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Chemical stash found after dispute

A Buffalo man was arrested on charges he attacked his daughter, and officers confiscated from his property a stash of guns and chemicals that investigators suspect could be used in methamphetamine production, Buffalo police reported Sunday.

The case began with a report at 10:50 p.m. Saturday of a violent domestic dispute at an Aldrich Place residence in South Buffalo.

The 20-year-old complainant told police that she and her father, Brian McCoy, 47, and his girlfriend, Heidi Wallace, 45, had been arguing over a couple hundred dollars' worth of missing money, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, a Buffalo police spokesman.

The daughter said that her father hit her in the head with the butt of an AR-15 rifle, threw her onto a bed, pointed the rifle at her and threatened to shoot her.

When police arrived at the scene, Wallace told them that McCoy wasn't there, and there was no gun, DeGeorge said. Officer Franklyn E. King searched the home and found McCoy and the gun.

McCoy was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and second-degree assault. Wallace was charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Officers at the scene removed a 100-gallon propane tank out of concern that it was being used in meth production, DeGeorge said.

Police went back Sunday afternoon and found in the back of the house a trailer that contained 10 or 11 rifles and shotguns and a number of unmarked bottles of chemicals, DeGeorge said.

Police are seeking the registered owners of the guns and will test the chemicals. Further charges could be brought in the case, DeGeorge said.

The Buffalo fire hazardous-materials unit and state police assisted in the investigation.


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