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TWO ARRESTS TAKE PLACE IN COURTHOUSE AUTHORITIES SAY INCIDENTS ARE UNUSUAL, ISOLATED

Arraignments are rites of court. But this week, sheriff's deputies arrested two men in the courthouse.

"It's usually very orderly over there," Chief Investigator Gerald Mack said of City Court.

"Both of these incidents are isolated and were handled within minutes. There is not a problem in City Court," Mack said.

On Monday morning, a man who was about to post bail for his girlfriend before Judge Eugene Fahey was arrested after he reportedly picked up a 2-year-old child and began to shake her, according to Mack.

"His girlfriend was being arraigned on harassment charges, and he was there to bail her out," Mack explained.

Eugene Lewis, 36, of Leland Drive had three children in his care, the youngest the 2-year-old girl, according to Mack.

"The child acted up a little bit, and he grabbed her by the neck and started shaking her," Mack said. "He created a scene, and everyone reacted at once. The assistant DA came to the rescue."

Assistant District Attorney Mike Benson, who witnessed the incident, intervened and Lewis was arrested by sheriff's deputies, Mack said.

Child Protection Services was called, but the children were released to the custody of their mother, who was in turn released on her own recognizance.

Lewis, charged with endangering the welfare of a child, was put in jail in Erie County Holding Center on $2,000 bail.

On Thursday morning, a sleeping man was warned repeatedly against using a courtroom bench as his bed.

Andre Frazer, 20, who gave no address, was observed by deputies sleeping on a bench in the rear of Judge Margaret Murphy's sixth-floor court room.

"They were telling him he couldn't sleep in the back of court," Mack said.

Frazer, apparently taking exception to being awakened, reportedly attacked Deputy Milton Wrona.

"Frazer punched him and jumped on him," Mack said.

Frazer was charged with second-degree assault.

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