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Illegal fireworks found in Orchard Park home

Two Orchard Park residents were charged Friday with unlawfully dealing with fireworks after police executed a search warrant on a Lakeview Avenue home and found 49 cases of fireworks, Orchard Park police reported.

Kimberly A. Hensley, 43, and Edward R. Cavinder, 46, are accused of having the fireworks -- valued at about $5,000 -- in the garage of their home. A few packages of firecrackers were found in the house, police said.

Orchard Park Lt. Andrew Benz, Detective Joe Wehrfritz and Officers Tom Buranich and John Payne executed the search warrant. A licensed fireworks handler removed all of the fireworks from the property.


2 Guyanese stowaways found in truck at bridge

A gamma-imaging device at the Peace Bridge led to the arrests of two Guyanese nationals who were stowaways in a commercial truck loaded with Styrofoam trays and hardware for windows.

Bramhadaut Prashad and Debra Appadu, whose ages were not released, were arrested early Wednesday morning by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, authorities said.

Officers made a close inspection of the cargo after the truck was run through a device that uses gamma ray technology to look for unusual shapes among the freight, said Kevin Corsaro, a spokesman for the agency.

The truck was entering the United States from Canada about 12:30 a.m. Truck driver Mootilan Ramphal, a landed immigrant from Canada, was charged with smuggling illegal aliens. The two Guyanese nationals were charged with illegal entry and conspiracy.


Stolen guns recovered, Lancaster teen arrested

Lancaster police have arrested an 18-year-old man after recovering three long guns reported stolen in a pair of burglaries in the last month.

Detectives used a search warrant to raid a residence at 7 Clark St., where they recovered two shotguns and one rifle. The three guns were reported stolen in a pair of burglaries on Kennedy Court in the town and Livingston Street in the village, police said Friday.

Detectives Leon Robak and Gerald Oleksy charged Drake Borland, 18, of the Clark Street address with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and one count of weapons possession.

No charges have been filed in the burglary, but the investigation is continuing. Detectives also are looking for a second suspect.


Judge praises progress of mom who left child

Tracee Walker, the teenage Buffalo mother of two daughters who abandoned her younger child in a hospital bathroom, was congratulated by a judge Friday for her apparent progress in counseling as prosecutors delayed her criminal case for a month.

City Court Judge Sharon LoVallo told Walker, 19, to "keep up the good work" after handing a report on her progress to Roseanne Eimer Johnson of the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

LoVallo adjourned further proceedings in the misdemeanor child-endangerment case after Johnson said prosecutors need more time to monitor Walker before deciding how the case should be prosecuted. The judge told Walker, the prosecutor and public defender Kenneth L. Goldberg that she will see them back in court May 2 for a status report.

Walker, who was released from jail March 7, is being supervised by the county Probation Department while getting court-ordered counseling. She is scheduled to appear before Erie County Family Court Judge Margaret O. Szczur on Tuesday in the child neglect case also lodged against her.

A Jefferson Avenue resident, Walker was arrested hours after leaving her 2-year-old daughter in a Sisters Hospital ladies room March 1 with a note begging someone to keep the girl safe.


Ontario man accused in cash smuggling try

QUEENSTON, Ont. -- A 48-year-old Guelph, Ont., truck driver faces charges he allegedly attempted to sneak more than a quarter million dollars in U.S. currency over the border into Canada, Canada Border Services Agency officials reported Friday.

The suspect, whose name was not released, attempted to cross Tuesday at the Queenston Bridge with $257,950 in undeclared U.S. currency. A secondary examination by border services officials revealed 18 shrink-wrapped bundles of cash hidden in a suitcase in the cab of the man's transport truck.

Amounts of $10,000 or more must be declared at the border under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.


Several hit by paint balls fired from SUV in city

Two girls were shot with paintball guns Friday afternoon in separate incidents around the city by people in a sport utility vehicle, police reported.

A Northumberland Avenue woman reported that her daughter was hit with paintballs just after 3 p.m. by individuals in a SUV. She suffered four welts to her back and buttocks.

A Mendola Street resident told police that her daughter was shot by individuals in a silver truck at about 3 p.m. on William Gaiter Parkway.

A woman in the vehicle said "shoot her," according to reports, and a male in the SUV shot at the victim seven times, hitting her once in the neck with a yellow paintball. The girl suffered pain and swelling to the right side of her neck, police said. At least two other similar incidents were filed with police.

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