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3 children accused of tossing rocks onto Niagara Thruway

Three juveniles were arrested Monday after baseball-sized rocks were thrown onto cars traveling on the Niagara Thruway, including one that injured a 6-year-old girl, state troopers said.

The suspects -- boys ages 10 and 11 and a 10-year-old girl -- were accused of hurling the rocks from railroad tracks adjacent to the Thruway near the Breckenridge toll barrier at about 6 p.m., when they struck the windshields of four vehicles.

The 6-year-old girl suffered minor lacerations to her face, arms and legs from shattering glass. She was treated in Women and Children's Hospital, then released.

The juveniles were released to their parents pending a 9 a.m. Oct. 18 appearance in Erie County Family Court.

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Metro Bus driver gets 16-32 years as sex offender

Jobie Davis, a Metro Bus driver, was ordered by a judge this week to spend the next 16 to 32 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a now-15-year-old girl.

Jailed since his June 10 conviction, Davis, 40, insisted at his sentencing that he "never touched" the girl and that no evidence of his sexual disease was found in the victim.

But Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico told Davis there was enough direct evidence of the molestations in his May Street home from May 2003 to March 2004, based on the girl's testimony, to support the jury verdict.

Davis was convicted of 16 counts of statutory rape, attempted statutory rape, sexual abuse and child endangerment. He will lose his Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority job as a result of the sentencing. He also was slapped with a court order of protection requiring him to stay away from his victim through September 2036.

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Report of shots fired ends in drug arrest of 2

Two men were arrested Tuesday night on North Fillmore Avenue after Buffalo police officers, responding to a call about shots fired, pulled over a suspicious auto and found crack cocaine inside, police said.

Antonio Walker, 39, of Foreman Street, and Hendell Phillips, 24, of Amherst Street, were each charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said they were investigating reports of shots fired on Leroy Avenue and two vehicles in a chase. Northeast District Officers Pascal Panaro and Ray Harrington pulled over a car matching the description of one of the vehicles.

Police said they found one bag of crack cocaine in the coin cup of the car and then another 70 bags.

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Registered sex offender faces series of charges

A registered sex offender who served seven years in prison for burglary, rape and sodomy was charged late Sunday with fraudulently obtaining public assistance benefits, false personation and several drug charges, police said.

Jasmen T. Giane, 56, who also goes by Darryl Hall, 54, and as many as 10 other aliases, was arrested in the Cracker Barrel Bar on Seneca Street shortly before 10 p.m., Buffalo police said.

He and two others were charged with drug possession, according to arresting Officers Anthony Sisti and James Reese. Police said Giane claimed to be Hall and obtained social services benefits from Erie County, despite misspelling the name of his alias on his benefit card. Those benefits were reported to be more than $1,000.

Giane was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a forged instrument, police said.

Lavelle Salter, 30, and Tracey Rozwood, 34, who were arrested with Giane, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Reese said police also confiscated the liquor license of the bar and notified state officials.

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Buffalo man sentenced to 10 years in stabbing

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for the near-fatal stabbing of a woman here in 2003.

Jackie A. Adams, 58, of North Larch Street, had pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the victim, Kathleen Guadagno, died in July, but prosecutors couldn't prove the death was a direct result of the April 21, 2003, stabbing.

Adams attacked Guadagno in her home with a kitchen knife after what Hoffmann said was a crack cocaine sale gone awry. She was stabbed 12 times, including once in the heart, Hoffmann said.

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Pizza deliveryman hit in face, robbed of $76

A La Nova Pizza deliveryman was attacked and robbed of $76 shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday while making a delivery on Edison Street, Buffalo police said.

The victim, 19, told police he was stopped in the 300 block of Edison by a man who demanded his money. The robber stood in front of the driver's car door and punched him in the side of the face.

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