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Man jumps on hood trying to stop carjackers

A Tonawanda man -- who was trying to stop robbers from stealing his vehicle -- jumped on the hood of his moving vehicle Sunday night, but fell off as they sped away, according to Buffalo police.

It was unclear if the man was injured and police are still searching for his vehicle, a silver 2001 Volvo S70.

The victim told Northwest District police that he was walking up to a house in the 100 block of Russell Avenue just after 8 p.m. when two men grabbed him from behind.

The assailants punched him in the face numerous times, stole his keys from his coat pocket, got into the vehicle and drove away. The robbers drove east on Greenfield Street, toward Main Street.


Man accused of making, selling counterfeit DVDs

A Town of Tonawanda man was arrested Sunday in connection with what authorities are calling one of the largest counterfeit merchandise operations in upstate New York, state police reported.

David A. Cook, 47, of Fairfield Avenue, is accused of making counterfeit DVD movies and then selling them for $5 at Antique World on Main Street in the Town of Newstead.

State police received a complaint last fall about the counterfeit sales and launched an investigation with the Motion Picture Association of America.

Cook was operating a retail booth at Antique World, where police found him to be in possession of about 1,500 counterfeit DVD recordings of movies. About 6,000 more illegal DVDs were confiscated from his home.

Police seized numerous computers, printers and hard drives from his home as well as a quantity of untaxed cigarettes and a large sum of U.S. currency.

Cook was charged with manufacture or sale of an unauthorized recording of a performance, two counts each of failure to disclose the origin of a recording and trademark counterfeiting, all felonies.

He was also charged with possession of untaxed cigarettes and attempting to evade state tax.

Cook is scheduled to appear in Newstead Town Court on Jan. 17 and in Tonawanda Town Court on Jan. 22.


Home invasion leads to charges against 2

An Amherst man was charged Sunday with a gunpoint home invasion on Greenwood Place in which he bound a man with duct tape and stole his belongings, Buffalo police said.

Northeast District police said Clifford G. Tulloch, 23, of Joe McCarthy Drive, was the gunman who barged into a house in the 100 block of Greenwood at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The robber stole a wedding band, $70 and two cell phones and fled.

About 15 minutes later, Officer William Cooley tried to pull over an SUV driven by Eddie Baldon, 32, of Winslow Street, but he led police on a car chase, police said.

During the pursuit, Baldon and his passenger, Tulloch, threw items out of the windows, including the two stolen cell phones and a black handgun, police said.

The men stopped the vehicle at Riley Street and Humboldt Parkway and ran, but they were quickly apprehended. Cooley made the arrest, assisted by Officer Chad Maloney.

Tulloch was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a weapon.

The SUV driver, Baldon, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, and traffic charges.

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