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>Swan Street man shot at his home

A Swan Street man who was shot Friday morning at his home was later arrested in Erie County Medical Center on weapons possession charges, Buffalo police said.

Lamario Crout, 24, was shot twice with a 9mm handgun just before 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Swan Street, police said. Police charged Crout with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after they found him in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Crout was being treated late Friday in Erie County Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition.

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>Burgard High student accused of attacking 2

A Burgard High School student was arrested on felony assault charges after he attacked two school employees who were trying to break up a fight shortly after noon Friday, Buffalo police said.

Darren Brant, 18, of Manhart Street attacked a teacher and security officer while attempting to flee, police said. The security officer suffered knee injuries, authorities added.

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>Burglars cause oil leak at Con Agra Foods

An overnight burglary at the Con Agra Foods building on Childs Street resulted in a flood of oil inside the building, Buffalo police reported.

A Con Agra representative told police that sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, unknown individuals broke into the building and opened the locks to six transformers inside.

The burglars were apparently attempting to remove some portion of the transformer, causing about 600 gallons of oil to leak throughout the building.

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>Theft of big-screen TV draws guilty plea

Rafael Torres pleaded guilty Friday to felony robbery for stealing a 52-inch color television from the Buffalo home of a woman with whom he had a long relationship.

Jailed since his arrest two months after the Aug. 26, 2004, theft, Torres, 32, formerly of Fulton Street, was told by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka he faces two to four years in prison when sentenced June 28.

Prosecutors said Torres and a male accomplice, who was never caught, broke into the woman's home about 2:30 a.m., beat her when she awoke and put the large television in a pickup truck and drove away.

They said Torres had a long relationship with the woman, which she ended shortly before the theft. The TV was never recovered, they said.

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>Stalker pleads guilty to felony burglary

A Lexington Avenue man pleaded guilty Friday to felony burglary for breaking into the home of a Buffalo woman he was accused of stalking and threatening.

John Lickers, 39, has been jailed since his arrest minutes after the West Delavan Avenue incident about 8 p.m. Oct. 9.

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka ordered him to remain jailed, pending his June 29 sentencing. But he will be spared further jail time and ordered to get mental health and domestic violence counseling.

Prosecutors said Lickers had known his victim for years and that he began stalking her shortly before he broke into her flat and threatened her with a knife, unaware she had called for help. They will ask the judge to issue an order of protection for the victim for at least the next five years.

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