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>Student is charged in McKinley incident

A 16-year-old McKinley High School student was arrested Monday after he got into a shoving match with another student and pushed a teacher, school authorities said.

Security officers at the school were able to break up the fight, said Buffalo Public Schools spokeswoman Heather Groll. She described the altercation as a "very minor incident" and said no one was injured. The student was charged with second-degree harassment, a violation.

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>Former Falls resident arrested in homicide

A former Niagara Falls man is under arrest in Wisconsin after he led police to the body of his Florida girlfriend -- stashed in the trunk of her Jaguar that was inside a Madison-area storage facility.

Louis D'Angelo, 42, currently of Beaver Dam, Wis., is being held on charges of mutilating and/or hiding a corpse and possession of stolen property.

The body was identified as that of Joann Lynette Gray, 46, of Vero Beach, Fla. She allegedly met D'Angelo in Niagara Falls in December and the two traveled to Florida together.

Gray was last seen Dec. 26. She had told family she and D'Angelo would be traveling together to Wisconsin and Chicago. Her family reported her missing after she failed to check in with them.

Authorities said an autopsy revealed that Gray was the victim of a homicide, but details of the cause of death were being withheld pending the investigation.

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>Defendant accused of threatening a witness

The defendant in an assault and harassment case was arrested Monday night after he allegedly called and threatened a witness who was to testify against him, authorities said.

Dennis G. Smith, 49, of Edgewood Avenue, called the witness, who is his ex-girlfriend, at 11:51 a.m. Feb. 3 and allegedly told her: "You will not live long enough to testify and today is the day you're going to die," according to police reports.

In December, a judge had signed an order of protection for the witness against Smith.

Smith was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree aggravated harassment and third-degree tampering with a witness.

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>Hospital visitor reports theft of items from car

An Alden woman reported to Central District police on Monday that she was missing $300 from her car after it was parked at Women and Children's Hospital.

The woman said she left her car with a young man for valet parking while visiting the hospital. When she came out, she said, $300 in cash and $120 worth of CDs were missing from the vehicle.

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>Gun charges follow routine traffic stop

A routine traffic stop for faulty brake lights at Virginia Street and Prospect Avenue on Monday resulted in the arrest of a couple on felony gun charges.

Central District officers said the driver, Bangaly Chelley, 22, of Hampshire Street, passed a loaded .22 caliber revolver to his passenger, Jessica Maxwell, 17, of Seneca Street, West Seneca, who tried to hide it in her waistband.

Both were charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Chelley also was charged with violating a court order prohibiting him from possessing a gun.

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>Woman robbed of $150 in Tops parking lot

A woman was robbed of $150 in the parking lot of the Tops market at 425 Niagara St., police said Monday.

The woman told police the robber approached her from behind, wrapped his arm around her body and showed her a knife at 6:10 p.m. Sunday. After taking her purse he fled east on Maryland Street.

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>New front door stolen in second burglary

Two days after an East Side property owner replaced a door at an Oberlin Avenue residence that was burglarized, the owner discovered that the new steel door had also been stolen, police said.

The first burglary was reported Thursday after the owner found that someone had broken into the property by forcing open a side door. All of the copper piping and an electric meter had been removed from the building and there was damage to the walls as well.

On Saturday morning, the owner, who lives in Williamsville, discovered that the new door, which he had just bought for $200, had been taken.

In December at the same address, a Cheektowaga man was robbed of $400 and shot in the left knee.

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>Traffic stop leads to drug charges for two

An Angola man and an Evans woman were charged with drug possession Saturday after they were pulled over on South Park Avenue with 51 bags of heroin, Blasdell police said.

Wayne N. Litzinger, 20, and Victoria L. Caldwell, 19, were charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana. Litzinger also was charged with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Marijuana, heroin, two bags of cocaine and three pills suspected of being Ecstasy were discovered, police said. Police also found a digital scale in the car.

The driver failed to signal on a turn, police said, and the vehicle was stopped about 8 p.m. by Detective Dan Bluff and Officer Vince Tobia.

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