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Police identify victim of fatal shooting Tuesday

The man fatally shot on 18th Street late Tuesday afternoon was identified Wednesday as Vernon Hardy Jr., 24.

Eullanda Reed, 17, was identified as the girl treated in Erie County Medical Center for a gunshot wound to her arm in that incident, Buffalo Police Detective Chief Dennis J. Richards said.

The drive-by shooting remains under intense investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police confidential tip call line at 847-2255.


Bus aide arrested in assault of boy

A bus aide was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old autistic boy, state police said.

The incident took place May 18. The aide was identified as D'Andre Robinson, 28, of Cheektowaga. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault.

The boy, who suffered facial injuries, was on a Carrier Coach bus that was taking students to Baker Victory School in Lackawanna, troopers said.


Accidental shooting of boy investigated by troopers

State police are investigating the accidental shooting of a 10-year-old boy in Portville on Wednesday afternoon, one day after a similar shooting in the Town of Eden.

Troopers were called to a field at about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the latest case. Olean-based troopers said a 17-year-old had been shooting at a skunk when the 10-year-old was struck by a gunshot.

The 10-year-old was taken to Olean General Hospital, where he was stabilized and transported by Mercy Flight to Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where he was treated for an injury that was not considered life-threatening.

Meanwhile Wednesday, an 18-year-old Eden High School senior remained hospitalized in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, a day after he was shot accidentally by his older brother at their Jennings Road home.

Eden police are withholding the name of the victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Lt. John McCarthy said the victim's 21-year-old brother accidentally discharged a .40-caliber handgun.

"We don't suspect any foul play whatsoever," McCarthy said.

An investigation into both shootings continues.


Buffalo man indicted on drug possession charge

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Buffalo man with possession of one kilogram or more of heroin, with intent to distribute.

Alejandro "Matatan" Navarro-Gonzalez, 30, was arrested March 14, after special agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a search of a storage unit rented by Navarro-Gonzalez. Agents seized heroin, a loaded firearm, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case.

Navarro-Gonzalez pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.

He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 8.

The charge against him carries a minimum penalty of 20 years in prison, a maximum of life and a fine of up to $20 million.


Two arrested in rape of girl they got drunk

Two Buffalo men are being held for allegedly getting a 14-year-old girl drunk, so one of them could rape her in a parked car, Buffalo police reported Wednesday.

Ronnie D. Dixon, 20, and Stephen L. Jacobs, 19, were both charged with child endangerment. Jacobs also is charged with second-degree rape and is accused of sexually assaulting the drunken girl in the back of a parked car at the foot of Martha Street at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, police reported.


Cashing of stolen checks brings 45 days in jail

A Cheektowaga man was sentenced to 45 days in jail for cashing several stolen checks late last year, Cheektowaga police reported.

Lavone D. Stokes, 24, of Victoria Boulevard, was sentenced last week by Town Justice Paul Piotrowski. Piotrowski took into account the amount Stokes stole and his past criminal record when deciding to sentence him to jail, police said.

The victim, a 56-year-old Kemp Avenue woman, was unaware her checks had been stolen. Stokes cashed one check for $1,400 and the other for $1,500.


Man accused of bid to burn ex-girlfriend's residence

A Woltz Avenue man was charged with arson and criminal mischief after he allegedly tried to burn down his ex-girlfriend's Reed Street apartment house this week, Buffalo police reported Wednesday.

Dion M. Sanders, 20, was arrested at his home by Officers Keith Fitzner and Jason Heidinger shortly after the incident at about 9 p.m. Monday, according to a police report.

Sanders is accused of starting a paper fire on hallway carpeting in the building. He was seen fleeing the scene, according to police.