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Stolen Buffalo News box leads to multiple charges

A Schutrum Street man faces a variety of charges after Buffalo police said they found a stolen Buffalo News newspaper box when they were called to an apparent domestic dispute at the foot of Deshler Street.

Donald P. Frost, 20, was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, possession of burglar's tools, possession of marijuana and two counts of criminal mischief.

Police said Frost and his girlfriend were having a dispute in a vehicle parked on CSX Railroad property just after midnight Wednesday. Housing officers Corey R. Krug and William J. Rezabek found the stolen paper box along with a marijuana pipe.

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Two women charged in bid to smuggle pot into prisons

Two women, one from Buffalo and the other from Perry, have been arrested after being accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into two prisons in Wyoming County while visiting inmates last week, state police reported this week.

Both women were charged with promoting prison contraband in the two incidents March 15 at Attica and Wyoming correctional facilities.

State police also charged Anternic A. Fulgham, 29, of Buffalo, with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, because she had two children with her under age 10 during the visit to Attica Correctional Facility.

In the other incident, at Wyoming Correctional Facility, Ruthann A. Kelsey, 31, of Perry, also was charged with attempted criminal sale of marijuana.

The state Department of Corrections Inspector General's Office assisted state police with both arrests.

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Three held on drug charges after traffic violation

Three men face felony drug charges after police stopped their vehicle for running a red light on Harlem Road and found a cache of drugs inside, Cheektowaga police said Wednesday.

Michael Rivera, 28, of Amherst; Joshua Moore, 18, of Merrimac Avenue, Buffalo; and Jeffrey Moore, 22, of Lisbon Avenue, Buffalo, all were charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance along with criminal possession of marijuana.

Rivera, who was driving, also was issued several traffic tickets.

Police said they noticed the smell of marijuana after the traffic stop at about 8 p.m. Monday and found marijuana and prescription pills in a backpack. An additional search led authorities to more marijuana, pills and other drugs hidden behind a panel inside the vehicle. One of the men also had $2,800 cash, which was held pending investigation. All three were held pending arraignment.

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Tavern owner admits failing to file income tax returns

A Buffalo tavern owner and chiropractor has pleaded guilty to charges of failure to file personal income tax returns and grand larceny for failure to hand over sales taxes, state officials said Wednesday.

Anthony Amabile, 52, of Elma, is scheduled to be sentenced June 21 and faces up to a year in jail and fines of more than $120,000, state Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox said.

Amabile, owner of Mr. A's Village Corner Pub on the 800 block of Elk Street, was one of 14 individuals charged throughout the state in "Operation AccountAbility," an enforcement sweep targeting people who failed to file personal income tax returns over multiple years, Mattox said.

For a period from 2009 to 1999, Amabile did not file sales tax returns in the amount of $62,000. Mattox credited Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III for his assistance in the prosecution.

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Tonawanda man indicted in domestic violence cases

Dale W. Brand was indicted Wednesday on assault and other charges for a series of domestic violence incidents involving a 33-year-old woman he is accused of beating and briefly keeping hostage in a City of Tonawanda home over a month ago.

Though Brand, 31, of Syracuse Street, City of Tonawanda, promised Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk at his afternoon arraignment that he would seek out-patient mental health care for his emotional problems the judge ordered him to remain jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Prosecutor Matthew A. Albert told the judge that a felony kidnapping charge was originally lodged against Brand for allegedly holding the woman a hostage for several days until his Feb. 1 arrest and jailing.

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Guilty plea entered over counterfeit cards

A Florida man faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he's sentenced July 20 for allegedly stealing more than a half-million dollars using counterfeit credit and debit cards, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Wednesday.

Siu S. Cheung, 52, is the final defendant of nine to plead guilty in the case involving the use of hundreds of credit and debit bank account numbers between July and December 2009.

The defendants, including Cheung, used the counterfeit cards to fraudulently withdraw cash from ATMs located in the Seneca Niagara Casino, the Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca Bingo Hall and other casinos throughout the country, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango.

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