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Two charged following shooting investigation in Newstead

Erie County S
Posted at 11:32 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 11:32:26-05

NEWSTEAD, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Sheriff's Office says two people have been charged following an investigation into a shooting in Newstead, Tuesday night.

Authorities say 49-year-old Spencer Nowinski of Sardinia, who is a convicted felon on parole, shot a 34-year-old man around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at 12976 Main Road in the Town of Newstead.

Sheriff's deputies also say that Nowinski was with 37-year-old Arica Uptegrov at the scene.

The handgun that Nowinski used was stolen from a burglary in Clarence in October.

Uptegrov was arrested and charged for her role in an incident at a Clarence grocery store on December 17.

Nowinski was charged with the following from the shooting

  • Assault in the first degree with a weapon
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree
  • Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree
  • Criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth-degree

Nowinski was charged with the following from the burglary

  • Burglary in the second-degree dwelling
  • Grand larceny in the third-degree
  • Grand larceny in the fourth-degree

Sheriff's deputies say Uptegrove was arrested and charged with felony counts of arson in the second degree and criminal mischief in the second degree.