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JEWELRY, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TAKEN IN HOUSE BURGLARY

Burglars struck again in Eggertsville Wednesday morning, the second such crime in three days, and Amherst police believe the two house burglaries probably are related.

Late Wednesday morning, burglars entered through a rear door of a home in the 200 block of Crosby Boulevard. Taken were jewelry and household items, including an antique clock, police said.

The thieves also rummaged through the homeowners' garbage, perhaps looking for discarded slips bearing credit card numbers, just as they had in a burglary Monday.

Capt. Joseph B. Scioli today warned homeowners not to throw away any receipts or slips bearing credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or anything that could be used by a thief to access any account. Instead, those slips should be shredded or torn into pieces.

Monday, burglars pried open a side door before taking about $2,750 worth of jewelry from a Longmeadow Road home during daylight hours.

McDonald's worker robbed of $135 at knifepoint

A robber armed with a knife stole $135 from the McDonald's Restaurant at Genesee Street and Bailey Avenue at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Deandre Eaton, a worker at the restaurant, told Ferry-Fillmore District police officers he was taking out the trash when the robber forced him back inside and ordered him to turn over the cash, police said.

The thief was described as about 18 years old, of medium build and wearing a yellow bandanna to mask his face.

Three gunmen burglarize home and rob man outside

Three men with two shotguns and a handgun burglarized a Roslyn Street woman's home and robbed a man outside the residence late Wednesday, authorities said.

The men entered the home in the first block of Roslyn at 11 p.m., and one of them ordered the woman to undress, but she was able to flee when the burglars turned their attention to "someone outside," police said.

Andre Arrington of Hagen Street told police that the men, all wearing black masks, ordered him to lie on the ground.

They robbed him of a $250 cellular telephone and a set of keys, according to investigating officers.

Fire in rooming house blamed on careless smoking

Careless smoking was responsible for a fire that caused heavy damage Wednesday afternoon in a Buffalo rooming house, officials said.

The fire at 827 Fillmore Ave. was reported shortly after 2:30 p.m. The three-story structure houses a 40-unit rooming house, according to fire dispatch.

Flames broke out on the first floor and extended throughout that floor before spreading to the second floor, the dispatcher said. Damage was estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $60,000 to its contents.

Firefighters helped four occupants from the building; further information was unavailable. Some firefighters also suffered minor injuries but were able to remain on duty.

The Red Cross was called to provide assistance for about a dozen residents of the building.

Two awaiting murder trial convicted in vandalism case

Two of the three men facing murder trials in the execution-style slaying of Buffalo deli worker Abdo Nasser were convicted Wednesday of vandalizing a garage and cars on Whitney Place in Cheektowaga two years ago.

Joshua McNerney of Angola and Daniel Denorman, both 21, were convicted of stolen property and petit larceny charges after a four-day jury trial before State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma.

Jailed since their arrests last spring, McNerney and Denorman, of Amber Street, both face trial before Forma on April 2 on second-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of Abdo Nasser, 19, during a late-night robbery attempt at his family's Roanoke Food Market on Seneca Street last March 2.

Matthew Czaplicki, 21, of Allegany Street, faces an April 9 trial on a charge of first-degree murder before Forma for allegedly killing Nasser.

He has been jailed since last May, serving a two-year prison term on probation violation counts in a 1998 Buffalo robbery.

McNerney and Denorman could face one-year jail sentences for the Whitney Place vandalism when sentenced April 20.

They will be tried jointly on a second-degree murder charge in the Nasser slaying. The trial has yet to be scheduled.

Two unidentified people die as car flips and burns

WELLAND, Ont. -- Two people died early Wednesday in a single-car crash on the east side of the Welland Canal, Niagara Regional Police said.

It appears that the car struck two utility poles, then flipped and burst into flames, police said.

The accident occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. along a service road near the intersection of Humberstone Road.

One occupant -- a man -- was thrown from the car, and the other occupant remained inside.

The identities of the victims remain under investigation, police said.

Batavia man pleads guilty to DWI count in July incident

LOCKPORT -- A man who was charged with drunken driving with 2- and 3-year-old children as passengers in his car pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Theodore Murphy, 40, of Maple Street, Batavia, will be sentenced April 25 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

State police pulled Murphy over on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport at 1:20 a.m. July 19 for crossing the center line. They measured his blood-alcohol content at 0.19 percent.

Housing police arrest driver, two others in stolen car

Three Buffalo residents were arrested Wednesday night by housing police, who said they were seen driving in a stolen car on Jasper Parrish Drive.

The car, according to Officers Brian Britzzalaro and Adam O'Shei, was a rental that had been reported stolen Tuesday to Central District officers. One of the suspects was carrying four bags of crack cocaine in his right sock, the officers said.

Charged with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and one of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle were Taylon Hemphill, 17, who was driving the car, and passengers Marlin T. Kemp, 16, and Andrea N. Roberts, 22.

Kemp also was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sanborn boy, 15, accused in theft of cash and SUV

LEWISTON -- A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and accused of stealing $2,169 in cash and a 1984 sport utility vehicle and having a small quantity of LSD, Niagara County Sheriff's Investigator Ernest Lavigueur said Wednesday.

Charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count each of felony criminal mischief and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substances, the Sanborn resident is accused of stealing $2,169 from his employer, Tuscarora Trading Post, 2390 Upper Mountain Road, on Feb. 1.

He also is accused of stealing the sport utility vehicle from 2021 Saunders Settlement Road on Dec. 29.

The vehicle was found that same day, destroyed by fire off Green Road, Lavigueur said.

The boy also is accused of having nine sugar cubes laced with LSD in his possession Feb. 2.

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