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Man accused of robbing, shooting at ATM customer

A Hagen Street man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a man was held up and robbed of $140 at gunpoint at East Delavan Avenue and Texas Street, then was shot at as he fled. The victim had just withdrawn funds from an ATM at a corner store.

Davantae J. Cummings, 19, was held on first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm charges following his arrest at his home several hours after the 9:30 a.m. holdup.


Father in car with girl, 2, allegedly tries to hide crack

A Strauss Street man parked on Pearl Street outside the Rath County Office Building was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly tried to hide some crack cocaine from a sheriff's deputy on foot patrol.

Vernon T. Jefferson, 31, was arrested about 1 p.m. after Deputy Gary Mosier approached him and his 2-year-old daughter in the illegally parked vehicle. Mosier said Jefferson allegedly grabbed a small bag of a white substance from under the girl sitting on the car's center console and began crushing the substance into the car's carpeting.

Jefferson is in Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment on several charges, including resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and aggravated unlicensed driving. Police said Jefferson's license had been revoked nine times. The girl was turned over to her mother, who was inside the Rath Building at the time of the arrest.


Drugs are found in school; Bennett freshman charged

A Bennett High School freshman was jailed Tuesday after Buffalo police and school security officers allegedly found illicit drugs in his school locker and marijuana in his pants pocket.

The youth is charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police said school security officers received a tip alleging that he was selling drugs at the school.

According to police documents, school security Officer Timothy Molnar found four Loritab pills in the youth's pocket about 2 p.m. and bags of marijuana in his locker.


Deported Mexican admits illegally re-entering U.S.

Lazaro Rosario-Ibarra, 26, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo Tuesday to illegally re-entering the United States and was sentenced to time served and placed on one year of supervised release, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

Prosecutors said Rosario-Ibarra had been deported to Mexico in 2008. On Aug. 24, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found him living in Lockport and jailed him.


Ontario woman, 39, killed in crash of 2 SUVs on QEW

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A 39-year-old Welland woman was killed in two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on the Toronto-bound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way near the Ridgemont Road overpass.

Ontario Provincial Police said the victim was Michelle Raby-Beauchamp, the driver of a GMC Avalanche that struck a Jeep Liberty about 8:25 a.m. Both SUVs landed in what police described as a wide, swamplike ditch.

Raby-Beauchamp, apparently not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from her vehicle. The other driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Toronto-bound lanes of the QEW were closed until about 1 p.m.


Brother and sister admit roles in federal drug case

A brother and sister pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal drug charges before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

Wesley Albert, 30, of North Tonawanda, admitted to selling cocaine and marijuana, while Stephanie Eberz, 28, of Amherst, pleaded guilty to letting him store marijuana in her Tonawanda Creek Road home.

Prosecutors said Albert distributed three kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of marijuana between 2007 and 2009, selling cocaine to many customers at a Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant.

Albert faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine when he is sentenced Feb. 16. His sister faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine when she comes up for sentencing Feb. 22.


Derby woman sentenced to prison in cocaine case

A Derby woman, convicted April 20 as a major cocaine trafficker in the Buffalo area, was sentenced Tuesday to 63 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

Jazmine Barreto, 33, had been found guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distributing cocaine, Hochul said.

Prosecutors said Barreto obtained large quantities of cocaine and supplied it to other dealers on Buffalo's West Side from April 2007 to April 2008. They said she had been involved with drug dealing since 2005.

Tuesday, Barreto told the judge her actions were the result of her need for money to pay bills and support her three children. Prosecutors disputed her claims, telling the judge she had a job and some of her drug dealing calls took place at work.