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Owner cited in dog attack on a leashed dog

A Cheektowaga man was cited for an unleashed dog in a case where his dog attacked another dog Thursday morning and was captured on video, Cheektowaga police reported.

David Froebel, 68, of Ellwood Drive, is scheduled to appear in Cheektowaga Town Court at a future date.

Police said two dogs being walked by their owner on leashes were "rushed by a loose dog." One of the leashed dogs required veterinary treatment for its injuries.

The video of the incident has been posted on YouTube at


Amherst woman arrested on prostitution charges

A Huxley Drive woman was arrested by the Amherst police Tuesday on prostitution charges for allegedly selling herself out of her own home.

Leah Paolini, 42, was arrested, according to Amherst Police Lt. Ted DiNoto, for allegedly promoting her activities on a website for several weeks.

Police said neighbors claimed they saw men coming in and out of Paolini's house at all hours recently. She was arrested after a police officer posed as a sex client.


Man charged in theft from garage, assault

A man faces several charges after he allegedly injured a Claremont Avenue woman who caught him stealing items from her garage Friday.

Minutes after the 10:30 a.m. incident, Jose Ramos, 46, of Claremont Avenue, was arrested by Police Officers Michael Bauer and Andrea Meegan at Potomac Avenue and Hoyt Street with stolen goods still in his back pack.

Police took him back to the garage, where he was identified by the woman, who suffered a knee injury during the confrontation. After her stolen items were returned, she agreed to seek medical treatment.

Ramos is being held on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, third-degree assault, harassment, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar's tools.


Motorcyclist in crash remains hospitalized

SILVER CREEK -- A Hamburg man remained hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday night, more than a day after his motorcycle crashed on Hanover Road.

A condition for Leonard Mann, 52, of Mount Vernon Boulevard, was unavailable Tuesday, but he was in a regular hospital room.

Mann struck gravel on the road shoulder at about 6 p.m. Monday, lost control and crashed, suffering what Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies described as a serious foot injury.


Guilty plea entered to cocaine trafficking

A Jonesboro, Ga., man pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a cocaine trafficking charge that could keep him behind bars for a year.

Louis Manuel Jr., 32, also faces a fine of up to $100,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 7.

Manuel was one of 20 suspects arrested in May 2011 for alleged involvement in a multistate cocaine distribution network operating between Buffalo and Houston, Texas.

He is the third defendant convicted in the case. His brother, David, recently pleaded guilty before Arcara to a cocaine possession charge.

Louis Manual shipped a package containing a quantity of cocaine from Atlanta to Buffalo at the request of his brother last year, prosecutors said.


Bennett Beach road check results in four arrests

Erie County sheriff's deputies arrested four people at a road check Monday night of Memorial Day crowds leaving Bennett Beach in Evans.

Sean P. Brogan, 19, of West Seneca, was charged with driving while intoxicated after failing sobriety tests at the park exit, deputies said. Brogan reportedly registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent.

A short time later, three people were arrested on misdemeanor charges after deputies reported they noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from their vehicle.

Michael A. Giordano, 31, and Matthew L. Ortiz, 22, both of Buffalo, and Kayla A. Fiel, 19, of Grand Island, were charged with possession of marijuana and of a controlled substance -- identified by deputies as cocaine -- and endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies said they tried to conceal the marijuana in the clothing of a 3-year-old girl in the vehicle.

Giordano and Fiel were released on tickets to appear in Evans Town Court, while Ortiz was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending an identity check. The child was turned over to her mother, deputies said, and a report was filed with Child Protective Services.


Gunman on bicycle shoots man in leg outside store

A University Heights man suffered a minor gunshot wound to the left leg late Monday outside a grocery store at Broadway and Sweet Avenue, authorities said Tuesday.

Dequam Simmions told police an "unknown person" approached him on a bicycle and shot him before fleeing north on Sweet toward Sycamore Street. He was released after treatment in Erie County Medical Center.