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Man, 19, being sought in East Side shooting

Homicide detectives want to question a 19-year-old man considered a person of interest in the shooting death of another young man in the Genesee-Doat area of the city three weeks ago.

Police officials released a photo of Ryan Hayashi, who lists addresses on both Butler Avenue and Hagen Street in the city.

Raymond Paige, 21, was shot along with two females on the night of Aug. 22 in the vicinity of Burgard Place and Doat Street. He died later that night.

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Amherst student accused of having loaded handgun

An Amherst Central High School School student was arrested after school authorities discovered a loaded handgun in the suspect's backpack during school Friday.

Azeem Lewis, 16, of Amherst was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Amherst police were summoned to the high school on Main Street about 2:30 p.m.

Authorities said after the student became disruptive in class, a school official became suspicious when he was reluctant to surrender the backpack.

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Woman admits stealing company's cash receipts

The former secretary for an Amherst sport physical therapy business pleaded guilty Friday to fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing $26,176 of company cash in recent years.

During a preindictment plea proceeding, Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk told Claudia Streit, 58, of Lyman Avenue, Cheektowaga, she is "a likely candidate" for probation. She stole funds from Ortho Sports Physical Therapy Inc. from August 2003 until she was fired last November.

John C. Doscher, chief of the Erie County District Attorney's Special Investigations Bureau, told the judge Streit was pocketing cash receipts from the business, on Harlem Road.

Doscher told the judge Streit has already made restitution of $1,500 and the business has already recovered $10,000 from insurance. Streit will be required to pay an additional $14,676 in restitution.

She will be sentenced Dec. 2.

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Fugitive drug suspect arraigned after capture

A North Tonawanda man who allegedly skipped town to avoid arrest in a July 30 drug bust appeared in Buffalo's federal court on Friday after being captured near Atlanta.

Anthony Lamarand, 29, pleaded not guilty to felony drug-trafficking charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. A bail hearing was scheduled for Monday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt P. Martin said Lamarand, a landscaper known by the nickname of "Soprano," was an alleged henchman of Keith Simmons, 31, of North Tonawanda. Simmons was identified by authorities as the lead suspect in a group of 22 alleged drug dealers arrested in Niagara County and the Northtowns area of Erie County on July 30.

The Safe Streets Task Force, made up of FBI agents, state police, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and other agencies, investigated the alleged drug group.

Authorities issued a fugitive warrant for Lamarand after the drug roundup, and he was captured near Atlanta after an alleged drinking-and-driving incident on Aug. 14, Martin said.

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Probation violation nets year in jail

LOCKPORT -- A man who violated the terms of his probation in a burglary case was sentenced to a year in the Niagara County Jail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on Friday.

William L. Jeffords Jr., 31, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, was placed on probation in January 2006 after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary.

He entered his ex-girlfriend's home March 4, 2005, and fought with a man there.

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