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Valuable items stolen from Coppola's home

Marc Coppola, a former state senator and majority leader of the Buffalo Common Council, reported Saturday his home was burglarized last week and a number of personal valuables, including an autograph from former President Bill Clinton, were taken.

"It's really depressing," Coppola said of the break-in. Northwest District police said the burglar entered Coppola's Crestwood Avenue residence through a side door.

Jewelry valued in the "thousands of dollars," Coppola said, was also missing along with $30 in cash and personal papers.


Clarence teen driver held on drug counts

Erie County deputies arrested a 17-year-old Clarence youth Friday evening on drug charges after stopping him for having a cracked windshield and loud exhaust.

The teen willingly surrendered marijuana, and then deputies uncovered a felony amount of cocaine during a further search.

Stefan E. Scherer of County Road -- who was driving on a junior operator's license after hours -- was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and several traffic violations.

He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center to await arraignment.


Four men arrested on DWI charges

Erie County deputies made four drunken driving arrests so far this weekend.

Gary J. Kozakiewicz, 48, of Grand Island, was charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Baseline Road in Grand Island.

Franklin D. Seneca, 55, of Irving, was charged with drunken driving as deputies investigated a rollover crash at 11 p.m. on Route 438 in Brant. He and his wife suffered minor injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.

Scott F. Noon, 27, of Clarence, was charged with felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He has a 2004 DWI conviction, resulting in the felony charge, the Sheriff's Office said.

Steven J. Bates, 21, of Cattaraugus County, was charged with DWI when he was stopped on North Central Avenue, Springville.


2 women, girl stabbed on Walden Avenue

Three family members, including a 13-year-old girl and a woman who is eight months' pregnant, were stabbed during a confrontation with two others late Friday on the 200 block of Walden Avenue.

A 50-year-old woman from Ohio, in Buffalo visiting her mother, also was stabbed, police said.

They were treated in Erie County Medical Center.

"We're all fine," said the Ohio woman, who received four stitches after being stabbed in the buttocks.

"I didn't see what happened," she said. "There was a confrontation going on in front of the house between my relatives and other people. I could see my grandbaby and others in my family."

The teenager is the Ohio woman's granddaughter, and the injured pregnant woman is her niece.

Police are looking for a man and a woman, who, according to the victims, instigated the argument at about 10 p.m. The man pulled a knife and cut all three victims before fleeing on foot.


Man accused of selling bogus entertainment items

A Congressional Walk resident was arrested Friday evening on a charge of selling counterfeit entertainment material on East Utica Street, according to Northeast District officers.

Carmell Lucas, of the first block of Congressional, was caught selling 155 counterfeit DVD movies, 25 counterfeit music CDs and a stun gun, police say.

Among the charges placed against him were criminal possession of a weapon, failure to disclose the origin of a recording and third-degree counterfeit.


22-year-old man charged with drug possession

A Northumberland Avenue man, spotted at a boarded up and abandoned house on the 200 block of Shumway Street late Friday night, was arrested on drug charges by Ferry-Fillmore District police officers.

Barry Walker, 22, of the 400 block of Northumberland, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after police said they found two large rocks of crack cocaine on him. The arrest occurred at about 10:15 p.m.


Gold Street woman charged in assault on her son

A Gold Street woman allegedly stabbed her 22-year-old son in the neck and the back late Friday, police said.

Christine Swiatek, 37, was charged Friday with stabbing her son, Robert Swiatek, once in the neck and once in the back at 10:30 p.m., using a knife police recovered on the kitchen table, police said.

Police said the two were having an argument over money at their home in the 300 block of Gold Street.

Robert Swiatek remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center. His mother faces assault charges.

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