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Burglary suspect caught outside scene of break-in

ELLICOTTVILLE -- Police said they got to the scene of a burglary in progress fast enough to find the suspect in the back seat of a parked car with a stolen snowboard.

Responding at 6 a.m. Wednesday to Mud, Sweat & Gears on Washington Street, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and state police discovered a broken front window at the store. Police said they found the suspect in hiding in the back seat.

Benjamin M. Robinson 19, of Jefferson Street, was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny. Following arraignment in Ellicottville Town Court, Robinson was taken to the county jail with bail set at $15,000.


Suspect in sexual attack on boy ordered to jail

A Buffalo man was ordered to remain jailed without bail Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on a predatory sexual assault charge for violently assaulting a 6-year-old Buffalo boy last month.

Cirito Cordero, 20, of 35 Concord Place, faces a prison term of 25 years to life if convicted, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III. Cordero has been jailed since his arrest two days after the alleged attack Dec. 7.

Prosecutors said police were notified of the incident by officials at Women & Children's Hospital, where the boy was brought by officials of his grammar school after he appeared to be in severe pain when he arrived at school.

Sedita and Rosanne Eimer Johnson, head of his Special Crimes Bureau, lauded Detective Natalie Perez of the Buffalo Police Sex Offense Squad for heading the investigation that led to Cordero's arrest.


Woman dies of injuries from crash last Friday

ALBION -- A Niagara Falls woman died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center from injuries she suffered last Friday in crash on Route 31, Orleans County sheriff's officials said.

Sandra A. Marasco, 49, was injured shortly after noon, when her westbound 1998 Honda Civic crossed into the eastbound lane near Eagle Harbor Road and struck a 2001 Ford Windstar, deputies said.

The driver of the minivan, Stanley R. Bowers, 45, of Lyndonville, and his passenger, Kathryn A. Hannon, 39, of Barker, were treated for minor injuries. Marasco was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital, then transferred by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

Deputies said icy road conditions factored into the crash, which is still being investigated.


Special constable accused of theft from donation box

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A special constable with the Niagara Parks Police was arrested on charges that he stole money from a donation box for the CAA Niagara Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Regional Police officials said Thursday.

Special Constable Kevin McCann, 532, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, was charged with one count of breach of trust and six counts of theft under $5,000. He has been a constable with the parks police for 15 years.

McCann is accused of taking money from the donation box on several occasion between December 2010 and Wednesday.


Aggravated DWI charge lodged in Sardinia crash

A Holland man was arrested Wednesday night in Sardinia and charged with aggravated DWI after he struck several mailboxes and a sign with his vehicle, Erie County sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

Roy E. Fischer, 22, posted a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit, officials said. The vehicle he was driving ended up in the front yard of an Olean Road residence.


Albanian man caught using bogus passport

An Albanian citizen using a phony passport was arrested Tuesday at the Rainbow Bridge crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

The man is accused of trying to get through U.S. customs by claiming to be an Italian citizen who wanted to come to Niagara Falls for an afternoon of sightseeing. He presented an Italian passport.

Customs officers grew suspicious because the biographical information on the passport appeared to have been tampered with. A secondary exam showed that the photo had been substituted.

Nosh Gjura, 29, was charged with false statements and misuse of a passport. He is being detained in the Erie County Holding Center pending prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office.


Wood stove blamed for home fire in Hamburg

A fire that started in a wood stove sparked a blaze at a home on Morgan Parkway on Thursday morning, Hamburg officials said.

The fire was broke out before 8 a.m. at 4995 Morgan Parkway. Flames spread from the wood stove into the walls. Everyone in the house escaped without injury.

Lake Shore volunteer firefighters fought the blaze.

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