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East Side woman accused of setting fire in apartment

A Buffalo woman set fire to her East Side home Tuesday, causing $25,000 damage but no injuries, police and fire officials report.

Sharice Sherry, 26, of Woltz Avenue, set fire to two mattresses and the kitchen curtains in her lower apartment around 4:30 p.m. Sherry also burned a notebook on the kitchen stove, police said.

Police said Sherry knew there were residents in the upper apartment. She was charged with second-degree arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, police said.

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Police seek help in finding missing East Side boy

A 10-year-old East Side boy has gone missing, Buffalo police report.

Police are not sure if Justin Kelly, 10, of Hempstead Avenue, was last seen getting onto a school bus Tuesday morning or getting into a car with a group of boys. He was reported missing around 8 p.m., police said.

Justin is African-American, about 4 feet tall, weighs about 60 pounds and was wearing a blue shirt with a yellow Harriet Tubman logo, blue pants and a green jacket, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 847-2255, which takes confidential calls or texts. E-mailed tips can go to www.bpdny.org.

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Woman charged in death of New Hampshire man

A local woman reported missing in September has been arrested in New Hampshire on charges that she fatally stabbed a man she was living with, authorities said Tuesday.

Fearrie Ray, 34, of Camelot Court off LaSalle Avenue, is accused in the Dec. 9 stabbing death of Kevin Doane, 52, in Ashland, N.H. Doane let her stay in his apartment, according to New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley.

Ray initially identified herself as Clair Jax, but authorities in New Hampshire last week were able to determine her real name. She is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and is being held without bail.

Buffalo police on Sept. 7 issued an appeal for information on Ray's whereabouts because of an undisclosed medical condition, saying it was believed she went to New England.

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Orchard Park man, 74, reported to be missing

Orchard Park police are looking for help in locating a missing man who was last seen about 11 a.m. Monday.

Richard J. Krycia, 74, is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes and may be driving a green 2005 Ford Focus, license plate BAZ-2512. Anyone with information is asked to call 662-6444.

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Buffalo man convicted on gun, drug charges

A Buffalo man was convicted Tuesday on federal drug and weapons possession charges.

Julian V. Wade, 27, was found guilty of possession with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carry a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

Wade, who had been on supervised release for a prior federal firearms possession charge, was indicted in May 2009 after U.S. Probation Department officers executed a search warrant on the residence where he was staying.

Officers said they found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, three plastic bags containing 9 grams of crack cocaine and a digital scale. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 28.

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Ex-pharmacy worker gets probation in drug case

A former pharmacy worker who admitted she stole and sold prescription drugs from her workplace was put on probation Tuesday for two years by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Amanda Wheeler, 23, of Buffalo, also was ordered to pay $145 in restitution to the pharmacy.

She and her attorney, Tracy Hayes of the federal public defender's office, said she stole and sold the drugs -- including hundreds of hydrocodone and diazepam pills -- because she was in a "desperate" financial situation.

Wheeler, a college student now working two jobs, apologized for her actions.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested her earlier this year after making repeated undercover drug buys at her apartment, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe said.

The name of the pharmacy was not released, but Wheeler said she was fired from her job after her arrest. She had worked at the pharmacy for four years.

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Crash in Concord injures woman, 41, and teenager

A two-car crash in Concord about 3 p.m. Tuesday sent a 17-year-old Colden youth and a 41-year-old Eden woman to the hospital, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reports.

Deputies said the woman was westbound on Genesee Road near Morton Corners Road when her minivan was struck by an eastbound Honda Civic driven by the youth, who failed to stay in his lane on a curve. The van veered into a clump of trees, officers said.

The youth was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center and the woman was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville. Both appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

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