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Several Batavia businesses were struck by burglars and vandals over the weekend, according to the Batavia Police Department, which is investigating the incidents. Police said the areas where burglaries took place were on Ellicott and Jackson streets, Harvester Avenue, Swan Street, Center Street, Apollo Drive and Liberty Street. The individuals broke windows or kicked in…

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Buffalo's statue of Christopher Columbus was vandalized with red paint overnight on Thursday -- leading Buffalo Police to set up additional patrols in the area. Red paint was sprayed or poured over parts of the statue, with most on the base of the monument, a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department said Friday. Police said the vandalism was discovered Friday morn…

Justin Vasquez was convicted last month of  being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to six years in prison. Now he has been convicted again – this time for damaging government property. He carved an obscenity into a wooden table in the courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph P. Geraci. He faces one year in prison for the new conviction. Vasquez, …

A vestibule in a Bank of Akron branch in the Village of Akron was vandalized over the weekend, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. On the Sheriff’s Office website, it said members of its detective bureau, and the Village of Akron Police Department Tuesday were seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who were caught on surveillance video during the in…

A teenage male may be the chief suspect in a vandalism spree late Friday at a Clinton Street business, according to Buffalo Police reports. An alarm about 9:10 p.m. at Clinton Auto Parts, 1125 Clinton St., alerted police to a suspected intruder there. When police arrived, officers discovered a cut fence, a smashed out window on the west side of an office. A repres…