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>Deputies arrest two in pizzeria break-in

Two Springville men face burglary and other charges after being arrested by Erie County sheriff's deputies investigating a break-in early Tuesday at a Springville pizzeria, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said.

Joshua S. Kurtzworth, 22, and Bradley P. Pasinski, 23, are accused of burglarizing the Pit Stop Pizza & Deli at 689 E. Main St. They also are charged with criminal mischief, petit larceny and criminal trespass.

At about 4:20 a.m., Deputy Don Hoelscher discovered an open door with footprints leading to and from the pizzeria.

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>Guilty plea entered in income tax case

An Orchard Park businessman admitted in federal court that he failed to report more than $196,000 in income on his tax returns.

George Ladori, 59, owner of a property appraisal firm called All Points Appraisal, pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements in tax returns, Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White said.

His failure to report all his income between 2005 and 2007 resulted in an underpayment of $63,253 in federal taxes, according to the IRS. Ladori pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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>Condition of bus aide hurt in crash improves

A school bus aide seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning when a school bus driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel in Cheektowaga has been upgraded to fair condition, authorities said Tuesday.

Jackie Wynn, 60, an aide on the First Student school bus, has been moved to a regular room in Erie County Medical Center. Cheektowaga police have said she suffered apparent neck and facial injuries in the crash on Pine Ridge Road.

The school bus driver, Monique Prince, 23, of Buffalo, apparently fell asleep at the wheel while heading south on Pine Ridge at about 8:40 a.m., according to the accident report. The school bus veered into the northbound lane, where it collided with a northbound SUV driven by Lokeesha Tyler, 33, of Buffalo.

No students were on the bus at the time, police said.

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>Footprints in the snow lead to robbery suspect

A robbery suspect who threatened a woman with a loaded shotgun late Monday night was apprehended by Northeast District police who tracked him down by following his footprints in the snow, authorities said.

Kahlil Chambers, 18, was arrested in his home on the 900 block of Northland Avenue shortly after 11 p.m., according to Officer Michael Bass, who responded to a robbery call on Northland near Moselle Street.

Police said Chambers approached Teresa Byrd from behind with the shotgun and demanded her purse. After following the footprints, Bass and other officers obtained permission to search the house on Northland and recovered the purse, the weapon and crack cocaine.

Chambers was charged with rob-

bery, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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>Identity theft lands man, 43, behind bars

A Cheektowaga man was sentenced to one year in federal prison Tuesday for stealing another man's identity and his money, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

Rodney Davis, 43, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, prosecutor Aaron J. Mango said, after an investigation conducted by U.S. Secret Service agents.

In 2008, Davis illegally used the personal information of a Cheektowaga friend to transfer the friend's money into savings accounts held by Davis, Mango said. Davis' friend has since died, and Skretny ordered Davis to pay $18,275 in restitution to the victim's estate.

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>Aggravated DWI charge lodged after Alden crash

State police at Clarence arrested a Darien woman and charged her with aggravated driving while intoxicated, after her vehicle went off the road and into a ditch in the Town of Alden on Monday.

Jeannette S. Peterson, 56, drove into a ditch on the south shoulder of Genesee Street at Walden Avenue, troopers said. She was charged with DWI after troopers determined that she had been drinking and appeared drunk. Peterson posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, police said.

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>Suspect shot in the eye pleads guilty in break-in

Thomas L. Ayres, who was shot in the right eye when he broke into a former girlfriend's West Seneca home last spring, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree burglary.

Ayres, 36, of 19th Street, faces a prison term ranging from 10 to 25 years, according to State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Prosecutors said Ayres pleaded guilty to the highest charge he had been facing for the early morning incident in an Aurora Avenue home May 28. Ayres was shot in the right eye by the teenage son of an ex-girlfriend after he broke into that woman's house and got into a fight with her and her new boyfriend. He will be sentenced on April 5.

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