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Large fight in Perry projects sends two to hospitals

A fight that erupted Tuesday evening after an attack on a male, possibly in his early teens, in a recreation area of the Commodore Perry Housing Projects left one person seriously injured and the boy with wounds of his own, Buffalo police reported.

The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Buffalo police were called to the area of South Park Avenue and Louisiana Street for the report of a large fight. Authorities learned that the youth was apparently slashed by one person.

That assailant was then attacked by others involved in the fight.

The youth was taken to Women & Children's Hospital. The other person was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Injuries to both were said to be non-life-threatening.


Buffalo police seek clues in drive-by shooting

Buffalo police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting late Monday night on Butler Avenue.

Police said a man was shot in the leg about 11 p.m. The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center. His condition was not known.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255 or to email information to and click on "Report a Tip."


UB police officer faces disorderly conduct charge

A University at Buffalo police officer was issued an appearance ticket for disorderly conduct last week at a Darien Lake amusement park concert, authorities said Tuesday.

Officer Sean Ford, 27, a three-year member of UB's Police Department, has been taken off patrol duties and placed in an alternate work assignment pending the outcome of his case, university officials said.

He was one of dozens of individuals either arrested or issued tickets by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office at a concert last week.

"Unfortunately, University at Buffalo Police Officer Sean Ford was one of them and was issued an appearance ticket," said Gerald W. Schoenle Jr., chief of UB's police force, who added that it is the policy of his department not to discuss personnel matters.


Man who fell into gorge not seriously injured

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man who fell 30 feet into the Niagara Gorge on Sunday will likely be released from a Canadian hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries, Niagara Falls, Ont., fire officials said Tuesday.

Fire officials have not released the name of the 27-year-old man from London, Ont., who suffered head and leg injuries when he fell 30 feet after climbing over a safety wall on Sunday. But they noted that he suffered a compound fracture to his ankle and that his head injuries were minor.

Officials said they believed the man was transported to Greater Niagara General Hospital and said he would likely be released.

Meanwhile, fire officials have not found the body of the 19-year-old international student from Japan who was swept over the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side in an unrelated incident Sunday after she lost her balance on a railing near the brink.


Woman arrested on charge of stealing bingo money

A Buffalo woman was charged Tuesday in connection with the theft of money during a bingo game Sunday night at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo Police reported.

Alishia Askew, 29, was charged with petit larceny after she allegedly reached over the counter at the bingo event about 9:30 p.m. and stole a sum of cash from the church at 1520 E. Delavan Ave. and fled.

Police investigated the incident, culminating in Askew's arrest.


Woman accused of bringing drugs into county jail

A Buffalo woman was charged with introducing prison contraband after she allegedly stashed drugs in a locker at the Erie County Correctional Facility where she was visiting her boyfriend's son Monday, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard reported.

Desirae James, 28, of Armin Place, was arraigned in Alden Town Court and jailed in lieu of $2,500.

Authorities said James apparently put some of her personal belongings in a locker in the lobby of the prison. Included in those belongings were a pair of balloons containing marijuana, cocaine, tobacco and rolling papers, police said.

When they questioned James she told them she had more drugs in her vehicle parked in the parking lot.

That's when deputies then allegedly found two bags with suspected cocaine and two more with marijuana, police reports stated.


Man gets probation in food stamp fraud

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Yorkshire man who was convicted of welfare fraud was sentenced to probation Monday in Cattaraugus County Court.

Daniel L. Whiting, 35, was sentenced to three years' probation and restitution for his guilty plea to fifth-degree welfare fraud.

Between February and July 2010 in the City of Olean, he obtained $336 in food stamps to which he was not entitled.

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