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4 UB STUDENTS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF HAZING

Four University at Buffalo students who are members of an underground fraternity were arrested late Sunday on hazing charges, UB police said.

The students were arrested by UB police after someone reported seeing a young man being tied up and forced into a vehicle at 11:43 p.m. near the Ellicott Complex dormitories on the North Campus, said John M. Grela, UB's public safety director.

Officers pulled over the vehicle at Maple Road and Millersport Highway in Amherst.

They found a young man with his hands bound. He had not been injured and had not consumed alcohol, Grela said.

The victim is not cooperating with police, and the members of the fraternity who abducted him would not say what they were planning, Grela said.

The four students are members of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, which isn't recognized by UB, and officers believe the abduction was an attempted hazing.

The four 18-year-old students who face charges of second-degree hazing, a violation, are: David A. Smith of Brooklyn, Brian D. Field of Baynes Street, Lewis S. Goldsmith of Kendall Park, N.J., and Jonathan J. Schechter of Brooklyn.

2 LACKAWANNA MEN HELD IN TRICK-OR-TREAT SCAM

The two trick-or-treaters were a little old, and the samurai-type swords they were packing turned out to be real.

So on Sunday night, more than an hour after the regular 5 to 8 p.m. trick-or-treat time had ended, Lackawanna police arrested two men who were going door-to-door on Victory Avenue, dressed in dark clothing, with the swords on their backs.

Lt. David Darmstedter and Officer Aaron Brennan charged Angelo C. Orticelli, 28, and Jeffrey C. Takacs, 21, both of Lackawanna, with disorderly conduct.

Because both were accused of giving false names, they were charged with obstructing governmental administration. Orticelli also was charged with criminal impersonation and Takacs with false personation, police said.

Monday, Capt. Ronald Miller, chief of detectives, and Detective Daniel Cardi also charged Orticelli with reckless endangerment and menacing, accusing him of firing a shotgun that narrowly missed a youth inside a Lackawanna home Oct. 24.

RED CROSS AIDS ADULT, CHILD AFTER HOUSE FIRE

The Red Cross is assisting one adult and one child after a fire erupted inside a Huntington Avenue home Monday, fire officials said.

Authorities said the one-alarm blaze broke out on the first floor of 281 Huntington at 12:51 p.m. and quickly spread throughout the 2 1/2 -story house.

Damage was estimated at $125,000 to the home and $50,000 to the contents.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined. No injuries were reported.

TWO FEMALE UB STUDENTS REPORT THEY WERE RAPED

Two female University at Buffalo students said they were raped in separate incidents over the past several days in the University Heights neighborhood, according to Buffalo police reports.

In the first incident, a student said she was held against her will in a West Northrup Place house and raped by two men at about 1:45 a.m. Friday. The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. She was able to identify both men to police.

In the second incident, a student said she was raped by an unknown man she met at a Halloween party at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Minnesota Avenue. The man escorted her around the corner from the house and then attacked her, she told police.

UB police assisted in responding to both incidents. Buffalo police had not made an arrest in either case as of Monday afternoon.

FIREFIGHTER HURT, TRUCK DAMAGED DURING SHOW

One firefighter was injured and a Buffalo Fire Department ladder truck was extensively damaged Monday morning during a demonstration for school students at a South Buffalo fire house.

The accident occurred at about 11:15 a.m. at Southside Parkway and Seneca Street.

Fire officials said schoolchildren were visiting Ladder 10. Firefighters were doing a demonstration and took the truck outside. When they put the ladder up, the truck tipped over, according to authorities.

The injured firefighter was not believed to be seriously injured.

TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN ABDUCTION, BEATING

Two Hertel Avenue men were being sought for questioning by Buffalo police after an East Ferry Street man told officers he was held against his will for three hours early Monday and threatened with decapitation, according to police reports.

The victim reported to police shortly after 6 a.m. that he was held inside an address in the 1100 block of Hertel Avenue from 3 to 6 a.m. by the two men who burned him, assaulted him and then threatened to cut his head off with a machete, according to police reports.

The victim suffered lacerations and burns to his arms, chest and back, the report stated. He told police the two men threatened to tie him up and cut off his head with a machete and shoot him. The victim escaped from the apartment and contacted police.

He was going to seek medical attention, police reported.

The victim said the two men were known to carry guns and a machete.

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