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>Would-be burglar flees in rusty, loud pickup truck

Children scared off a would-be burglar who was trying to enter a lower apartment in the 200 block of Rodney Avenue about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police reported.

Police said the burglar removed a window, but abruptly left in an older-model pickup truck. Witnesses decribed the vehicle as two-tone brown and rusted with a loud muffler. A description of the burglar was not released and no arrest has been made.


>Intruders steal $800, severely injure resident

Two intruders broke into a home in the 300 block of Military Road early Tuesday, robbed the two men who lived there and left one of them with a severe head injury, police reported.

Hector Bocanegera, 29, was released after treatment in Erie County Medical Center.

The intruders broke through a bedroom window just after 3 a.m., accosted Bocanegera and his 25-year-old male housemate and told them to lie on the floor, Northwest District police said.

The robbers struck Bocanegera on the head and stole his $800, and then stole a gold "Jesus necklace" from the second man, police said. The robbers fled out a back door and ran through yards, heading north on Military.


>Woman hurt in collision with tractor-trailer

A Town of Tonawanda woman was listed in fair condition Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center with injuries suffered when her van slammed into a tractor-trailer on Grand Island Boulevard at about 11:15 p.m. Monday, then was run over by the rear wheels of the trailer, Town of Tonawanda police said.

Police Capt. Jon Scott said the van driver, Lynda Weigand, 36, of Parkedge Avenue, crossed the double-yellow line and struck the side of the oncoming truck.

The impact, which destroyed her van, left Weigand unconscious with a broken arm, but she regained consciousness as rescue workers freed her. Three children in her van, ranging from 3 to 12 years old, suffered injuries that were not believed to be serious, police said.


>Purse stolen from car while woman fills tire

A West Seneca woman was putting air in her car tire in Buffalo on Monday afternoon when a thief reached into her open car window and stole her purse, police said.

The woman told Central District Police she was in the 1000 block of Main Street when the theft happened between 5:20 and 5:45 p.m. Police recovered her empty purse inside the ladies washroom at Delta Sonic on Main Street.

The thief took $9, a cell phone, credit cards, a debit card, check books and personal identification.


>Pants, wallet lost in sexual encounter

A Kenmore man told Buffalo police that his pants and wallet were stolen while he was in a Johnson Park apartment late Sunday night for a sexual encounter with a woman.

The man said he thought it would be free of charge, but a second woman entered the apartment and took his pants and wallet, demanding that he pay for "services rendered."

When the man pursued the second woman out of the apartment to get his wallet back, he was confronted by a man who threatened him, police were told. All three suspects then fled in a four-door maroon sedan. The wallet contained debit and credit cards as well as the man's house and car keys.


>Rape suspect accused of assaulting officer

A South Buffalo man is accused of raping a woman in his home Monday afternoon and assaulting the detective who arrested him, Buffalo police said.

Robert P. Cornell, 30, of Norman Street, was charged with rape, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Cornell met a woman beside the creek in Cazenovia Park, and the two went back to his Normal Street home, South District police said.

Cornell tried to kiss and fondle her, and when she refused his advances, he forced himself on her, police said. According to police reports, the woman "clearly stated no three times."

When Detective James O'Donnell was investigating, Cornell jumped off a bed, attacking him and swearing at him. Cornell also is accused of attacking three other officers.

O'Donnell and Officer Raymond Krug arrested Cornell after officers subdued him. O'Donnell was treated in Erie County Medical Center for injuries to his right knee, ankle and right hand. He was released from the hospital and ordered off duty.


>Man charged with sale of pain medication

A 31-year-old North Tonawanda man has been charged with illegally selling fentanyl pain medication patches to an undercover federal agent.

Christopher Holland sold the patches to an agent last April, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said in announcing the felony drug distribution indictment Tuesday. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.

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