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Suspect in home invasion implicated in two others

The 17-year-old youth accused in Sunday's violent home invasion in Cheektowaga has been implicated in two other home invasions in the same neighborhood last fall, Cheektowaga police announced today.

Detectives said they planned to file additional charges today against Fabian T. Jones, 17, of Langfield Drive, Buffalo, in connection with two Henry Street break-ins in October and November.

Jones was arrested Sunday, following the early-morning home invasion on Veterans Place. Two intruders broke through a bathroom window, stole some cash and beat the 79-year-old female resident over the head with a gun.

Detectives still are trying to find the second assailant from Sunday's attack and to determine whether that person was involved in the other incidents.


Fire in auto shop on Walden probed

Buffalo fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that left $150,000 damage to a Walden Avenue auto shop late Thursday night.

Firefighters responded to a 10:51 p.m. alarm at 235 Walden, the site of a one-story building with three auto bays. The blaze left $75,000 damage to the building and $75,000 to the contents, fire officials said.


Woman, 18, waiting for bus slashed in face with razor

An 18-year-old woman waiting at a bus stop on Broadway late Thursday night was attacked by about 10 other females and cut four times in the face with a razor, Ferry-Fillmore District police reported today.

The woman told officers that she had just gotten out of work at about 10 p.m., when she was accosted while waiting for a bus on Broadway, near Bailey Avenue.

Police said the young woman was cut on the right cheek, under her chin, on the right eyebrow and on her nose. She was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

The victim told officers that she has had ongoing problems with at least some of her attackers. Police have the names of four possible suspects, including two juveniles.


Driver faces marijuana, endangerment charges

A woman driving with her 4-year-old daughter in the car was arrested Thursday evening, accused of running a red light and possession of marijuana.

She was taken into custody along with two passengers, including one who was armed, Buffalo police Flex Unit officers said.

Erica L. Moreland, 24, of LaSalle Avenue, was traveling west on East Delavan Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. when Flex Officer Paul Roberts said he observed her running a red light at Northumberland. Roberts, who was assisted by Officer Dennis Alessi, said he saw Moreland throw a lit marijuana cigar to the floor when the vehicle was pulled over.

Reginald D. Taylor Jr., 22, of Minnesota Avenue, who was in the back seat with the child, had a loaded 9 mm handgun in his waistband, police said.

Moreland was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of marijuana, failure to obey a red light, improper car seat for a child and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Taylor and Darren D. Harris Jr., 17, of LaSalle Avenue, were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Taylor also faces a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon.


3-month probe brings arrest on felony drug charges

A South Park Avenue man was arrested Tuesday on numerous felony drug counts following a three-month investigation by Lackawanna detectives, police reported.

Timothy R. Alexander, 29, was stopped by Lackawanna police, who had a search warrant for his vehicle. Crack cocaine was found hidden in his pants, Lt. Joseph Leo said.

Leo, who was assisted in the investigation by Detective Chris Lalka and Officers Aaron Brennan and Mark Packard, said Alexander was dealing the drugs throughout Lackawanna.

After the traffic stop, police executed a search warrant for Alexander's home at 2269 South Park Ave. in Buffalo and found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Alexander was charged in Lackawanna with two felony counts and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance. In Buffalo, he faces two felony counts of the same charge as well as criminal use of drug paraphernalia.


Knife attack leaves woman hospitalized

A Northampton Street woman is in Buffalo General Hospital after being attacked by another woman shortly before noon Thursday at Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street, Buffalo police reported.

Alisa R. Jones, 27, told police she was at the corner when the other woman began fighting with her and then stabbed her between the left shoulder and neck with a kitchen knife. Jones suffered injuries and damage to her left lung.

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