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Suspect charged after man shot to death on E. Side

An East Side man was shot and killed Wednesday night on Briscoe Avenue, according to Buffalo police reports.

Wayne P. Vance, 29, was charged with second-degree murder, possession of a loaded firearm and resisting arrest after police responded to his home at 69 Briscoe at about 7:30 p.m.

Vance was forcibly subdued by responding officers, who found a small handgun they believe was used to kill the man, whose identity has not been released.

Vance is well-known to police. In July 2006, he tried to skip out on a bill in Sisters Hospital by giving a false name, according to police reports.

Vance, who was treated in Sisters Hospital for a gunshot wound, told Officer Vatasha Tibbs that his name was Wade L. Hawkins. When confronted with a police photo of Hawkins, Vance said he lied because he didn't want to pay the hospital bill and he was on parole, according to police.

In Dec. 2001, Vance tried to outsmart police by hiding a loaded handgun in an oversized boot after a traffic stop arrest, according to reports.

Wednesday night's victim is the city's 36th homicide victim of the year.


E. Side man faces charges in barricading incident

Police have charged an East Side man who barricaded himself in a home in the first block of Erb Street on Wednesday.

Jermaine Joyner, 40, was charged Thursday with obstructing governmental administration and criminal contempt. He surrendered without incident at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police initially responded to a call of shots fired in that area, and Buffalo Police SWAT and the Hostage Management teams were called to the scene after the man barricaded himself inside a home.

No individuals were injured in the standoff, police said.

Joyner, who has lived on Schutrum Street and Harvard Place, has been in trouble with the law before. In 2001, he was arrested as an accomplice to a man who broke up an argument on Schutrum Street and was charged with robbing and threatening to kill one of the people involved. He was charged with robbery, two weapons-related counts, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. In 1990, he was charged with second-degree assault after police accused him of helping beat a pregnant woman with a pipe and a beer-filled bottle.


Buffalo man faces DWI under Leandra's Law

A 63-year-old Buffalo man was arrested by troopers on drunken driving and child endangerment charges after he was found to have a blood-alcohol level almost three times the state's legal limit, state police said Thursday.

Abdo E. Almaghrabi was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending his City Court arraignment after his car was stopped on Fillmore Avenue late Wednesday for a headlight problem, troopers said.

At Buffalo Police Headquarters he registered a 0.22 percent blood-alcohol level and was charged under Leandra's Law with drunken driving and four counts of child endangerment, one count for each of four children under age 16 who troopers said were in the vehicle when Almaghrabi was arrested. Troopers assigned to the Operation Impact project against reckless driving made the arrest.


Bergen man is accused of sex contact with 3 girls

LEROY -- A Bergen man faces three sex charges related to underage girls, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

Stephen I. Stone, 45, of South Lake Street, was charged Thursday with first-degree sodomy, rape and committing a criminal sexual act involving three alleged incidents from 1997 to 2008. Stone allegedly had sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl from 1997 to 1998, had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl by "forcible compulsion" in 2004 and had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl by force in 2008.


Camera films suspects in $4,000 theft

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Thursday was investigating the theft of $4,000 from two dog wash machines at Zach's Car Wash at 3509 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Apparently so pleased with the haul, one of the bandits got out of the getaway car to inspect it for damage after he accidentally backed into a concrete post in front of the store Tuesday evening -- with a surveillance camera filming his actions. A camera also recorded both suspects breaking into the machines. The owners of the popular car wash have offered a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at 438-3394.


Swerving car in Brant leads to DWI charge

A 52-year-old woman faces drunken driving charges after a deputy spotted her vehicle swerving in Brant early Thursday, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Lorrie A. Sikorski was stopped on Milestrip Road at about 2:20 a.m. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken to a sheriff's substation in North Collins, where she refused to submit to a breath test.

Sikorski was released on appearance tickets returnable to the Brant Town Court at a later date, officials said.