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>Man held on gun charge after fleeing from police

Ferry-Fillmore police arrested a Grimes Street man on a gun charge after he fled from them during a traffic stop at Northampton and Marshall streets at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

James Henley, 24, of the 100 block of Grimes, allegedly discarded a loaded Hi-Point handgun in a rear yard on the first block of Marshall as he was being pursued by police. Henley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

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>4 medical workers hurt as ambulance, rig crash

Four emergency medical workers were injured Monday night when their ambulance collided with a tractor-trailer on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

All four workers were taken to Lake Shore Community Hospital, Irving, with injuries that authorities described as not life-threatening.

The accident occurred a few minutes before 9 p.m., when the Farnham ambulance was southbound on Route 438 with its emergency lights activated. As the ambulance driver tried to make a U-turn at Versailles Plank Road, the vehicle made contact with the tractor-trailer, which also was southbound, according to police reports.

The Farnham emergency medical workers were identified as George Cordia, 62; Scott Cordia, 30; James Militello, 67; and Eric Russell, 23.

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>Jury convicts city man of assault in stabbing

Following a weeklong trial before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk, a jury of seven men and five women found Andrew Ali, 24, guilty Tuesday of first-degree assault for the stabbing of Ronald Brown Jr., 18.

The jury deliberated about five hours.

The incident happened last April 10 on Ali's front porch in the 1900 block of Bailey.

Brown told the jury Ali stabbed him four times without provocation after he went to the defendant's house to complain about Ali's 24-year-old stepson, who less than an hour earlier had beaten up his 15-year-old brother in a street dispute.

Ali, who has been jailed since the day of the stabbing, did not testify, but his wife, Zina, 45, testified Monday that her husband had chased Brown out of their home with an 8-inch butcher knife after Brown broke into their dwelling.

Ali's attorney, Paul S. Piotrowski, said he will appeal the conviction because of the self-defense issues raised by Ali's wife.

Prosecutor Sara N. Ogden said she will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III to recommend the maximum-allowable 25-year prison term on Ali when he is sentenced on Oct. 23.

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>Restaurant burglary is probed in Amherst

Amherst police are looking for the person who took about $200 in a smash-and-grab burglary overnight at China King Restaurant, 3500 Main St.

The thief broke a glass door to gain entry to the restaurant, apparently sometime around 1:30 a.m.

Surveillance cameras in the area captured images of a white male in a green hooded sweat shirt, who might have fled in a gray four-door car, police said.

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>Man charged with DWI, numerous other charges

A Cattaraugus County man has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated after Erie County sheriff's officials said he drove recklessly, refused to be pulled over by deputies and was apprehended later after a brief foot chase.

The incident happened at about 3:10 p.m. Monday, when deputies were told that a vehicle was being driven recklessly on Route 400 in the Town of Elma. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, but the driver wouldn't stop and exited at Jamison Road, according to police reports.

The driver pulled over on Seneca Street and was taken into custody after the foot chase.

Deputies David Makowski and Joseph Raczynski charged Paul Williams, 45, of Delevan, with felony DWI because of a previous drunken-driving conviction, authorities said. Williams also was charged with unlawful fleeing from a police officer, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation and several traffic violations, police said.

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>Niagara County suspects plead guilty in drug sales

LOCKPORT -- Two drug dealers pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Carrie A. Hutcheson, 31, of Oppenheim Court, Wheatfield, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to a police informant Feb. 9. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza agreed to sentence her to no more than a year in the County Jail when she returns to court Nov. 23.

Brian C. Malcomb, 23, of Cottage Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling hydrocodone pills Nov. 19 in the City of Lockport. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing for Nov. 24.

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