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Asbestos contractors
 indicted by grand jury

A federal grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against two asbestos-removal contractors and their companies on conspiracy charges and violations of the Clean Air Act, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

Charged are former Buffalo Bills fullback Sean P. Doctor, 46, and Raj Chopra, 48, both of Grand Island, and the companies they own and operate, S.D. Specialty Services and Comprehensive Employee Management.

Hochul said Doctor and S.D. Contracting also are charged with violations of the Clean Air Act on asbestos-abatement projects in Buffalo at the Roosevelt Park Shelter, the Graystone Building on Johnson Park South and several vacant houses on Grant Street between 2009 and 2011. The indictment said asbestos waste also was improperly stored in a large, closed box container at company headquarters at 1815 Love Road, Grand Island.

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Riverside man accused 
of molesting girl, 7

Buffalo police Thursday announced the arrest of a Riverside man accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl over the past year.

Mikhail Kusluck, 69, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and child endangerment for alleged attacks on the girl from Sept. 10, 2011 until Sept. 19.

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Man stabbed to death 
in burglary bid identified

JAMESTOWN – A suspected burglar stabbed to death by the owner of the home he allegedly broke into Wednesday was identified Thursday by Jamestown police as Henry L. Smith, 26, of Warren, Pa.

Around midday Wednesday, the Barker Street resident returned home and found two burglars in his house, according to police.

The homeowner got involved in an altercation with the men and stabbed them both. Smith was found dead in a yard near the burglary scene.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Thursday by the Erie County medical examiner.

The second man, whose name has not bene released, was being treated at a hospital in Erie, Pa. No charges have been filed.

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Java Center man arrested
 in assault and break-ins

Buffalo police Thursday said they arrested a Java Center man in business break-ins and the assault of a South Buffalo woman.

Edward J. Gauthier II, 27, is being held on burglary, assault, grand larceny, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property.

He is accused of stealing more than $8,000 worth of truck batteries and radiators from a William Street salvage business between July 28 and 30 and 24 truck batteries worth about $150 apiece from a Fillmore Avenue construction company Aug. 10.

Gauthier also is charged with assault, burglary, criminal obstruction of breathing, petit larceny, harassment and criminal contempt for violating a court order of protection by breaking into the South Buffalo home early Sept. 7, choking her and stealing her cellphone, police said.

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Man, woman are charged 
in Grand Island drug case

A man and a woman were arrested Wednesday night on Grand Island after they were found in possession of about five pounds of marijuana, authorities announced.

Investigators said Brandon Burgin, 32, with addresses in Buffalo and Phoenix, had packages of marijuana delivered to the residence of Monet Jolly, 29, of Grand Island.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Jolly's home, where they found drugs inside a backpack. Both Burgin and Jolly were charged with felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

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Man, 48, shot four times 
in abdomen on High Street

A man was shot four times on High Street, leaving him seriously wounded, police said Thursday.

The shooting occurred at about midnight in the 500 block of High Street, near the Kensington Expressway.

The victim, 48, was shot in the abdomen and was listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center.

Further details were unavailable.

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Driver slashed in face
 after cutoff in traffic

A man was slashed in the face early Thursday after he confronted a driver who had apparently cut him off near Bailey and Shirley avenues, police said.

The victim said the incident occurred at about 5 a.m., when the driver of a late-model, four-door turquoise Dodge Intrepid cut him off.

The victim said that when he got out of his car, the other driver cut him on the nose and upper lip with what appeared to be a box cutter.

The victim drove himself to Erie County Medical Center where he needed six stitches to treat the wounds.