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Broken mirror used in stabbing of man

A domestic incident Thursday morning in Gowanda led to one arrest and sent a stabbing victim to the hospital.

Gowanda police said Kim M. Parker, 40, stabbed the 43-year-old male victim with a piece of broken mirror, resulting in a 6-inch laceration. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, for treatment of injuries.

Parker, who was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, is in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.


Lying gets man probation in FBI derailment probe

An Irving man has been placed on probation for two years for lying to FBI investigators after someone tried to derail a passenger train last summer.

James Phillips, 48, was one of two people who pleaded guilty in February to making a false statement. He was sentenced in Buffalo by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Phillips admitted lying about whether he had been at a party on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation near where an Amtrak train hit railroad ties placed across the tracks.

Co-defendant Christine Seneca, 44, also received two years of probation when she was sentenced in June.

So far, no one has been charged with the attempted derailment. The eastbound train carrying 354 people was slightly damaged when it hit the barricade early July 5, 2010. No one was injured.


Felony charges lodged in apartment gunfire

DUNKIRK -- A Dunkirk man fired a weapon that sent bullets through an apartment wall and into a neighbor's bathroom, police said.

Yulian A. Morales, 20, is charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. The shooting occurred at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dunkirk police said.

Police went to 429 Swan St. after a 67-year-old woman reported a gunshot had penetrated her bathroom, into a shower stall, just as she was entering the room. Police said they traced the gunshot to Morales' apartment. He initially denied the incident, said police, who found a sawed-off shotgun with pistol grips.

Morales is being held without bail pending arraignment.


Oct. 24 sentencing set in prescription forgery

LITTLE VALLEY -- A date of Oct. 24 has been set in Cattaraugus County Court for sentencing a Delevan woman who confessed to forging a medical prescription for pain pills.

Stephanie L. Morgan, 29, pleaded guilty to third-degree forgery April 25 in the Town of Yorkshire. She altered the written prescription by increasing the number of pills.


Woman who got married linked to welfare fraud

OLEAN -- A Hinsdale woman has been arrested for welfare fraud for failing to report she got married while receiving Medicaid benefits, authorities said.

Deena R. Hooper, 49, of Flanigan Hill Road, was charged Tuesday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies with third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing between July 2009 and June 2010.

Authorities said she failed to report her marriage while receiving $3,742 in Medicaid benefits to which she was not entitled.

She is to answer to the charges Aug. 23 in Olean City Court.


DWI charged lodged against Oakfield man

A vehicle being driven without its lights on early Thursday in Alden led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Genesee County man on a felony charge of drunken driving, according to the Erie County sheriff's deputies.

Deputy Gene Nati was on patrol on Walden Avenue, shortly before 4:30 a.m., when he saw a vehicle speeding westbound with its headlights off. He followed it into the Town of Lancaster, where town police helped Nati stop it, deputies said.

Tucker A. Smart, of Oakfield, was intoxicated but refused to submit to a breath test, deputies said.

Smart was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated because of a DWI conviction in January, as well as a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation.


Victim of fatal shooting, suspect are identified

A woman killed Wednesday evening on Virginia Street has been identified as Helyna Rivera, according to Buffalo police.

Rivera, 25, was fatally shot on Virginia, near Trenton Avenue, shortly after 8 p.m., allegedly by her estranged boyfriend Uda Hidalgo, Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.

Hidalgo, 27, of the first block of Virginia, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police believe Rivera had gone to Hidalgo's home to pick up their children when a confrontation occurred outside the residence.

"He had fled the scene on foot but within an hour of the shooting, he surrendered to Buffalo police homicide detectives in the company of a friend," Richards said.

Rivera, who worked at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, was the city's 26th homicide this year.