Odell Wilkins, the suspect who surrendered Tuesday in the pickup basketball game murder of a Buffalo man, was ordered to remain jailed without bail after he pleaded innocent today in a brief appearance before City Judge Margaret Murphy.
Wilkins, 19, of Box Avenue, faces a felony hearing before Murphy Friday afternoon on the issue of whether a grand jury should consider the case.
After today's court session, Julian Johnson, Wilkins' attorney, complained about the refusal of prosecutors and police to give him access to photo lineup documents involving seven alleged eyewitness.
Johnson also said that authorities are lodging witness-intimidation charges against another man in connection with the Jan. 31 killing of Oscar K. Paris, 33, at the CRUCIAL Community Center on Moselle Street. Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark declined to comment on that issue.
City Honors students report
man followed them to school
Two young women who attend City Honors School have reported they were followed to school on separate occasions by a man who made a grab for them, Buffalo police disclosed Tuesday.
The first incident occurred Jan. 17 and the second Friday -- both at about 10 a.m., said Lt. Larry Baehre, a Police Department spokesman. Uniformed and unmarked police patrols of the area have been increased in the wake of the incidents, he said.
The victim in the Jan. 17 incident told Central District officers that she was followed from the bus stop on Best Street to the second landing on the Fosdick Street entrance to the school. At that time, she was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground, she reported.
Her screams sent the man fleeing, across Fosdick to a housing project. The victim was not injured, according to police reports.
In the second incident, the victim told police that she was followed from the Summer-Best Metro Rail Station and that as she approached the school on Fosdick, she was grabbed. The young woman told officers she kicked the man and ran.
Both victims gave the same description of the man to police.
Loud music in car leads
to drug-possession charge
Playing music too loud in a car turned into a blues session for a Buffalo motorist stopped by police Tuesday night.
Tyrone C. Ande, 19, of Rommel Street was stopped at 7 p.m. in the first block of Fillmore Avenue after Officers Peter Nigrelli and David Fay noticed he was playing music loudly and failing to wear a seat belt, authorities said.
When the officers asked Ande for his registration and insurance paperwork, which were in the glove compartment, they observed 18 bags of crack cocaine, police said.
He was charged with motor vehicle violations and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Three men arrested in theft
of $635 and gold chain
Northeast District police captured three robbery suspects early today after $635 and a gold chain valued at $3,500 were stolen from a Morris Avenue man.
Robert Moore, 22, of Millicent Avenue; Steven J. Martin, 26, of Schmarbeck Street; and David A. Haygood, 24, of Humber Avenue, pointed a handgun at the victim and robbed him at 2:26 a.m. on Main Street at Glenwood Avenue, police said.
They were charged with robbery and criminal use of a handgun.
Police officer injured
making shoplifting arrest
A shoplifting arrest involving the theft of Tylenol turned into a headache for a Buffalo police officer Tuesday night.
One of the two alleged thieves elbowed Ferry-Fillmore District Police Officer Efrian Colon in the left eye, causing a minor injury that sent Colon to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.
Richard Tyson, 47, of Poultney Avenue and Anthony Holliday, 49, of Gibson Street were charged with assault, resisting arrest, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and obstructing governmental administration.
They allegedly stole three bottles of Tylenol, valued at $48.75, from the Rite Aid in the 1000 block of Genesee Street at 8:10 p.m.
Man who stole car with baby
in back seat given probation
LOCKPORT -- A man who stole a car with a 14-month-old boy in the back seat on Oct. 1 avoided jail time when he was sentenced Tuesday by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.
Marc L. Dietz, 39, of Charles Street, Burt, had pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Dietz was placed on probation for five years, but Broderick ordered him to undergo inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation, followed by a stint in a halfway house, during which he must perform 200 hours of community service. After he gets out of the halfway house, he will be on electronic monitoring for a year.
He stole a car from in front of Kenyon's Variety in Newfane.
Woman shot in the head
remains in critical condition
A Woltz Avenue mother who was shot in front of her two young children Monday night remained unconscious and in critical condition today in Erie County Medical Center.
Nicole Jones, 27, was shot in the head by a "male acquaintance," according to Homicide Bureau investigators, who were continuing to search for the man.