The Buffalo News - Police and Courts Latest stories from The Buffalo News en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400 <![CDATA[ Three injured when vehicle slams into parked car in Cambria ]]>
The crash occurred at 4:47 p.m., when the northbound vehicle driven by Rachel K. Pabon, 25, of Lockport struck the unoccupied car parked on the east side of Shawnee, just south of the intersection.

Pabon, along with passengers Joshua R. Pabon, 18, and Matthew P. Pabon, 17, both of Lockport, were taken by ambulance to ECMC, Joshua was expected to be released Saturday night, while Rachel and Matthew were listed in stable condition, according to emergency room officials. The investigation is continuing. ]]>
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:53:32 -0400
<![CDATA[ Driver charged with aggrvated DWI in Town of Lockport arrest ]]>
Deputies said a car operated by Lauren D. Stack, 28, repeatedly crossing the center and fog lines of the roadway. Stack, deputies said, posted a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent. She also was charged with failure to keep right. ]]>
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:05:14 -0400
<![CDATA[ Gang launches egg attack on Jordan Gardens home and resident ]]>
Police said that the man encountered a group of males near his home, some with their faces covered, and was hit with several eggs and also punched in the face. He told police he may be able to identify one of the attackers.

Police said a rear door window of the home also was broken during the bombardment. ]]>
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:54:18 -0400
<![CDATA[ Woman attacked after befriending man during bus ride to Niagara Falls ]]>
The 30-year-old victim told police she took a train to Buffalo, then a bus to Niagara Falls. During the bus ride, she said, she agreed to smoke marijuana with the man in return for transportation to the border to visit Niagara Falls, Ont., police said.

After arriving in the city about 1 a.m., the two walked for 10 to 15 minutes before entering an abandoned house, possibly in the neighborhood of Eighth or Ninth streets, police said. The victim, said the man proceeded to stash a handgun, some marijuana and heroin in the home before raping the woman, police added. The man also stole prescription medications from the victim’s purse, police said.

She was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic male, about 5-foot-8 and 250 pounds with a muscular build. ]]>
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:31:05 -0400
<![CDATA[ Girlfriend wonders about crash victim's death ]]>
Normally, the guardrail prevents cars from crashing through and landing on traffic on the Kensington Expressway.

But early Saturday, it did not stop the driver of a car that shattered the guardrail and plummeted onto a concrete Jersey barrier on the Kensington below.

The car, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, landed on its roof and burst into flames, Buffalo Police said.

By Saturday afternoon, Shareese Works was at the scene of the crash, overlooking the Kensington and the charred remains of the crash. Two large soot stains on the Jersey barrier showed where the car hit and exploded, she said.

“I just came to see what happened, to see what his last moments were like,” said Works of her boyfriend, Kevin Wayne Brown, 47, who she said was behind the wheel of the car.

Police, however, have yet to release the identity of the victim.

Investigators said it appears the grisly drama began about 1:30 a.m., when two vehicles were racing along Main Street and the ill-fated car went the wrong way on Woodlawn Avenue, burst through the guardrail and fell onto the Kensington.

“The vehicle was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” Senior Accident Investigator Martin Forero said.

Emergency crews attempted to free the driver from the wreckage but authorities said he died at the scene.

Police have questioned and released the other driver in the race but are not releasing an identity.

No charges have been filed, pending an investigation by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, police officials said.

At the crash site Saturday afternoon, Works was trying to make sense of the tragedy as she clutched a piece of the black BMW that Brown drove.

“I don’t know why he went back out,” she kept saying.

The couple lived on Winslow Avenue, around the corner from the crash site, for the past few years, she said.

Just hours before the fatal crash, the two had gone to the Tralf in the BMW, she said.

At about 11 p.m. Friday, Brown dropped Works off at their home, then got into another car his cousin was driving.

The cousin dropped Brown off at the house about 1 or 1:15 a.m. A few minutes later, Brown left out the house again, this time driving the BMW, Works said.

She said she awoke at about 4:30 a.m. and wondered why Brown was not home.

It wasn’t like him, she added.

It was not until Brown’s daughter, Kayla, called her about 9 a.m. that Works found out that it was her boyfriend who died in the crash. Buffalo police had told Kayla that they believed her father’s car was involved in the fatal crash, police officials said.

