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POLICE OFFICER BREAKS ANKLE DURING FIGHT, 2 MEN ARRESTED

A Northwest District officer suffered a broken ankle early today in a scuffle with a pair of 19-year-old men who resisted arrest after being loud and abusive on Kenmore Avenue, according to Buffalo police reports.

Officer Carl Lundin was injured in arresting Derek Crowley of Rogers Avenue and Robert Hickey of Kenmore Avenue at about 3:45 a.m. The two men are accused of using obscene language and refusing to comply with police officers' requests.

Crowley was charged with second-degree assault, while both men face charges of resisting arrest and four counts of disorderly conduct, police said.

Victim says 3 men with gun
beat him, threatened life

An Erb Street man told police that three men tried to run him down early today at East Ferry Street and Bailey Avenue before they beat him, stuck a handgun in his mouth and threatened to kill him.

The victim was walking at the intersection at about 1:50 a.m. when the three men tried to run him down, he told police. After he jumped on the hood, the three men exited the vehicle and repeatedly punched and kicked him.

One of the men then pulled out a silver automatic handgun and threatened him with it. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of bruises, swelling and pain.

Daughter, 14, charged
in several fires at house

After reporting several fires set in their home Monday, a Seneca Street couple were shocked when police charged their 14-year-old daughter with arson.

South District officers said several fires had been set on the first and second floors of the house in the 2100 block of Seneca between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.

The girl was charged with reckless endangerment and attempted second-degree arson, both felonies.

Tractor, tanker disconnect;
Grand Island Boulevard shut

Town of Tonawanda police had to close Grand Island Boulevard from the south Grand Island Bridge to Kenmore Avenue for most of this morning's rush hour after a tanker carrying diesel fuel disconnected from its tractor.

There was no spillage or leak, and the tanker did not tip over, but it did block the road enough to force police to close that section of Grand Island Boulevard. The mishap occurred just before 7 a.m.

Authorities were transferring the fuel into another tanker before removing the disconnected tanker from the scene.

High-speed chase ends
in arrest, multiple charges

LEWISTON -- Town police arrested a Mount Hope Road man on multiple charges early Monday after a high-speed chase through the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

John Paul Hill, 25, of Mount Hope Road, who police said was clocked driving at speeds of up to 90 mph in a stolen car, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools at 3:40 a.m. on Printup Road.

He also was charged with reckless driving, failure to yield the right of way, two counts of speeding and other vehicle and traffic charges.

Patrolman Alan F. Baird said a chase began when Patrolman James Ullery saw Hill drive past him at about 90 mph in the opposite direction on Upper Mountain Road. Ullery chased Hill and called for assistance when he would not stop. The chase lasted about 15 minutes and ended on Printup Road, near Chew Road, when Patrolman Scott Stafford set out road spikes across the pavement, forcing the car to stop. Hill ran from the car and was caught after a brief foot chase.

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