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MAN DIES FIVE MONTHS AFTER BEING SHOT IN CHEST

LEWISTON -- Shannon J. Bomberry, who was shot in the chest three times April 21 during what sheriff's deputies said was an attempt to rob a man in his mobile home, died Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Bomberry, 27, of the Town of Niagara, was shot in a Mount Hope Road mobile home on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, said Niagara County Sheriff's Investigator Daniel Brown.

An autopsy will be conducted today by the Erie County medical examiner's office. Bomberry, armed with a shotgun, and an unidentified man who had a knife forced their way into the home of James D. Muniz. Both men covered their faces with bandannas, police said.

Muniz's companion, Kenneth E. Sheehan, 24, of Niagara Falls, fired three shots at Bomberry from a few feet away, and all hit him in the chest, deputies said. Meanwhile, Bomberry's accomplice fled.

Sheehan was subsequently charged with criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana after police discovered an unregistered .380 caliber handgun and 15 pounds of suspected marijuana.

Muniz was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and growing marijuana without a license. About 35 suspected marijuana plants, about 4 inches tall, were found growing inside a bedroom in Muniz's home, investigators said.

Employee accused in theft
of 'triple X'-rated videos

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 98th Street man has been arrested for allegedly stealing 63 adult movies from the stockroom at Horizon Books & News, 8601 Niagara Falls Blvd., Detective Carl Berak said Wednesday.

Krestain M. Watson, 25, a store employee, was charged with grand larceny following an investigation into the theft of the "triple X"-rated digital video discs by Officer Bryan DalPorto and Berak.

Watson, who allegedly took the DVDs between Sept. 5 and 15, pleaded not guilty Wednesday before City Court Judge Kathleen M. Wojtaszek-Gariano. He was granted an adjournment until Monday. Bail was set at $1,000.

Two men plead guilty
to felony counts of DWI

LOCKPORT -- Two drunken drivers pleaded guilty to felony counts of driving while intoxicated Wednesday in County Court.

Jeffrey M. Laubacker, 24, of Cottage Street, will be sentenced by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on Nov. 9. Laubacker was arrested May 8 in Lockport.

James R. Baker, 37, of Rochester, will appear before Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on Nov. 28. Baker was pulled over by Niagara Falls police on April 22.

Visitor knocked to ground,
robbed leaving hotel

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men robbed an Illinois woman of her purse, $1,800 cash and two cameras late Tuesday as she was leaving the Days Inn, 443 Main St., police said.

Santosh Suri, 57, of Woodbridge, Ill., said she had just left the hotel at 10:43 p.m. when the men grabbed her purse, knocked her to the ground and took her cameras, one a digital camera, worth $1,100.

Suri, who suffered bruises, brushburns and abrasions to her arms, said her purse also contained a cell phone, a credit card, keys and other personal property totaling about $3,100, police said.

Police say Buffalo teens
stole pairs of leather boots

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two Buffalo teens have been arrested for allegedly stealing several pairs of women's leather boots from Nine West, a shoe store at the Prime Outlets Mall on Military Road, Police Chief John L. Keller said.

Ebony Tolbert, 19, of Sweet Street, and Shakima Brown, 17, of Andover Street, were charged with petit larceny Tuesday after store employees reported the theft to mall security, Keller said.

Officers James Suitor and Matt Arnold said the two stole several pairs of women's leather boots worth about $260 at 5:30 p.m., Keller said.

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