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An 18-year-old employee of a Lewiston convenience store was arrested Wednesday after she was accused of selling alcohol to a minor, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Twenty convenience stores were checked as part of an underage alcohol enforcement detail, conducted between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday throughout Niagara County by the Sheriff's Office, State Po…

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Two men were arrested on charges related to the robbery of a Niagara Falls Boulevard convenience store in Wheatfield, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday. Christopher B. Lindsey, 30, of North Tonawanda, and Patrick Kpaka, 25, of Tonawanda, were arrested Nov. 21 in connection with the Oct. 30 robbery of the Kwik Fill at 3945 Niagara Falls Blvd. …

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Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour announced that his deputy jail administrator at the Niagara County Correctional Facility has been given a Gold Key Award from the WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium at its 30th annual awards luncheon Friday. Deputy Chief Daniel Engert has worked for the Niagara County Sheriff's Office since 1990 and has served as deputy jail admin…

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Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour will retire from his post at year's end, he announced Tuesday morning in a news release. Voutour, 53, in his 11th year as sheriff, said he will be taking a job with a "large law enforcement technology company as a police consultant" and that he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. "I feel that it is my time…

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A two-month narcotics investigation resulted in a Lockport man's arrest Friday on weapons charges, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department announced Monday. Tyrone Belton Bruce Jr., 36, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a South Bristol Avenue address where narcotics activity had been reported in and around the residence, the sheriff's office sa…

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A Lockport man died in a fatal car crash that occurred Sunday off South Transit Road in Pendleton, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Steven P. Ocestolo, 62, died in the crash. Deputies responding to a call reported finding a 2016 Ford Explorer in a ditch in front of 6770 South Transit Road at about 1:25 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle sustained extensive damage…

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A Newfane woman was arrested Wednesday under New York's Leandra's Law after she allegedly drove a car with her two children as passengers while under the influence of drugs, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies arrested 30-year-old Rachel D. Ballew after responding to a call of two children in the company of a woman who allegedly appeared to be und…

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A volunteer firefighter who was directing traffic at an accident scene Sunday at Tonawanda Creek and Minnick roads in Lockport was seriously injured after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies are seeking assistance in locating the vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said. The firefighter, from Rapids Volunteer Fi…

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Sunflowers of Sanborn co-owner Louise Brachmann had just stepped out of church Saturday evening when she received a call from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. "A Good Samaritan had called them because they saw several people in our parking lot and running through the fields," Brachmann said. In a Facebook post on Sunday morning, Brachmann said that she and husban…

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A woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Friday that she found a dead body in the bed of her pickup after she finished shopping at the Tops Market on Lockport-Olcott Road in Wrights Corners. According to the Sheriff's Office, the woman told deputies that she had traveled early Friday from Wayne County, through Monroe and Orleans counties, en route to Niagara Count…

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A Lockport man has been arrested after allegedly traveling to North Tonawanda to sell crack cocaine to an undercover officer, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said 42-year-old Winston Lloyd Jenkins was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies,…

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A motorcyclist was hurt Monday in Pendleton after he lost control of his vehicle, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. The driver, Jeffrey Batchen, 29, of Lockport, was discovered about 10:10 a.m. lying in the roadside in the area of 6631 East Canal Road, deputies said. He was 30 to 40 feet from where his vehicle landed, and in a semiconscious state and ver…

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A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash Monday morning on East Canal Road in Pendleton, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. The motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was found partially conscious and verbally unresponsive on the side of the road at about 10:10 a.m. The crash happened in the area of 6631 E. Canal, the Sheriff's Office said. …

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A 23-year-old man suffered several broken bones late Thursday night in Pendleton after being thrown from his motorcycle when a driver turned in front of him, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found Kyle Kley's motorcycle engulfed in flames near the intersection of Campbell Boulevard and Bear Ridge Road. Investigators determined that Kley was …