Two with a gun shoot man during robbery
A Swan Street man shot in the calf during a street robbery early this morning on the Lower West Side was listed in fair condition later today in Erie County Medical Center, authorities said.
Juan Oliveras, no age available, told Central District police that two men approached him at Carolina Street and Whitney Place at about 12:30 a.m. They asked him if he had any "weed," pointed a dark handgun, possibly a 9 mm, at him, and took $5 from him before shooting him.
The two men drove away from the scene, possibly in a dark Pontiac Grand Am.
Rochester man accused in sale of sick puppies
ROCHESTER -- A Rochester man was charged Thursday with selling or offering to sell animals exposed to disease in connection with puppies that were dumped in Genesee County.
The Fairport-based Humane Society at Lollypop Farm said Warren Thomas, 30, the owner of the now-closed Happy Pups kennel on Lincoln Avenue, was arrested by Humane Society animal cruelty investigators.
Humane Society investigators seized 18 puppies from Happy Pups on Jan. 30. Two of the puppies were diagnosed with the parvo virus; one dog died.
Tuesday, Laurie J. Lerkins, 28, of Le Roy, was charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty and animal abandonment for allegedly dropping 10 puppies along West Bergen and Griswold roads in Le Roy on Jan. 23. Those puppies came from Happy Pups, Genesee County sheriff's officials reported.
Thomas is scheduled to appear next Friday in Rochester City Court on the single misdemeanor charge, which carries a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Demolition requested after fire on Sycamore
Buffalo fire officials requested emergency demolition of a Sycamore Street house after an arson that destroyed the apparently unoccupied structure early today.
Firefighters responded to a 1:18 a.m. alarm at 983 Sycamore, a 2 1/2 -story frame building. The fire started on the second floor and spread to the attic, causing $30,000 damage to the structure.
One firefighter reported off-duty after suffering a back injury fighting the blaze, fire officials said.
Window washer hurt in fall accepts $1 million settlement
A window washer permanently disabled when he fell at a Williamsville job site three years ago has received a $1 million pretrial insurance settlement, his attorney said Thursday.
Jamie Goodrich, now 27, has been unable to work since he suffered severe back injuries after falling at a Williamsville home July 2, 2003, according to his attorney, Jed Dietrich.
The settlement was reached during court mediation sessions ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers, who had been scheduled to preside at a jury trial in the case this month.
Goodrich, who was on a window-cleaning crew when he suffered the injuries, agreed to the settlement "to secure his economic future because there was limited insurance coverage available," Dietrich said.
One-year term imposed for drug possession
A West Seneca man who pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to drug possession was sentenced this week to a year in jail.
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed the sentence on Jesse Mediak, 25, of Burch Avenue.
Mediak became the subject of a months-long investigation by West Seneca and Cheektowaga police after West Seneca school officials reported his suspicious activities near one of the town's schools, said prosecutor James Q. Auricchio.
Auricchio said the hydrocodone seized during the raid on Mediak's flat is a highly popular and highly addictive drug sold under the name Lortab.