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S. Buffalo man charged with attempted murder

A South Buffalo man was charged Friday with attempted murder in connection with an early morning shooting in South Buffalo, according to Buffalo police.

Pascual Cruz, 55, of South Park Avenue, was apprehended shortly after he shot a 38-year-old Buffalo man at about 2 a.m. outside in the 1800 block of South Park Avenue, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released by police, was listed in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center later Friday.

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Shot fired into home narrowly misses boy, 8

An 8-year-old boy sleeping in his bed was nearly struck by gunfire on Eggert Road early Friday morning, according to Buffalo police reports.

The child's great-grandfather, who owns the home on the 500 block of Eggert, told police that an unknown gunman fired a shot into his house at about 1:30 a.m. The bullet struck the south side of the home and entered the bedroom of the man's 8-year-old great-grandson, police said.

The bullet passed through the wall just inches from where the boy was sleeping.

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Man weeps at sentencing for repeatedly molesting girl

Charles Porterfield wept Thursday as Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio ordered him taken into custody to begin a five-year prison term for repeatedly molesting a girl over several years.

That prompted the judge to tell Porterfield his victim "cried for four years."

Porterfield, 24, of Waverly Street, Springville pleaded guilty June 15 to a felony charge of sexual conduct against a child for periodically molesting the girl from early August 2003 until late November 2006.

Prosecutors agreed to a less-than-maximum 7-year prison term on the plea, telling the judge that the now 13-year-old victim was reluctant to testify against Porterfield.

Porterfield, a Springville emergency medical technician, had been free on bail until Thursday.

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Child porn possession brings 5 years in prison

A former Lancaster man will serve five years in federal prison after admitting he possessed child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported.

Christopher Marandola, 45, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Marandola admitted to the federal felony charge of possessing child pornography after Lancaster police seized electronic equipment, including two computers, from his home during a search.

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Ex-school board member admits stealing funds

Former Frontier Central School Board Member Melissa H. Stoddart has pleaded guilty to attempted fourth degree grand larceny, a misdemeanor.

She was accused of misappropriating money from the Brierwood Homeowners Association, where she was an officer.

Stoddart, 61, the former co-owner of Wanakah Nursery, was given a conditional discharge in Hamburg Town Court earlier this month. She paid a $400 fine, and paid restitution of $5,700, said her attorney, Joseph Shaw.

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Cocaine dealer facing 40 years in prison

A Buffalo man faces up to 40 years in prison and $2 million in fines when he's sentenced in December for cocaine trafficking, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Friday.

Michael Morris, 47, was convicted by jury trial of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and maintaining a premises for distributing crack cocaine after selling crack cocaine from his home at 97 St. Joseph Alley between November 2008 and January 2009.

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Police seek public's help to find missing woman

Buffalo police are continuing their search for a missing 21-year-old woman and asking the public for help.

Police are concerned for the health and safety of Roxanne Rose Sadowski of Central Avenue in Buffalo.

Sadowski is 5-foot-8-inches tall, 135 pounds, had red hair at the time she went missing and has a tattoo of a cross and a rose on her right arm that says "R.I.P Dad."

She was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the confidential tip line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at (716) 847-2255.

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Couple pleads guilty to brewing meth in home

A Buffalo couple has pleaded guilty in federal court to various roles in manufacturing methamphetamine in a Chenango Street home, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.

John McMahon, 50, admitted to felony charges that he maintained a premise for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Judy McMahon, 59, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess methamphetamine.