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WOMAN HIT TWICE BY SHOTS IN POSSIBLE DRIVE-BY INCIDENT

A woman in her 20s was hit twice by gunfire at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday in what may have been a drive-by shooting outside Lo-Lo's, a bar at 2022 Genesee St. at Hagen Street on Buffalo's far East Side.

Nafeesah D. Woods, 25, of Bailey Avenue, was taken by Twin City Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated for gunshot wounds to the right arm and left side of her abdomen, according to Northeast District police. She was later discharged.

Police, who said a vehicle was seen speeding away from the shooting east on Genesee, questioned patrons of the bar early today.

Investigating officers said gunshots from the incident struck a 1992 Acura, which was impounded for evidence-gathering purposes. Richard Brooks, a Genesee Street resident who owns the car, said three bullets struck his vehicle.

In what may be a related shooting, Quinn Jackson of Wyoming Avenue told police he was shot in the left hip at 8:51 p.m. on Roslyn Street. Police say they are investigating to determine if the same shooters were involved.

Arrest warrants sought
for two in school attack

Cheektowaga police are seeking arrest warrants against two 16-year-old Buffalo girls accused of walking into Cleveland Hill High School armed with a box knife on the afternoon of Jan. 31.

The two girls, who are not students at the school, battled with a 16-year-old student, punching her and pulling her hair, police have said. But the attackers never opened the box knife or swung it at the victim.

The two Buffalo girls' parents have cooperated with Cheektowaga police, and both girls are expected to surrender once the arrest warrants are signed by a judge.

Both girls face possible charges of criminal trespass and harassment. Police also are seeking charges of menacing and weapons possession against one of the two girls.

Two arrested in connection
with burglary-robbery, attack

Cheektowaga police have arrested two men in connection with a burglary-robbery in which a man on Woodell Avenue was punched in the mouth, then struck over the head with a book bag, before a shoe was thrown at him Wednesday afternoon.

Officers Scott Prell and David Stevens, responding to a 2:18 p.m. call, apprehended two men nearby, at Woodell and Straley avenues.

They charged Charlie Grafton, 20, of Gates Avenue, Sloan, and Timothy Webster, 18, of Avery Place, Cheektowaga, with robbery, burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, a watch taken in the robbery, police said. Grafton also faces an assault charge.

Candle causes house fire
on East Woodlawn Avenue

A lighted candle caused a $15,000 blaze early today in an East Woodlawn Avenue home, fire officials said.

Occupants in the 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame house lit the candle at 6:50 a.m. after they experienced a power outage, according to firefighters.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, but Red Cross officials were called in to provide emergency assistance to one adult and two children.

Three from Miami accused
of using fake credit cards

Three Miami men were arrested outside Boulevard Mall Wednesday night after Amherst police said they found at least a dozen fake credit cards inside the vehicle they were driving.

Police have accused the group of using a fraudulent credit card to purchase more than $1,850 worth of merchandise, including a computer, in the Sears store in the mall.

Acting on a call from store security, Officer Daniel McCollum arrested the three men in the mall parking lot. He charged Roberto Gonzalez, 32, with 12 counts of possession of a forged instrument, felony grand larceny and criminal impersonation. Ramon E. Gonzalez, 38, and Osvaldo Rodriguez, 31, face seven counts each of possession of a forged instrument and one felony grand larceny charge.

Fire in Royalton home
kills two cocker spaniels

Two cocker spaniels died but an albino rabbit was saved in a fire that heavily damaged a Town of Royalton home late Wednesday night, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department reported.

Volunteer firefighters responded to a 10:42 p.m. alarm at the Tracy Fry residence at 6694 Riddle Road. No one was home at the time.

A volunteer from Rapids Fire Department was treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital for a shoulder injury suffered in the fire.

No cause or damage estimate was available.

Marvin is denied new trial
in '85 slaying of husband

Anita DiGiulio Marvin, who still contends that the "true killer" of her fourth husband might be listed in secret FBI files, Wednesday was denied a new trial on her contention that she received poor legal help a decade ago.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma ruled that she failed to prove that her now-disbarred trial attorney had misled her.

Forma, who conducted an extended hearing in the last year on her ineffective-counsel complaints against David R. Knoll and her earlier attorneys, said Marvin, 53, of Amherst, "herself was responsible for preventing disclosure of FBI information, if any existed."

She was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in 1991 after being convicted of arranging the 1985 killing of her husband, Robert DiGiulio.

Forma ruled that she failed to prove that Knoll had duped her or had not fully defended her because of his own legal problems.

David H. Nelson, Marvin's latest attorney, said he is reviewing the Forma decision for a probable new appeal to the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester.

A local real estate investor, Knoll, 62, was disbarred after his 1992 federal bankruptcy-fraud conviction for failing to report $600,000 held in a Cayman Islands bank account for one of his clients who had earlier filed for bankruptcy while hiding those assets.

Two face charges in thefts
from discount store trailers

Two people were charged Wednesday in the theft of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from storage trailers used by discount stores in the area, Town of Hamburg police reported.

Detectives had been investigating a large-scale burglary operation involving a Kmart store in Hamburg -- which lost an estimated $13,000 in merchandise -- and an Ames store in the Town of Tonawanda. Monday, Capt. A. Daniel Shea and Detective Thomas Best Jr. led a search of a residence at 5035 Bradley Lane, where some property was recovered.

Several gas grills, tables, table umbrellas, cushions and chairs that had been stolen from Kmart were found in the house, police said.

Christopher J. Plandowski, 31, who lives in the Bradley Lane residence, was charged with burglary and grand larceny. Another occupant, Jennifer Stevens, 25, was charged with possession of stolen property.

Complaint of drug activity
leads to arrest of man, 24

Ferry Fillmore District officers arrested a Warren Avenue man after they responded to a complaint of illegal drug activity at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Anthony Rainey Jr., 24, of the 100 block of Warren, was charged with possessing 14 bags of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including two scales and packaging material.

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