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FBI seeks help in case of enticing a minor

The FBI's Buffalo office is seeking the public's assistance in the case against a Buffalo man accused of enticing a minor online.

Jafet Rivera, 24, was arrested in March and charged with online enticement of a minor. He's accused of traveling from Buffalo to Rochester with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old.

Now, the FBI's Cybercrimes Task Force is trying to determine if Rivera attempted to entice other minors.

Anyone with knowledge of Rivera contacting or attempting to contact other minors should call the FBI in Rochester at (585) 546-2220.


Drive-by shooting on Kenmore Avenue probed

Kenmore police detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting in which five bullets were fired into a house in the 1200 block of Kenmore Avenue early Wednesday. No one was injured.

Police were called about the gunfire at about 4:30 a.m.

Several of the shots penetrated to the exterior front wall of the house.

Detectives said anyone with information about the incident should contact them at 875-1234.


Suspended license plates lead to felony DWI charge

A Grand Island man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI Tuesday night after he was pulled over on Grand Island Boulevard, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputy Christopher Soluri was on patrol when his cruiser's license plate reader indicated that an oncoming car had suspended license plates.

Soluri stopped the driver, William Pearce Jr., 38, and arrested him for DWI shortly before 8 p.m. A breath test indicated Pearce's blood-alcohol content level was 0.29 percent -- more than three times the legal limit.

Pearce was charged with felony DWI because of a previous DWI conviction in 2004 and aggravated DWI for having a BAC level higher than 0.18 percent. He also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation for driving with a suspended license.

He was arraigned in Grand Island Town Court and released on his own recognizance.


Woman faces identity theft and grand larceny charges

An Amherst woman was arraigned Wednesday before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller on a charge of identity theft and accused of using another woman's credit card information.

Sandra Zee, 48, purchased services with the credit card information without permission, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said. In a separate indictment, Zee was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with a scam in which she allegedly defrauded real estate investors, Sedita said.

She faces up to four years in prison for the identity-theft charge and up to 14 years for the grand larceny charges.


Woman, 49, charged with spraying Mace

A Bailey Avenue woman was charged with assault and harassment after she allegedly sprayed Mace at a Custer Street woman during an argument.

Jennette D. Clark, 49, was arrested by Officers Raymond Harrington and Pascal Panaro about four hours after the victim said Clark Maced her in the hallway of her home about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police said.

Clark also was charged with unlawful possession of noxious material.

Police said the victim was treated at Sisters Hospital for facial and eye injuries and breathing problems.


Not-guilty plea entered to six-count indictment

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo woman who allegedly fought with two Niagara Falls police officers after her Dec. 3 arrest in that city pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Pamela L. Newbern, 29, of Olympic Avenue, is charged with two counts each of second-degree assault and obstructing governmental administration, and single counts of disorderly conduct and attempted criminal mischief. The latter count pertains to an alleged attempt to break a window in the Niagara Falls city lockup, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said.

Newbern was arrested on the complaint of a cab driver who said she repeatedly kicked the seat as she protested the amount of the fare. At Police Headquarters, Newbern allegedly knocked down Officer Marsha Gee. She also allegedly slapped Officer Ronald Cirrito's face and kicked him twice in the thigh.


Driving under the influence with child aboard charged

A Buffalo man was charged with aggravated operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a child in the vehicle after allegedly driving down Broadway smoking a marijuana blunt with a 2-year-old girl in his sport utility vehicle, Buffalo police said.

Brian Truesdale Jr., 21, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for testing. He was stopped at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at Broadway and Fillmore Avenue.