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Eden High senior injured in accidental shooting

Eden police are investigating the accidental shooting of an 18-year-old Eden High School senior during target practice at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at his Jennings Road home.

Sgt. Shawn Bishop confirmed that the boy, shot in the abdomen, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition in the trauma unit.

The boy reportedly was shot by his brother. Bishop said the shooting is under investigation.


Buffalo police make arrests in two separate shootings

A shooting Monday evening at May and Genesee streets and a shooting early last week on Oakmont Avenue have both ended in arrests, Buffalo police said.

Christopher Pratt, 22, of the 1100 block of East Ferry Street, was arrested at an East Lovejoy Street home Tuesday. He is accused of shooting a 21-year-old man at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.

The victim was treated in Erie County Medical Center and later released. Pratt was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

In the 7:30 p.m. May 15 shooting on the 100 block of Oakmont, Northeast District detectives arrested city resident Quincy Balance, 28, and charged him with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He allegedly shot a 39-year-old man, who was also treated in ECMC and released.

Buffalo police continue to investigate other recent shootings. Anyone with information on any of those crimes is asked to call or text the department's confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit information via the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website,


West Seneca woman, 40, sentenced in identity theft

LITTLE VALLEY -- A West Seneca woman was ordered by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on Monday to serve two to four years in prison as a second felony offender on her conviction on grand larceny and attempted identity theft counts.

District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Lisa M. Wisniewski, 40, was convicted of using another's identity and to steal more than $3,000 worth of property in the Town of Ellicottville last summer.

Wisniewski is being held in the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo on similar allegations, Rieman said.


Four from Brooklyn held in stolen property scheme

COVINGTON -- Three women and a man, all from Brooklyn, are being held in the Wyoming County Jail in Warsaw in connection with a series of recent Erie County store thefts, after their speeding car was stopped by state troopers Saturday morning on State Route 63.

Being held on stolen property charges are: Reynaldo Meyers, 27; Andrea Gomez, 20; Sasha Rivera, 28; and Laura Clark, 28.

When state police searched their car, they found a large quantity of new merchandise, including jewelry, electronics and clothing, all in bags but with no store receipts.

State police said an investigation revealed that the four had gone to a number of Erie County stores and made purchases with other people's credit cards.

Meyers is charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree scheme to defraud. The three women are charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Clark also is charged with second-degree criminal impersonation. After being arraigned in Warsaw Town Court, all four were jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail each.

The investigation is continuing, troopers said.


Orchard Park man, 28, arrested in thefts

Orchard Park police Tuesday announced an arrest they made last week in a strong-armed robbery of a gas station and other recent thefts.

Detectives charged Brian J. Baritot, 28, of Old Farm Road in Orchard Park, in connection with the March 6 holdup at the Kwik Fill gas station at 3625 N. Buffalo Road and numerous thefts from family members over the last several months.

Baritot was arrested May 13 and charged with first-degree robbery, criminal weapons possession and three counts of grand larceny.


Falls woman, 34, arrested in prostitution probe

A Niagara Falls woman was arrested by Amherst police on prostitution and drug charges as a result of the department's continuing investigation of alleged prostitution activity in the township, officials announced Tuesday.

Angela K. Cooney, 34, was charged with misdemeanor counts of prostitution, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.


Woman accused of driving into fence, injuring man

A Lackawanna woman is accused of intentionally driving her car into a Grider Street man's fence, causing him lower left leg burns and nearly injuring a 5-month-old baby boy in her car Saturday morning, Buffalo police said.

Mesha Hines, 21, of Odell Street, was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and child endangerment.