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>Fatal Thruway crash reroutes traffic through Angola plaza

One person was killed this morning in an accident on the Thruway that forced state troopers to reroute eastbound traffic through the Angola travel plaza parking lot, authorities said.

The accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. on the eastbound Thruway between the entrance ramp to the plaza and the exit ramp from the plaza. Eastbound travelers were sent on a quick detour through the travel plaza parking area.

No other details were available on the crash, but a tractor-trailer involved in the accident was carrying batteries when it rolled over, so a hazardous-materials team was called to the scene.


>Bernardo reportedly confesses to 10 more rapes

Paul Bernardo, serving a life sentence for killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy and committing more than a dozen rapes, confessed to sexually assaulting at least 10 other women, the Toronto Star said Tuesday.

Authorities were notified of the other assaults in the fall after Bernardo told them he wished to "clear up some 'loose ends,' " according to the report.

Bernardo, 41, of Port Dalhousie, Ont., was convicted in September 1995 for the June 1991 death of Mahaffy and April 1992 slaying of French in one of the most notorious criminal cases in Canadian history.

His ex-wife and accomplice, Karla Homolka, was released from prison last July 4 after serving 12 years for manslaughter in the two deaths.


>2 teenage youths attack 11-year-old boy on Chandler

An 11-year-old boy was attacked by two teenage youths while walking on Chandler Street late Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo police reported.

The boy's father told police that his son was on Chandler at about 5 p.m. when the two youths attacked him from behind. They pushed him to the ground and tried to take his sneakers.

The was cut on his back and also injured his right hand.

The teens fled without the sneakers or any of the boy's other property, police said. The boy was treated in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda.


>Man slashed in face on Bailey Avenue

A 29-year-old Buffalo man was was slashed on the right side of his face early today in the 200 block of Bailey Avenue, police said.

Deshaun Montgomery was treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center.

Northeast District police said an unknown man, described as 6-foot-2 and wearing a black coat, attacked Montgomery just after 4 a.m.


>Boyfriend arrested in beating of woman and her daughter

Buffalo police have charged a 34-year-old man with beating his girlfriend and her 11-year-old daughter during a domestic dispute Tuesday night, police reported.

Ricky Williams, of Kensington Avenue, was charged with two counts of assault, two counts of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Northeast District police said the attack occurred in Williams' home at about 6 p.m., when girl was attempting to call the police. Williams is accused of hitting the girl twice in the head, pushing her into a wall and up the stairs. The girl suffered a cut on her hand.

Police said Williams also attacked the girl's mother, pulling her hair, scratching her face and banging her head on the stairs. The woman had swelling, bruising and scratches on her head and body.

Officers Wendy Collier and Ronald Ammerman arrested Williams at a home in the 500 block of Fillmore Avenue.


>Man blocking traffic arrested on gun charge

A 20-year-old Buffalo man was charged with possessing a .380-caliber pistol early today after police stopped him for blocking traffic while walking along East Ferry Street, police said.

Rico M. Pennyamon, of Kensington Avenue, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Northeast District police said Pennyamon was walking in the eastbound lane of the 400 block of East Ferry at about 12:45 a.m. when an officer in a police cruiser approached him.

Police said the man reached into his waistband but Officers Jason Mayhook and James A. Scherer Jr. grabbed his arm and discovered the gun and a bullet in his pants pocket.

Pennyamon was previously convicted of misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in August 2004.


>Five arrested in raid that nets crack cocaine

Five people were arrested Sunday evening on felony drug charges after Buffalo narcotics officers raided a Walden Avenue home and seized more than 4 ounces of crack cocaine, according to Buffalo police.

Jason D. Gladden, 27, of Sweet Avenue; Floyd E. Fisher Jr., 21, North Parade Avenue; Edrick J. Steward, 25, of Sussex Court; Kevin S. Steward, 29, of Sobieski Street; and Bruce T. Fryer, 27, of Walden Avenue all were charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, including one charge that carries a term of up to life in prison, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Narcotics detectives raided the upper apartment of 91 Walden Ave. shortly after 9 p.m. The five arrested were characterized by police as "mid-level dealers."

Police also seized about $1,000 cash from the house.

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