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Boy, 15, pleads guilty to shooting 14-year-old

A 15-year-old Dartmouth Avenue boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting another boy Dec. 11.

Demitrius Johnson was allowed to remain free in his parents' custody after he pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers to a first-degree assault charge in the shooting of Warkim Keys, 14, on Manhattan Street at about 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

Prosecutor Glenn Pincus told the judge that Johnson, who is a student at Burgard Vocational High School, pleaded guilty to the highest charge. He shot Keys in the left arm with a small-caliber handgun after they argued over a girl at Riverside High School.

He will be sentenced May 22. The judge refused to give Johnson a sentencing commitment. Court officials said Johnson faces a prison term of one to 10 years on a charge that carries a possible 25-year prison term for an adult offender. Should he be granted youthful offender status, he could be spared confinement, court officials said.

Pincus said Keys is still experiencing hand problems because of the shooting.

Accused of harassment, official will plead March 13

LOCKPORT -- Town Court proceedings for Robert T. Dombrowski, the controller of the county-owned nursing home who is accused of sexually harassing a female colleague, were adjourned Tuesday until March 13.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas H. Brandt said that at a pretrial hearing that night, "The defendant through his attorney will either accept our offer to plead guilty to the charge or go to trial."

The charge, second-degree harassment, is a violation, the lowest level of criminal charge, so it cannot be reduced further, Brandt said. The maximum sentence is 15 days in jail.

Defense attorney Kristin L. Arcuri declined to comment on her strategy. "We're here for a new (court) date, and we'll proceed accordingly," she said.

Dombrowski, 43, declined to comment. He also faces a county effort to fire him from his job at Mount View Health Facility, but that can occur only through a civil service hearing.

Dombrowski, a Buffalo resident, was suspended from his job with pay in the first week of January. On Feb. 9, the county filed civil service charges against him, and he began a 30-day unpaid suspension.

When the 30 days are up, he will resume drawing his $58,653 salary, though the county does not have to let him return to work.

Dombrowski was arrested Dec. 20 on the complaint of a female worker. The 42-year-old Hartland woman told sheriff's deputies Dombrowski, who is married, asked her in July to start a relationship with him and repeatedly visited her office to discuss personal matters despite her resistance.

Falls man pleads innocent to assault, endangerment

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to shooting at a man Oct. 9.

Ian S. Lightfoot, 23, of Garden Avenue denied charges of first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.

A co-defendant, Garrien F. Tillmon, 18, had already pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

Crime Stoppers subjects arrested on Andover Street

Two people featured Tuesday in Crime Stoppers have been taken into custody, authorities said.

Catherine Harvey, 36, and Gregory Taylor, 39, were arrested on Andover Street in Buffalo.

They were wanted on several warrants connected with the purchase of various items, including large items from department stores and leasing and renting vehicles, with illegal checks in Erie and Niagara counties last year.

$2,750 in jewelry stolen in home burglary in Amherst

Amherst police are looking for burglars who pried open a side door before taking about $2,750 worth of jewelry from a Longmeadow Road home during daylight hours Monday.

The thieves stole necklaces, a ring and earrings from the home in the 400 block of Longmeadow. The burglary occurred sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.

Neighbors noticed no suspicious activity in the neighborhood during the time that the burglary occurred.

Police identify third victim of Bailey Avenue homicide

The third victim of a weekend homicide has been identified as a resident of the Caribbean island of Jamaica, police said Tuesday.

Patrick Cranston, 26, along with Donnette McClary, 32, of Winslow Avenue, and Fearon E. Williams, 28, of Bailey Avenue, were found shot to death Sunday night in Williams' apartment.

Police have said they found traces of drugs and packaging materials in the apartment, leading them to suspect the killings were drug-related.

Two long guns worth $700 stolen, Falls resident says

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two long guns worth $700 were stolen from the home of a Deuro Drive man sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday evening, police said Tuesday.

The resident told police a Thompson Black Diamond muzzle loader with a scope, worth $500, and a 12-gauge shotgun were stolen. He said the guns belong to his brother.

Man charged with defying court order, beating woman

LOCKPORT -- An Academy Lane man is accused of beating his former girlfriend and breaking some of her property in defiance of a court order, police said.

Mark A. Mix, 21, was charged Tuesday with first-degree burglary, felony assault, criminal mischief, petit larceny, aggravated criminal contempt and coercion, Officer Dennis C. Sobieraski said.

Mix is accused of forcibly entering the woman's home, punching her in the face several times and kicking her in the legs when she told him to leave. Officer Todd A. Chenez said the woman had been bruised in the attack.

Sobieraski said Mix also kicked a hole in the kitchen wall, smashed a lamp, destroyed a wooden bookcase and ripped a telephone out of the wall.

Chenez said the woman has an order of protection that prohibits Mix from having contact with her.

15-year-old boy charged with sexual abuse of toddler

LOCKPORT -- A 15-year-old boy accused of fondling a 3-year-old girl was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse Tuesday, state police said.

The boy was arraigned in Niagara County Family Court and charged as a juvenile. The incidents occurred here in August, Investigator Gary Kopacz said.

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