Humboldt Parkway resident Sharon Mack lives across the street from where the car broke through the guardrail. She said she heard the crash.

“I asked my grandson, ‘Was that an accident?’ ” Mack said. “Then I heard a boom and looked out the window. I saw the flames and put on some clothes. I was just praying it wasn’t someone I knew.”

It turns out Mack knew Brown when he was younger. He was friends with her son.

Works said she has heard from several other neighbors and witnesses that the crash was caused by a police chase – not a race with another vehicle.

However, Buffalo police sources who asked not to be identified said there was no police pursuit.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:44:51 -0400 Deidre Williams
<![CDATA[ Buffalo woman charged with felony DWI after crashing into 2 houses ]]>
Dorthea J. Aughtry, 49, was charged with felony DWI and speeding.

Aughtry was driving southbound on Fillmore at about 10 a.m. on Friday when she tried to make a left turn onto A Street and crashed into two houses, according to accident investigator Marty Forero.

Both homes suffered structural damage.

People were inside the homes at the time of the crash, but no injuries were reported. ]]>
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:37:11 -0400
<![CDATA[ Buffalo Police search for escapee ]]>
Antonio M. Giglia, 24, of Buffalo is described as a white male, 5-feet-11, 160 pounds, with brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Buffalo police immediately.

The Internal Affairs Division of the Buffalo Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the matter. ]]>
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:41:28 -0400
<![CDATA[ Police identify man found dead in car ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:35:02 -0400 <![CDATA[ Police release name of Jamestown toddler who was beaten to death ]]>
But besides releasing her name, police Friday revealed few new details about little Nayla’s death, which the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma.

“We know that the child was brought to the hospital early Wednesday evening, so we’re trying to backtrack and establish an exact timeline,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson. “In an nutshell, we’re trying to find out exactly how the injuries occurred.”

Investigators are interviewing relatives and friends of the family, but no arrests have been made.

“This is going to take some time to process the information we have,” Samuelson said. “I do not expect a quick arrest.”

However, the girl’s 25-year-old mother and the mother’s 30-year-old boyfriend are considered “persons of interest,” Samuelson said.

Neither was identified by police. The mother has been cooperating with investigators, but the boyfriend has not, Samuelson said.

The mother took the little girl to the emergency room of WCA Hospital in Jamestown late Wednesday.

The child was then rushed to Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where she later died.

Nayla lived with her mother on Newland Avenue, where the boyfriend stayed with them occasionally, Samuelson said.

Anyone who may have information on the case is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7537 or use the anonymous tip line at 483-8477.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:21:27 -0400 Jay Rey
<![CDATA[ Basom man arrested for DWI following property damage accident ]]>
Cyle J. Sundown was charged with driving while intoxicated after he agreed to a chemical breath test that showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, twice the state’s legal limit. Sundown, who was uninjured in the crash, also was charged with a number of traffic violations. After his car was towed from the scene and he was arraigned in North Collins Town Court he was released to family members. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:47:05 -0400
<![CDATA[ Both victim and shooter drive off after Falls incident ]]>
According to witnesses, the wounded victim, who was wearing an orange shirt and a white hat, fled the scene in a silver SUV. The gunman, who got out of his own SUV at the intersection to shoot at the victim, also drove off, police said.

The silver SUV that drove off with the shooting victim was recovered by police in the Monteagle Ridge Estates and was towed to police headquarters where it is being investigated. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:39:59 -0400
<![CDATA[ $15,000 milk coat and other coats stolen from Falls house ]]>
The current owner of the property, who is renovating it, called police about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and reported the thefts from boxes of clothing brought to the home by its new owner sometime late on Wednesday. Burglars broke open a rear window and ransacked the house, stealing the mink coat, a $350 full-length leather coat, a $500 full-length rabbit coat and a $250 London Fog coat, police said. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:39:44 -0400
<![CDATA[ Burglars hit home on Forest Avenue in Niagara Falls ]]>
The couple reporting the break-in were both at work when the burglars broke in, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. The intruders got into the attached garage by prying open an unlocked window and then entered the house through an unlocked door. The woman told police she would attempt to prepare an itemized list of the jewelry that was taken, some of it 25 years old. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:39:38 -0400
<![CDATA[ Man assaulted by two armed would-be robbers in Falls alley ]]>
The victim told officers that as he was walking south on 24th Street, two men wearing black hoodies crossed the street towards him and forced him a gunpoint to get into the alleyway. One of the men knocked him to the ground and pushed a handgun at him. While he was on the ground, the two robbers went through his coat and pants pockets and ran off when they came up empty-handed.

