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Aspiring rap artist, 22, shot to death in Georgia

A former City Honors High School student was found shot to death Thursday in the breezeway of an apartment complex in Lawrenceville, Ga., where he lived with his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

Gwinnett County police were investigating the death of Brandon J. Fowler, 22, who grew up in the Masten District of Buffalo and moved to Georgia about three years ago.

Investigators were called to the Wesley Place apartment complex in Lawrenceville shortly after 9 a.m., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Residents said they heard gunfire at the complex moments before Fowler's body was found.

Fowler lived at the complex with his wife, Shelly Williams, and their daughter, Brianna.

Fowler's body was found in a different part of the complex, away from his apartment, police told the Atlanta television station.

Williams told The Buffalo News that her husband was a peaceful man trying to make a name for himself in the rap music industry.

"He just wanted peace for everybody. He was no threat to nobody," she said.

Fowler dropped out of City Honors and later received a general equivalency degree, his family said. He moved to Georgia in 2002 to launch a career in rap music.


Cheektowaga man hurt in motorcycle accident

A Cheektowaga resident was injured Saturday evening when his motorcycle left a Chautauqua County roadway, deputies in that county said.

John Wozniak was driving north on Parcell Road shortly after 6 p.m. when he went off the road and was ejected from his motorcycle, deputies said.

Wozniak, whose age was unavailable, was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. The nature of his injuries and his condition were unavailable late Saturday.


Two clerks accused of illegal alcohol sales

State police say they have charged two clerks after an undercover operation to determine whether stores in Elma, Wales, Aurora and Sardinia would sell alcohol to a person younger than 21.

Police said the State Liquor Authority assisted in the operation Friday night at 12 stores.

A 15-year-old clerk at one of the stores will be petitioned to Erie County Family Court for selling to an underage customer, troopers said.

At another store, clerk Philip Badawy, 28, of Depew, was arrested on charges of unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sales of alcohol.

Authorities declined to specify the stores.


Buffalo grocery robbed of $200 by gunman

A thin, young man with a pistol escaped with about $200 late Friday night after a holdup at the Alomari Superette, 161 Deerfield Ave., Northeast District police reported.


4 robbed of cell phones in rash of attacks

Buffalo police said they are investigating four incidents in which men were violently attacked or threatened while being robbed of their cellular telephones.

The first took place sometime after 4 p.m. Friday when a Liberty Taxi Cab driver was robbed of his cell phone and $80. The driver told police he picked up two men as fares on Howard Street. One of the men put a knife to the cabbie's throat and robbed him.

At 9:30 p.m. Friday at Eggert Road and Burke Drive, another man was robbed of his cell phone, $27 and two debit cards. He reported that the bandit threatened to shoot him.

About 90 minutes later, on Bailey Avenue near East Delavan Avenue, an assailant knocked a man to the ground and stole his cell phone. The robber escaped on a bicycle.

At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the fourth victim was struck in the face and the back of his head by a man who stole his cell phone and left in a car.


Deputies charge 3 teens in Grand Island robbery

Erie County Sheriff's deputies said they charged three teens after a Friday night robbery at a home on Alan Court on Grand Island.

Christopher Pabon, 16, of Baseline Road, and Jonathan Delgato, 17, of Alan Court, were charged with robbery and petit larceny.

Paul Cole, 16, also of Alan Court, was charged with menacing and obstructing governmental administration.

Deputies accused Pabon and Delgato of stealing a purse and $130 from a woman who was visiting a home on Alan Court.

Cole was accused of threatening the woman with a knife after the robbery. The crime took place shortly before 7:45 p.m. Friday, deputies said.

Deputies John Davis, Daniel Walczak, Amy Klimowicz and Bert Dunn made the arrests.

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