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A Williamsville man and his son were arrested Friday at the Peace Bridge after attempting to smuggle marijuana into the U.S., according to federal prosecutors. Kenneth Francis Munroe, 60, and his son, Kenneth Philip Munroe, 30, had about 250 grams of marijuana with them, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah E. Lenihan. They were charged with entry of goods by m…

Courts

A North Carolina man with a prior felony conviction for controlled substance distribution was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Justin Campbell Saunders, of Raleigh, entered the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge, without stopping his truck for a customs in…

Buffalo

A Nebraska man who mistakenly drove into Canada was arrested on felony gun charges on his way back, the New York State Police announced Monday. Skyler R. Kruse, 33, of Omaha, declared to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers that he had a loaded semi-automatic pistol upon returning to the United States at the Peace Bridge Plaza Friday, troopers said. Officials said th…

Courts

A Queens man pleaded guilty to assaulting a Customs and Border Patrol officer after he was caught with marijuana "gummies" at the Peace Bridge, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York announced Wednesday. Adriano Roberto Nunez, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimida…

Crime

An inspection of a pallet of boxes at the Peace Bridge Thursday turned up over 257 pounds of marijuana, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday. Suspicious about the contents listed and the total weight of the boxes, CBP officers selected the shipment and found multiple packages of marijuana, with an estimated street value of over $250,000. No a…

Local News

A Canadian woman died by suicide Thursday afternoon after she jumped off the Peace Bridge, according to Buffalo police. Shortly before 3 p.m., police and firefighters received a report of a person in the Niagara River. Witnesses told police they saw the woman jump from the bridge. The woman was pulled from the water near the international railroad bridge by a crew in…

Crime

A 29-year-old citizen of the Netherlands was arrested Tuesday on felony drug charges at the Peace Bridge after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers allegedly discovered the man in possession of more than a pound and a half of marijuana, according to a spokesman for the agency's Buffalo field office. The spokesman said the man arrived at the Peace Bridge in a taxi…

Crime

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge Wednesday seized about 78 pounds of marijuana in five separate shipments, all destined for the same location. Aaron Bowker, a public affairs liaison with U.S. Customs, said the marijuana had a street value of about $78,000. "It was actually in a commercial shipment. So it was being sent from a point A to…

Buffalo

In yet another whopper of a restaurant deal, a Dallas-based real estate investment firm that specializes in restaurants has purchased a Burger King restaurant near the Peace Bridge, paying $1.2 million. U.S. Restaurant Properties, through Brand 601 Busti Ave., bought the fast-food establishment at 601 Busti and 200 Porter Ave. from the Pelissier Family Trust, based in H…

Buffalo

For the first time in decades, a developer wants to construct a 10-story building along the Niagara River on Buffalo's West Side, taking the restoration of that commercial arterial to a new level. A Rochester firm is teaming up with Buffalo's Roger Trettel to build new apartments overlooking the Niagara River on the site of an aging, two-story former train car repair fa…

A man from Puerto Rico who attempted to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Bridge pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Joel Torres Diaz, 30, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years behind bars. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. P…

Columns

The walkway on the Peace Bridge shut down this month. It's being replaced and improved as part of an extensive $100 million rehabilitation of the bridge, and the walkway won't reopen until 2019. One of the highlights for those on foot will be a new observation deck, high above the Niagara River. Sam Mancuso, 57, remembers getting a look at the old walkway that was a lit…

Local News

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working Thursday at the Peace Bridge seized over 400 pills that contain the properties of “bath salts.” According to a press release from the federal agency, officers at the Peace Bridge selected for further inspection a shipment that originated from Mississauga, Ont., Canada, that was bound  for Middletown in New York's Hudso…