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POLICE & COURTS

Neighbor's tip aids police in Amherst house burglary

Thanks to an alert neighbor, Amherst police corraled a burglary suspect shortly after the break-in of Springville Avenue home Friday afternoon.

Alonzo Ross, 42, of Tipper Street, Buffalo is being held on charges including burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.

He was arrested by Amherst Police Officers Tim Schara, Dean Swoger and Dan Buscher. Ross, whose description was given by a neighbor, was arrested in the 3500 block of Main Street shortly about 5:15 p.m. Police said Ross entered the house through a first-floor window and stole a purse and laptop computer.

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Victim of drowning was Fredonia State graduate

DUNKIRK -- A man who drowned Thursday in Dunkirk Harbor near the Cedar Beach Lighthouse has been identified as Kofi Bagyabeng Genfi, a Dunkirk resident and recent graduate of Fredonia State College.

Genfi, 22, formerly of Brooklyn, drowned while swimming with friends, who told authorities the victim failed to surface after jumping in the water from the lighthouse platform.

He was pronounced dead at Brooks Memorial Hospital after a diver from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Underwater Rescue Team responded to the emergency at 4:30 p.m.

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Man injured in shooting faces drug, other charges

A man who was wounded in an early-morning shooting was arrested on drug charges after police arrived at the scene of the assault, his Urban Street apartment, and found crack cocaine, authorities said.

Rashaad Goodman, 35, of the 100 block of Urban, told Ferry-Fillmore officers that either one or two individuals had knocked on the door to his upper apartment at about 12:30 a.m. and when he answered, he was shot.

Goodman was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition later Friday.

Police said they found crack cocaine, cash and other drugs at the residence. A female companion, Rabeehah Shamsidin, 27, who also lives at the apartment, was arrested on drug charges and an additional charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

The shooter and an accomplice fled, police, said. The investigation is continuing.

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Man held in May attack on Tonawanda St. woman

Jerome T. Carson is being held on assault and other charges following his arrest in the pistol-whipping of a woman and attempt to assault a man last month, Buffalo police said Friday.

Carson, 43, no address listed, is accused of the attack early May 20 on a Tonawanda Street woman who was forced into a SUV and pistol-whipped in the 400 block of Tonawanda. The suspect's brother, Sam Carson, 42, of Avery Avenue, was arrested in the case May 30. A third person is being sought, police said.

Jerome Carson is charged with second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. He also is charged with reckless endangerment, for allegedly shooting at a man.

Sam Carson, charged with unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, allegedly broke windows on the man's SUV with a golf club.

The woman needed seven stitches to close a head wound and was treated for scrapes, bruises and lacerations, police said.

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Court clerk gets probation in theft of nearly $6,000

A former Orchard Park court clerk who was accused of stealing nearly $6,000 was sentenced to three years of probation Friday by State Supreme Court Judge William M. Boller.

Mary Anne Riter, 44, of Hamburg, repaid the money she was accused of taking and resigned from her job in the town court, the Erie County District Attorney's office said.

After court officials accused her of taking fine and bail money, Riter pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor count of falsifying records.

While her attorney, Michael Cooper, told the sentencing judge that Riter has repaid the money while never actually admitting to stealing it, Assistant District Attorney John C. Doscher countered that, in the view of court officials, she did steal the money.

Riter resigned from her job and made "full restitution" of the $5,983 she was accused of taking, Doscher said.

Riter faced a potential maximum prison term of one year.

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Weapons case unfolds in breakup of dice game

Four men and two teenage girls were charged with criminal possession of a loaded .32-caliber handgun while in a dice game near the Massachusetts Avenue Pool just after midnight Tuesday, police said.

The adult suspects were identified as William Thomas, 29; Tyrone Gates, 21; Quinton Turner and Eric Mitchell, both 20. No addresses were listed.

All six were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The handgun was found in a purse at the scene, Massachusetts and Shields avenues.