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ROBBER WOUNDED IN LEG DURING HOLDUP TRY, POLICE SAY

A robber was accidentally shot in the leg -- either by his gun or that of his accomplice -- during an attempted holdup this morning at the home of an elderly East Ferry Street man, police said.

Rasheed Clanton, 25, of the first block of Schuele Street, was charged with first-degree robbery after his arrest at about 8:30 a.m. on the 1100 block of East Ferry. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

"He's being treated at Erie County Medical Center, and preliminary reports from medical personnel indicate that he may possibly have to have part of the leg amputated," said Lt. Larry J. Baehre, a police spokesman.

Another man, believed to be an accomplice, was apprehended by Detective Noreen Walsh, who is continuing the investigation. The 9mm handgun that wounded Clanton was recovered near the scene by Ferry-Fillmore District police officers.

Baehre pointed out that the elderly man has been the victim of prior robberies.

Crack cocaine found on man
in several places, police say

A young man carrying drugs in his pockets Wednesday night was found with more after his pants were removed, Lackawanna police said.

Narcotics Bureau Detectives Allen Knaszak and Joseph Leo approached the man in a parking lot behind 297 Ridge Road because he was acting suspiciously, police said. He resisted bringing his hands out of his pockets, which the detectives had requested for safety reasons.

When the man finally did show his hands, he removed a bag containing almost 3 ounces of marijuana from a jacket pocket, police said. After he was taken into custody and brought to Police Headquarters, two small bags of crack cocaine were found in a pocket in his jeans, police said.

Then, during a strip search, a bag containing a large chunk of crack cocaine -- weighing more than a half-ounce -- was found between his buttocks, police said.

Michael Hall, 24, of Ingham Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. He was to remain in custody pending arraignment this morning in Lackawanna City Court.

Woman charged after car
hits hydrant, police cruiser

A Cheektowaga woman who allegedly attempted to flee Buffalo police early today was charged with driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

Lisa D. Boswell was speeding through a red light on East Utica Street at Fillmore Avenue, according to Ferry-Fillmore District Police Officers Mark Padilla and William Morris.

When they attempted to take her into custody, Boswell allegedly put her car in reverse and hit a fire hydrant before putting it in drive and hitting a patrol car.

Boswell, 22, of Linda Drive, also was charged with giving the officers false identification and with minor traffic counts.

Missing girl found; 2nd teen
arrested on drug charges

Ferry-Fillmore District police officers investigating a report of a missing teenager found her at a Krupp Avenue home Wednesday night, where another teen was arrested on drug charges, authorities said.

The 15-year-old girl was returned to her family's Box Avenue home while Jerrod E. Peay, 17, of the 100 block of Hempstead Avenue, was charged by Officers Mark Padilla and William Morris with possession of 34 bags of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

The officers found the youths in a home on the first block of Krupp at 9:30 p.m. Peay also was charged with burglarizing the residence.

Man accused of blocking
woman from medication

A Maryner Tower man was arrested early today on charges he prevented a woman he lives with from taking her diabetes medication since Saturday, authorities said.

Eliezer Concepcion, 35, refused to let Central District police into the apartment, but Lillian Ramirez later opened the door while Concepcion hid in a closet, according to Officers George Wagner and Jill Halor.

Before his 12:30 a.m. arrest, Concepcion fought with the officers, authorities said. Ramirez was taken to Buffalo General Hospital, where she received treatment for her diabetic condition.

Concepcion was charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful imprisonment and obstructing governmental administration.

Five on Grand Island escape
burning Ransom Road duplex

Five people safely fled a Grand Island duplex Wednesday afternoon when a fire filled the building with heavy smoke, Grand Island Fire Company officials said.

Firefighters responded to an alarm at about 3:30 p.m. at 1141 Ransom Road. Four members of the Samir Abdellatif family, including two children, got out of their apartment, as did an elderly resident who lives in the adjoining residence.

Fire Investigator Chuck Berlinger determined that the fire originated in a second-floor bedroom closet, though the exact cause remains under investigation.

Damage was estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $60,000 to its contents, according to Fire Chief Skip Mrkall.

Grand Island man jailed,
accused of assaulting wife

A Grand Island man was charged Tuesday with assaulting his wife during an argument, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies were sent to a Blackmon Road home to check a report that a woman may have been injured in a domestic altercation. The argument occurred Monday morning and was witnessed by the couple's two small children, deputies said.

Michael Wentland, 26, of Blackmon Road, was charged with assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to the County Holding Center, where he is being held in lieu of $500 bail. Deputies did not disclose whether his wife required medical treatment.

Olean resident is indicted
in slaying of Cuba man

BELMONT -- Michael J. Johnson, 30, of Olean, was indicted by an Allegany County grand jury Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of a Cuba man Nov. 20.

Johnson had been charged in April with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Kevin Collins. He is being held without bail in the Tioga County Jail. The case has been assigned to Allegany County Judge James E. Euken.

Johnson was an inmate in the Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley from shortly after Collins was found dead in his Cuba Lake home until his arrest in the case.

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