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>$1,500 wedding band reported stolen in hospital

A Cattaraugus County woman told Buffalo police Wednesday that someone stole her husband's $1,500 wedding band while he was in Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, according to a police report.

The Hinsdale resident reported to police that at about 6 p.m. Dec. 22 someone stole the band while her husband was in a sixth-floor room at the hospital.

The wedding band is made of gold and white gold and has three large diamonds in it.


>Burglars strike Main Street bar

Someone broke into a Main Street bar and restaurant Tuesday and destroyed the establishment's jukebox before stealing CDs, stereo equipment and alcohol, city police reported.

Northeast district officers say someone broke into Birchfield's, 1435 Main at Glenwood Avenue, by prying open a window on the tavern's west side.

While inside, the individual destroyed the juke box and stole CDs from the machine before taking the stereo equipment and bottles of liquor from the bar.


>Son accused of punching mother, biting her finger

A Hastings Avenue man is facing charges that he punched his mother and bit her on the finger in an incident reported to police late Tuesday, according to the police.

Police say Keith M. Love Jr., 19, was arguing with his mother at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday when he punched her in the jaw and bit her on her right index finger, causing a small laceration.

Responding Officers Patrina Muhammad and Eric Fuller arrested Love on assault and harassment charges.


>Burning girlfriend's wrist and ransacking charged

Buffalo police arrested a city man Tuesday on charges that he burned his girlfriend's wrist with a cigarette and later ransacked their apartment after an argument.

Terrell Miller, 23, is accused of trashing the Breckenridge Avenue apartment following a dispute that began Tuesday afternoon. Officers say Miller damaged several of his girlfriend's CDs and DVDs, put a hole in an apartment wall and wrote vulgarities on the wall.

Miller faces criminal-mischief charges for that and also is charged with assault from a Jan. 18 incident. In the earlier case, police say he burned his girlfriend's left wrist with a lit cigarette.


>Vehicle check leads to cocaine charge

City police officers checking a report of a suspicious vehicle on a street in South Buffalo arrested a Clinton Street man after finding 11.1 grams of cocaine in his coat, according to a police report.

Police said they were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at 26 Clifford St. at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when they asked Manuel Bracero, 25, if he had anything on him. Bracero responded that he did, and officers then found the cocaine in his coat pocket, police said.

Officers Adrian Evans and Judith Bigelow arrested Bracero on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.


>Felony DWI conviction brings term of 1 to 3 years

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. sent a Lockport man to prison for one to three years Wednesday on a felony driving-while-intoxicated charge.
Jeffrey M. Laubacker, 29, of East Avenue, had pleaded guilty in the wake of his Sept. 4 arrest in the City of Lockport, during which he was accused of trying to punch a policeman.
In another drunken-driving case, David E. Geib, 56, of Tonawanda Creek Road, Clarence, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI and failure to keep right. He was arrested Dec. 17 in Royalton.


>Two sisters convicted of misdemeanor assault

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. convicted two Niagara Falls sisters on misdemeanor assault charges Wednesday but acquitted them on felony robbery charges.
Kamishia L. Prather, 21, of 20th Street, and Shawanda A. Prather, 20, of 23rd Street, are to be sentenced April 5 for third-degree assault, but after a two-day nonjury trial, Broderick found them not guilty of second-degree robbery and petit larceny.
The sisters were charged with confronting a woman on Highland Avenue May 7 and stealing a cell phone and a small amount of money.


>Woman, 19, sentenced for firing pistol

LOCKPORT -- A Washburn Street woman was sentenced Wednesday to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison for firing a pistol at another woman in Niagara Falls on June 27, 2005. However, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. recommended the defendant for boot-camp-style "shock incarceration' instead.
Kentrel C. Thompson, 19, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree reckless endangerment. The bullet, fired in an alley off 18th Street between Whitney and Pierce avenues, missed the intended victim.

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