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Salamanca man arrested in domestic disturbance

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man involved in a domestic disturbance at Hughes Hotel on Sunday was arrested on a charge of third-degree assault by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies who said a victim was punched in the face.

Nicholas R. Hughes, 28, of Wilson Street, was arraigned in Great Valley Town Court and taken to the county jail with bail set at $2,500.


Mother says girl, 13, was raped by 30-year-old

The mother of a 13-year-old girl reported to Buffalo Police on Monday that her daughter was raped by a 30-year-old Buffalo man over the weekend.

The victim's mother said that the sexual contact between the girl and the older male occurred between 2:30 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, where a rape kit was prepared.

Northeast District detectives were probing the incident.


Convicted drug dealer acquitted in robbery

A convicted Buffalo drug dealer was acquitted Monday on charges he robbed a common-law relative who was shot nearly 14 months ago.

Larry Willis, 24, smiled as the jury announced its verdict in the courtroom of Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio following 45 minutes of deliberations. Willis, who did not testify, shook the hand of his lawyer, Paul Gordon Dell, and thanked the veteran trial attorney for his help.

Willis, who faced life in prison had he been convicted of taking part in the alleged Dec. 22, 2009, robbery and shooting of David Combs, was found not guilty of first- and second-degree robbery charges.

Combs, 36, identified Willis as one of the two men who "put a gun to my head" and stole about $2,500 or so in gambling earnings. But Combs also said he didn't see who shot him in the head and back as he fled the two hooded robbers.

Dell said Willis is likely to be released from custody within the next month, having satisfied the time he faced on parole violation counts linked to a 2008 drug conviction.


Lackawanna woman held on grand larceny charges

SALAMANCA -- A Lackawanna woman wanted for grand larceny charges on a City Court warrant was taken into custody Saturday in North Collins by state police.

Christine H. Koch, 24, of Kimberly Lane, is also charged with petit larceny and following arraignment in City Court was taken to the county jail with bail set at $2,500.


Three teens arrested in strong-arm robbery

Amherst police said Monday that they charged three teenagers from Buffalo and Amherst in connection with a strong-arm robbery over the weekend.

Officer Mark Dimino saw a fight on Main Street, near the Amherst-Buffalo border, shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday. Two people involved in the incident fled on foot, but Dimino was able to detain a third person.

The officer determined that the fight was a strong-arm robbery, and his subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the three teens.

Charged with robbery, assault and petit larceny, according to police reports, were Brianna Scott, 16, of Hewitt Avenue; Kendra Stevens, 17, of Kerns Avenue; and Lorenzo Romaine, 17, of North Bailey Avenue, Amherst.


Falls man faces charges after raid turns up cocaine

NIAGARA FALLS -- A South Avenue man was arraigned in City Court Monday on felony cocaine possession.

Condolius Washington, 29, was arrested after a drug raid at his home Friday afternoon turned up powdered and crack cocaine, city police said.

Washington pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as fourth-degree possession of a weapon. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Narcotics detectives reported finding one ounce of powder and another ounce of crack cocaine in the home in the 1800 block of South Avenue. Detectives said they also seized $3,300 in cash and a shotgun in the 2 p.m. raid.


Prescription drugs stolen during Falls burglary

NIAGARA FALLS -- Prescription painkillers were among the items stolen from a Ninth Street home during a Saturday afternoon burglary.

Someone forced open a rear apartment door and entered the home sometime between 1 and 9:50 p.m., police said. Several drawers inside were ransacked and nearly 200 prescription Hydrocodone and Soma tablets were reported stolen.

One large-screen television was stolen from the home and another was broken, police said. Also taken was $200 in cash and several packs of cigarettes. Total loss more than $1,800.


Shots fired into home on Regina Place

No injuries were reported in an early Monday morning incident where several shots were fired into a Regina Place home, according to Buffalo Police reports.

Northeast District detectives were investigating.

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