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Victim of Amherst crash dies of his injuries

A 21-year-old Amherst man injured in a car crash early Saturday has died of his injuries in Erie County Medical Center, Amherst police said.

Louis Callari lost control of his vehicle on Red Oak Drive at about 1:45 a.m., and his car struck a tree, police said.


Suspect in sexual attack on boy to remain jailed

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.


Lawyer gets 9-year term for fraud conviction

A Buffalo lawyer and businessman who was found guilty of a multimillion-dollar bank fraud has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

A federal jury convicted Frank E. Peters, 63, in 2007 of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud for giving Chase Bank false information about his company, World Auto Parts, and obtaining a $10.5 million line of credit secured by assets of the business. The loan failed in 2000.

Peters, who has homes in Aspen, Colo., and Palm Desert, Calif., was free on bail until last January, when Skretny ordered him incarcerated after his electronic ankle monitor mysteriously broke. Peters also was ordered to pay more than $11 million restitution to the bank and forfeit more than $23 million.


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.


Buffalo man accused of brutalizing border collie

A Buffalo man was accused of brutalizing a dog named Luke by kicking, punching and whipping the border collie with a leather belt, police said Thursday.

Jonathan C. Hoover, 36, of University Avenue, was charged earlier this week with aggravated cruelty to an animal after Northeast District police were summoned to his residence late Wednesday, police said. Luke, placed in the care of the Buffalo Animal Shelter, is believed to have suffered chest injuries and possible internal bleeding. A second dog also was removed from the home, police said.


'Hail of bullets' case ends in probation sentence

LOCKPORT -- A woman whose second attempt to burglarize her stepfather's Royalton home ended in a hail of bullets was granted youthful offender status and placed on probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Sperrazza issued an order of protection barring the woman, who was 18 at the time of her crime, from having any contact with her mother or her stepfather, Dennis F. Cherry.

The Buffalo News does not name defendants once they have been granted youthful offender status.

Cherry, tipped off that the burglary attempt was coming Jan. 21, 2010, was waiting in the garage of his Akron Road home with a rifle and fired 15 rounds into the car driven by a Buffalo man who brought the woman to the scene. No one was hurt, and reckless endangerment charges against Cherry were dismissed.

Anibal R. Cordero, 25, of Buffalo, was sentenced to a year in jail on his guilty plea to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.


Rookie praised in arrest of teen burglary suspects

Two Buffalo teenagers were arrested Wednesday night after burglarizing a house on Nash Street, West Seneca Police said.

Louis Olivero, 16, and Christopher Torres, 18, both of Gorski Street, were charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and obstructing governmental administration, West Seneca police Capt. Patrick Shea said.

Officer David Steinwandel, a rookie five weeks out of the police academy, tackled one of the suspects and persuaded the other to surrender, police said.

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