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Gunman in fatal shooting gets 23 years in prison

A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison on his first-degree manslaughter conviction.

Anthony Thomas, 24, of Niagara Street also was placed on five years of post-release supervision by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller.

Thomas pleaded guilty last month to shooting Fernando Vega, 21, on June 9 on West Lane in Schaffer Village. Vega was Buffalo's 22nd homicide victim this year.

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Aggravated DWI charge lodged in snowbank crash

A Buffalo motorist who crashed his car into a snowbank in Elma early Wednesday was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to Erie County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies were dispatched to Knabb Road shortly after 2:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a man pounding on doors in the area. They found Deshawn A. Clark, 35, of Buffalo, who appeared to be intoxicated.

After failing several sobriety tests, Clark was arrested by Deputy Russ Tyczka. Clark, who had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

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Violent attack results in 9-year prison sentence

A Buffalo man with a prior violent felony conviction was sentenced this week to up to nine years in prison for severely injuring another man last April.

Alberto Rosado, 34, who had pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault, received a harsher sentence from State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang because of an earlier assault conviction, said prosecutor Patrick B. Shanahan.

Rosado also had failed to show up at an earlier sentencing date. The judge on Tuesday added a couple of years to her original sentencing commitment, the prosecutor said.

Rosado served more than two years in prison before being released in 2001 for his earlier attempted assault conviction.

Rosado and his brother Josue Rosado, 27, attacked the victim with a claw hammer because they believed the victim had been previously involved in a relationship with a relative, Shanahan said.

Josue Rosado earlier this month was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.

The victim, who spent a week in intensive care at Erie County Medical Center, has permanent nerve damage in his arm.

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Woman avoids prison in Leandra's Law case

An Akron woman on Wednesday avoided the punishment meted out to her sister two days earlier in a separate case in the same courthouse: She won't be going to prison.

Julie A. Haas, 28, of Rapids Road, was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $1,000 for driving under the influence of drugs last February with her infant son in her car.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns also sentenced her to 30 days community service and ordered a substance abuse evaluation.

On Monday, a judge sentenced Angela M. Haas, 24, also of Akron, to two to six years in prison for her drug-impaired driving that injured two motorists in Clarence earlier this year.

Julie Haas, charged under New York State's Leandra's Law, had pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence with a child, a felony, according to Assistant District Attorney Bethany A. Solek.

Erie County sheriff's deputies who stopped her on the evening of Feb. 23 on Main Street in Newstead said she was driving with her 6-month-old son.

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Elderly man robbed, bound with a phone cord

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man pushed his way into the home of an elderly man in the 1300 block of Elmwood Avenue at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, knocking the octogenarian to the ground, stealing about $150 in cash, then tying up the victim with a phone cord, police said.

Police said the bandit told the victim he had shoveled his walkway and wanted to collect money.

Then he asked to use the phone, police said.

But when the victim resisted, the bandit forced open the door, police said.

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Hamburg officer finds missing man, 74

A 74-year-old Orchard Park man who had been missing since Monday morning was located early Wednesday by a Hamburg police officer, according to Orchard Park authorities.

Richard J. Krycia told Hamburg Officer David Jasinski, who spotted him driving his vehicle on Route 20, that he had been visiting a friend in Niagara County and was on his way back home, Orchard Park police said.

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Boy, 10, who went missing found in Sussex Ave. home

A 10-year-old East Side boy who was missing Tuesday night was found safe, Buffalo police said.

Justin Kelly of Hempstead Avenue, was found at a home on Sussex Avenue right around midnight.

He had been reported missing about 8 p.m., police said.

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