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POLICE & COURTS

SCHOOL FIRES, GRAFFITI LINKED TO SUMMER PUPIL

Buffalo arson investigators are looking into the report of a summer school pupil who started several fires in West Hertel Academy.

The principal reported to police Tuesday afternoon that the pupil was caught in the act of writing graffiti on doors and walls of about 10 areas in the school.

School officials also suspect the juvenile of setting five fires, including four in various boys bathrooms and one in the men's faculty room.

OFFICER INJURED IN ARREST OF MAN IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE

A Buffalo police officer suffered a hand injury while arresting an 18-year-old man accused of punching and choking his girlfriend Tuesday night during a domestic dispute, police said.

Officer John Lopez, who suffered a possible broken right hand, was being treated today in Erie County Medical Center.

Police say Kevin Fomby, of East Utica Street, violated a City Court order of protection. He was charged with two counts of assault, resisting arrest, aggravated criminal contempt and criminal mischief. The woman suffered bruising to her face and neck but declined treatment.

Ferry-Fillmore District officers said Fomby went to the woman's home on Broadway at about 8 p.m., broke several household items and attacked her.

Police said Fomby fled the scene and then fought with officers before he was subdued and arrested at Ogden Street and Broadway by Officers Joseph Walters and Charles Skipper.

MAN STABBED THREE TIMES; TEENAGER IS CHARGED

A Durham Avenue man was listed in fair condition this morning after he was stabbed three times in the stomach Tuesday night, police said. A teenager has been arrested.

Ronald Ransom, age unknown, was being treated in Erie County Medical Center. Isaiah S. Cormack, 17, of Wyoming Avenue, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Northeast District officers said Ransom was standing at the corner of East Delavan Avenue and Moselle Street at about 8:15 p.m. when an assailant approached him with a knife and stabbed him. Officer Aaron Young arrested Cormack in the 200 block of Oakmont Street.

JUVENILE CHARGED AFTER POLICE FIND 40 BAGS ON HEROIN

A boy was arrested Tuesday night after police found him with 40 bags of heroin, a bag of marijuana and $1,509, according to police reports.

The juvenile, whose age was not available, cannot be named as a young offender. Northwest District officers said they spotted the boy at about 8 p.m. at Massachusetts Avenue and 15th Street with an open bottle of champagne.

Officers said they approached the boy to write a ticket charging a city ordinance violation and asked him if he had any illegal items on his person. According to police reports, the boy then removed the drugs from his right pants pockets.

4 OVERCOME BY FUMES FROM GAS SUMP PUMP

Four people were overcome Tuesday evening -- two seriously -- when carbon monoxide from a gasoline-powered sump pump filled a Blasdell house, officials at the Newton-Abbott Fire Company reported.

The initial call was received just after 5 p.m. about a house at 4330 Salem Drive, which had lost power and flooded, according to reports.

The two owners hired a contracting team to help pump out the water in the basement.

The fumes from the pump caused the carbon monoxide level inside to rise significantly, officials said.

The contractors, a man and woman believed to be in their 40s, were taken to Millard Fillmore Hospital by Rural/Metro Medical Services for treatment in the hospital's hyperbaric chamber.

The man was said to be unconscious and unstable upon arrival at the hospital.

The two homeowners were taken by Newton-Abbott to Mercy Hospital for evaluation.

ONE-YEAR TERM POSSIBLE IN RESISTING-ARREST CASE

Isiah J. Pierce, 20, of Tonawanda Street, faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced Sept. 8 for resisting arrest last Aug. 3 on Tonawanda Street.

Police said Pierce, a passenger in a car they stopped, jumped out and led them on a foot chase before he was arrested. Last week, in a trial before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, he was convicted of resisting arrest but acquitted of weapons possession and menacing.

AFTER SURRENDER, MAN IS DUE IN COURT IN 1974 SLAYING

A man who recently turned himself in to FBI agents in New Orleans in a 1974 slaying in Buffalo is expected to appear Thursday in Erie County Court.

James N. Worthey, 55, faces arraignment on a second-degree murder charge in the April 8, 1974, shooting death of his girlfriend, Mary Chatman, in an Amherst Street apartment.

To the surprise of many in law enforcement, Worthey turned himself in May 21 at the FBI office in New Orleans.

"He did not fight extradition. He arrived in Buffalo late Monday night and will be arraigned (Thursday) in Erie County Court," Deputy Erie County District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler said.

Police said Worthey was a pimp, running a Buffalo prostitution operation, when Chatman, 29, was fatally shot in the kitchen of the apartment they shared.

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