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Man admits transporting child porn on his laptop

A 40-year-old Michigan man pleaded guilty Wednesday to transporting child pornography images over the Peace Bridge on his laptop computer.

Christopher A. Fry, of Sterling Heights, was arrested on the bridge last April 29 by agents from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara scheduled sentencing in the felony case for May 29.

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3 Lisbon Avenue teens charged in burglary

Northeast District police responding to a call of a burglary in progress late Tuesday on the first block of Westminster Avenue caught three teenagers, one of them armed with an electric Taser gun, authorities said.

Thomas Benjamin, 17; Joshua Jackson, 17; and Christopher Sweat, 19, all of Lisbon Avenue, were charged with burglary and criminal possession of stolen property. Sweat was also charged with criminal possession of the Taser, according to Officers Chauncey White and Darren Exum.

When the officers arrived at about 10:30 p.m., they said, they found Benjamin standing out in front of the residence and Sweat and Jackson hiding in the basement.

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Lafayette student stabbed in attack near school

A Lafayette High School student was stabbed Wednesday morning not far from the West Side school, authorities said.

The 18-year-old, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center with a stab wound to the chest area, according to Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Three individuals approached the victim at about 8:45 a.m. at the intersection of West Delavan Avenue and Hoyt Street and attacked him, DeGeorge said.

School officials said they also are investigating the incident and stressed that it did not occur on district property.

In addition to the chest wound, the student was stabbed in numerous other places, DeGeorge said.

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Guilty plea made in theft of travel club's funds

The longtime treasurer of a local travel club pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of petit larceny for stealing more than $10,000 of the club's funds over the past two years.

Edwin D. Weiskerger, 49, who was initially charged with a felony count of grand larceny for his illegal use of LA Travel Club funds between October 2007 and Sept. 3, 2008, was allowed to plead guilty to the reduced charge after paying back $6,000.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio told Weiskerger that she will consider granting him a conditional discharge if he fully repays the more than $4,000 he still owes the club prior to his April 13 sentencing.

Under the plea deal, the judge told Weiskerger she otherwise plans to place him on probation and order complete restitution.

Weiskerger, a Depew resident, was allowed to leave court on his own recognizance. He declined to comment.

Prosecutor Susan H. Sadinsky of the district attorney's office said Weiskerger was forced to sign a confession of judgment Wednesday prior to his plea, guaranteeing complete restitution.

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Driver, passenger charged with marijuana possession

An East Side man who was driving his vehicle Tuesday night was stopped by police in front of his home, and officers found three bags containing more than a pound of marijuana inside his GMC Yukon, police said.

Pawel A. Gollnau, 24, of the first block of Klaus Street, and his passenger, Russell A. Brennan, 21, of the 100 block of Fleming Street, were charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Gollnau also was charged with failure to keep right and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Illegal possession of gun brings year in county jail

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to illegally having a loaded handgun was sentenced Wednesday to one year in Niagara County Jail.

Lee E. Wells, 34, of Goodyear Avenue, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara Falls police found the pistol when they stopped Wells' car for speeding Feb. 20.

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Pair of pleas entered in felony DWI cases

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated and another pleaded not guilty to the same count in separate cases Tuesday before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Rory D. Kyler, 35, of Howell Street, Buffalo, admitted to felony DWI and is to be sentenced May 19. Kyler was arrested after running a stop sign in the City of Lockport July 25.

Michael A. Dinino, 55, of Creek Road, Porter, denied charges of felony DWI and failure to keep right.

His blood-alcohol content allegedly was measured at .15 percent after he was pulled over by state police Sept. 6 in Lewiston.

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