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Buffalo man arrested
 in Riverside slaying

A Buffalo man arrested in Cheektowaga's Thruway lanes Thursday night is charged with the Nov. 10 slaying of a Lockport woman shot in the back seat of a car parked at a gas station at Ontario Street and Skillen Street.

Charle Tubbins, 23, is being held in Erie County Holding Center in the slaying of Rashiene T. Carson, 24, Dennis J. Richards, chief of buffalo detectives said Friday. Tubbins, charged with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree robbery and a single count of possession of a weapon, was arraigned Friday before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.


Telephone scam artist
 targets 2 Elma residents

One of two Elma residents who fielded telephone calls this week telling them they won a large sum of money in a nationally promoted contest was bilked out of "several-thousand dollars," Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Friday.

Howard said the residents targeted by the scam received calls on Wednesday and Thursday. They were told they had just won a Publishers Clearing House giveaway.

The victims were then asked to provide personal information, including credit card and bank information and Social Security numbers, Howard said.

"In one of the cases," he added, "the victim was also asked to send money to cover acceptance fees and taxes" and sent several thousand dollars to the perpetrator.

"Anyone who feels that they may have been so victimized is encouraged to contact their local police department," Howard said. Call the detective bureau at (716) 858-6670.


Amherst police uncover 
marijuana grow operation

An Amherst man and his girlfriend were charged with felony possession of about four pounds of marijuana after Amherst police narcotics detectives raided a Buckeye Road home and uncovered a "sophisticated, moderate-sized marijuana grow operation," police said.

Bobby J. Paquette, 31, the homeowner, and Kathryn Kempisty, 22, were arrested after authorities uncovered the grow operation in the basement and garage. Police said they found about 36 marijuana plants up to about 3 feet tall.


Disruptive air passenger
 pleads guilty to charge

A man who forced a JetBlue flight to be diverted to Buffalo Niagara International Airport earlier this year pleaded guilty Friday to entering an aircraft in violation of security requirements.

Elvir Ardolic, 35, of New York City, was a passenger on a June 23 flight originating at JFK Airport in New York and destined for Chicago.

According to prosecutors, he consumed an excessive amount of alcohol before boarding the flight.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Ardolic became disruptive enough that the plane had to be diverted to Buffalo.

The plea was made before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police.


Rotten egg smell tied 
to release of chemical

A small amount of a chemical being transferred from one storage tank to another at a National Fuel service station in East Aurora Friday is being blamed for a rotten egg smell that spread throughout the towns of Orchard Park and Hamburg.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said the chemical, mercaptan, is harmless and nontoxic and is added to odorless natural gas so leaks can be detected.


Gang member sentenced
 in attempted murder case

A member of the 10th Street Gang was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for his role in the attempted murder of two rival gang members earlier this year.

Luther Jones, along with other members and associates of the gang, took part in a drive-by-style shooting on March 20 near Trenton Avenue and Hudson Street, Buffalo. Jones pleaded guilty in August to attempted murder in aid of racketeering.


AWOL reservist charged
 in bad checks scheme

An AWOL Army reservist is accused of a bad check scheme that duped dozens of people in Erie and Niagara counties, Town of Tonawanda police said.

Steven D. Burns, 21, of Sanborn is charged with petit larceny and issuing a bad check, according to Lt. Nicholas A. Bado.

Burns, who was arrested Monday, cashed $300 in personal checks on his closed account at a town bank, Bado said. Each time he visited a bank, Burns wore his uniform and claimed he needed the cash immediately because he was being deployed overseas in a few days, authorities added.

Tellers, sympathetic toward his plight, accommodated Burns and gave him cash, Bado said.