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Bar loses liquor license after probe into narcotics

A West Seneca bar lost its liquor license following a long-term investigation into narcotics trafficking there, according to West Seneca police.

The State Liquor Authority canceled the liquor license for Chugger's Bar at 1800 Union Road effective Tuesday, police reported.

West Seneca police detectives, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Liquor Authority officials, participated in the investigation.

Authorities said a $7,500 civil penalty also was imposed against the establishment.


Slashing of friend nets term of up to 8 years

A judge told an Eden man Wednesday he had better take advantage of any anger management counseling he can get behind bars as she ordered him to spend up to the next eight years in prison for slashing a friend during a street argument last year.

Hugh Hogan, 31, had pleaded guilty March 16 to attempted murder, assault and weapons charges. He slashed Patrick Slisz, 25, in the throat and stomach with a box cutter as both argued near the Church Street Metro Rail Station at about 4 p.m. last April 20.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang called Hogan "a danger to society" and sternly recommended he take any counseling he can get in state prison to help him come to terms and control his emotions.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officers captured Hogan after the incident, in which Slisz, a Blasdell resident, was critically injured.


Traffic stop turns up loaded gun, marijuana

A loaded handgun was seized by troopers during a traffic stop Tuesday night in Buffalo, state police reported Wednesday.

Isaiah I. Boyd, 20, of Buffalo, was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana, which is a violation.

Troopers, working with the Buffalo Police Department's Mobile Response Unit, stopped a vehicle at about 10 p.m. on Urban Street for a traffic violation, the nature of which was not disclosed by authorities. Troopers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and its driver had a small amount of marijuana in a pants pocket.

A loaded handgun was found in the center console of the vehicle and a holster in the door, authorities said.

Boyd was in custody in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.


Woman sought in theft of three purses

Hamburg police are looking for a woman they said had taken three purses from customers in Walmart on Southwestern Boulevard.

Police have posted a video of the suspect, a white woman wearing a hoodie and leaving the store, on the Hamburg Police Facebook page.

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Police said the woman in the video "stole the purses when the victims left their purses unattended for a few moments while shopping at Walmart." The thefts occurred between April 11 and Friday.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the identity of the woman to call them at 648-5118, Ext. ATIP.


Arrest made in robbery at gas station

A Buffalo man was arrested Tuesday, and police continue to search for the second man who allegedly staged an armed robbery at the Sunoco Gas station at 2731 Delaware Ave. late Sunday afternoon.

Jarrell L. Stewart, 21, was taken into custody by Police Officers Paul Lomasney and Sean Potter in the 600 block of Hertel Avenue about 10 p.m. and charged with first-degree robbery for the theft of about $85 from the gas station.


Man charged with choking woman unconscious

David M. Schmelzinger, 30, is being held on strangulation and other charges for allegedly choking a female acquaintance unconscious after banging her head against a well during a heated noontime argument in a Bloomfield Avenue home Tuesday.

Buffalo Police Officer Marc Jerabeck charged Schmelzinger with second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and harassment. Schmelzinger also is accused of banging his heed on the divider panel between the front and rear seats, trying to kick open a patrol car door and threatening Jerabeck while he was being driven to jail, according to a police report.


Sex offender placed on six years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A Level 3 sex offender who had been on interim probation for the past year had his probation term extended to six years Wednesday.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed a final sentence in the case of Mark M. Miles, 29, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, who had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct.

Miles had admitted having a sexual encounter with an adolescent girl in a Lewiston park in September 2009. He was first listed on the sex offender registry for a 2002 child molestation case.