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Resident of children's home arrested after fight

RANDOLPH -- A fight at the Randolph Children's Home on Saturday led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man living there.

James W. Donahue, of Brooklyn, was charged with child endangerment at about 7 p.m. after Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies who investigated determined he punched a 14-year-old several times in the face and body.

Donahue was arraigned in Napoli Town Court and taken to the county jail on $1,000 bail.

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Traffic stop leads to man wanted in Puerto Rico

POLAND -- A Connecticut man initially arrested last week in a traffic stop and suspected in a conspiracy involving heroin trafficking also was found to be wanted for homicide in Puerto Rico, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force reported Monday.

Jonathan Hernandez-Ruiz, 25, of Ashfort, Conn., is in federal custody pending extradition to Puerto Rico by the U.S. Marshal's Office. Hernandez-Ruiz is suspected of homicide on the island following an incident there last December, authorities said.

He was initially pulled over Wednesday during a vehicle stop on Interstate 86 in the Town of Poland and allegedly provided authorities false identification. When they determined his real identity, the warrant from Puerto Rico was realized, police said.

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Terroristic threats claimed in Jobs Corps Center arrest

SHELBY -- A Cheektowaga man was taken to Orleans County Jail and accused of making terroristic threats against the Iroquois Job Corps Center, Orleans County sheriff's officials reported.

Hugo D. Smith, 20, who is also known as Daymirus Smith, was charged with felony making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, authorities said.

Smith is accused of threatening to create "a Columbine-type incident at the Tibbits Road center during numerous telephone calls there Sunday.

Smith, authorities said, threatened to kill as many students as he could before taking his own life and also is accused of making numerous threatening phone calls to a former girlfriend who is a student at the center.

Smith was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $2,000 cash bail pending a future court date.

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Man, 25, is charged in rape of woman, 19

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Collins man charged with raping a 19-year-old woman last year was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Brian Blasdell, 25, of Main Street, was arrested Friday by investigators from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office and charged with first-degree rape. He is accused of raping the teen Nov. 25 in Little Valley.

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Jury convicts man, 27, of weapons possession

Perry Griggs was convicted Monday of a felony weapons charge that could send the armed-robbery suspect to prison for up to 15 years.

Following a weeklong trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, a jury took 40 minutes to find Griggs, 27, of East Utica Street, guilty on second-degree weapons possession.

Griggs showed no reaction as the verdict was announced at about 3:30 p.m.

He has been in jail since his arrest two weeks after a late-morning $30 armed robbery of a Buffalo cab driver on Stockbridge Avenue near Suffolk Avenue on May 17.

Prosecutors Alyson C. Culliton and John G. Schoemick said they will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III to recommend the judge impose the 15-year maximum prison term when Griggs is sentenced May 9.

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Assault of firefighter brings two-year term

A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison for helping his brother assault an off-duty Buffalo firefighter over a bar dispute two years ago.

Mohamed A. Mohamed, 27, who was convicted Feb. 8 of second-degree assault, begged State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang for leniency while saying he also felt sympathy for the victim.

Wolfgang stressed that evidence in the early-morning attack on Firefighter Julio Esquilin in a Kenefick Avenue flat on Jan. 18, 2009, confirmed that Mohamed's fugitive 27-year-old brother last spotted in Yemen last year was "more culpable."

But the judge rejected defense attorney Rachel M. Kranitz bid for a possible weekends-only jail term for Mohamed, noting that Mohamed was "part and parcel" of what she called the "senseless act" that could have ended Esquilin's firefighting career.

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Police identify teen who was fatally shot

Buffalo police have identified the teenager shot to death in Riverside early Sunday as Tyjohn Taylor, 17, of Crowley Avenue.

Northwest District officers responding to a "shots fired" call just after midnight found the youth dead in a first-floor hallway of a home in the 100 block of Crowley. The shooting scene is just east of the southern end of Riverside Park.

The victim did not live at the house where he was shot.

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