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Grand jury to review teen's case in slaying

A 16-year-old Sumner Place youth accused of fatally shooting another teenager who was trying to be a peacemaker was ordered to remain jailed without bail Monday after waiving his right to an evidence hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler said the murder and weapons charges against Lovelle G. Jones will be reviewed by a grand jury within the next 45 days.

Jones is accused of shooting 18-year-old Terrence B. Smith April 13 on Sussex Street, near Deerfield Avenue.

Smith, a Bennett High School junior, was shot while trying to prevent Jones and other youths from attacking another teen in an argument over the cancellation of a party planned for that evening.

City Judge Kevin J. Keane had been scheduled to conduct a felony hearing Monday to determine whether authorities had legitimate grounds for grand jury action, but attorneys for Jones waived his right to that hearing in a courtroom filled with relatives and friends of both Jones and the victim.

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Amherst police arrest two Wendy's employees

Amherst police reported Monday that they have arrested two employees in a robbery last week at the Wendy's restaurant on Transit Road where the suspects worked.

Brandyn Sumpter, 17, of LaSalle Avenue, Buffalo, and Jamieson Lococo, 20, of Union Road, Amherst, each were charged with one count of third-degree robbery, a felony.

The robbery occurred April 17, when two thieves walked in through an unlocked kitchen door of the restaurant at 6940 Transit at Wehrle Drive about 12:30 a.m. after the restaurant had closed. One of the robbers grabbed the night manager and spun her around before stealing about $1,000.

"Both of them are employees," said Police Capt. Timothy Green. "One of them left the door open and the other came in with one other person to rob the restaurant."

Detective Sgt. John Piracci and Detective Steven Hehr confronted the suspects at the restaurant and made the arrests, and they are looking for at least one more accomplice in the case.

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Adjoining apartments struck by gunfire

Two apartments were riddled with bullets Monday morning at the Langfield Homes, police said. No one was injured.

Northeast District police said a shooter sprayed multiple rounds into two adjoining apartments in the 100 block of Langfield Drive at about 12:15 a.m.

The bullets struck a living room wall and the leg of a table in the dining room inside one apartment.

In the adjoining apartment, bullets hit the double-pane windows in the living room, which shattered the window and damaged the blinds, curtains and walls. The home also had two bullet holes in the other window. An investigation continued later Monday.

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Arrest made in stabbing of woman on West Side

A Buffalo woman was stabbed several times Sunday night while she was visiting a West Side home on 10th Street, leading to a Washington Street woman's arrest Monday, police officials reported.

Theresa Griffen, 36, suffered multiple stab wounds to the back of her head.

Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Griffen was treated in Buffalo General Hospital and later released.

DeGeorge said Griffen was inside an apartment on 10th Street at about 11:20 p.m. when an argument erupted between her and 45-year-old Cheryl E. Davis over a man. A Rural/Metro ambulance transported Griffen to the hospital.

Davis was charged Monday with felony assault and weapons possession. She was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

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Man robbed of $1,000 and is shot in the leg

A Johnson Street man was being treated Monday in Erie County Medical Center after he was shot in the leg following a robbery outside a store at Deerfield Avenue and Sussex Street, Buffalo police reported.

The 23-year-old victim was shot in the right leg at about 3:30 p.m., said Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman.

The victim was apparently leaving a store when a man put a gun to his head, stole $1,000 from him and then shot him in the leg.

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ECMC treating man shot in the neck and shoulder

One man was being treated in Erie County Medical Center late Monday after he was shot in the neck and shoulder near Riley Street and Wohlers Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

The victim, whose name was not immediately available, was in the vicinity of that area at about 8:25 p.m. when he was shot.

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Girl raped in home on Babcock Street

A young girl was raped over the weekend at a home on Babcock Street, according to South District police.

Police said a man raped the girl in his home at about 4:53 a.m. Saturday. The case has been turned over to detectives in the department's Sex Offense Section. An investigation continued late Monday.

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