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>Man, 49, pleads guilty to having child porn

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of possessing Internet child pornography.

Bruce Bremer, 49, of Norman Avenue, also admitted that he distributed child porn images, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti said. She said FBI agents learned that Bremer possessed more than 600 child porn images on a computer at his home.

District Judge William M. Skretny scheduled sentencing for Nov. 7.


>Park Police rescue boater a quarter-mile from rapids

State Park Police early Thursday rescued a Clarence Center man whose 26-foot motorboat was stranded on a reef in the upper Niagara River, about a quarter-mile from the rapids above the American Falls.

The Park Police rescue boat, with Officers Chris Gerlach and John Perry aboard, rescued Kenneth A. Cosbey, 26, of Candlewood Lane, from his boat, which later was towed to the Lasalle Launch Club.

The rescue efforts began after Park Police Sgt. Jim Comfort, who was on routine patrol on the Robert Moses Parkway, saw the boat's navigational lights shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sgt. James Leavy said the boat was about three-quarters of a mile from the brink of the American Falls.

"He wasn't that far from entering the American rapids," Leavy said. "It's very dangerous right there."

Cosbey has been charged with reckless navigation, a misdemeanor, along with having no visual distress signal, no flotation device on board and no sound-producing device, police said.


>Man, 20, charged in armed home invasion

NIAGARA FALLS -- Michael A. Lorraine, 20, of LaSalle Avenue, is held without bail on charges related to an armed home invasion Wednesday night at an Ashland Avenue apartment.

A woman who lives there told police Lorraine knocked on the door and said, "It's your upstairs neighbor." She said when she opened it, Lorraine knocked her to the floor and put a gun to her head. She said he was wearing a mask and a black and white hooded camouflage jacket.

The woman said she kicked him in the groin and ran to her neighbor's place, where she called police. Police arrested him in the 400 block of Elmwood Avenue. He is charged with a felony count of burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny.

Officers said they found an electronic scale on the woman's living room coffee table with what appeared to be small pieces of marijuana on it. There also was some small-caliber ammunition on the floor, police said. A witness and the woman's boyfriend were taken to Police Headquarters for interviews.


>Hawley Street man, 21, named as shooting victim

Buffalo police have released the identity of a man who was shot Wednesday evening on Massachusetts Avenue near 15th Street.

Stevie Alejandro, 21, of Hawley Street, was treated in Buffalo General Hospital for a gunshot wound to his left side and released, police said.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Alejandro was walking in the 300 block of Massachusetts at about 8 p.m. when someone pulled up in a vehicle and opened fire.

The gunman possibly was driving a burgundy Buick Century, according to police.

Police said that Alejandro has been known to them, but that the motive for the shooting remained unclear.

Alejandro was shot about two blocks away from the car wash where Abraham Carrasquillo, 19, was shot to death in broad daylight July 15 at Massachusetts and Shields avenues.

Two days earlier, Julio Penaloza, 30, was slain as he rode his bicycle on Massachusetts at Fargo Avenue.

That area around Massachusetts Avenue has been the scene of at least six shootings, including two homicides, in 12 days, police said.


>Customs officer guilty of illegal computer use

A suspended U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer was convicted of two felony crimes and a misdemeanor Thursday.

Kelly Bossinger, 42, of Akron, was accused of persuading fellow officers to illegally access a homeland security computer system so she could find out whether one of her relatives was under suspicion.

Bossinger was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of exceeding the scope of her authority and felonies of conspiracy and making a false statement. Internal investigators for the Customs agency charged her with the crimes.

In 2004, Bossinger learned that the car of a close relative had been stopped and searched at the Peace Bridge. The car was searched in connection with a drug investigation, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory L. Brown said.

Two other officers who helped Bossinger make computer checks took misdemeanor pleas in the case, and a third officer resigned from government service, the prosecutor said. Officers are allowed to use the computer only for legitimate law enforcement enquiries.

Defense attorney Nelson Torre said Bossinger is a "law enforcement officer of high character" who did nothing illegal and is "very disappointed" by the verdict.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara presided over the eight-day trial.

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