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Warrant sweep lands judge-threat suspect

A Cable Street woman accused of threatening an Erie County Family Court judge was among five people arrested last week in a warrant sweep by the Erie County District Attorney's Office and other area police agencies, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.

Adifah Wilkes, 26, was wanted on a warrant for aggravated harassment. She was arraigned in Buffalo City Court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Other arrests included:

*Ervin Myrel, 39, on an outstanding indictment warrant for pending felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

*Trent Taylor, 39, of Carmel Avenue, Buffalo, on an outstanding bench warrant for driving while intoxicated.

*Andre Crout, 26, of Minnesota Avenue, Buffalo, for violating probation.

The warrant sweep also resulted in Cornell Edwards, 38, of O'Connell Avenue, Buffalo, who was wanted for criminal contempt.


Shots from passing vehicle strike man in the back

A Garner Avenue man was struck in the back by gunfire in a drive-by shooting at Garner and Dewitt streets Monday evening, Buffalo police reported.

Breion Collins, no age listed, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with apparent nonlife-threatening injuries after the 7 p.m. shooting.

Authorities reported that an unknown male fired seven shots from a passing vehicle, at least one of which struck Collins in the back.


Items from nine vehicles in Eggertsville stolen

Amherst police are searching for a suspect or suspects who stole items from nine vehicles in the Eggertsville area late Sunday night or early Monday morning, authorities reported.

The larcenies included items such as change, sunglasses, a portable DVD player, wallet and a GPS system, according to Amherst police Capt. Scott Chamberlin.

Chamberlin said a half-dozen larcenies took place on Hendricks Boulevard, two more on Bissell Drive and another on Rosedale Boulevard.

Most of the cars were apparently left unlocked. One vehicle had its window smashed out, he said.

Chamberlin advised residents to keep their vehicles locked when they're parked and remove any valuables. Anyone with information about the larcenies was encouraged to call Amherst Police at 689-1322.


Bail set at $50,000 for burglary suspect

LOCKPORT -- A city woman who fled to Texas after being charged with a Royalton burglary in January was ordered held on $50,000 bail Monday after she failed to appear for a court date earlier this month.

Jenna M. Zsebhazy, 18, formerly of Washburn Street, along with her co-defendant, Anibel R. Cordero, allegedly broke into the home of Zsebhazy's stepfather, Dennis Cherry, Jan. 19, stealing a .357 Magnum handgun, and allegedly tried another break-in two days later.

On the second occasion, Cherry, 63, of Akron Road, Royalton, was waiting in the garage, having been alerted by a series of hang-up phone calls.

Cherry was charged with reckless endangerment and felony criminal mischief after he fired 15 rounds from a rifle at Cordero's vehicle during the burglary attempt. He took a misdemeanor plea to a gun possession charge and expects an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal when he is sentenced in August.

Cordero, now living in Buffalo, admitted to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in a Jan. 19 burglary of Cherry's home.

Zsebhazy jumped bail and now has no permanent address.


Buffalo man arrested in assault on woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was arrested Sunday after a 43-year-old woman told police he struck her in the head with a cigarette lighter held in his fist in her home on Main Street in Niagara Falls.

Officers charged George R. Sanders, 51, of West Woodside Avenue, Buffalo, with third degree menacing and second degree assault with a weapon.

Police said the woman suffered a swelling on the side of her head but refused medical treatment.


Body of missing swimmer in Chautauqua Lake found

MAYVILLE -- The body of a Jamestown man who disappeared Saturday afternoon while swimming from a boat in the Dewittville Bay area of Chautauqua Lake was recovered early Monday afternoon, according to Chautauqua County sheriff's officials.

Jason E. Allen, 31, of Lakeview Avenue, was located in the same area where he was last seen.

Sheriff's officials and area fire departments had conducted an extensive search since Allen disappeared at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.


Victim pistol-whipped in holdup on Berkshire

A Berkshire Avenue man told police he was robbed at gunpoint about 12:45 a.m. Saturday on Berkshire.

Two men wearing black hoodies who accosted him at his residence displayed a handgun. The gunman hit the victim in the face, then took $80 and a set of car keys, Buffalo police said.

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