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>Convicted felon accused of dealing crack cocaine

A Lackawanna man with two felony and 13 misdemeanor convictions was arrested Tuesday night on allegations that he dealt crack cocaine from his Lebanon Street apartment, police said.

Nicholas K. Smith, 34, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Smith's upper apartment was raided by Lackawanna police at about 9:30 p.m. His arrest was the culmination of a three-month investigation, police said.


>Driver hurt by glass in Winspear shooting

A Williamsville man was hit by flying glass at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when bullets struck his vehicle on Winspear Avenue, between Bailey Avenue and Main Street.

The man suffered a minor injury in the back of his right shoulder.

The man heard two or three shots, which shattered the rear window of his vehicle, University at Buffalo Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr. said. A bullet fragment also lodged in the trunk of his vehicle, Buffalo police said.

Following the shooting, two men were spotted heading east on Winspear. The victim reported the shooting to a University Police officer on Main Street.

University and Buffalo police were investigating, but no arrests had been made.

Schoenle urged the public to report any suspicious activity to University Police.


>Crossing guard hit by car; driver flees the scene

A Buffalo crossing guard was injured Tuesday morning by a motorist who struck her twice and fled the scene, Buffalo police said.

Lynette S. Imperi, 38, a crossing guard for seven years, was released after treatment in Sisters Hospital and returned to work Tuesday afternoon.

Imperi had sounded her whistle and was holding up her stop sign at about 7:40 a.m. at Main and Heath streets, signaling children to use the crosswalk toward St. Joseph's School, when a vehicle struck her left hip.

She asked the driver to pull over while she dialed 911, but, as he drove off, the vehicle rolled over her left foot.

Police described the vehicle as a black Lincoln.

Anyone with information should call the Buffalo Police Accident Investigation Unit at 851-4537.


>Man gets 15 years for rape of girl, 13

Kevin Edwards, 46, of Grimes Street was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after he admitted raping a 13-year-old girl who alerted authorities by text messaging a friend that she was being attacked.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Francyzk told Edwards, who had admitted sexually abusing the girl since she was 7, that he would have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

Franczyk also directed Edwards to stay away from the girl after his release until the year 2030. He was arrested July 9 after the girl reported the rape in the home of a South Buffalo relative.

Edwards had pleaded guilty in August to first degree rape and a course of sexual conduct.

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