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>Traffic officer struck by SUV at HSBC Arena

A Buffalo police officer was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening after he was struck by an SUV while directing traffic in front of HSBC Arena before Wednesday's Sabres game with the Boston Bruins, police reported.

Patrick F. Allman, a traffic officer with the department, was at Perry and Washington streets directing traffic shortly before 7 p.m. when an SUV hit him. Police did not release the driver's identity. Charges are pending an investigation, police said.

Authorities at the scene said Allman may have suffered a dislocated hip or leg.

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>Drug dealing, assault with car bring guilty pleas

Reputed drug trafficker Felix Angel Medina pleaded guilty Tuesday to cocaine trafficking and running over his lover with his car, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

Though Susan Moore claimed Medina accidentally drove over her twice a year ago as they argued, Medina was told by State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell that he faces 6 1/2 years in prison.

Medina, 27, has been jailed since he turned himself in to the Sheriff's Department hours after the March 31, 2005, incident near Moore's former home on Alan Court, Grand Island. He pleaded guilty to a first-degree assault count in that case and to felony drug possession for a Dec. 16, 2004, cocaine sale in Buffalo.

Prosecutor Lisa Bloch Rodwin told the judge that in exchange for the pretrial pleas, prosecutors will drop two other drug sale charges. O'Donnell ordered Medina to remain jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his June 30 sentencing.

Bloch Rodwin also is prosecuting Moore, 39, on child endangerment charges linked to her relationship with Medina.

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>Drunken driver draws fine, 5 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A Monroe County man was placed on five years' probation Wednesday for a guilty plea to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Thomas R. Marshall, 37, of Hilton, was arrested Aug. 27 in Lewiston. Besides the probation, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. ordered Marshall to spend 20 weekends in the Niagara County work program, pay a $2,500 fine and attend one session of the county's Victim Impact Panel, where survivors of drunken driving accidents talk about their experiences.

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>Cheektowaga drug probe brings arrests on Charnwood

Cheektowaga police have made three arrests after a lengthy investigation into complaints that drugs were being used at and sold from a Charnwood Drive address.

Following several months of surveillance and investigation, narcotics detectives obtained a search warrant for 59 Charnwood that was signed by Town Justice Ronald Kmiotek.

During surveillance of the home Monday night, Officers David Filipski and Dana Cadwallader stopped two men who possessed cocaine, according to police. The officers charged Jason L. Surage, 21, of Colvin Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, and Mark D. Shadron, 21, of Charnwood Drive, with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

During the raid on the home, police said they confiscated some cocaine, drug paraphernalia and syringes. They charged the homeowner, Donald R. Jenczka, 46, with drug possession.

Jenczka and Shadron were held on bail following their arraignments, while Surage was released on $1,000 bail.

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>Wilson man admits assault with beer bottle

LOCKPORT -- A Wilson man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Wednesday to third-degree assault for striking another man in the face with a beer bottle.

William G. Faery, 36, of Lake Road, is to be sentenced May 25 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. The assault, which Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said left the victim with several facial cuts, occurred May 1 in Jean's, a bar on Young Street in Wilson.

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>Bickford Ave. man held in carjacking, assault

A Bickford Avenue man faces felony charges after he was arrested Tuesday evening on West Delavan Avenue by police investigating a Friday carjacking and assault.

Edward L. New, 18, is accused of operating a 1993 Cadillac that was reported stolen in a carjacking. He is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and two felony counts and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

New was initially arrested for allegedly possessing a stolen credit card taken from a Richmond Avenue man March 20 in a strong-arm robbery. He then directed officers to the stolen Cadillac and keys to the vehicle, according to police.

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