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$1,082, other items stolen from Community Services

A nonprofit agency on Delaware Avenue was targeted by a thief who stole $1,082 from inside an office, Buffalo police said Thursday.

Central District police said someone entered a locked office at Community Services, 452 Delaware, sometime between Friday and Monday. The nonprofit agency provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Police said the thief stole the cash, along with 50 lottery tickets worth $2 each, two Target gift cards worth $20 each and two personal checks, one for $6 and the other for $18.


Boy, 2, rescued from pool is reported recovering

A West Seneca toddler who fell into an inflatable swimming pool in his backyard last week is recovering from his injuries, West Seneca authorities reported.

The 2-year-old boy remained in Women and Children's Hospital on Friday. His exact condition was not immediately available. However, West Seneca officials said the boy was taken out of a drug-induced coma earlier this week.

Tests of his brain were "very positive," according to a town official. The boy was, however, suffering from an apparent lung infection he received from the pool water that had filled his lungs.

The toddler was playing at his Southwood Drive home late in the afternoon July 18 when he wandered into the family's backyard and fell over the edge of the soft-sided 3-foot-high pool. He was found by his father unresponsive in about 20 inches of water.


Cheektowaga man accused of injuring officers

At least two Cheektowaga police officers were treated for cuts and bruises after a delusional man assaulted them inside his duplex late Thursday night, police said.

Robert Stanek, 50, is accused of striking officers with a curtain rod and throwing windows and screens at them as they tried to subdue him in the basement of his Ellen Drive duplex, according to police reports.

Officers responding to a 10:20 p.m. call of two men arguing on Ellen Drive were told that Stanek had broken out some hallway lights and smashed some items in the basement. As police tried to subdue him, he threatened to break the gas line, leading police to have the gas turned off.

Stanek was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.


Teen on Falls field trip assaulted by another

A teenager from New Orleans was being treated for serious injuries at Women and Children's Hospital after he was assaulted early Thursday while he was in Western New York on a field trip, Buffalo police reported.

The mother of the 14-year-old boy contacted Buffalo police to report her son was attending a youth camp in the Catskill Mountains but was on a field trip from the camp to Niagara Falls.

At about 3 a.m. Thursday, the group was staying overnight at a Starin Avenue ministry when a 16-year-old youth believed to be from Brooklyn woke the boy up and challenged him to fight.

The older teen picked up the 14-year-old, body-slammed him to the floor and began to punch and kick him in the head and body. Counselors intervened and broke up the fight.

The victim was admitted to the hospital with a lacerated liver, bruising to other internal organs as well as bruising and cuts to other parts of his head and body, police said.

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