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Two victims of shooting on Bailey treated in ECMC

Two males were being treated late Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center after they were shot in the 3200 block of Bailey Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

The 4:30 p.m. incident appeared to be a drive-by shooting, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

A van traveling north on Bailey may have been involved, with a gunman firing up to six shots from the vehicle, according to police.

The shooting occurred on Bailey near Stockbridge Avenue. Reginald James was struck by gunfire in the back, and Jermel Moody was struck in the leg. Police reports did not say how old they are or where they live.

Police said injuries to James and Moody did not appear to be life-threatening.

Northeast District detectives were questioning three individuals about the shooting shortly before 11 p.m., DeGeorge said.

Anyone with information is asked to call or send a text message to the police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255 or visit and click on "Report a Tip."


Vandals shatter window of WNY Arts Group site

The Western New York Artists Group, already struggling with county and state funding cuts, received another blow this week when the organization's front window on Linwood Avenue and North Street was shattered.

It's the fifth time vandals damaged the small nonprofit organization's windows.

Executive Director Donald J. Siuta is now asking city officials to install a blue security camera at the intersection.

The vandalism occurred sometime late Sunday or early Monday, Siuta said. The agency, located at One Linwood, runs the Art Dialogue Gallery and other art-related programs.

Siuta hopes to install security cameras inside the building, as well.

The broken window was more than eight feet tall and three feet wide. It will cost $650 to replace, said Siuta. Nothing was stolen from the gallery or offices, Siuta said.


Police probe robbery try in which shots were fired

Buffalo police detectives were questioning an individual late Wednesday in connection with a robbery attempt at a West Side store where gunshots were fired, according to police reports.

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. at a store at Herkimer and West Ferry streets.

Police officials were probing the incident that began as a robbery attempt. At some point, shots were fired. No one was struck by the gunfire.

Police said it remained unclear late Wednesday if shots were fired at a police officer or whether a police officer fired shots from his own weapon.


Attempted murder charged in Christmas shooting

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was arrested early Wednesday and charged with attempted murder in connection with the Christmas morning shooting of a Buffalo teenager.

Michael Corchado-Jamieson was taken into custody by Northeast District officers and homicide detectives just after midnight.

He was arrested at a home in the 100 block of Poultney Avenue.

He was charged with attempted murder and assault in the shooting of Elexe Mercado, who was hit in the chest and back and is in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center.

The shooting occurred at about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Columbus Parkway, near Niagara Street and the Peace Bridge.


Woman with 2-year-old son in car charged with DWI

A Lockport mother driving with her 2-year-old son in the back seat was charged early Wednesday with driving while under the influence of drugs after Buffalo police stopped her near Delaware Avenue and Amherst Street.

Tabitha Connelly-George, 27, of Walnut Avenue, also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and with violating Leandra's Law -- that is, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a minor under age 16 in the vehicle.

Police said Connelly-George was driving even though her registration was suspended and she had no license, just a permit. Officers reported that they found a crack pipe and medication during their investigation.


Two ousted from arena; disorderly conduct charged

A couple of hockey fans were escorted out of a World Junior Hockey Championship game in HSBC Arena on Tuesday evening after they became too unruly, according to Buffalo police.

John R. Maracle, 31, and Michelle L. Maracle, 28, were accused of fighting with security personnel and charged with various crimes.

The two were inside the arena during the U.S. versus Slovakia game when they allegedly created a scene by yelling obscenities at security officers.

John Maracle, of Fort Erie, Ont., was accused of swinging at a security guard and missing. He was charged with five separate counts of disorderly conduct.

Michelle Maracle, of Niagara Falls, punched security officer William Chamberlain Sr. in the face, according to the police report. She was charged with third-degree assault, resisting arrest, harassment and three counts of disorderly conduct.

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