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>Endangerment charges filed against Buffalo man, 19

A Buffalo man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 2-year-old boy on numerous occasions over the last month.

Christian Sorrell, 19, of Courtland Avenue, was charged on Friday with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to arrest reports.

Sorrell is accused of grabbing and squeezing the 23-month-old child on numerous occasions while at a residence on Hastings Avenue, causing bruising to the toddler's stomach and sides, police said.

It was unclear on Saturday what Sorrell's relationship was to the boy.

The abuse allegedly started about four weeks ago, when the child wasn't listening. The boy vomited on a couple of occasions, but the abuse from Sorrell continued, police allege.

On Friday, Sorrell allegedly placed a 20-pound weight on the floor in front of the child's high chair, then walked away leaving the boy unattended, police said. The boy jumped from the chair and landed on the dumbbell, bruising is stomach.

The little boy eventually was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, where doctors discovered bruising and internal bleeding and notified police.

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>Woman searched in court, now faces drug charges

A Wex Avenue woman was charged with felony drug counts after she was found with two plastic envelopes of marijuana and 14 bags of crack cocaine weighing about 4 grams while being searched Thursday for a court appearance on cable theft charges, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported.

Dorian Smith, 20, who already was incarcerated at the Erie County Holding Center, was charged with three felony charges, including two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.

Authorities said Smith was seen by Deputy Mary Bettinger shoving what appeared to be a piece of tissue paper in her pants. A K-9 dog made a positive alert for the narcotics, leading to Smith's subsequent charges.

Smith was arraigned on the new charges Friday in Buffalo City Court.

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>Driver in collision charged with felony

An Alden woman faces a felony charge after a collision with a truck on Transit Road in Clarence late Wednesday morning, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Suzanne F. Oddo, 55, of Bonnie Lake Drive, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely and driving while intoxicated after the crash that occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

Sheriff's officials said Oddo struck the back of a utility truck. A motor vehicle check revealed Oddo was driving on a conditional license because of a previous alcohol-related arrest.

She was released to a third party pending an appearance in Clarence Town Court. Oddo's vehicle was towed from the scene.

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>Dancer accused of filing false sex assault report

SALAMANCA -- A DuBois, Pa., woman who dances at a men's club in the Town of Salamanca has been charged with making a false report after she claimed she was sexually assaulted.

Kenita Miechick, 23, was arrested following an investigation by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies into an incident at the Paradise Club that she reported March 1. Officers said the woman falsely signed statements she was raped.

Miechick is to answer to the charges of filing a false written statement and falsely reporting an incident Monday in Salamanca Town Court.

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>Buffalo man loses laptop, debit card in Falls robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo resident told police he was robbed by two men early Saturday in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue.

The victim said that a vehicle pulled up alongside him and that the two men stole his Niagara University backpack, which contained a laptop computer, debit card and other personal items. Loss was placed at $518.

The men did not immediately report the incident, which prevented police from searching for the perpetrators.

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>Thieves break into truck, steal tools, iPod, radio

NIAGARA FALLS -- Nearly $3,000 worth of belongings were stolen from a Canadian man's pickup truck after it was broken into while parked behind the Super 8 Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard early Friday.

A window was smashed out of the vehicle and a number of items were taken, including some tools, an iPod, a satellite radio, some compact discs and other personal belongings.

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>Phyllis Avenue house damaged by fire in attic

The Red Cross was called to assist one person routed from a Friday night fire in the city's Kensington-Bailey area, Buffalo fire officials reported today.

Firefighters responded to an 8:26 p.m. alarm at 14 Phyllis Ave., just east of Bailey Avenue, south of Kensington Avenue.

The blaze, which started in the attic, left an estimated $25,000 damage, fire officials said. The cause remains under investigation.

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