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Two graffiti suspects face felony indictment

Two men accused of graffiti vandalism refused last week to plead guilty as charged, but a judge granted a month's adjournment to allow more negotiations with the prosecutor.

If there is no plea by April 20, the prosecutor said he would ask a grand jury to indict Eric P. Osborne, 22, a Buffalo State College student, and Christopher A. Fargo, 23, a former restaurant manager. Each faces a felony charge of third-degree criminal mischief.

The men, both of Buffalo, pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

Fargo has been in jail since March 2, unable to post $1,000 bail. Osborne has been free on bail.

A city police officer has said she caught them Jan. 30 with spray paint and markers at Ferguson Electric on Ellicott Street.

Osborne is suspected of marring as many as 100 buildings, many of them along the Elmwood Strip, with the tag "Meth."

Members of the Graffiti Hurts Task Force of Buffalo and Erie County, focusing on Osborne's prosecution, watched the proceedings Wednesday in State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang's courtroom.


Swan Street man shot at his home

A Swan Street man who was shot Friday morning at his home remained in serious condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center's trauma intensive care unit.

Lamario Crout, 24, was shot twice with a 9mm handgun just before 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Swan Street, Buffalo police said.

An investigation into the shooting continued Saturday.

Police said they charged Crout with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after they found him in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.


Discovery of gun leads to arrest of man, 20

Northeast District police said they arrested a Masten Avenue man after responding early Saturday to a call of shots fired on the first block of Zenner Street.

Upon arriving at the scene at about 2 a.m., police spotted Tramel Williams and searched the Zenner Street residence he went into, reports said.

An investigation by Officer Terrence Dolan turned up a loaded .32-caliber handgun in the rear bedroom of the house. Officer Mark White charged Williams, 20, of the 500 block of Masten, with criminal possession of a weapon.


3 arrested after police discover drugs in house

Ferry-Fillmore District police arrested three men early Saturday when they were investigating a call of "neighbor trouble" in the 600 block of East Utica Street.

Officers Melissa Brinson and Joseph Langdon said they entered a house at 654 East Utica at 12:06 a.m. and observed cocaine on a plate and a couch, and marijuana inside a bedroom.

Charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance were Stevie Jackson, 31, of Louisiana Street; Floyd Harper, 23, of Elmwood Avenue; and Anthony Wilson, 18, whose address was unavailable.

Searches of Jackson and Wilson also resulted in the discovery of crack cocaine, police said. Officer Edward Garris and a deputy at the Erie County Holding Center helped with the arrests.


Man accused of getting girl drunk, raping her

YORKSHIRE -- A Town of Yorkshire man is accused of giving alcohol to a 15-year-old girl and then having sex with her, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officials said.

Tony A. Gilcrease, 19, got the girl drunk at a home in Machias, then took her back to his home on Elliot Drive where he had sex with her, deputies said.

Gilcrease was charged Friday with third-degree rape and one count of unlawfully dealing with a minor.

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