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Toys R Us murder suspect is in more hot water - Violates order of protection by calling wife

BLASDELL — Bernard “Bernie” Grucza, who has been indicted for the June murder of Laurence “Larry” Wells at the Toys R Us store in Blasdell, is facing new charges.

Grucza has been accused of criminal contempt of a court order, for calling his wife’s phone from the Erie County Holding Center.

Grucza’s wife, Heather, was granted on order of protection against the subject, after a domestic incident that occurred in the family home in June. Grucza, who is being held in the ECHC, is reported to have made more than one call to his wife from the center.

Grucza was scheduled to appear in the town of Elma Court on Oct. 31 for arraignment on the new charge.

At the time of the domestic incident, police said that Grucza shoved his wife, then ran upstairs to a bedroom in the home. Thereafter, he fired a gun, pretending to have shot himself. Instead, he fired the weapon through a bedroom window, in an attempt to scare his wife.

Police were called to the residence, where Grucza was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Disposition of that matter is pending in the town of Elma Court.

The indictment of Grucza in Wells’ murder was handed down by an Erie County Grand Jury on Oct. 21. The indictment, which is believed to contain a charge of second-degree murder, will be unsealed, when Grucza appears in superior court for arraignment.

Telephone calls made by The Sun to the district attorney’s office, defense counsel Frank Housh and the court confirmed that no arraignment has yet been scheduled, on the indictment.

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