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Suspect in shooting is found dead Friday

A 19-year-old male suspected in the Jan. 2 shooting death of David Curry on Shirley Avenue turned up dead Friday afternoon on Dartmouth Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Jeremiah Lokey was the only suspect in Curry's death, according to Dennis J. Richards, Buffalo police chief of detectives. Authorities found Lokey's body Friday. They said his death was not believed to be a result of foul play, however, an autopsy is scheduled for this morning at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

Curry, only eight days shy of his 18th birthday, was shot inside his home at 220 Shirley just after midnight Jan. 2.


Victim of home invasion punched in left eye

A Lisbon Avenue man was attacked late Thursday during a home invasion, Buffalo police said.

The victim told police two men wearing ski masks came to his address in the 300 block of Lisbon at about 11:20 p.m., punched him in the left eye, entered the apartment and stole a laptop computer.

The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center. His condition was unavailable.


Elderly driver's car struck by Metro Rail

An apparently confused elderly male driver who drove his car onto Main Street in the Theater District on Friday afternoon was not seriously injured when a train collided with his car near the Metro Rail tunnel, NFTA police reported.

The man was near the tunnel on the outbound tracks when the train struck his car from behind shortly after 1 p.m., police said. He was not cited, authorities said.


Niagara St. store clerk shot during robbery

A Niagara Street store manager was recovering late Friday from a gunshot wound suffered during a robbery Friday afternoon, Buffalo police reported.

Ali Rizek, 51, the manager of the Beir Nabala general merchandise store at 450 Niagara St. was held up at gunpoint at about 3:30 p.m. The gunman, who remained at large late Friday, entered the store and demanded money before shooting Rizek once in the upper arm, said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

The robber stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register and fled on foot. Police were called after neighbors reported hearing several shots fired.

Rizek was taken to Erie County Medical Center. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.


15-year prison term set in shootings, break-in

A Beaumaris Place man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for shooting two men in separate incidents and breaking into a Buffalo home last year.

Marquis D. Adams, 28, had pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and burglary. Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico imposed the sentence.

Prosecutor Mary Beth DiPasquale said Adams shot one man on East Delavan Avenue about 3 p.m. May 20 and shot a second man on Butler Street about 8:30 p.m. July 25.

Adams' motives have not been disclosed and both victims have recovered, the prosecutor said.

Adams also was sentenced on his plea to burglary in a Davidson Street home break-in on June 15, when he stole firearms, credit cards and cash, DiPasquale said.


Two to serve weekends on felony DWI pleas

LOCKPORT -- Two men who pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to felony counts of driving while intoxicated were sentenced Friday to weekends behind bars.

Michael J. Ralston, 44, of Town Hall Terrace, Grand Island, will serve three months of weekends in jail and three months of weekends in the county work program. He was arrested July 27, 2005, in the Town of Niagara.

Theodore T. Wozniak, 55, of Dickersonville Road, Lewiston, will serve 10 weekends in jail. He was pulled over May 23 in Lewiston.

The two were sentenced by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., who also ordered both to serve five years of probation and pay $2,500 fines.


Police file charges in attempted break-in

A Victoria Avenue man was charged Friday in connection with the attempted break-in of a Parkside neighborhood home, Buffalo police said.

Jamaica Newbern, 19, was charged with attempted burglary and criminal trespass. Newbern is accused of trying to break in to the house in the 200 block of Crescent Avenue through a rear door at about noon Friday, police said.

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