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Police probe shootings of teens on Oakmont Ave.

One of two teenagers shot Thursday night remained in serious condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center. The other teen was treated, also in ECMC, and released.

The two teens, whose names and ages were withheld by police, were shot at about 10 p.m. in the 200 block of Oakmont Avenue. One managed to run to his home on Edison Avenue.

Homicide detectives were investigating the double shooting.


Arcara gives green light to discrimination lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara has ruled that a former Erie County Water Authority employee can go ahead with his discrimination lawsuit claiming he was fired because his superiors learned he was involved in an interracial relationship.

Following a recommendation by Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, Arcara refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Scott Matusick, a dispatcher fired by the Water Authority in 2006.

Matusick, 44, of Hamburg, worked for the Water Authority for 14 years. He claims that some of his superiors and co-workers began harassing him in 2004 after learning that he was dating an African-American woman, whom he has since married.

His firing, he maintains, was retaliation for his involvement in an interracial romance.

The Water Authority vehemently denies the allegation, saying Matusick was fired for sleeping on the job and failing to properly handle two emergency calls.


Ex-Riverside student gets shock incarceration

D'Andre Smith, a former Riverside High School student, was taken into custody Friday as he was sentenced to a state shock incarceration camp for slugging a teacher seven months ago.

Smith, 17, of East Amherst Street, also will be on probation for three years.

He previously pleaded to third third-degree assault for the incident at the school about 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

City Judge Craig D. Hannah also granted him youthful offender status for the school assault.


Threat with gun leads to arrest

Erie County sheriff's deputies early Friday arrested a Seneca Road man accused of threatening family members with a gun during a domestic dispute at his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Sheriff's officials said t Derrick Stevens, 44, of Seneca Road, arrived home early Friday morning, became enraged and threatened several members of his family. He was charged with six counts of felony menacing, criminal weapons possession and endangering the welfare of a child.


Two arrested in Amherst linked to car break-ins

Two people were arrested in Amherst early Friday morning in connection with the latest series of car break-ins in the town, this time in the Harlem-Saratoga area, police reported.

Mark Lee, 22, of Harlem Road, Snyder, and Ashley Lackie, 21, of Lemans Drive, Depew, were arrested on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, according to police reports.

Amherst Officers Patrick Mayer and Kari McFayden made the arrests at about 5:30 a.m., after a Harlem Road resident observed two young people acting suspiciously and called police. Officers said they found some stolen items on one of the two and in a backpack that also was recovered.

The arrests followed a rash of break-ins on Hamilton Drive, Saratoga Road and Mt. Vernon Road. Detectives said they are looking into the possibility that the two young people may have been responsible for other thefts in the town.


Man accused of attack with a bat, knifing

A Cheektowaga man is accused of the beating and stabbing of a man discovered bleeding profusely and suffering from bruises and swelling on his head early Friday on William Street.

The victim told police he was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the arm by a man he did not know while waiting for a ride on William Street. He said his assailant fled on foot.

After the bat was recovered near the scene, police arrested Sean Maher, 18, of William Street.

Investigators do not believe he was involved in stabbing the victim. However, he was charged with felony second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim was treated at Erie County Medical Center for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.


Police corral suspect in lottery ticket caper

Cheektowaga police chased down a burglary suspect and accused him of stealing winning lottery scratch-off tickets from a home late Thursday morning.

Officers responding to burglary-in-progress call at a George Urban Boulevard residence at about 11:30 a.m. said they spotted a man sneaking away. The man fled into his own apartment, on a nearby street, police said. Patrick Healy, 32, of Arthur Mussarra Parkway, was arrested, and scratch-off tickets were recovered. Healy was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

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