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>Buffalo man sought in rape of girl, 14

A Buffalo man was being sought Friday by Buffalo police in connection with the January rape of a 14-year-old girl, police said Friday.

Josh Eatmon, 20, is a suspect in the Jan. 5 attack, said police, who did not disclose further details. Eatmon is described as 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. His last known address was on St. Louis Avenue. Call police at 911 or the tip call line at 847-2255.

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>Clues sought in death of Landon Street man

Buffalo police are seeking information in a Landon Street man's death earlier this week.

Charles E. Brackett, 43, died Tuesday in the Erie County Medical Center, a day after he was severely beaten in his home. Brackett is the seventh and latest homicide victim of this year.

The beating occurred at about 1 a.m. Monday. Anyone with information should contact Buffalo police on the confidential tip call line at 847-2255.

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>Ex-federal employee sentenced in drug thefts

A former employee of the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Richard Lawson, identified by authorities as a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was sentenced on Thursday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.

Lawson, and two other former employees of the federal jail, Lisa Schwab and Leonard Iannello, pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor counts of stealing government property. All three admitted they stole drugs that were meant for prisoners.

"I would remind you that you were in a position of trust. You violated that trust," McCarthy told Lawson.

Schwab was fined $250 Thursday, and given no probation or prison time. Iannello's sentencing is scheduled for March 23.

Authorities said a federal investigation is continuing into the theft of drugs from the jail, which is run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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>8 cell phones stolen from T-Mobile store

A burglar stole eight cell phones Friday morning from a T-Mobile store in a University Heights shopping plaza, Northeast District police reported.

The intruder entered the retail store at 3476 Main St. sometime early Friday. There was no sign of forced entry, according to a police report.

The burglar took eight cell phones that were stacked on the front counter. The report didn't provide a dollar value for the stolen items.

The store is equipped with video surveillance cameras, and police are investigating.

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>Drug possession conviction nets man 3 years in prison

James Lotharp on Friday was sentenced to three years in prison for drug possession by Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico.

One of a dozen people arrested in a March 2006 sweep of Buffalo drug houses, Lotharp, 38, of Lafayette Avenue, was convicted Dec. 6 on a drug-possession charge for concealing crack cocaine in a magnetic key case hidden in his car. He was arrested at about 7 p.m. March 15, 2006, on Virginia Street near Locust Street.

Trial Prosecutor Paul J. Glascott said Lotharp has a prior drug conviction.

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