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Suspect in HIV sex case faces new charges

A Buffalo man charged last week with having sex with a woman and failing to tell her he was infected with HIV is now facing additional charges, according to Buffalo police.

Darryl Fortner, 20, of Sherman Street, was charged with a pair of new first-degree reckless endangerment counts after two other women who Fortner allegedly had sexual relations with approached police over the weekend, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Monday.

Fortner was first arrested Wednesday after Buffalo Police Sex Offense Squad detectives alleged he had sexual intercourse with a female victim while he was HIV positive and did not tell the victim that he was infected with HIV. He was charged with reckless endangerment in that case, as well.

He was ordered held in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $15,000 bail for the first offense.

A felony hearing in that case is scheduled for today, DeGeorge said.

Anyone with information about Fortner is asked to call the Sex Offense Squad at 851-4073 or 851-4074.

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Woman pulled from couch, then sexually assaulted

An East Side woman was pulled from her living room couch and sexually assaulted Monday morning, according to Buffalo police reports.

The incident began while the woman was sleeping. She was pulled from the couch by an unknown man who had his face covered and forced her into her bedroom. The man then sexually assaulted her with a pair of rubber gloves on and told her to stay in the room for 15 minutes after he left, the report said.

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Guilty plea entered to sexual assault

A Sumner Place man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual assault charges.

Philip T. Young, 46, pleaded to two felony counts of criminal sexual act, sex abuse and child endangerment before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case. After entering the plea, he collapsed after tearfully turning in court to his victim's mother and apologizing.

Young has been in jail since October 2009 for molesting an adolescent boy.

Case told him he faces a prison term of 12 to 16 years. Sentencing was scheduled for June 8.

Prosecutor Marni Bogart said Young pleaded guilty as his trial date was approaching.

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Firefighters help residents flee apartment house blaze

Buffalo firefighters helped several people escape a burning apartment house on the city's West Side early Monday.

Firefighters responded to a 1:09 a.m. alarm at 442 Plymouth Ave., between Massachusetts Avenue and Rhode Island Street. The fire, which broke out on the second floor of the 2 1/2 -story building, left an estimated $100,000 damage. The cause remains under investigation.

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Van driver, 63, accused of aggravated DWI

Buffalo police late Sunday arrested a 63-year-old motorist accused of recording a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit after his vehicle was stopped in the city's Lovejoy area.

Police said they stopped the van at East Lovejoy and North Ogden streets for reckless and unsafe driving. A breath test later determined that the driver, Charles T. Hoiden, of East Lovejoy Street, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent, according to police reports.

Officers said they charged Hoiden with aggravated driving while intoxicated, as well as felony DWI because he has had a drunken-driving conviction in the past 10 years.

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Troopers accuse driver of violating Leandra's Law

State police over the weekend charged an Orchard Park man with violating Leandra's Law after they accused him of driving drunk in Wyoming County with two 11-year-old children in his vehicle.

Troopers said they stopped a vehicle for speeding Saturday on Route 20A in the Town of Sheldon and charged George A. Schichtel, 53, with driving while intoxicated. He also was charged with two counts of violating Leandra's Law for driving under the influence of alcohol with passengers under 16.

A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, troopers reported. Schichtel was sent to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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Falls man gets 6 1/2 years on crack cocaine charges

A Niagara Falls man who was one of 24 suspects arrested in a federal crackdown on gang-related distribution of crack cocaine in the Cataract City has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison and fined $5,000.

Percy Hilson, 23, was sentenced Monday in Buffalo by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Hochul said Hilson pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who handled the case, said Hilson was arrested April 28, 2008, as part of an investigation in Niagara Falls. During the investigation, Bruce said, 23 other defendants also were arrested. So far, 19 of the defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges. Hilson is the ninth to be sentenced.

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