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$120,275 in back taxes to be paid under plea

An Orchard Park businessman pleaded guilty to underreporting his income and agreed to pay $120,275 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Raymond Benacquista, 61, who ran a business called Quality Quick Printing, admitted that he failed to report a total of $299,673 in income for the tax years 2000, 2001 and 2002, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said. Benacquista will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on July 25.


Three accused of shoplifting at Kohl's in Orchard Park

Orchard Park police charged three young Buffalo women Monday night with shoplifting at the Kohl's store in the Quaker Crossing Plaza.

The three women were pulled over at the scene, but they fled from police in their vehicle before being caught during a brief pursuit, police said.

Officer Robert Cirbus, along with Officers James Mazur and Brian Gehring, charged the women with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny and marijuana possession. They were identified as Maura M. Walker, 24, of Michigan Avenue; Sarina A. Pryor, 19, of Sun Street; and a 16-year-old female.

Police had responded to an 8:45 p.m. shoplifting report at the store.


Fire truck-SUV crash injures four firefighters

Four firefighters were taken to a local hospital for observation Tuesday morning after their fire truck collided with an SUV as they responded to a suspicious fire in a vacant house in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area.

The firefighters from Engine 32 were responding to a 5:38 a.m. alarm at 210 Gibson St., when the collision occurred at the corner of Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street, fire officials said. It was not clear whether anyone in the other vehicle was injured.

The fire extended to the attic of the Gibson Street house, causing an estimated $30,000 damage.

About five hours earlier, Buffalo firefighters battled another suspicious fire in a vacant house on the city's West Side.

Firefighters responded to a 12:36 a.m. alarm at 322 Breckenridge St., where a fire that started on the first floor spread throughout the building. The blaze left an estimated $25,000 damage to that house and $2,000 exposure damage at 324 Breckenridge. The causes of both fires remain under investigation.


Depew man pleads guilty in illegal-aliens case

The former owner of seven Mexican restaurants pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring illegal aliens who worked at his establishments, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Simon Banda-Mireles, 50, of Depew, also known as Jorge DeLarco, pleaded guilty in federal court in connection with his April 2008 arrest by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents.

Authorities said Banda-Mireles formerly owned Mexican restaurants in Cheektowaga, Olean, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Banda-Mireles was the "principal target" of a two-year investigation into the employment of illegal aliens at restaurants, said Lev Kubiak, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security investigations in Buffalo.

Banda-Mireles pleaded guilty to a felony, admitting that he employed and harbored up to 100 illegal aliens at his restaurants. He faces a July 14 sentencing date before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Ten of Banda-Moreles' managers were also arrested, officials said. Six of the former managers have taken guilty pleas in the case, and four others face trial.


Cash, five guns, marijuana seized with arrest of man

A raid at a West Side apartment Monday night resulted in Buffalo narcotics detectives confiscating five guns, including two loaded machine guns, three-quarters of a pound of marijuana and $1,200, police said.

When Detective Tom Doctor and other detectives broke down the door with a battering ram at 301 West Ave., Cornell Virgil-Mack, 24, met them with a loaded handgun, authorities said.

Virgil-Mack tried to flee but was taken into custody, police said.

Police said they found the machine guns hidden in a drop ceiling and the handguns stashed throughout the home.

Virgil-Mack was charged with felony possession of marijuana, felony criminal possession of firearms.


Buffalo man, 24, accused in stabbing of teenager

The stabbing of a teenager early Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Buffalo man, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Dana Boswell, 24, was charged with assault, burglary and robbery shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, when he broke into a former girlfriend's Gatchell Street home and confronted her and her teenage son, police said.

During the confrontation, officers said, Boswell stabbed the teenager in the hand and attacked his mother. Both were treated for their injuries at the scene.

Boswell, who fled in a vehicle, was arrested a short time later in the 2400 block of Bailey Avenue at Wecker Street.

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