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Albion mayor's daughter arrested in drug roundup

ALBION -- Four people -- including the daughter of the Albion village mayor -- were arrested Thursday in connection with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in the Albion area, according to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

Shardae A. Hadick, 19, the daughter of Mayor Michael Hadick, faces felony drug charges, along with Isaiah Young, 20, of Rochester and Isaac A. Williams, 20, of Albion. Kaeyla M. Erway, 18, of Waterport faces a felony conspiracy charge.

Police said they seized 91 bags of crack cocaine, packaged marijuana, hydrocodone pills, cash and other drug paraphernalia. The arrests culminated a one-month investigation.


Man who lost bank card is out $5,000 in scam

A mentally challenged man who lost his bank card at the Taste of Buffalo this summer was scammed out of $5,000, Buffalo police said Friday.

The victim lost his savings account debit card on July 7. Soon after, he was contacted by phone by someone claiming to be an employee of the bank. The victim provided the caller with account information and his PIN number, police said.


Toronto man extradited to face fraud charges

A Toronto man, wanted on fraud charges in Illinois, was handed over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Friday at the Peace Bridge.

Lloyd Prudenza, 46, was extradited by Canadian authorities to answer charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prudenza and two other Toronto residents were indicted in 2004 on 24 counts for their alleged role in a pervasive Canadian telemarketing operation, according to Kevin Corsaro, a Customs toms spokesman.

The operation allegedly made phone calls to U.S. residents during 2001 and 2002 claiming to provide credit cards to individuals with less than perfect credit for an advance fee payment of about $200.

The credit cards were never provided.

About 35,000 victims suffered about $7 million in losses as the result of the scam.

Prudenza was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for further extradition to Illinois.


Injured worker accepts $2 million settlement

An East Concord man whose career as a millwright ended after scaffolding fell on him at the General Motors Tonawanda plant on June 1, 1998, has accepted a $2 million insurance settlement, his attorneys said Friday.

Timothy Swedenhjelm, 52, a GM employee, suffered crippling knee and back injuries and, despite undergoing back surgery, will be taking pain medication for the rest of his life, according to R. Colin Campbell, one of his attorneys. The settlement was reached after a week of testimony during a damages trial before State Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers.

The offer came from carriers for Safway Steel Products, the Wisconsin firm erecting the scaffolding.


Thief steals $10,000 from South Buffalo home

A thief stole more than $10,000 from a safe-deposit box stored under the bed in a South Buffalo home, South District police said.

A burglar entered the Sirrett Street home, off South Park Avenue, some time between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, and pried open the safe-deposit box. The lock box contained between $10,000 and $20,000, mostly in $50 and $100 bills, police reported Friday.

The burglar also took approximately $300 in loose change and silver dollars.


Vietnam War veteran avoids jail in DWI case

LOCKPORT -- A decorated Vietnam War veteran avoided jail time on a drunken-driving charge in Niagara County Court on Friday as he related his story of post-traumatic stress disorder since returning from the war in 1969.

Oscar L. Taylor, 60, of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to felony DWI, his seventh drunken-driving conviction, this one stemming from his Nov. 23 arrest in Niagara Falls.

Taylor, who brought his Bronze Star to court, credited Theresa Ferrante of the county's Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime program for counseling him and bringing his wartime memories out into the open.

"You were self-medicating all those years with alcohol," Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said. "I do not want to send a man like you to prison."

She placed him on five years' probation and fined him $1,000.


Arsonist strikes Grimes St. house

An arson that started on the staircase of a vacant house in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area Friday morning caused an estimated $40,000 damage, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to a 7:47 a.m. alarm at 66 Grimes St., south of Broadway between Fillmore and Bailey avenues.

The fire was ignited on a stairway to the second floor of the 2 1/2 -story frame house, authorities said.

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