Dunkirk man accused of child porn possession
A Dunkirk man faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly possessing child pornography that included making two pornographic videos involving a 6-year-old victim, according to reports by the U.S. Attorney and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Roger Luczkowiak, 31, was arrested Friday based on evidence found on a computer seized from his home by Dunkirk police on June 1, officials said. A forensic analysis of the computer found multiple images and videos of child pornography, including the two videos he allegedly made, officials said.
Authorities said the video contains audio of Luczkowiak talking to and giving the victim instructions. Graphic images also were recovered from the computer, including the victim and Luczkowiak, according to law enforcement reports.
Luczkowiak pleaded not guilty and was held pending a status conference on Sept. 29 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy.
Youth, 17, pleads guilty in fatal West Side shooting
A 17-year-old youth pleaded guilty in Erie County Court this week to first-degree manslaughter and weapons possession in connection with the April shooting death of a 26-year-old Buffalo man, authorities reported Friday.
Brandon Elmore, of Potomac Avenue, admitted to fatally shooting Christopher Leeper on April 11. Leeper's body was discovered by police who were arriving to investigate a shooting call in the 300 block of Bird Avenue, police said.
Body found at base of falls is that of Japanese student
Canadian authorities confirmed that the body of a woman recovered Thursday morning on the American side of the lower Niagara River is that of a Japanese student who went over the Horseshoe Falls on Sunday.
The body was found by State Park Police about 100 feet below the path for the Cave of the Winds at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities have not revealed the victim's identity, but Canadian media outlets have quoted classmates identifying her as Ayano Tokumasu, 19, who was studying English in Toronto.
Police seeking gunman who shot man 6 times
Ferry-Fillmore District police were searching for a gunman who opened fire and shot a man six times early Friday morning at Kilhoffer and Genesee streets, according to Buffalo police reports.
Larry Brown, no age or address listed, told police his assailant approached him at about 2:40 a.m. asking for a cigarette then told him a joke and pulled out a small handgun and shot him six times.
Brown was struck three times in the right side and three times in the right hip.
The gunman fled east on Genesee Street, according to police.
Brown ran to a nearby house on Kilhoffer and was taken by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center, police said. No condition was available on Brown late Friday.
Intruders do damage in Burgard High School
Extensive damage was reported to numerous items at Burgard High School Thursday after as many as four men broke into the school, Buffalo police reported.
Police reports stated that the suspects apparently broke an east side window gate and entered. Once inside, they damaged multiple doors, windows, freezers, desks and cabinets, according to reports.
The suspects also took a case each of soda and ice cream as well as several other items.
Playground stabbing leads to man's arrest
NIAGARA FALLS -- A 70th Street man was arrested at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday and charged with stabbing a man in the shoulder in a confrontation at a playground.
Capt. William Thomson, chief of detectives, said John J. Parker III, 19, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and two counts of child endangerment.
Thomson said Parker allegedly threatened two children at the playground at 74th Street and Stephenson Avenue. The children ran home to get their father, Timothy Carson, who came to the playground for a face-off with Parker. Carson was knifed on the shoulder, Thomson said.
Lockport man accused of cocaine possession
LOCKPORT -- A 23-year-old city man was charged Thursday night with cocaine possession, with the intent to sell, after a raid by the Niagara County Drug Task Force at 256 Ontario St., task force Chief Investigator Mark Driess said Friday.
Task force members arrested Antwan R. Thomas, 23, of Spaulding Street, after they found more than 10 grams of crack, a small amount of cocaine powder and $4,855, Driess said. A scale and packaging material also were confiscated, he said.
Lockport Police Detective Kevin Newman and sheriff's Investigator Scott Barnes, both task force members, led the four-month investigation.
The investigation is continuing.