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Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan has sold the Cheektowaga property containing the area's first Chick-fil-A restaurant, reaping $2.825 million in cash from the deal. Morgan — through Morgan Cheektowaga LLC — sold the restaurant at 1753 Walden Ave. to Bruce 5 LLC, which is controlled by Bernadette O'Connor of Long Island City in Queens. Located just west of the Wal…

Watchdog

Mike Donoghue has known Rochester developer Robert Morgan for more than a decade, as a personal friend and a partner in a relocation business. So it was only natural five years ago for the owner and president of Rochester-based Premium Mortgage to put $500,000 of his own money into investment funds that Morgan had just started. "I knew he had funds, and I asked if I co…

Business

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to seize two Buffalo apartment complexes as part of its criminal case against Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan and three other defendants. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to freeze Morgan's assets — including an investment fund that holds a loan for Morgan's interest in a redevelopment project at Gates Circle. One com…

Crime

DNA evidence helped lead law enforcement to an indictment of a Buffalo man in a home invasion of an elderly Tonawanda couple, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Todd Laraba, 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced. …

Crime

Federal marshals Sunday afternoon recaptured the man accused last year of placing three fake pipe bombs outside a police station and a post office in South Buffalo, after he escaped this weekend from the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James J. Timpanaro was caught by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Dodge Street in Buffalo at about 3 p.m., o…

Crime

Niagara County investigators have not found anything in a Packard Court apartment to explain why several FBI agents got sick after conducting a raid there, but are still waiting for lab results that could give them some answers, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Thursday. Voutour said the hazmat team that went into the apartment on Pine Avenue on Wednesday fo…

Crime

A Niagara County hazmat team and police from at least two agencies swarmed a unit at the Packard Court Apartments in Niagara Falls Wednesday after several members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force got sick in the wake of a Dec. 14 raid that resulted in the arrest of the occupant for possessing drugs, firearms and improvised explosives. Niagara County sheriff's dep…

Courts

The man charged with planting three fake pipe bombs outside two buildings in South Buffalo in October has been accepted into a long-term treatment program. After initially having turned him down, the Department of Veterans Affairs has accepted James J. Timpanaro, 54, into a program that involves inpatient and assisted-living components, said Fonda Dawn Kubiak, his feder…

Crime

The man accused of placing three fake pipe bombs outside a police station and a post office in South Buffalo last month may soon get another chance at rehabilitation. James J. Timpanaro has a long history of mental health and substance abuse issues, according to his attorney, but since his arrest has been turned down for inpatient treatment in a Department of Veterans A…

Courts

"I may spend the rest of my life in prison. But it will be worth it ... Texas has lots and lots of pawn shops." That was just one of several hundred threatening electronic messages sent by a Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking Thursday in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Mark Bieniek, 45, who res…