Slaying victim identified at Brockport State College
The Brockport State College student who authorities say was beaten to death in her dorm room early Saturday has been identified as Alexandra Kogut, 18, of New Hartford, near Utica.
Kogut was a freshman majoring in communication at the school, according to college officials.
University police found Kogut's body at about 3 a.m. in her dorm room at McLean Hall after her mother called the college because she was worried about her daughter. The girl's boyfriend, Clayton Whittemore, 21, was located at a Thruway rest area about an hour later and taken into custody. He has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail in the Monroe County Jail.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that the cause of Kogut's death was "blunt force trauma." She was described as having suffered extensive damage to her upper body.
Kogut's family also released a statement saying, "Alexandra Kogut was a bright, beautiful young woman who was thrilled to be beginning her college education. Her lovely and sweet demeanor was truly infectious, and she will forever be missed. Her family is very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support that they have received from so many friends and neighbors."
Brockport State President John R. Halstead said the entire campus mourns her death.
16-year-old shooting victim is reported in fair condition
An East Side teenager was in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center on Sunday night after being shot twice late Saturday.
Quran McNish, 16, told Buffalo police that a Central Park neighborhood resident fired three or four shots at him at about 10 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Erb Street and Lang Avenue, between Genesee Street and East Delavan Avenue, according to the police report.
McNish was struck twice on the right side of his upper hip, according to the report.
Counterfeit $100 bill seized from man in casino
NIAGARA FALLS - A counterfeit $100 bill was seized from a 35-year-old Canadian man Saturday night after he tried to cash it in at the Seneca Niagara Casino, police said.
The Ontario resident told police he picked up several American $100 bills during recent travels to San Francisco and Toronto, and due to his unfamiliarity with the currency did not realize one was fake. He was playing in a poker room at the casino at about 10 p.m. Saturday when the counterfeit bill was discovered.
Police questioned the man briefly before releasing him while an investigation continues.
Sanborn man charged in theft from drugstore
State police in Niagara County arrested a Sanborn man Sunday on charges that he robbed a CVS drugstore of controlled substances earlier in the weekend.
Investigators charged Nicholas E. Patterson, 27, of Mount Hope Road, with first-degree robbery after they said he walked into the CVS Pharmacy on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn at about 7:50 p.m. Friday, wearing a mask and demanding drugs.
Patterson was found at his home Sunday and tried to flee by running into a wooded area, troopers reported. They said he was taken into custody after a short foot chase and was found to be in possession of several controlled substances. He also was charged with misdemeanor drugs possession and resisting arrest.
Man flees casino hotel with $21,000 in goods
NIAGARA FALLS - A Lackawanna resident fled the Seneca Niagara Hotel on Friday night with more than $21,000 worth of goods from several stores and boutiques within the facility, city police said.
The man checked into a hotel room at about 10 p.m. and apparently spent the next 90 minutes visiting businesses within the hotel and charging items to his room, police said. Shortly before midnight, he apparently left the hotel without checking out or settling his bill, which by then stood at $21,116.83.
Investigators were checking surveillance videos to determine whether the man was directly responsible for all the purchases.
Cars of two women at party broken into
NIAGARA FALLS - Cars belonging to two women were broken into Saturday evening while the victims were attending a house party in the 600 block of Chilton Avenue.
A Buffalo resident reported that a window was broken out of her vehicle between 6:30 and 9 p.m. and that her purse was stolen from the car. It contained a credit card and a $200 money order. Police said that a car stereo valued at $400 also was stolen, resulting in a total loss of about $900.
A 34th Street woman said that her car was broken into in a similar manner and that a purse containing $500 and a credit card was stolen.