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BB guns confiscated, two students suspended

BB guns were confiscated from Buffalo Public Schools students in two separate incidents this week.

Thursday, a gun was taken from a 13-year-old boy as he entered Community School 53, 329 Roehrer Ave. The boy was suspended and may be petitioned to Family Court as a juvenile, said William Jackson, school system security chief.

Tuesday, at Bennett High School, 2885 Main St., Jamie Gamble, 17, was arrested after being found with a BB gun under a sweat shirt. He also was suspended.

Jackson said students will get no breaks, even if found with BB guns rather than more high-powered weapons. "A gun is a gun is a gun," he said. "We're going to crack down on them."

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Two with guns, ammunition arrested after shooting

Two men who dropped a shooting victim off at Women and Children's Hospital early this morning were arrested after Central District police officers found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and an AK-47 rifle inside their vehicle on Bryant Street.

The shooting victim, Raphael Seabury, 20, of Plymouth Avenue, was grazed by two shots, one on the face and the other in the chest, police said. He was shot at Niagara and Rhode Island streets earlier in the morning.

Central District Officers Joseph Gramaglia and Anthony LaPiana recovered the shotgun and rifle, plus 42 shotgun shells and 77 rounds, from the back seat of the vehicle outside the hospital at about 2:25 a.m.

Officers also recovered 15 small bags of marijuana, including two that a hospital security guard saw being dropped into a garbage can at the hospital.

Police charged Christopher M. Santiago, 21, and Jonathan Santiago, 20, both of Prospect Avenue, with possession of a loaded firearm, a city ordinance banning the carrying of a loaded firearm in a public place and marijuana possession.

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Niagara Street crash kills driver, injures passenger

A 19-year-old Buffalo man died and his 21-year-old male passenger is being treated for serious injuries after their car crashed into a utility pole at Niagara Street, near Vulcan Street, early Thursday morning, police said.

E.J. Cieslikowski was identified as the victim killed in the crash. His passenger, whose name was not released, suffered internal injuries.

Police said the car was discovered at about 1:20 a.m. wrapped around a utility pole in the 2000 block of Niagara.

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Crack, weapons seized in raid; 2 men charged

Two Buffalo men are facing felony drug and weapons charges after state troopers and Buffalo narcotics detectives raided a Carlton Street crack house Thursday evening, police reported.

Sheldon Brown, 34, of Rommell Avenue, and Bobby Caulfield Jr., 27, of Monroe Street, were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and felony weapons possession.

Police, armed with a search warrant, raided 512 Carlton at about 6:25 p.m. They seized an eighth-ounce of crack cocaine, scales and packaging equipment, a bulletproof vest, a pistol-grip shotgun, a .357 Magnum and a high-tech color surveillance system.

Buffalo Narcotics Lt. Thomas Lyon said the two saw police approaching the house and tried to flee. One jumped out a second-floor window and the other out a back window. Both were apprehended.

"They saw us coming, but we had the house surrounded," Lyon said. "It's been the scene of numerous neighborhood and Common Council complaints."

Police said sales of crack cocaine were transacted on the upper floor and the lower floor was open for drug users to "hang out" and consume the drugs.

Police also confiscated $3,500 and two "extremely vicious" pit bulls, Lyon said.

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Gunshot victim pleads guilty in attack on officer

A North Syracuse man who fled from Erie County Medical Center last month pleaded guilty this week to a felony criminal weapons charge and admitted that he had intended to harm a West Seneca police officer.

Steven A. Barbour, 39, faces a prison term of up to seven years for the June 14 incident, State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma told him Wednesday.

Barbour, who was shot by Officer Michael Poleon twice after pepper spray failed to stop him from trying to attack the officer during a confrontation in a field off Clinton Street, was remanded pending his Dec. 22 sentencing.

Deputy District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler and defense lawyer Frank Luther Bybel said Barbour accepted the plea deal to avoid a conviction on assaulting a police officer. That conviction could have meant a term of life in prison.

Barbour was shot after Poleon responded to a suspicious-person report. He was taken to ECMC in critical condition and was not under police guard when he walked out of the medical center in mid-August.

Schwegler said Barbour was recaptured at a Syracuse-area hospital where he had gone for treatment linked to his gunshot wounds.

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