>Injured motorcyclist in serious condition
The condition of a 55-year-old East Lovejoy Street man slipped to serious from fair condition Wednesday night in Erie County Medical Center after an early-morning motorcycle accident that threw him from his vehicle and sent him sliding about 140 feet, Buffalo police said.
John R. Arricale was westbound on Broadway a few minutes after midnight when his motorcycle struck the curb at North Ogden Street, forcing him to lose control, fall off his machine and slide along the ground. Police ticketed him for driving without a license.
>Decision in Glover case reserved until January
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Movie star Danny Glover and two Canadian union leaders won't learn what the verdicts are on their trespassing charges until January.
Justice of the Peace Moira Moses on Wednesday reserved decision following a two-day trial in Niagara Regional Provincial Offences Court, defense lawyer Frank Addario told The Buffalo News.
"We made our legal arguments today and the judge indicated the case was sufficiently complex that she reserved her decision until Jan. 24," Addario said.
Glover, Alexandra Dagg, national co-director of UNITE HERE Canada, and Ontario Federation Labor President Wayne Samuelson were charged with trespassing, refusing to leave when asked to do so on Sept. 16, 2006, at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel during a union protest. Glover testified in court Tuesday but was not present for final arguments.
Union officials and Glover testified they entered the hotel to ask if they could speak with, or arrange a meeting with, Canada Niagara Hotels owner Dino DiCienzo.
If Glover and the union leaders are convicted, they each would face fines of $200 to $2,000.
>Woman who helped kill prostitute gets 15 years
Dolly Mae Clapp, a Langmeyer Avenue woman who pleaded guilty to helping Buffalo pimp Harold Bonner kill a drug-addicted prostitute almost two years ago, was sentenced Wednesday to spend up to 15 years in prison.
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed the sentence on Clapp, 48, who had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Oct. 11, 2006. Bonner was convicted two weeks ago in the killings of two prostitutes.
DiTullio said she refused to give Clapp a lesser prison term because Clapp had reneged on a deal to testify against Bonner.
Deputy District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, who obtained the two murder convictions against Bonner, 54, told the judge he found that despite the plea deal worked out last year for her role in the fatal beating of Mechelle Hicks, Clapp proved too "evasive" to trust.
Clapp told the judge she backed off from testifying at Bonner's recent jury trial because he had threatened to have associates harm her 17-year-old daughter.
Clapp's attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio, said Bonner still seems to have some sort of psychological control over Clapp.
>Man accused of robbing same gas station twice
Lackawanna police arrested a 34-year-old man accused of committing two similar robberies nine days apart -- at the same Noco station on South Park Avenue.
Detectives got a break in the case following the second robbery, which occurred early Tuesday morning.
"We had an anonymous tip as to who the suspect might be," Capt. Ronald Miller said.
Detectives Daniel Cardi and Robert Friend put together a photo array, and both clerks picked the same suspect.
When Miller, the two detectives and Lt. Joseph Leo went to a Victory Avenue house where the suspect has an attic apartment, he jumped from a third-floor window into some bushes.
The detectives charged Timothy Rodriguez with two counts each of robbery and petit larceny, along with resisting arrest and one count of unlawful imprisonment.
In each early morning robbery at the Noco station, on Oct. 21 and Tuesday, the bandit asked for an item, paid for it and then jumped over the counter to steal cash from the cash register, a total of $90 to $100. In Tuesday's incident, Rodriguez is accused of holding the clerk while putting a blunt object in her back.
>Burglar takes $1,400 from beneath mattress
Police are looking for a burglar who broke into a Wyoming Avenue home Tuesday night and stole $1,400 from underneath a mattress.
Northeast District police said the break-in occurred between 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Wyoming.