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Three arrested, charged 
in sales of fake IDs

Three men were arrested Tuesday on federal charges of selling phony identification documents, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced.

Xavier Gonzalez, 26, and Mario Soto, 37, were arrested in the Buffalo area. Jorge Garcia, 36, was taken into custody in Texas and will be returned to Buffalo. Their cases are unrelated, Hochul said.

Gonzalez and Garcia were charged with selling more than five sets of identification documents to a federal informant. Soto was charged with selling a Social Security card.

Gonzalez and Soto appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and were released on bond.


Ex-ECC South student 
charged with sexual abuse

A former Erie Community College South student has been accused of sexually abusing a female student in a stairwell at the school earlier this month.

Marquel T. Foster, 18, of the 600 block of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with sexual abuse, public lewdness, forcible touching and harassment of the woman after she had entered Building 3 at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 8, according to Hamburg police.

The woman was able to get away from Foster, who later admitted to police he grabbed her, authorities said. Foster's case is pending in Hamburg Town Court.

College officials Tuesday said Foster is no longer at the college and that the students had known each other.


Troopers say woman 
 abandoned 11 cats

A woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly abandoning 11 cats in her former Wethersfield apartment when she moved to a new address in Cheektowaga three weeks ago, state police in Warsaw said.

Theresa M. Miller, 49, had moved to her new place in Cheektowaga on Nov. 4. Investigators believe she left her previous home the same day without leaving adequate water or food.

She was charged with state agriculture and markets law violations of neglect of an impounded animal and abandonment of a disabled animal.

She was arraigned on the charges in Orangeville Town Court and remanded to the custody of the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

The cats were being cared for by the owner of the Wethersfield property and Wyoming County Dog Control Officer Justa Goodell until they can be safely located to new homes.


‘Shock incarceration' urged 
after crack cocaine sentence

A Buffalo man who was caught with crack cocaine in North Tonawanda March 3 was sentenced Monday to a year in state prison.

However, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas recommended that Kenneth Z. Jackson be assigned to the boot camp-like "shock incarceration" program, which could lead to parole in six months.

Jackson, 29, of Donaldson Road, threw away a bag of crack as North Tonawanda police chased him from Schenck Street to Bryant Street, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.


Arrest made after shots
 strike Gainesville house

A shotgun round that struck a house in Gainesville late on Thanksgiving Day led to the arrest of a Bliss man on misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree reckless endangerment, officials said Tuesday.

The incident prompted a joint investigation by state police in Warsaw and state Department of Environmental Conservation police. They discovered that a hunting party had fired several shots at a deer, one of which hit the house.

Investigators said Christopher M. Horner, 33, had fired the round. Horner has a felony conviction from 1998 for attempted burglary, which prohibits him from possessing the 12-gauge shotgun that was allegedly used in the house-shooting incident. He also was issued a summons by DEC officers for failure to properly accompany a 14-year-old hunter.


Bomb maker to undergo
 more psychiatric treatment

LOCKPORT – Bomb maker Thomas P. Jamieson, whose hobby of making Molotov cocktails caused his Niagara Falls neighborhood to be evacuated as police arrested him April 17, will undergo further mental health treatment during a period of interim probation, his attorney said Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Jamieson, 25, had been in the mental health unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for several weeks until his condition could be stabilized. Benedict said Jamieson is to be placed in Buffalo Psychiatric Center for further treatment. County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III placed Jamieson on six months of interim probation pending a final sentence for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.