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Three plead guilty to weapons charges

Three Buffalo men pleaded guilty to weapons charges this week, and all face mandatory prison terms of at least 3 1/2 and up to 15 years.

This brings to 55 the number of weapons suspects convicted so far this year by the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Markel Milton, 20, faces an Aug. 20 sentencing before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on his plea to having a loaded and unlicensed revolver on Jan. 30, 2011.

Eric Mitchell, 20, faces an Aug. 24 sentencing by Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller for having a loaded and unlicensed revolver Nov. 16, 2011.

Michael June, 28, faces a June 8 sentencing by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka for a loaded and unlicensed revolver on Dec. 21, 2010.

District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said he has a no-plea policy on gun cases. "We are all too familiar with the tragic results of senseless gun violence," he said, noting the 12 Buffalonians shot, two fatally, since Saturday.


Violent argument leads to multiple charges

A Hazelwood Avenue man was charged with attempted murder, burglary and weapons counts after he allegedly tried to kill a Gibson Street man during a violent argument last week.

Jabriel Crews, 28, was arrested Monday by Buffalo Police Officers Brian Griffin and Dennis Gilbert in the 600 block of East Ferry Street.

Crews is accused of arguing with the man in the backyard of the man's house at about 12:30 a.m. May 8, then firing several gunshots into the house. He also is accused of forcing his way into the house looking for the man he was arguing with, police said.

House fire on Roehrer

routs 2 adults, 7 children

Fire swept through a house on Roehrer Avenue on Tuesday evening, leaving two adults and seven children without a place to stay, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at about 7:15 p.m. at 291 Roehrer. No injuries were reported, but the fire caused about $40,000 damage to the house at 291 Roehrer, $1,000 in exposure damage to a house at 443 Glenwood Ave. and $500 to a house at 287 Roehrer. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced people.


Marijuana-growing raid results in two arrests

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Drug Task Force seized hundreds of marijuana plants and a large quantity of cocaine Tuesday evening when officers raided a large marijuana-growing operation in an apartment building on Pine Street.

Two men were arrested at the scene, task force members said Wednesday.

Investigators said they confiscated 281 marijuana plants that were growing throughout the lower apartment at 444 Pine St., as well as prescription medication, scales and other drug paraphernalia just after 6 p.m.

William H. Chapple III, 44, of the Pine Street apartment, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and unlawfully growing cannabis. The investigation is continuing, and he and others could face additional charges, Task Force Chief Mark W. Driess said.

Also arrested at the scene was Jeffrey M. Tretter, 19, of Eddy Drive, North Tonawanda, who was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Investigators said they found a half-ounce of cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia in Tretter's car.


Assault and promoting prison contraband charged

A West Ferry Street woman was charged with assault and promoting prison contraband this week after allegedly beating up a man during an early morning fight in her apartment and forgetting to discard a glass crack cocaine pipe before being taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

Thelma Davis, 56, was arrested by Buffalo Police Officers Dustin Johnson and Lamar McCulley in her flat in the 400 block of East Ferry at about 5 a.m. Monday.

She was charged with third-degree assault and harassment, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband, according to a police report.


Girl, 17, charged with DWI after two-vehicle crash

PENDLETON -- A 17-year-old Ransomville girl was found lying in a ditch about an eighth of a mile from a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.

The teen, whose name wasn't released by authorities, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with lacerations and possible internal injuries. She also was charged with drunken driving.

Authorities received a 911 call at about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday from a Bear Ridge Road resident reporting a crash in front of his home.

Responding deputies found two badly damaged vehicles, both unoccupied. The girl later was found in the ditch, and officials believe her vehicle struck two mailboxes and a parked vehicle. She then tried to flee in her badly damaged vehicle, before getting out and walking down the road.

The girl was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.