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Mural in park defaced by graffiti vandals

Members of the Valley Community Center will make an effort today to clean up a recently completed mural in Red Jacket Park defaced overnight Sunday by graffiti vandals.

Peg Overdorf, executive director of the community center, is pressing for a police investigation into the graffiti, in which vandals marred a collection of paintings by spray-painting swastikas and slogans that included "White Power," "Valley Thugs" and "Get Out Now," as well as the words, "we're back."

Neither Overdorf nor other officials of the community center could be reached to comment Wednesday night.

Community Center officials will host a community safety meeting at 6 p.m. today with city police at center headquarters, 93 Leffy St.

The latest vandalism will be discussed, along with recent home and car burglaries and housing issues in the Old First Ward.

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Guilty plea entered to cocaine possession

A 29-year-old Buffalo man arrested after a high-speed car chase last year pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony charge of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

Kasen Shamar Turner pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Last Sept. 12, Buffalo police stopped a car that Turner was driving and recovered 56 grams of cocaine base in the vehicle, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said.

Turner then took off in the car, leading police on a high-speed chase through the city before he was arrested, the prosecutor said.

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Holding Center inmate injured in fight

An inmate in the Erie County Holding Center was taken to Erie County Medical Center after he was involved in a fight with another inmate Tuesday night, Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman said in a statement Wednesday.

Tyshawn Ball, 19, of Buffalo, was charged with felony second-degree assault for his role in the attack, officials said.

The man who was injured was identified only as a 49-year-old man. His condition was not released.

A deputy conducting "required observation safety checks" Tuesday night heard yelling and banging coming from one side of the Holding Center. He responded to the scene and found the 49-year-old inmate lying on the ground. The inmate was taken to ECMC for treatment.

An investigation by the Sheriff's Office's Investigative Services and Professional Standards was under way Wednesday.

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Three facing charges after high-speed chase

Three Buffalo men were charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon following a high-speed car chase down Berkshire Avenue early Wednesday.

Keith Mixon, 21; Laquann Morgan, 20; and Kapone Young, 18, were arrested at Doat and Briscoe streets at about 3:15 a.m., after they ditched their vehicle and led Buffalo Police Officers Andrew Shea and Adam Miewlcarek on a foot chase, according to a police report.

The officers said they recovered a loaded and defaced .22-caliber handgun dropped on Berkshire by the suspects. Police arrested the three after responding to a call of men making threats to others on Comstock Avenue.

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Illinois man arrested in child sex case

A Schaumburg, Ill., man who traveled to Niagara Falls intending to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met online was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison.

David Murch, 21, was convicted of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor, and receipt of child pornography.

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Three arrested on charge of weapon possession

A man, a boy and a teenage girl from Buffalo were arrested on weapon possession counts after being stopped in a car on Easton Street that matched one used in a recent assault case.

Antonio Henley, 19, the driver of the car, and his two juvenile passengers were arrested by Buffalo Police Officers Jason Mayhook and James O'Donnell in the first block of Easton about 5:50 p.m. Monday.

The officers reported finding a .45-caliber Ruger "Old Army, Black Powder Revolver" which was submitted for testing.

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Guilty plea entered in gun, drug case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man arrested after police seized drugs and guns from his home in a raid last year, pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor Wednesday and was promised a three-year probation sentence.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. will make the sentence official Aug. 23, noting that Vincent J. Quarcini had no prior criminal record.

Quarcini, 50, of West Rivershore Drive, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having a loaded 9 mm Beretta handgun at the time of the raid May 25, 2011.

Police also said they seized eight bags of cocaine, a set of metal knuckles and about a dozen long guns. Those firearms turned out to be legal.