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Buffalo man indicted on murder, drug counts

An Erie County grand jury Wednesday indicted Marcus Gottsche on one count of second-degree murder and a marijuana possession count in connection with the fatal shooting last month of a former girlfriend who was still living with him.

Gottsche, 28, of Breckenridge Street, was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to remain jailed without bail after he pleaded not guilty at his midmorning arraignment.

Gottsche is accused of fatally shooting Jasmine Armour, also 28, during an early-morning argument Feb. 10.

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Police blame heroin addicts for Isle house burglaries

Two Town of Tonawanda men are accused of Grand Island burglaries earlier this month to feed heroin addictions, Erie County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

Kevin J. Blair, 23, and Timothy M. Braun, 27, were arrested late Tuesday by Sheriff's Detectives Brian O'Hara and Alan Rozansky on charges including burglary, larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

The two are accused of daytime break-ins at homes March 22 on East River Road and two Tuesday on Whitehaven Road.

Items stolen included jewelry, an electronic device, cigarettes and a leather jacket, said authorities, who recovered some of the items.

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No progress reported in search for woman, 18

Evans police said Wednesday they have followed up on 20 leads but have had no success in locating an 18-year-old Angola woman who has been missing since March 22.

An air search of the area of Eighteen Mile Creek near Lake Erie was conducted Wednesday by helicopter crews from the State Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office for any sign of Angel Leverenz, police said. Divers are expected to return to the creek when conditions improve.

Leverenz was known to be driving a Honda Accord, which was located last Thursday on South Creek Road in the Town of Evans.

Crews from numerous local police and fire agencies conducted exhaustive searches in and around the creek late last week to no avail. The search was suspended Saturday.

Police said the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was notified and pamphlets are being distributed in an attempt to find Leverenz.

Leverenz is a 5-foot-5, 110-pound white female with brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Evans police at 549-3600 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

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5 guns seized in arrest of West Avenue resident

Five guns, including two assault weapons, were seized, and a West Avenue man was arrested earlier this week following a raid by Buffalo police, authorities said Wednesday.

Narcotics detectives raided the lower front apartment at 301 West Ave. just before 7:30 p.m. Monday. Arrested was Cornell Virgil-Mack, 24, of that residence.

Virgil-Mack was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and felony possession of marijuana.

Three handguns and a pair of assault-style weapons were confiscated by police along with $1,200 cash and about a half-pound of marijuana.

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Arrest warrant yields drug charges for three

Two Buffalo teens and a teen from the Bronx face felony drug charges after troopers serving an arrest warrant in Riverside on Wednesday discovered drugs and paraphernalia, state police said.

Raheem J. Sumler, 19, of Sandrock Road; Edgar J. Morales, 17, of Vermont Street; and Jeffrey R. Negron, 19, of the Bronx, are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Troopers who went to the Sandrock Road address to serve the warrant found a bag containing more than half an ounce of powder cocaine along with marijuana, digital scales and packaging materials.

All three were taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

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Jury convicts man, 27, of weapons possession

Perry Griggs was convicted this week of a felony weapons charge that could send the armed robber to prison for up to 15 years.

A jury took 40 minutes to find Griggs, 27, of East Utica Street, guilty of second-degree weapons possession.

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 State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang impose the 15-year maximum prison term when Griggs is sentenced May 9.

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