheektowaga last December. Rakeem Scott, 28, pleaded guilty Friday before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to one count of third-degree assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that approximately 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2018, Scott was d…

Crime

Tetiana and Yuriy Bruks got married in their native Ukraine, came to the United States and made their home in Western New York. Yuriy Bruks bought a house in Buffalo in 2012 and the couple bought a home in Cheektowaga last October. "They always seemed to be like normal couple," said Andrii Prybilskyi, a close friend who met the couple in 2012. "I know 100% Yuriy love…

Crime

The death of a 34-year-old woman found Sunday morning in Cheektowaga is being considered suspicious by police. The woman was found at about 3:40 a.m. at 81 Raymond Ave., Cheektowaga police said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. Police did not release any further information about the victim or the circumstances.

Business

A vacant former motel and a vacant used-car sales lot on Transit Road are destined for eventual redevelopment by Iskalo Development Corp., now that the Williamsville-based firm acquired the contiguous sites for a combined $3.5 million. Iskalo last month paid $3 million to buy the former Clarion Hotel Buffalo Airport at 6700 Transit in Cheektowaga from the Charlie Decker…

Amherst

A local investment group has acquired its second cluster of apartments in Cheektowaga, spending a total of $2.8 million in the past month to buy apartments on Concord Drive and Huth Road. Acting through Concord Huth LP, the group that includes Ben Friedland and Roman Brailovski paid $1.8 million in June for apartment buildings located at 8-10, 12-14, 11-15, 31-33, 43-45…

Cheektowaga

A Cheektowaga man pleaded guilty to assault and attempted sexual abuse charges involving two incidents with the same victim, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Ikeal Lardill, 23, pleaded guilty Friday before State Supreme Court Justice Paul Wojtaszek to one count of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree attempted aggravated sexual …

Business

A Cheektowaga industrial warehouse used by a truck repair company and Catholic Charities has been acquired by another truck service firm for $1.25 million. Roy and Maria Pitman, through their Romar WNY Properites LLC, sold the 13,372-square-foot building at 1989 Harlem Road to 240 North Real Estate LLC. The buyer is controlled by Rebecca L. LaPaglia, vice president and …

Courts

A 27-year-old Cheektowaga man was arraigned Tuesday on a vehicular manslaughter charge in connection with the May 4 death of a woman on Pine Ridge Road, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Blair Bell also faces two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated. Bell has been accused of striking Tonya Gravely, 46, at about 11:30 p.m. May 4 as Gravely was r…

Crime

The woman charged with killing her best friend in an April crash in Cheektowaga had just stolen from a nearby grocery store and significantly damaged her car in another crash just prior to the fatal collision, prosecutors allege in court documents. Aleia C. Easley was speeding away from the Save A Lot store on South Rossler Avenue when she ran a red light and struck ano…

Crime

Cheektowaga police want the public's help locating a man and a woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in headphones from the Apple Store in the Walden Galleria. Police posted photos of the two suspects on Facebook on Wednesday morning. The post did not include any further details about the theft. Police ask anyone with information to call the department's d…

Business

An Ohio real estate developer and investor has acquired a Peregrine Senior Living community in Western New York, marking the second such acquisition in the past 12 months. Larry Dillin's Dillin LLC of Miamisburg, Ohio, paid $15.99 million through Cheektowaga Senior Realty LLC to acquire Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga from an affiliate of New York City-based Colo…

Cheektowaga

A Lancaster man was killed in Cheektowaga earlier this month, Cheektowaga police said Thursday. Richard F. Valenti, 65, was found injured in the back of his vehicle at about 7:45 p.m. May 15, police said in a news release. Police were called to the scene near Harlem Road and Creekside Drive. A person called 911 and asked police to check on a man in a vehicle, police …

Gusto

Before it was wiped out for a highway ramp, there was a restaurant called Desiderio’s on William Street in Cheektowaga. From 1968 to 1989, Michael Desiderio helped supply the neighborhood with chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, and other Italian American standards. Another specialty, it would become clear, was Italian American restaurant owners. One of Michael’s…