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83 pounds of marijuana seized in raid, arrest

A Sloan man faces felony drug charges after Cheektowaga police raided his Crocker Street house Wednesday night and found 83 pounds of marijuana and other drugs, police reported.

Randy Pruchmiewicz, 32, of 257 Crocker St., is charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Cheektowaga detectives and state troopers, using information gathered from a recent car stop by Cheektowaga Police Officer Brian Gould, raided the home at about 8:30 p.m.

Police confiscated the marijuana along with a quantity of "magic" hallucinogenic mushrooms, $83,000 in cash, a custom motorcycle, a custom pickup truck and an ATV.


Woman turns herself in, is charged in bank holdup

A Spring Street woman turned herself in to authorities Wednesday after she was sought for allegedly robbing an HSBC branch last week, Buffalo police reported.

Lanita Jones, 20, allegedly robbed the HSBC branch at 2016 Genesee St. last Thursday by presenting a teller a note demanding money.

Major Crimes Detectives Gary E. Teague and Ernest W. Bursie said Jones turned herself in after she saw bank videotape of the robbery in local media. She contacted a lawyer and turned herself in to police, apologizing for robbing the bank, police said. Jones was charged with third-degree robbery.


Arrest is made in attack on woman, theft of her purse

A Lackawanna man who reportedly told police he attacked a woman and stole her purse early this morning because he's addicted to crack cocaine was arrested by NFTA police.

Christopher Radcliffe, 38, of Stoney Street, was charged with robbery, harassment and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Radcliffe was stopped by NFTA Officer Mark Martinelli shortly before 5 a.m. on West Huron and Pearl streets after he matched a description of the suspect in a robbery on Ellicott Street.

He was found with a pipe and crack cocaine residue in his pocket, police said.


Rape of girlfriend brings 10-year prison sentence

A Humber Street man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for raping his girlfriend.

Sergio Black, 34, was convicted June 7 on a first-degree rape charge following a weeklong jury trial. In handing down the sentence, Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio said the charge resulted from the "nonconsensual" nature of the incident in the woman's North Buffalo home in April 2004.

Black turned himself in to police about six months after the incident. He told the judge that he was "very hurt" by the jury's decision and by his estranged girlfriend's "unsubstantiated" accusations.

Prosecutor Thomas E. Fowler Jr. said the victim called 911 immediately after Black left that day.

Black could have received a 25-year prison term on his conviction on first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act charges.

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