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>Christmas presents stolen from home on East Side

A burglar stole the Christmas presents from an East Side home Tuesday.

A woman told Northeast District police that someone broke through her front door on Roebling Avenue sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. and stole her gifts.


>Ex-minister sentenced to probation in sex case

The Rev. Joshua McInnis, a former Baptist minister, Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years' probation and ordered to stay away from a 16-year-old girl he admitted molesting in the church where he used to work.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio sentenced McInnis, 28, on his Oct. 11 guilty plea to a third-degree, or statutory, rape for the incident last May 9 in the basement of the Riverside Baptist Church, 346 Ontario St..

A state-registered sex offender, McInnis had been youth minister at the church for five years until he was fired last May.

Prosecutor Scott F. Riordan said McInnis, of Hamilton Street, surrendered in Kenmore police headquarters last May 25, on the orders of a church superior.

Riordan said the victim had been sent to the church for counseling because of family problems.


>Man says drug dealer beat him over debt

A 41-year-old Buffalo man told police that a drug dealer assaulted him because he owes him money.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said the man was attacked at about 4 p.m. Tuesday in his St. Joseph Street home.

Police reports said the drug dealer punched the man in his left eye and stole his roommate's credit card.


>NFTA officer resigns as plea in fund theft

Kevin Koscielniak, an NFTA police officer, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted grand larceny and agreed to quit his two law enforcement jobs for stealing $16,060 while treasurer of the NFTA's Police Benevolent Association.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang told Koscielniak, 46, an NFTA police officer the past 21 years and also a part-time Akron village police officer, he will be placed on probation for three years and ordered to make full restitution when he returns to court for sentencing March 14.

Koscielniak, a Lancaster resident, could not be reached to comment after his plea.

Prosecutor Jeffrey J. Hagen said Koscielniak was stealing money from the police union to pay personal expenses while serving as its treasurer from January 2001 until the end of last December.

As soon as Koscielniak left Wolfgang's downtown courtroom, he was served with a letter of termination by the NFTA, court officials confirmed.


>3 teenagers beat, rob man in his driveway

A University District man was beaten during a robbery Tuesday night in the driveway of his home, police reported.

Northeast District police said the victim was walking home from a store when he noticed that three teenage boys -- about 15 to 16 years old -- were following him.

When he turned into his driveway on Minnesota Avenue at about 9 p.m., the boys ran up from behind and punched him in the head.

The assailants then dragged him farther up the driveway and demanded that he empty his pocket while they continued to punch him. They stole his credit card, cell phone, a gray book bag and $15.


>Jail ordered in bilking of store and bank

Christopher Wolf on Wednesday was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to prison on his guilty plea to bilking the Wilson Farms store chain and M&T Bank out of $27,000 in a credit card fraud scam.

Buscaglia sentenced Wolf to 2 1/2 to five years in prison on his third-degree grand larceny plea. The judge also ordered him to make $24,800 in restitution to the store chain and $2,244 to the bank.

Prosecutors Kelley A. Omel and Christopher J. Belling said Wolf, 33, of Amherst Street, is the ex-husband of Jennifer T. Wolf, 35, a former Franklinville police cadet, currently serving a prison term for manslaughter in Buffalo.

Omel said that between November 2004 and Jan. 13, 2006, Wolf used fraudulent PIN and other numbers for credit and debit cards on purchases he made at Wilson Farms stores. Omel said Wolf has already spent several months in jailed in the bank fraud case.

Four years ago, Wolf was convicted of misdemeanor criminal impersonation for helping his former wife, then of the Town of Tonawanda, hide police equipment and ammunition linked to the May 27, 2001, fatal shooting of 18-year-old Randy Ross at Fillmore and Leroy avenues.


>Burglary loss is high at East Ferry store

An East Ferry Street store was burglarized of thousands of dollars in merchandise early Wednesday, Buffalo police said.

Burglars broke through a door of the store at 280 E. Ferry St. at about 1:30 a.m. and made off with $2,500 in cigarettes, $7,000 in beer, $1,500 in over-the-counter medications and $700 worth of groceries, police said.

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