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Police ask help finding 41-year-old missing man

Buffalo police are trying to find a 41-year-old Edna Place man who has been missing since Sunday.

Leroy Morrison Jr. was last seen at home Sunday night. He apparently left without taking his medication with him.

Morrison is black with a medium skin tone, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white and gold button-down shirt and blue jeans. Call Central District police at 851-4403, or call 911.

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One arrested in raid on motorcycle chop shop

One man was arrested Tuesday night after Buffalo police raided a suspected motorcycle chop shop on Central Park Avenue.

Kenan Johnson, no age or address listed, was charged with felony auto stripping, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.

During the raid on Key's Audio Installation, 170 Central Park Ave., four stolen motorcycles as well as parts from about a dozen other motorcycles or ATVs were recovered, police said.

Northeast District Detective Michael Keane and Officer Joseph Doxbeck investigated.

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Stevens' drug trial suspended indefinitely

The drug trial of local harness racer Hugh Stevens has been suspended indefinitely because of an unexpected illness that struck Stevens' attorney in the federal courthouse.

Angelo Musitano, based in Niagara Falls, became ill on Monday and was taken from the courthouse in an ambulance. Court officials Tuesday said he is undergoing tests, and no decision has been made on when the trial will resume.

Stevens, 62, a Scottish citizen who lives in Derby, and his wife, Sandra Jacobi, 51, are accused of drug conspiracy counts in a jury trial that began Sept. 12 before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Federal prosecutors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration charge that Stevens was the transportation coordinator for a large-scale methamphetamine ring that was broken up with a series of arrests in Canada, Western New York and California in 2004.

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Homicide ruled in death of Jamestown woman

JAMESTOWN -- A woman whose body was found inside an East Fifth Street house about noon Monday was the victim of a homicide, Jamestown police said.

The body of Dana Cowart, 24, of Jamestown was found inside a vacant apartment at 426 E. Fifth St., said police, who believe she was killed recently.

The house is the same location where a fire broke out in August. However, police said there is no correlation between the fire and the slaying.

Police did not release any further details, including the motive for the slaying.

The department was being assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the county's forensic investigation team, district attorney's office and the State Police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 483-7531.

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Drunken-driving charge follows Alden arrest

An Erie County sheriff's deputy arrested a Buffalo woman Monday night in Alden on driving while intoxicated charges.

Thelma L. Ballard, 49, was weaving from lane to lane on Exchange Street at about 11:20 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said.

This was her second driving-while-intoxicated arrest since May 2006, according to deputies.

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