The victim was treated for a scrape on his neck caused the fingernails of the man who pushed him down. A nearby resident called 911 and police arrived but were unable to find the pair. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:39:33 -0400
<![CDATA[ Woman drives SUV into two homes on Fillmore Avenue ]]>
The woman, whose name was not released, was injured in the crash and was taken to Erie County Medical Center where she was under police guard Friday night.

Police said she was trying to turn onto A Street when she slammed into the two occupied homes. No one in the homes was injured. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:22:31 -0400
<![CDATA[ Niagara Falls police investigate break-in at house on 92nd Street ]]>
The female occupant of the house called police about 9 p.m. Thursday and reported the rear door of the home had been broken open while she was at work. When police arrived, the woman reported two laptop computers, $400 in cash and a gold necklace and diamond earrings had been stolen from her bedroom and her son’s bedroom. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:22:18 -0400
<![CDATA[ Man, 93, dies in Ellicott house fire ]]>
When firefighters arrived, fire was blowing out of every window in the two-story frame house, according to a fire official. Firefighters found the 93-year-old victim in his bedroom, according to Ellicott police. The man, whose identity was not released, lived alone with his dog, which also died in the fire, police said.

Chautauqua County Coroner John Sixbey pronounced the victim dead at the scene. It is believed that he died from smoke inhalation.

Authorities were still trying to contact family members Friday evening.

An electrical wire in a crawl space under the kitchen shorted out, igniting a floor joist, and the fire then spread to the rest of the house, which was destroyed, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The Fluvanna Fire Department responded to several calls of a fire at the house at 10:40 p.m., according to First Assistant Chief Jerry Raab. He said firefighters remained on the scene until 3:30 a.m. today. He said the fire destroyed the house.

Firefighters were assisted by colleagues from Bemus Point, Busti, Ellery Center, Ellington, Falconer, Frewsburg, Gerry, Kennedy, Kiantone and Sinclairville. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:04:18 -0400
<![CDATA[ Gang associate gets 4 years in prison for weapons possession ]]>
Johnson was an associate of the Bailey Boys Gang, federal prosecutors said, and his sentencing by Justice William Skretny was the latest development in a series of federal actions aimed at the gang. A total of 10 alleged members and associates of the Bailey Boys have been indicted on racketeering charges, including multiple murders, attempted murders, robberies and narcotics trafficking, prosecutors said.

Buffalo police arrested Johnson in December 2011 after they responded to a call on Emerson Street. He ran from the area but was taken into custody inside a residence on Glenwood Avenue. Officers searched a garbage tote next door and found a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a defaced serial number. Johnson admitted later admitted that he stole the gun from another individual.

The Buffalo police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI participated in the investigation. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:37:08 -0400
<![CDATA[ Man found dead in vehicle; foul play suspected ]]>
Buffalo police and a spokesmen for the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office would not discuss the cause of death.

An autopsy was performed Friday morning but officials have not released the results or identified the man. ]]>
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:22:15 -0400
<![CDATA[ Smoke shop ownership dispute brings police to scene ]]>
. Before matters calmed down about 5:30 p.m. or so, a man who claims ownership of the business was evicted from his apartment on the site but got a court stay of enforcement and returned later, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said.

The dispute erupted about 7 a.m. when a Native American woman, who was a niece of the former owner of the business, took state court papers to the site and claimed she had been given the business by her late uncle in his will. The site is at 852 Bloomingdale Road in Basom, near the Gensee County boundary with Erie County.

That led to the eviction and claims by the current owners of the business that the state court order and the will do not count because the business is on sovereign Native American land and not subject to such state legal actions.

In the midst of a change of threats both sides muttered at each other, a small fire broke out in one of the buildings on the site and was quickly extinguished.

About 3:30 p.m. Genesee County sheriff’s deputies at the scene requested backup from State Police. All of the lawmen left by about 5 p.m.

No one answered when calls were made to the smoke shop and its adjoining cafe about 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:12:16 -0400 Matt Gryta