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Elderly man questioned on incident with girl, 10

Cheektowaga detectives late this morning were questioning an elderly Cheektowaga man following the apparent harassment of a 10-year-old neighborhood girl who was approached while waiting for her school bus today.

Police said the incident occurred while the girl was waiting for the school bus on Avery Place at about 7:30 a.m. The elderly man, believed to be about 70 years old, was accused of grabbing her and making inappropriate comments, detectives said.

The girl was able to fend off the man's advances, and she apparently was not injured.

Detectives, who were questioning both the man and the girl, were eyeing possible harassment and child-endangerment charges.


Guilty verdict rendered in screwdriver attack

A mentally impaired man was convicted Thursday of repeatedly stabbing a neighborhood acquaintence in the head with a sharpened screwdriver last summer.

Jailed since his capture after a brief foot chase following the attack at Broadway near Miller Avenue on Aug. 28, Robert Dombrowski, 45, of Bailey Avenue, was found guilty of first-degree assault and weapons possession for the attack.

Dombrowski, who faces a five- to 25-year sentence, was remanded by Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico pending his June 5 sentencing.

The victim, Robert Wilton, 57, testified that Dombrowski sprayed him with Mace, splashed him with coffee and then stabbed him in the forehead. He said the attack was unprovoked.


3 arrests follow threats against pregnant teen

Three Buffalo men were arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot a nine months' pregnant girl as they chased her with a gun, pistol-whipping a woman and stealing another woman's $20, police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said the attack occurred in the 300 block of Moselle Street at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officers said Marquil L. Adams, 22, of Pembroke Avenue, beat an 18-year-old woman with a handgun and punched her in the face before chasing a 17-year-old pregnant girl, threatening to shoot her.

The gunman also confronted another 18-year-old woman, stealing $20, before fleeing in a car with two accomplices. Officers Edwin Garris and Joseph Langdon later arrested the three men.

Adams, Robert L. Johnson, 21, of Best Street, and Courtney R. Johnson, 21, of Main Street, were each charged with criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery.

Adams also faces two counts of assault, menacing, resisting arrest, harassment and obstructing governmental administration. Courtney Johnson also was charged with three traffic violations.


Drug arrest follows altercation with police

An 18-year-old Mills Street man punched a Buffalo police officer in the face and fought with two other officers early Thursday during a drug investigation, police said.

Officer Jason Mayhook was grazed in the left eye by the punch. Officer James Scherer suffered cuts on his left hand and cuts and swelling on his left knee during the struggle.

James E. Littlejohn was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, harassment, assault, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Northeast District officers said they were investigating drug activity on Butler Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. Officers believe Littlejohn had a bag of crack cocaine in his mouth and swallowed it after being questioned by Mayhook.


Vehicle with bullet holes found on Forest near Hawley

Gunfire damaged a parked vehicle on Forest Avenue near Hawley Street on Thursday night.

Northwest District officers investigating a report of shots fired at 11 p.m. said they found a vehicle with bullet holes but no victims of the shooting. The vehicle was impounded.


NFTA police officer injured in collision

An NFTA police officer suffered minor injuries when a motorist crashed into his vehicle Wednesday night at Amherst Street and Parkside Avenue while he was responding to a call with his lights and sirens activated, authorities said.

Officer Andre Taibbi was treated in Erie County Medical Center for lower-neck strain and cuts and was released.

Michael D. Michael, 19, of Blasdell, was charged with failing to yield the right of way and criminal possession of a controlled substance after police said they found a small amount of marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle. He also was treated in ECMC for minor pain.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said Taibbi "was responding to an emergency situation. He was going slowly when he went through the intersection, and all the other traffic stopped, except for Mr. Michael's car."


Teen waiting for bus robbed by four at knifepoint

A Decker Street teen was robbed at knifepoint by four men Thursday afternoon as he waited for a bus at Kensington and Fillmore avenues, police said.

The 18-year-old victim told police he was at the corner shortly after 3 p.m. when the four men surrounded him. One of the men had a knife. They took his backpack, which contained a cellular telephone and a learner's permit. The robbers left on a Metro Bus.

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