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Ex-postal carrier given probation in mail thefts

A former U.S. Postal Service carrier was sentenced to two years' probation Tuesday on charges of mail theft.

Michael Vickery, 34, of Orchard Park, opened 23 pieces of mail and stole cash and lottery tickets from inside the envelopes, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti.

Vickery's sentence by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara stems from an investigation that began when tenants at Creek Bend Apartments in Hamburg complained about their outgoing mail being opened.


Drug, firearms conviction brings 14-year prison term

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny has sentenced an Amherst man to a combined term of 14 years in prison on drug and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Tuesday.

Rahman S. Dunn, 36, was convicted Oct. 12 of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Prosecutors said Dunn was arrested Oct. 21, 2010, at Gorton and Hamilton streets in Buffalo with 6.8 grams of cocaine base in his coat pocket. A search at a rented stash house on Richmond Avenue turned up an additional 72.2 grams of cocaine base, 84.3 grams of cocaine, drug packaging and processing paraphernalia, as well as a semiautomatic handgun.


Plea of guilty entered to child pornography

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to two child pornography charges before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Tuesday.

Joseph A. Koehn, 28, was charged with possession of child pornography and attempted production of child pornography. Prosecutors said that in July and August 2009, Koehn used his computer and cellphone to try to obtain sexually explicit photographs of a 4-year-old child. Images and videos of child pornography were found on his laptop computer, prosecutors charged.

Koehn faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release for the rest of his life.


2 accused of switching cars to subvert interlock device

State police charged two men Monday with switching cars to try to get around a court-ordered mandate in a drunken driving case.

Nicholas A. Santaniello, 26, of West Seneca, was charged with violating a court order to drive only in a vehicle containing a DWI interlock device, troopers said.

Jason Connolly, 35, of Cheektowaga, was charged with a facilitation count, and accused of switching cars with Santaniello, as well as driving without a license.

Santaniello and Connolly went to an Ignition Interlock of Erie County office on Transit Road in Clarence for a court-ordered calibration of the interlock device on Santaniello's car. Troopers were called when no device was found on the car Santaniello was driving. After Santaniello registered positive on a breath screening device, he was taken to the Clarence substation.

Trooper Ronald Ensminger reported Santaniello was not intoxicated enough to be charged, but could not drive his vehicle because he had consumed alcohol earlier that day. That's why Connolly switched cars with him, troopers said.


Arrest made in attempt to take girl from mother

A Buffalo man is being held after allegedly trying to snatch a 3-year-old girl from her mother's arms Monday evening in the Amherst Street Metro Rail station, police report.

Randy Holloman, 24, of Custer Street, was arrested by Police Officers Michael Davies and James Halliday in the 1400 block of Main Street minutes after the incident at about 7:30. He is charged with second-degree kidnapping, harassment and child endangerment.


Sexual assaults on girl, 12, lead to arrest of city man

A Woltz Avenue man was charged with repeated sexual assaults on a 12-year-old girl during the last month or so, Buffalo police reported Tuesday.

Tyler Salter, 47, was charged Monday with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and child endangerment counts.

According to a police report, the most recent assault occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday, when the girl was held in a bedroom after she began trying to contact her grandmother. The grandmother later notified authorities, according to a police report.


Man arrested in attack on his mother, sister

A Buffalo man was arrested by city police at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, four hours after he allegedly broke into his mother's home on Doat Street, in violation of a court order last month, and attacked his mother and his sister.

Jovante Richardson, 18, was charged with aggravated criminal contempt, second-degree strangulation, second-degree assault and grand larceny, police said.

Police said Richardson is accused of choking his sister unconscious after slamming her head into a glass cabinet and biting and choking her, as well as terrorizing their mother. He also is accused of stealing a purse containing his sister's debit cards and ID.