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Boy charged with assault at Wyndham Lawn Home

LOCKPORT -- A resident of Wyndham Lawn Home was charged with assault after he allegedly attacked an employee Thursday night, kicking him in the face and breaking a tooth.

Two employees said they tried to restrain the boy about 8 p.m., when he punched two employees. Niagara County sheriff's deputies charged him with third-degree assault.

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Argument in DNA case falls flat in court

LOCKPORT -- The attorney for a Niagara Falls man linked to a 2005 convenience store burglary through DNA argued in Niagara County Court Friday that it took authorities too long to process the sample.

However, Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said during the pretrial hearing that the defendant "loses on this issue" because there have been longer lapses in processing DNA samples.

Aaron R. Stewart, 47, of Pierce Avenue, is charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny in the April 12, 2005, break-in at the Exxon Tiger Mart, 2221 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls.

The state crime lab connected Stewart to the crime by comparing a DNA sample, which he was ordered to give for a prior conviction, to blood and a baseball cap found at the scene.

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Boy, 11, struck by car; driver charged with DWI

An 11-year-old boy was in critical condition at Women and Children's Hospital today after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver on the Cattaraugus Reservation Thursday night, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

A little before 9 p.m., the boy, whose name is being withheld, was attempting to cross Erie Road in the Town of Brant when he was struck by a car driven by Susan M. Hilliker, 52, of Silver Creek, who was westbound on Erie Road.

The boy suffered injuries to his head and body and was transported by Mercy Flight to Woman and Children's.

Hilliker was charged with driving while intoxicated. Other charges are pending.

The incident remained under investigation Saturday by the sheriff's Accident Investigation Unit.

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Failure to register lands man in prison

A Jamestown man was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in federal prison following his conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Friday.

Jessie R. Jones, 36, who failed to register as a sex offender, had pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sexual abuse in June 2007 while living in Utah, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango.

Mango said Jones traveled from Utah to Jamestown in April 2009. He lived in Jamestown and was employed there without registering as a sex offender.

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West Side man, 31, shot three times in the back

A 31-year-old West Side man was hospitalized in stable condition Friday after being shot three times in the lower back early in the morning on West Utica Street.

Mark Anthony Delgado, of Hampshire Avenue, was shot by someone who fired three or four shots into the side window of a West Utica residence near Massachusetts Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., police stated.

Delgado was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and then moved to a regular room.

Witnesses told police they saw the assailants flee west on West Utica in a two-door brown or gold Cadillac.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call or text the Buffalo police confidential tip line at 847-2255.

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Man sent to prison for dog-fighting venture

A Buffalo man was sentenced to a year and a day in prison with three years of supervised release after he was convicted of a felony count of sponsoring an animal in an animal fighting venture, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported.

Leon Nelson, 41, was convicted of sponsoring and exhibiting a dog named "EJ" in the June 20, 2009, fighting venture with another dog named "Batman," for "the purposes of sport, wagering and entertainment," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango.

Mango said Nelson wagered and lost $4,000 on the fight.

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Three tied to trafficking of stolen baby formula

Three men were arrested Friday by federal authorities for allegedly defrauding federal food programs by trading cash for benefits and trafficking in stolen baby formula, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Arrested when federal agents raided Zips Food and Beverage at 896 Niagara St. were Saleh Almahadri, 65; Riyadh Almahadri, 32; and Karen Almahadri, 22.

All were charged with defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

The three could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The arrests culminated a 21-month joint investigation by federal agents and other area law enforcement agencies.

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