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Rifle shooters will pay for damage to house

Three men shooting rifles, including one who hit a home on Schlemmer Road in the Town of Lancaster on Monday evening when the three were target shooting, have agreed to pay full damage to the homeowners.

An investigation confirmed that the .22-caliber bullet that ended up in the sink of a home in the first block of Schlemmer sometime between 7:30 and 8:10 p.m was an accidental ricochet off the backstop of a target range set up behind private property in the 4600 block of Walden Avenue, Lancaster Police Lt. William Karn said.

The bullet damaged a kitchen window and its frame before ending up in in the sink, where the homeowners found it. When confronted, the target shooters quickly agreed to compensate the homeowners, the police officials said. The amount of the damage has not been determined.

The target shooting was being done with a .22-caliber rifle and a 380-rifle.


Man gets 6 1/2 -year term for child pornography

A Lancaster man was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison on his conviction in federal court on charges of enticing a minor and possession of child pornography.

Kevin Martis, 23, was accused of using the Internet on two separate occasions to attempt to lure both a 13- and a 15-year-old into engaging in sexual activity, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura O'Donnell, who handled the case.

O'Donnell said Martis initially contacted the minors through the social networking site Facebook. Police were alerted by the parents of the minors, after which law enforcement found more than 600 images of child pornography on Martis' computer. They included images of children under the age of 12.


Aggravated DWI charged after car hits building

An Amherst man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he struck a building on Roll Road in the Town of Clarence shortly before midnight Tuesday, state police said.

Troopers received a call at about 11:50 p.m. about a car hitting a building on Roll Road at Harris Hill Road. Troopers said they interviewed the driver of the car, Nicholas J. Kowalski, 18, and detected the smell of alcohol.

Authorities said Kowalski failed several field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken to the State Police barracks in Clarence, where his blood-alcohol content level was 0.18 percent -- more than twice the legal limit for drinking and driving for motorists 21 and over.

He also was charged with speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.


Woman, 80, was driving car that crashed into restaurant

Amherst police investigated an incident Monday in which a woman crashed her car into a Williamsville restaurant.

The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St.

Marion S. Russel, 80, of the Town of Tonawanda, was operating a 2000 Honda. Her husband, Harold, was a passenger in the car.

They were headed to Milo's when she lost control of her car and hit the restaurant. Alan and Doretta Levine of Williamsville, patrons of the restaurant, suffered minor injuries, Amherst police said.

"It could have been so much worse," restaurant owner Raymond Kollidas said. "We had a party of 45 military veterans coming in" for an affair Monday afternoon "and if they came in 10 minutes earlier, who knows!"

The restaurant has reopened.


Woman accused of firing six to eight shots from car

A Military Road woman was charged with reckless endangerment late Tuesday and accused of firing six to eight gunshots from her car at a Reese Street woman sitting on her porch.

Alma Medina-Sanchez, 30, was taken into custody by Buffalo Police Officers Nicholas Parisi and Brandon Hawkins during questioning at a Hertel Street police station at about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to a police report.

Medina-Sanchez and the woman she allegedly fired toward have been involved in a long-standing dispute, police said.


Woman charged in stabbing of police officer with pliers

A Buffalo woman was charged with stabbing a city police officer in the ear while she was being evicted from her apartment at 184 Chicago St. on Tuesday morning.

Markita N. Godfrey, 26, who had earlier been evicted and technically was trespassing, is accused of stabbing Police Officer Daniel O'Neill in the ear and his hands with a pair of needle nose pliers at about 9 a.m., according to a Buffalo police report.

Godfrey had to be physically subdued and "forcibly cuffed" by O'Neill and Officer Patrick McDonald, police said.

Godfrey was charged with aggravated assault on a police office, third-degree criminal mischief, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

O'Neill received five stitches on his ear.