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Five face drug charges after Langmeyer Ave. raid

Five Buffalo residents were arrested on drug possession counts late Thursday night after police, assisted by the SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 46 Langmeyer Ave.

Police said they recovered crack cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy.

Those charged are: Domonica Howard of Riley Street, Devon Banks of Langmeyer, Kevin McLean of Perry Street, Juan Ceasar of Block Street and Allen Jackson of West Delavan Avenue.

Police said deputies at the Erie County Holding Center found three bags of marijuana on McLean.


Man screams, then flees Symphony Circle robber

A 46-year-old man was held at gunpoint late Friday night at North Street and Symphony Circle.

The York Street victim told police that a male, about 20 years old, came up behind him and told him "be quiet and don't say anything." When the victim turned around, he saw a revolver and began to scream and run. The suspect then fled east on North Street.


Tour bus in fatal crash was filled over capacity

A tour bus that ran off the road and crashed, killing two people, was filled over capacity and had improper registration on board, Kentucky state police said Saturday.

The bus was carrying members of an extended family home to Alabama from a reunion in Niagara Falls, officials said. Police said the bus driver apparently dozed off about 3 a.m. and ran off the road, striking an overpass. Two people were killed, including the driver, and 64 were injured.

Neither the improper tags nor number of people onboard had anything to do with the cause of the wreck last Monday on a rural stretch of Interstate 65 in southern Kentucky, authorities said.

There were 66 people onboard the bus, including a driver and a co-driver, Trooper Todd Holder said. The bus had a capacity of 55 people, Holder said.

Registration tags that were found on the bus actually belonged to a different bus, Holder said. The tags that were supposed to be on the bus expired in 2005, he said.

"They took registration from a properly registered bus, or their other bus, and put it on this bus so it would be legal as it went down the road, or appear to be legal," Holder said.


Stockbridge Ave. woman stabbed with hat pin

A Stockbridge Avenue woman was stabbed in the stomach with a large hair pin early Saturday morning.

While on her porch, the victim was attacked by a female who reportedly lives on the same street. The victim is being treated in Women and Children's Hospital, according to police reports.


2-car Blasdell crash sends three to ECMC

Three people were hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center after an accident in Blasdell late Friday afternoon.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at 3180 Lakeshore Road in Blasdell, Hamburg police said today.

A few volunteer fire companies responded to the scene. Hamburg police have not released the names of the victims, and the investigation is continuing.

Leroy Avenue fire does $30,000 damage

An electrical fire caused $20,000 in damage to a home at 345 Leroy Ave. Saturday morning.

Fire crews arrived at the home between Holden and Hill streets shortly after 7 a.m. The property was occupied, but no one was injured, a fire dispatcher said.


16th St. man pleads guilty in arson try

A 16th Street man has pleaded guilty to attempted arson for trying to burn down a relative's Harvey Place home during a domestic dispute about 4 a.m. Feb. 19, 2006.

Kenneth K. Maynard, 51, is free on bail pending his Sept. 13 sentencing on third-degree attempted arson by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

Maynard could face up to seven years in prison, prosecutor Lauren A. Rott said Wednesday.

Buffalo Fire Investigators Edwin Ortiz and James O'Neill said Maynard tossed a Molotov cocktail that bounced off a wall of the home at 7 Harvey and burned briefly on a walkway outside the house. Six persons inside the house escaped unharmed, Rott said.

Buffalo Police Officer Peter Nigrelli and Detective Gilberto Munoz arrested Maynard on arson and other charges in the case on March 21, 2006.

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