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Physician, bookkeeper convicted of tax evasion

An Amherst physician and a Town of Tonawanda company bookkeeper were recently convicted as part of the state Department of Taxation and Finance's latest enforcement initiative against tax cheats, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III and state officials announced Tuesday.

Dr. Mian Majeed, 62, of Viscount Drive, Amherst, was spared a jail term by Amherst Town Justice Geoffrey Klein after he agreed to make full restitution on the $34,884 he owes the state for failing to file returns from 2004 through 2009, Sedita said.

Based on his agreement to make full restitution to the state, Majeed was given a conditional discharge on his plea to one count of failing to file an income tax return.

David Denue, 61, of Irving Terrance, Town of Tonawanda, faces sentencing in Erie County Court May 23 on his guilty plea to filing falsified internal business records while bookkeeper for ESCO Forest Products, a Florida-based firm.

Denue faces sentencing on his pleas to second-degree grand larceny for stealing $366,690 from his former employer and for repeated failure to file an income tax return, officials said.


4 youths held in beating, robbery of cab driver

Four youths have been charged in the gunpoint robbery, beating and stabbing of a Liberty Tax Cab driver who picked them up shortly before 1 a.m. Monday on Germain Street, Buffalo police reported Tuesday.

Jose Lopez, 17, of Germain Street; Zayvaughn R. Boutwell, 18, of Goodyear Avenue; Darrell Hamilton, 18, of Detroit Street; and a 16-year-old are being held on first-degree gang assault, robbery and other charges.

The wounded cabbie said the attack began when he arrived at the requested designation at Crystal Avenue and Hopkins Street about 12:50 a.m.

He was released from Erie County Medical Center after treatment for knife wounds under his right armpit and head injuries.

The suspects were arrested in the Tifft Street area, and police recovered a sawed-off shotgun allegedly used in the incident. A folding knife with a five-inch blade and some ammunition also were seized.


Shooting of Buffalo man under investigation

The shooting of a Buffalo man Monday night remained under investigation Tuesday by detectives and Ferry-Fillmore officers.

Jesse Buchanan, 19, was shot about 7 p.m. at Herman and Sycamore streets, Buffalo police said. He collapsed in the 300 block of Woltz Avenue following the shooting and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tip call line at 847-2255 or email the information by visiting and clicking on "Report a Tip."


Paint thinner kicked into fire badly burns boy

TUSCARORA INDIAN RESERVATION -- A 6-year-old boy suffered serious burns Tuesday afternoon when a can of paint thinner was kicked into an outdoor fire on Mount Hope Road near Walmore Road.

The unidentified Mount Hope Road boy was unsupervised while the fire was burning in his backyard and kicked the can of paint thinner into the fire. The paint thinner ignited and seriously burned the boy. Some teens at the scene told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that they were outside with the boy, but in the front yard when the accident happened.

Mercy Flight was called to the scene just before 2:30 p.m., and the boy was transported to Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

The boy suffered burns to 45 percent of the front and back of his lower body. The burns are not considered to be life-threatening, sheriff's officials said.


2 motorists accused of impaired driving

The failure of two motorists to stay in their lanes led to the arrests of the drivers and a passenger early Tuesday, according to Erie County sheriff's deputies.

A car driven by Tracey L. Sobocinski, 28, of Lancaster, was pulled over by Deputy Gene Nati on North Millgrove Road in the Town of Newstead just before 1 a.m. Sobocinski was found to be impaired by drugs, deputies said, and she and her passenger, Ryan Wahl, 23, of Depew, were in possession of heroin.

Sobocinski was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was released on tickets to appear in Newstead Town Court.

Wahl was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a forged instrument; deputies said he tried to use a forged driver's license as identification. Wahl was being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Grand Island, Deputy Daniel Milbrandt was responding to a report of a fight at a local bar when he saw a pickup truck traveling on Grand Island Boulevard with both doors open and not in its lane, according to authorities. The deputy stopped the truck, which was driven by Michael Nemes, 36, of Niagara Falls.

Nemes was found to be intoxicated, deputies said, but refused to take a breath test. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.