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Youth, 16, pleads guilty in 2006 shooting death

A 16-year-old Eastwood Street youth remained jailed without bail after he pleaded not guilty Thursday to an indictment charging him with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 13-year-old Buffalo boy.

Rakeem Troutman was arrested Sept. 20 in the fatal shooting of Seandell Gonzalez, who was riding his bike during a Kingsley Street gang gun battle at about 10:30 p.m. last June 29. He appeared before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

District Attorney Frank J. Clark said that because Troutman was 15 at the time of the crime, he faces only a maximum prison term of nine years to life if convicted.


Beating of former lover brings a year in jail

Eric R. White, a Seneca Nation businessman, was ordered Thursday to spend up to the next year in jail for beating up his former lover after an argument two years ago.

State Supreme Court Justice Amy Jo Fricano told the apologetic defendant, "You've got to learn to deal with issues without hands."

Prosecutors Lisa Bloch Rodwin and Kristin Carney said White pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to felony unlawful imprisonment for breaking his ex-lover's nose and left eye bones as they argued in his house on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation on March 28, 2005.

The judge ordered him taken from court in handcuffs after issuing an order of protection to the woman. He warned White that should he or anyone on his behalf harass the woman or her family in the next eight years, he will go to state prison for seven years.

White, 33, of Cayuga Road, Irving, operates an Internet cigarette sales business and an Irving-based construction company. He had been free on bail and sought to serve weekends in jail in order to keep his business running, but the judge refused.


Man allegedly hit woman in face with can of beer

A Potomac Avenue man has been charged with punching his live-in girlfriend and hitting her in the face with a can of beer, police said. The woman suffered an inch-long cut above her eye.

Ricky T. Young, 45, was charged with assault by Officers Robert Yeates and Patrick Morrow. Northwest District police said the attack happened at about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday in the couple's home in the 100 block of Potomac.


Two arrested on charge of false insurance claim

Two Jersey Street men were charged Wednesday with wrongly collecting insurance benefits after falsely reporting that their van was stolen, according to fire and police officials.

Abdo M. Alamary, 48, and Gamal Naji, 18, were each charged with grand larceny and insurance fraud. Naji also was charged with falsely reporting an incident.

Lt. Sal Colangelo, commander of the fire marshal's office, said the two men plotted to burn Alamary's 1998 Chrysler van and falsely reported to police that the vehicle was stolen in October. Police reports said Alamary wrongly collected insurance benefits from his insurance totaling nearly $3,400.

A joint investigation was launched involving Buffalo police Detective Gary Chwojdak, State Police investigators, Fire Marshal Joseph Marchitte and Colangelo.

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