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Vehicular manslaughter charged in fatal crash

BATAVIA -- A Basom man was charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony driving while intoxicated following a fatal crash Saturday evening on Bloomingdale Road in the Town of Alabama.

Carlos E. Guevara, 34, was being held in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. State troopers said Guevara fled the scene of the crash that killed Winifred V. Standsblack, 52, also of Basom.

Standsblack was westbound on Bloomingdale near the Erie County border at about 6 p.m. when her small SUV was struck a larger oncoming SUV driven by Guevara.

Standsblack was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two passengers were taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where they both were in stable condition, according to state troopers. Their names were not released.

After searching for Guevara for several hours, state police arrested him at his home on Sandhill Road at about 10 p.m. Guevara had a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years, according to troopers.

He also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more and violation of probation.


Woman accused of leaving grandson home alone

A Floss Avenue woman was charged Sunday with leaving her 17-month-old grandson home alone for 3 1/2 hours while she attended a party, police reported.

Lisa L. Barlow, 40, was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said the boy did not appear to be injured, and Child Protective Services was notified.

Northeast District police said Barlow left the boy in his crib at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday and went across the street to a party. About 1 1/2 hours later, a family member checked in and found the child alone in his crib, crying, then took the child to a home on Deshler Street and called police.

Officers Darren Labedz and Tina Ferraro were waiting when Barlow finally returned to check on her grandson about 11 p.m. Police said she was intoxicated when they arrested her.


Woman hit with handgun after confronting intruder

A Buffalo woman was treated in Erie County Medical Center after a burglar hit her in the mouth with a gun when she confronted him early Sunday, police said.

Northeast District police said the woman heard the sound of a front window breaking at about 3 a.m. in her house on Sanford Street, near North Fillmore and Leroy avenues.

When she went to investigate, she encountered a man wearing a black mask and displaying a .25-caliber handgun, police said. The man began fighting with her, hit her with the gun and fled.


Moselle St. man robbed of $600, jewelry by gunman

A gunman stole $600 and jewelry valued at about $2,000 from a Moselle Street man Saturday night, police reported.

The victim told Northeast District police that he was just a few houses away from his home at about 10:10 p.m. when he was confronted by a man displaying a long handgun.

The gunman, wearing a gray hooded shirt, stole the cash, a diamond bracelet worth about $1,500 and a gold ring with diamonds valued at about $500.


Drexel St. man accused of making false 911 call

A Drexel Street man who called 911 claiming he was threatened with a gun Saturday night ended up arrested for allegedly lying about it, police said.

Robert Wilkins, 44, was charged with falsely reporting an incident and aggravated harassment.

Northeast District police said Wilkins called 911 at about 6 p.m. reporting that he had been confronted by a gunman, who said he would kill him.

But when officers talked to the accused gunman, the man played more than 15 voice mail messages left on his cell phone by Wilkins, who was threatening him and demanding money.

Officers Earl Perrin and Anthony Lapiana arrested Wilkins that night at the Northeast District station. Records show that Wilkins has four felony convictions in Erie County for robbery, burglary, grand larceny and forgery.

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