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>Lackawannan indicted on child porn charge

A Lackawanna man was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of possessing and transporting child pornography , U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said.

William Baker, 64, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to 30 years and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

The indictment alleges that Baker possessed and transported images of child pornography on his computer, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti.

The case was brought as part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The case was investigated by the FBI and Lackawanna police.

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>Home invasion suspect held, second sought

Town of Tonawanda police have one suspect behind bars in connection with last week's home invasion on Starin Avenue, which they now say was not a random attack.

Acting on a tip, Buffalo police officers arrested Kevin L. Allen, 27, of Moselle Street, on Tuesday night in Amherst. He faces charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, criminal use of a firearm, weapons possession and menacing, Town of Tonawanda police said.

Town of Tonawanda detectives now are hoping to identify and arrest the second suspect in the home invasion, which occurred late last Thursday night.

Two men, armed with a gun, broke into the Starin Avenue home and demanded money from the four occupants, before shots were fired.

"They were acquaintances," Town of Tonawanda Lt. Joseph Carosi said of the two groups. "They did know each other. It was not a random home invasion."

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>Two cousins sentenced in stabbing of three

James Quinn and his cousin Justin Erickson were sentenced to prison Tuesday for the stabbings of three men during a street fight last summer in South Buffalo.

Erickson, 18, of West Seneca, was the only one with a knife during the early morning incident at Knoerl Avenue and North Legion Drive last June 21. But Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman granted him youthful offender status and spared him a planned five-year prison term.

Troutman sentenced Erickson to 15 months to four years on his first-degree assault plea. Erickson got the break after lawyers Giovanni Genovese and Daniel P. Grasso stressed that he pulled his knife only after the three men his cousin had targeted for revenge had knocked him to the ground and were stomping him.

Quinn, 20, of Buffalo, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on his guilty plea to felony attempted assault after he admitted the street incident was the result of his own drunken "stupidity."

Prosecutor Jeffrey P. DiPalma said the three stabbing victims, one of whom was briefly hospitalized, were targeted by Quinn because one of them had allegedly been jokingly telling people Quinn had actually committed an earlier crime for which a jury had acquitted him.

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