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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 was being treated at a hospital in Erie, Pa., for his injuries.

His name has not been released. Authorities said no charges have been filed at this point, and the incident remained under investigation.


Three accused of growing
 pot at their residence

MAYVILLE – Three people were arrested by Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies Thursday morning for allegedly growing marijuana at their Valley Street residence, police said.

Suanne Carroll, 54; Eric Courtier, 23; and Robin Johnson-Dearing, 19, all of the Valley Street address, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Courtier also was charged with a public health law violation for unlawful growing of marijuana, authorities said. The three were ordered to appear for further proceedings in Chautauqua Town Court.


Java Center man arrested
in assault, 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 and other charges. 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 the theft of 24 truck batteries worth about $150 each from a Fillmore Avenue construction company Aug. 10.

Gauthier, police said, damaged trucks and heavy equipment, and cut cables to steal the batteries and radiators from both businesses. He is charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.

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 home of the South Buffalo woman at about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 7, police said. The victim was choked and thrown, and her cellphone was stolen, police said.


Batavia man charged
in attack on young child

BATAVIA – Randy Johnson, 24, of Walnut Street, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony reckless assault of a child for injuries suffered by an 8-month-old child that have caused the victim to have seizures, police said.

The child was been taken to Buffalo's Women & Children's Hospital for treatment of brain injuries that Johnson is accused of inflicting. Police did not discuss a relationship between Johnson and the baby. The child is not in the care of the Genesee County Child Protective Services, and Johnson is being held.


Man, woman accused
 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 that 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 in Stony Point, where they found drugs inside a backpack.

Both Burgin and Jolly were charged with felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and arraigned in Grand Island town court.

Burgin was held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, and Jolly was released on her own recognizance.

The arrests came after a joint investigation by the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Grand Island Police Department.


Shooting on High Street seriously injures victim

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

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

The victim, a man who turned 48 Wednesday, was shot four times in the abdomen,

He was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition today.

No other details were immediately available.