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>Woman accused of hitting man with table lamp

ARKWRIGHT -- An Arkwright woman faces assault charges for striking a man with a table lamp during a domestic argument Thursday afternoon, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Josephine E. Reynolds, 42, of Center Road, who is charged with third-degree assault, was taken into custody, arraigned and released pending a future date in Arkwright Town Court.
The attack occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Reynolds was tracked down in Fredonia.

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>Police check of business leads to several charges

A city man is facing several charges after officers conducting a check of his West Side business Thursday night found counterfeit shoes and boots, marijuana and a shotgun with 25 rounds of ammunition, Buffalo police reported.

Northwest District officers were checking the license of the Mr. Different Fashion Boutique, at 2050 Niagara St. near Farmer Street, at 8:45 p.m.

Officers found Mohammed Shafie, identified as co-owner of the business, with more than $1,000 worth of counterfeit Nike sneakers and Timberland boots, according to the arrest report.

They also reported finding more than 25 grams of marijuana in his pants pocket and several cigar boxes containing the type of plastic baggie often used to package drugs.

Officers Christopher Mordino and Thomas Sercu Jr. seized a shotgun with 25 rounds of ammunition, a BB handgun and $504 cash.

Shafie, 20, of Vermont Street, is charged with trademark counterfeiting, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also is facing local law violations for running an uninspected business and operating without a food license.

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>Guilty plea entered in molestation of 2 girls

Dezmond Woods was taken into custody after he pleaded guilty Friday to repeatedly molesting two young female cousins at their grandmother's home in Cheektowaga.

Woods, 19, of Oxford Avenue, was ordered jailed by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski after he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual act (sodomy) in the first-degree for repeatedly molesting the eight- and 10-year-old girls between January 2006 and May 2007.

Prosecutors Kirstin St. Mary and Lauren A. Rott said Woods, who was an acquaintance of the girls' families, repeatedly molested them until both girls complained to their mothers, who then contacted Cheektowaga police.

Woods, who had faced a jury trial Monday before Michalski, was told he faces a five-year prison term and up to 20 years of post-prison monitoring by the criminal justice system.

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>Clarence woman charged with aggravated DWI

A 31-year-old Clarence woman was arrested late Thursday on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputy Daniel Brinkerhoff pulled over a vehicle driven by Sara McKee at 11:20 p.m. on Main Street, near Kraus Road, in Clarence after receiving a report of a possible drunk driver.

McKee failed several roadside sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI.

The charge was elevated to aggravated DWI when a chemical test given to McKee at the sheriff's substation in the town registered a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

McKee was released to her family and must appear in Clarence Town Court at a later date.

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