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A Buffalo man allegedly found in possession of fentanyl after having sold the drug to an undercover officer on four occasions was arraigned on felony drug charges Monday in Buffalo City Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 39-year-old Willie Loyd was charged Monday with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a co…

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A University at Buffalo student accused of seriously injuring another UB student in a hit-and-run last fall was in court Friday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 20-year-old Hannah Christensen of Clifton Park, a suburb outside of Albany, was arraigned in State Supreme Court on one count of leaving the scene of an incident without…

Crime

A Buffalo man who was arrested following a police drug raid at his home pleaded guilty Friday in State Supreme Court to two counts of fourth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 38-year-old Timothy Dozier was arrested in July after the Buffalo Police narcotics unit execu…

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A Buffalo man whose parole-issued ankle monitor helped police track him pleaded guilty in an April 30 shooting case, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Tanaja "Little" Whittaker, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. Whittaker, at about …

Buffalo

A well-known environmental and land-use attorney and two South Buffalo residents are suing the Western New York Maritime Charter School and the city's Common Council, seeking to overturn the approvals for the new high school building and stop its construction. The lawsuit filed by Arthur Giacalone, a frequent critic of development projects, accuses the city Planning Boa…

Politics

Buffalo attorney Steven Cohen, litigation chair at the law firm of HoganWillig, announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court on Sunday. Cohen has practiced law for three decades and said in his announcement that after suffering a serious illness, he came to the realization that as a lawyer he was helping people seek justice one case at a time, but as a judge he could…

An Atlanta man who brought his check cashing scam to Buffalo will be staying in New York for one to three years, thanks to the sentence he received Monday morning in State Supreme Court. Robert Haggins, 31, is described as the ringleader of scheme that used homeless people and drug addicts to cash forged checks at local banks. He pleaded guilty in December to three coun…

A 23-year-old nurse who began a relationship with a patient in a drug rehabilitation program was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. Jordan Donalson of Clarence Center admitted to two counts of forcible touching for encounters that occurred while the 26-year-old woman was in the rehab program at Erie County Medical Center. …

Amherst

Dellwood Road residents in Amherst were in State Supreme Court Thursday trying to stop the installation of a 92-foot-tall cellphone tower behind their homes. Verizon Wireless plans to use the tower to plug a gap in its mobile coverage.  The tower would be built at ground level on land owned by Public Storage, behind its storage units at 3671 Sheridan Drive. Dellwood…

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Two more people have been indicted in the beating death of a respected East Side restaurant owner in July. Jamell Chapman, 25, and Dalene T. McIlwain, 17, are charged with second degree murder in the death of Upendra Bawa, 78. Each pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning when arraigned before Acting Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Both were apprehended late…

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The files were closed, the photos packed up, the faded flowers tossed away. Justice Penny M. Wolfgang left the building. The building is the Erie County Courthouse, where Wolfgang, 76, served on the State Supreme Court bench for 30 years. Her departure, after receiving the maximum number of recertifications once she reached mandatory retirement age, is not going unno…

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Al-Shariyfa “Missy” Robinson was not even a suspect when she admitted to investigators that she started a blaze on Oct. 10, 2015, at an East Side boarding house that killed two men. She said she did it to try to get the attention of her unfaithful boyfriend, who ran the boarding house. Friday morning, State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang sentenced the 40-year-o…

A state prison inmate serving a sentence of 12 years to life for assaulting a person on a New York subway has added two more 12-years-to-life sentences to his calendar. Elijah Bell, 52, had waited since March to hear his sentence from State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. In his trial nine months ago, jurors acquitted Bell of the charge of attempted assault …

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Joseph A. Mascia lost his bid to overturn his removal from the board of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, with a State Supreme Court justice dismissing his case against the city, Mayor Byron W. Brown, the BMHA and individual commissioners. Justice John L. Michalski issued his decision Friday, saying he found no basis for Mascia’s claim that his removal from the b…

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Dylan Deuser was 15 years old when he agreed to help his neighbor Ryan Braun, who owned a construction company, clear some trees for an ice rink he was installing at his sister’s house. Braun had rented a backhoe for the job and, when they got to the site, he gave Dylan a chainsaw. As Braun pinned the top of a tree to the ground with the backhoe bucket, he told the boy…