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>Sentence set for sale of drugs near school

A 47-year-old janitor who sold cocaine and heroin within 1,000 feet of a Buffalo elementary school was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison Wednesday.

Luis Torres, of Potomac Avenue, sold the drugs on Baynes Street, near School 45, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said.

Torres was arrested March 2, 2005, after a car chase that ended when he crashed his vehicle into a pizza delivery vehicle and a pound of cocaine was recovered, police said.

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>Motorcyclist injured in alcohol-related crash

A Town of Tonawanda man was listed in critical condition Wednesday night in the intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center after he was injured in an alcohol-related motorcycle crash on the Youngmann Highway, authorities said.

Cecilio A. Maldonado, 52, was eastbound on the Youngmann near Delaware Avenue at about 11 p.m. Tuesday when he apparently lost control of his 2007 Yamaha, which went off the road and into a nearby grassy area, according to Town of Tonawanda police.

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>Man, 19, shot in leg in attempted robbery

A Buffalo man was shot in his upper left leg Wednesday morning during an attempted robbery at Hewitt and Comstock avenues, police report.

Marcus Drake, 19, was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Northeast District police said Drake and a friend were walking on Hewitt at about 1 a.m. when three men asked them for directions.

One of the men said, "Run your pockets," and another man pulled out a black pistol and fired one shot.

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>Drug import suspect faces up to 20 years

A Delaware man faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if he's convicted on charges in an indictment brought Wednesday for allegedly importing more than 18,000 Ecstasy pills into the United States, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn reported.

Shaundell C. Phillips, 35, of Wilmington, Del., was indicted in connection with his alleged attempt to bring the pills into the country on Dec. 18 at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. The pills were hidden in the air cleaner of his vehicle, authorities said.

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>Four teens indicted in fatal beating

Four Rochester-area teenagers were indicted Wednesday in the April 3 beating death of West Seneca painting contractor James L. Gilson in his home two months ago.

Gerald C. Anderson III, 18, and Kyle Allison, 19, were both remanded to jail after their attorneys entered not-guilty pleas before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller on second-degree murder, and first-degree burglary and robbery charges.

Stephen D. Le, 19, and Jake D. Winters, 18, will be arraigned June 19.

Allison, a Rochester resident, and the other three, all of Henrietta, are charged with breaking into Gilson's home and fatally beating him when he confronted them.

Prosecutors said Winters had apparently done some waterproofing work at Gilson's Winspear Road home several weeks earlier.

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>Man, 21, hospitalized in East Morris shooting

A Buffalo man was listed in fair condition Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center after being shot Tuesday night on East Morris Avenue, police reported.

Dorian Jackson, 21, of Colvin Avenue, was wounded in his right buttock. Northeast District police said two masked men in dark clothing got out of a red vehicle and fired at least one shot at Jackson at about 11:20 p.m.

Police believe Jackson knows the assailants. Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Jackson is known to the police and was very uncooperative.

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>Ex-Rich sales executive indicted in fraud case

A former Midwest regional sales manager for Rich Products faces federal charges that he swindled the company out of more than $100,000 by cheating on his expense account between 1999 and 2002.

Jeffrey Caves, 48, now living in Monument, Colo., pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charges of swindling and fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana said Caves no longer works for the company.

Caves is accused of using several different methods to cheat -- including double-billing for some expenses and charging the company for many personal, nonbusiness expenses.

Authorities alleged that the personal items included a car, two tractors, an all-terrain vehicle, rental of a Colorado time-share vacation spot, tickets to a Las Vegas showroom, jewelry and sporting equipment.

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>Drive-by shooting victim upgraded from critical

The condition of a Lafayette Avenue man shot Tuesday on Breckenridge Street improved Wednesday, hospital officials said.

Rafael Marchese, 37, was upgraded from critical to serious condition.

Marchese was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting at about 2 p.m. in front of a home in the 300 block of Breckenridge, between Grant Street and Parkdale Avenue, on the city's West Side.

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