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>Accidental shooting brings felony charge

Central District police have charged a Domedion Street man with reckless endangerment after accusing him of accidentally shooting his girlfriend in the shoulder at about 8 a.m. Friday.

The victim told officers that she suffered a flesh wound to the right shoulder inside a Niagara Street apartment. Police said she was shot with .357 Magnum handgun.

Officers charged Henry Brown, 19, with felony reckless endangerment.

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>Gun in locker leads to arrest of student

Buffalo school officials and Ferry-Fillmore District police arrested an East High School student Friday morning after finding a loaded and defaced handgun in his locker in the school on Northampton Street.

Buffalo school officials took a tough stance, vowing that the student will not be allowed to return to Buffalo Public Schools.

School officials said a teacher spotted a large group of students huddled around a locker and summoned security officers, who found the .22-caliber handgun in the student's coat in the locker.

Officers charged Bernard Brown, 16, of Briscoe Avenue, with weapons possession and possession of a defaced weapon, according to police records. Heather Groll, a spokeswoman for the Buffalo Public Schools, praised the teacher for his quick actions.

"That student will not be back in the school system," Groll said. "We will not tolerate that kind of behavior."

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>Ontario man charged in incident at arena

A Scarborough, Ont., man faces a felony criminal mischief charge after being accused of jumping on a security officer's back and punching him in the head inside HSBC Arena near the end of the Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game Thursday night.

The security officer told Central District police that he was breaking up a fight in the 300 Level at about 9:30 p.m., when the incident occurred. The officer said the fan refused his request to leave and broke the officer's picture phone during the fight.

Officers charged Michael Lyons, 33, with criminal mischief and two violations, trespassing and harassment, according to police records.

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>1,538 marijuana plants found in house; 2 charged

Two Lackawanna men, one of them an attorney, face four felony charges each after a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug raid led to the recovery of 1,538 marijuana plants in their house, federal officials said Friday.

DEA agents used a search warrant to search both floors, the basement and garage at 68 Jackson Ave., Lackawanna, Thursday afternoon.

"In both the upper and lower apartments and the basement, we found . . . a large number of marijuana plants, along with three weapons and $10,000 in cash," said Nancy M. Cote, resident agent in charge of the local DEA.

Agents confiscated two shotguns and an AK-47 and found two pit bulls and a surveillance camera inside the house, federal officials said.

Law-enforcement officers charged Edwin Price, 45, identified as an attorney, and Brian Santowski, 39, with three felony drug charges and one weapons charge each.

If the men are found guilty, those charges will trigger mandated minimum sentences of 10 years because of the large number of marijuana plants, Acting U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter said.

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>Two-car crash injures two drivers; one charged

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries, and one was charged in a two-car accident Friday on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 80th Street.

Christian Bronson, 25, of Military Road, was charged with passing a red light after his vehicle struck a car turning onto Niagara Falls being driven by Mary A. Witkowski, 63, of 99th Street at 7:40 a.m., city police said. Bronson complained of chest pains and Witkowski of head pain, officers said.

In an unrelated accident, an 82-year-old woman suffered a broken hip when she was hit by a delivery truck as she was crossing Pine Avenue near 18th Street at 10:30 a.m., police said.

Mary Capilupi of 18th Street crossed into the path of the driver, David Gross, 49, of Grand Island as he turned from 18th Street onto Pine.

Gross said he did not see the woman and was not charged, police said.

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>More evaluation set for murder suspect

LOCKPORT -- Speech therapists from Buffalo General Hospital will interview brain-damaged murder suspect Richard B. Jermain to determine whether he can be given a device to help him communicate, his attorney said Thursday.

Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said in Niagara County Court that an interview between Jermain and a psychologist Wednesday showed that Jermain, 67, a stroke victim who uses a wheelchair, could be set up with some sort of communication aid.

"He does seem to have some cognitive capacity. It's his expressive capacity that needs some improvement," District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III said.

Meanwhile, a hearing was set for May 30 on the admissibility of fragmentary statements by Jermain to sheriff's deputies. He is charged in the Jan. 3, 2004, shooting death of his wife Bridget, 43, in their Wilson home.

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