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MAN CHARGED IN PROBE OF PAWNSHOP IS FREED

Brooke Stanley was released from custody today after about 48 hours in jail on charges that he owns the pawnshop where he was arrested by Buffalo police for allegedly failing to report stolen property to authorities.

Stanley, 34, declined to comment as his wife, Rosa, posted $2,000 bail for him this morning. Robert N. Convissar, Stanley's attorney, said Mrs. Stanley and not her husband owns and operates Empire II Pawnbrokers at 1570 Main.

Convissar said he will prove the $70 worth of "trinkets and costume jewelry" that lead to Stanley's arrest and jailing Wednesday morning "did not come from the burglary" that police allege.

Eight days ago, Charlie H. Fisher III, a Buffalo civil rights activist and the county government's contract coordinator for minorities and women, was acquitted of disorderly conduct and contempt charges involving protests outside the pawnshop.

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