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Role in cocaine ring brings prison term

A Jamestown man was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to six years, five months in federal prison after participating in a large-scale cocaine distribution ring in Jamestown, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported.

Hashaun L. Leeper, 35, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of cocaine after he worked on behalf of his cousin Quentin Leeper to distribute cocaine throughout the Jamestown area.

Quentin Leeper was sentenced last week to 11 years, three months in prison.

The Leepers were arrested in 2008 along with nine others, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz.

Federal authorities said that another defendant in the case, Quincy Turner, was slain May 30, 2008, in the Town of Ellicott.

Jose Martinez, 42; Angel Luis Marcial, 39; Juan DeJesus Santiago, 28; Felix J. Vasquez, 44; and Carlos A. Jorge Canales, 41, have all been indicted on murder charges alleging that Turner was murdered to prevent him from communicating with law enforcement officers about information related to narcotics trafficking offenses committed by one of the co-defendants as well as in retaliation for Turner's providing information about narcotics trafficking, authorities said.

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Guilty plea entered in June burglary

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Eden man pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to charges of burglary and petit larceny in connection with a break-in last June in the Town of Ashford, according to Lori P. Rieman, Cattaraugus County district attorney.

Robert O'Dell, 25, who is currently incarcerated in Cattaraugus County Jail, admitted that he committed the crime June 23-24, 2010. Additionally, on Sept. 14, 2010, in the Town of Ashford, he stole property, Rieman reported.

Meanwhile, in a separate burglary case, James D. Porter, 20, of Salamanca, also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and grand larceny for his involvement in a July 11, 2010, break-in and theft of property valued at more then $1,000 in the City of Salamanca.

Both men were scheduled for sentencing March 14.

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Toxicology reports in death of Amherst girl received

Toxicology results in the suspicious death of 7-year-old Bianca Cartagena of East Amherst have been received by Amherst police, but the results are not being made public.

Amherst police Capt. Enzio G. Villalta, chief of detectives, explained Monday that detectives are still pursuing a number avenues in the investigation and that it could be some time before police conclude their probe into how the child died.

Bianca was found dead in her mother's East Amherst home the evening of Nov. 30 by relatives concerned about the girl's condition. Police also found the mother, Candace Croff Cartagena, semiconscious with apparent self-inflicted injuries inside an oversized backyard shed.

"We're still looking into a number of possibilities and we haven't ruled out anything," Villalta said.

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Teen pleads guilty to starting fire

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca teen admitted Monday to starting a fire last May that damaged a Little Valley building, according to Lori P. Rieman, Cattaraugus County district attorney.

Rieman said Preston J. Quinn, 17, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a guilty plea to one count of arson.

Quinn intentionally set a fire May 15. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 14.

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DWI charged in accident on reservation

Erie County sheriff's deputies said they assisted Seneca Nation marshals in arresting a 32-year-old man for drunken driving after his vehicle left the road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and struck a tree late Sunday night.

The vehicle, driven by Ryan D. Pisa of Angola, struck the tree on Route 438 near Versailles Plank Road shortly before 10 p.m., sheriff's officials said.

Deputies charged Pisa with driving while intoxicated after they said he failed several field sobriety tests. He recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, according to police reports.

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Home invaders shoot man, tie up woman

A man was shot in the hand and a woman was tied up and possibly pistol-whipped during a home invasion in the city's Grider-Delavan area reported at about 8:45 a.m. Monday, Buffalo police said.

Detectives say the attackers may have been wearing FBI jackets or something that looked like FBI jackets.

Police responded to the attack at about 8:45 a.m. in the first block of Sussex Street, north of East Delavan Avenue, just east of Grider Street.

Initial reports indicated that a handful of attackers tied up a woman and shot a man, believed to be in his late 50s. Police believe the victims are a married couple.

During the invasion, the thieves ransacked the home and stole jewelry and possibly other items, police said. The attackers fled in a fairly new Dodge Ram pickup with black stripes on the hood and tinted windows.

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