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TWO TEENAGERS ACCUSED OF GUNPOINT CARJACKING

A Clinton Street teenager and a Loepere Street teenager were arrested Thursday night in an alleged carjacking on the 1700 block of Broadway, authorities said.

Ferry-Fillmore District and Broadway Annex officers accused Darnell Brown, 16, and Tyrone C. Coleman, 17, of pulling up beside Leonnes Davis in a stolen car and pointing a shotgun at him and stealing his 2001 Chevrolet Lumina.

The teens were apprehended in the vicinity of Fillmore Avenue and Stanislaus Street after a short chase. Police recovered both cars and the shotgun.

Brown, of the 800 block of Clinton, and Coleman, of the first block of Loepere, were charged with first-degree robbery.

Lts. Joseph Lynch and Joseph Makowski, along with Officers Paul Mullen and Chad Maloney, worked together to make the arrests and recover the property.

Arson in vacant house
causes $25,000 damage

A fire in a vacant 2 1/2 -story wood-frame house on Koons Avenue was intentionally set early today, fire officials said.

The blaze, which caused $25,000 damage, was started at 4:44 a.m., the officials said. No injuries were reported among firefighters who responded to the blaze in the 300 block of Koons.

Two computers stolen
from Herman Badillo School

Computers were reported stolen Thursday from a storage room with limited access at a Buffalo school, Central District police said.

The theft occurred between Monday and Thursday in Herman Badillo Community School, 300 S. Elmwood Ave., officers were told.

Two laptop computers with an estimated value of $3,100 were stolen.

There were no signs of forced entry to the storage room, for which only three people hold a key, officers were told.

Student crossing road
is hit by a car, injured

LOCKPORT -- A 15-year-old boy was injured Thursday morning when he was hit by a car while crossing Lincoln Avenue on his way to Lockport Senior High School, Officer Shawn Kilroy said.

Donald C. Martin III of South Street was treated for a leg injury in Lockport Memorial Hospital, then released.

The accident occurred at 7:45 a.m., when the boy's mother dropped him off across the street from school and he walked into the path of a car driven by Michael J. Dewey, 37, of Continental Drive.

No charges were lodged.

Mother of DWI crash victim
seeks leniency for offender

BATAVIA -- A Batavia man admitted he was driving while intoxicated in a November crash that killed his friend, but he could be spared prison because of a letter from the dead man's mother.

Richard A. Townley, 23, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated. He had been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated after the Nov. 17 crash that killed Jason D. Neff, 25, of Batavia.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said Neff's mother, Susan Smith, wrote to him asking that Townley be spared a prison sentence.

Friedman agreed to let Townley plead guilty to the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide, with a maximum sentence of six months in jail, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine.

He also could receive weekends in jail or no jail at all.

Townley's blood-alcohol reading was 0.11 percent, above the legal standard of 0.10 percent. He is to be sentenced April 20.

Construction tools stolen
from van on building site

LOCKPORT -- Construction tools worth about $1,150 were stolen sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday from the construction site of a house at 6071 Robinson Road.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Michael J. Filicetti said a $700 gas-powered air compressor and a $450 nail gun were stolen from a van at the site after its rear door lock was pried open.

Two drivers injured
in accidents on slick roads

WILSON -- Ice- and snow-covered roads were blamed for accidents here and in Cambria that sent two motorists to area hospitals.

Dina L. Schearer, 29, of Wilson was listed in stable condition in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, a hospital official said. She suffered back injuries, according to Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Baker.

Schearer was injured at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday when she lost control of her southbound car on snow-covered Beebe Road here and hit a tree with the passenger side of her car, Baker said.

Barbara D. Kennedy, 37, of Davison Road, Lockport, was listed in good condition in Lockport Memorial Hospital with a fractured ankle and chest injuries she suffered at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday in a two-car crash on Lockport Road just west of Comstock Road, a hospital official said.

The accident occurred when a car driven by Toni T. Jackson, 17, of Memorial Parkway, Niagara Falls, went out control on the slick roadway, crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with Kennedy's car, Deputy Ronald P. Dworzanski said.

Jackson was released after treatment for chest injuries in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, a hospital official said.

Falls man pleads guilty
to gun and drug counts

LOCKPORT -- One Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to gun and drug counts Thursday in County Court, while charges against a co-defendant were dropped.

Reginald T. Renford, 38, of Garden Avenue pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intention of selling it.

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