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Psychiatric Center patient arrested at bus station

A 42-year-old man who was reported missing late Wednesday from Buffalo Psychiatric Center on Forest Avenue was arrested by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police at the bus station downtown.

Lorenzo V. Newman was charged with trespass, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. Newman was talking to people at about 11:30 p.m. at the Ellicott Street transit center. When Officer Casey Coggins attempted to question him, Newman turned away and tried to flee. Newman was apprehended by Coggins and Officer Christie Clifford.

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3 Amherst teens charged in graffiti vandalism case

Three Amherst teens were charged Thursday in connection with vandalism in the Snyder and Eggertsville areas, Amherst police said.

David R. Brown, 17, of Devon Lane; Peter M. Lynn, 17, of Evermay Lane; and Mark Carpino, 17, of Mount Vernon Road, are suspected of involvement in a graffiti ring responsible for thousands of dollars in damage to area buildings.

Brown was charged with two felony counts of criminal mischief and five misdemeanor counts of making graffiti. Lynn faces one felony criminal mischief count and two of misdemeanor making graffiti counts, while Carpino faces only a single misdemeanor making graffiti charge.

The three were arrested following an investigation by Amherst Police Detective Ed Bailey.

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Injured train engineer is awarded $930,401

John Murphy, a former Hamburg-based locomotive engineer whose career ended after a fall six years ago, was awarded $930,401 by a Buffalo jury, court officials said Thursday.

The self-insured CSX Transportation company was ordered to pay Murphy, now 69, for cervical, rotator cuff and closed-head injuries he suffered Aug. 28, 2003.

Patrick J. Donoghue and John F. Collins, Murphy's attorneys, said he was attempting to start a locomotive engine in the railroad's Niagara Yard in Niagara County when an oil spill near the engine caused him to fall off the locomotive and suffer the injuries.

Murphy and his wife now live near Tampa, Fla., his attorneys said. Though ambulatory, Murphy will need medical care for the rest of his life, his Buffalo attorneys said.

The verdict followed a nearly three-week trial before State Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers. CSX attorneys could not be reached to comment about a possible appeal.

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14th Street man shot in leg on Vermont St.

A 14th Street man was being treated Thursday evening in Erie County Medical Center after he was shot on Vermont Street, Buffalo police said.

Karim Medley, no age listed, told police that a man shot him in the right leg with a .45-caliber handgun in front of a house in the 200 block of Vermont at about 6:30 p.m.

Medley was shot twice, according to reports, once in the upper leg and once in the lower leg.

His condition was not immediately available.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

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Bandits rob tavern of cash and tickets

A Rhode Island Street tavern was robbed late Thursday afternoon by two men, at least one armed with a gun, Buffalo police said.

Two victims inside the Essex Street Pub told police that the bandits entered the tavern at about 5:30 p.m., when one jumped over the bar and took money out of the cash register as the other put a gun to the head of a victim. The robbers, who made off with cash and 20 concert tickets, fled east on Rhode Island, got into a vehicle and fled north on Richmond Avenue, police said.

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Hearing set on mail fraud, money laundering charges

A detention hearing will be held Monday in federal court for a former Niagara Falls businessman accused of mail fraud and money laundering.

Bhavesh H. Kamdar, 42, who denies the charges filed against him by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agents, appeared briefly in court Thursday with his attorney, Joseph V. Sedita.

Kamdar, who formerly lived in Amherst while operating an environmental business in Niagara Falls, was in India when he was charged in 2004 in a 31-count federal indictment.

The U.S. attorney's office accused Kamdar of defrauding New York State out of $1.2 million while his company had a contract with the state to remove underground gasoline tanks at numerous sites.

His attorney claims that, in fact, Kamdar saved the state money.

Prosecutor Anthony M. Bruce alleged that Kamdar went to India for several years to avoid prosecution.

He said he feels Kamdar will flee from the region again, and he will ask U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott to order him jailed until his case comes to trial.

Kamdar willingly returned to Buffalo to face the charges and will not flee, Sedita said.

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