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Youth, 17, shot in arm while sitting in car

A 17-year-old Haven Street youth was shot Wednesday afternoon as he sat in a car at Herman and Sycamore streets, police said.

Melvin Dixon was struck in his left elbow and left arm, and fragments possibly entered the left side of his chest. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said Dixon was in the front seat of a green car at 2 p.m. when a gunman approached him and fired about five shots through the window. Dixon was dropped off at the hospital in a private vehicle.

Officers recovered several .38-caliber casings in the parking lot.

Akron woman pleads guilty to felony DWI charge

An Akron woman faces a mandatory local jail term of up to two years on guilty pleas Thursday to a felony drunken driving charge for a recent Clarence arrest and for violating the terms of the probation she got two years ago for an earlier DWI incident.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio and State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang both ordered Rachel M. Wagner, 22, of Liberty Street, to remain in jail pending her dual sentencings in mid-December.

Jailed since she collapsed in DiTullio's courtroom Sept. 9, Wagner tearfully pleaded guilty to a probation violation charge linked to the nonjail term she had been given on July 16, 2003, in connection with her arrest on Transit Road in Clarence on Jan. 5, 2003.

Earlier, Wagner pleaded guilty before Wolfgang to DWI in Clarence on June 15. She faces a Dec. 14 sentencing by DiTullio and a Dec. 20 sentencing by Wolfgang.

Both judges, citing what they described as Wagner's long-term alcohol problem, agreed to cap her sentences at one year but refused to rule out possibly ordering consecutive terms keeping her behind bars for up to two years.

Jeffrey J. Hagen, chief of the district attorney's DWI Bureau, said Wagner's June 15 arrest in Clarence was her third drunken driving arrest in the past three years.

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