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Arrest made in shooting 
of two, one fatally

A Buffalo man has been charged with shooting two people – one fatally – early Sunday on Fillmore Avenue.

John W. Carney, 22, is accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding a woman as they stood outside 1291 Fillmore Ave. smoking cigarettes at about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to Buffalo police.

Carney was charged Sunday night with second-degree murder and first-degree assault. He is accused of using a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun to shoot Jeremy Lott, 23, dead and wound Lareecea Love, 26, in the right thigh, according to a police report released Monday night.

The charges were lodged by Detectives Richard Wagstaff and Michael Mordino during questioning of Carney in Police Headquarters at about 8 p.m. Sunday.
Love was taken to Erie County Medical Center after the shooting. She was in stable condition late Monday.

In March 2009, she won a substantial amount of money in the Triple Diamonds instant state lottery game after she bought the winning ticket at a Fillmore Avenue market.

Lott is the 35th homicide victim in the city this year.

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Admission of sales tax theft
 will lead to disbarment

An Amherst man who admitted to stealing more than $82,000 in sales tax collected at his used car business will be disbarred from practicing law, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Daniel M. Glaser, 53, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

He faces up to 14 years is prison when sentenced Jan. 15 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.

Glaser admitted to stealing the sales tax between June 2006 and February 2011 at his business, Motorsport Buffalo Inc., the District Attorney's Office announced.

As a result of the plea, Glaser is automatically disbarred, according to the office. Glaser was admitted as a lawyer in New York in 1986.

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Springville man, 41,
 charged with sexual abuse

A Springville man faces sexual abuse and other charges after police said he molested a teenager over a period of three years.

Timothy E. Prouty, 41, of Woodward Street, is accused of committing the crime from the time the victim was between the ages of 14 and 17. He pleaded not guilty in Springville Village Court.

The arrest was announced Monday by Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard.

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Buffalo woman, 21, charged
 with child endangerment

ARCADE – A Buffalo woman was arrested by Wyoming County sheriff's deputies and briefly held early Saturday for allegedly being drunk and letting a 15-year-old unlicensed relative drive her to a campground on Genesee Road from Franklinville.

Michelle L. Comstock, 21, was arrested at about 2 a.m., the Sheriff's Office reported Monday. She was arraigned in Town Court on a child endangerment count and briefly committed to the Wyoming County Jail.

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Victim of fatal shooting
 in Kill Buck identified

KILL BUCK – The man shot and killed late Friday in this Cattaraugus County hamlet has been identified as 58-year-old Henry F. Ackley, sheriff's officials reported.

The shooting death occurred shortly before midnight at a home on Route 417.

Sheriff's officials have released no other information on the killing, but The Buffalo News confirmed through state prison records that Ackley served about six years at Orleans Correctional Facility for a 1985 first-degree sodomy conviction in Cattaraugus County.

Because of that conviction, Ackley was a state-registered sex offender who had to alert police agencies about his home address and if he planned to move. The Sheriff's Office would not discuss whether his killing was related to his criminal history.

Ackley's last obligations to the state prison system over his conviction expired in December 1994.

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Jury convicts city man
 of cocaine possession

A Buffalo man faces five to 40 years in prison after a federal court jury convicted him Friday of possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Jesus Antonio Cotto, 43, was found to be in possession of about 9 ounces of cocaine and a digital scale when he was initially stopped by police, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Frank T. Pimentel said. They said a search of Cotto's home revealed another nine ounces of cocaine, another digital scale and a semiautomatic pistol.

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny will sentence Cotto on Jan. 9.
Cotto's conviction is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.