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Tractor-trailer sought in hit-run accident

A family of three visiting Orchard Park for the weekend escaped injury early Saturday when their SUV, which was parked on the shoulder of the Thruway after running out of gas, was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer and extensively damaged.

The hit-and-run accident occurred at about 1 a.m. on the westbound Thruway about two miles from the Clarence service area. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 836-0240.


49th homicide recorded in Baynes St. shooting

A 63-year-old Baynes Street man who was shot in his home is the city's 49th homicide victim of the year.

Buffalo homicide detectives are investigating the death of Gerald Camann, who was found just after 9:30 p.m. Friday at 159 Baynes St., a police spokesman said.

A roommate found the wounded Camann in a lower hallway of their house. Detectives said he was shot in the upper part of his body. He was declared dead in Millard Fillmore Hospital.

As of Saturday night, investigators were still looking for suspects and a motive, said police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip Call Line at 847-2255.

A cousin of Camann's, Bart Klettke of Lewiston, said he was shocked and saddened by the news.

He described Camann as a friendly, soft-spoken man with a dry sense of humor who grew up in Niagara Falls and graduated from LaSalle High School.

Camann, who has a number of relatives in Niagara Falls, had worked in the past as a house painter, Klettke said.


Drug squad arrests 3 in Seventh Street raid

A drug investigation conducted by Buffalo and Lancaster police culminated in the arrests of three people Saturday in a West Side home on Seventh Street.

Buffalo Narcotics Squad detectives found 10 grams of marijuana and 3.5 grams of cocaine in the house, Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said. They also recovered $780 in cash.

Charged with felony counts of drug possession are Brenda Chapman, 49; Gregory Chevere, 23; and Latrice Howard, 34, all of 482 Seventh.

The warrant used in the 11:15 a.m. raid was the 1,015th search warrant executed by the city Narcotics Squad this year, police said.


Officer probing stabbing attacked by woman, 30

A Buffalo police officer was scratched and kicked early Saturday while investigating the report of a stabbing.

Police said officers found Takesha C. Drayton, 30, on a couch in her Remoleno Street home with a cut in her right thigh and indications that she and a friend had been drinking and smoking marijuana.

When Officer Robert J. Skrabacz asked about the drug, Drayton pushed him into a television cabinet, kicked him in the right thigh and scratched his neck and face, damaging his glasses, police said in a report.

Police said she also remained "loud and abusive" in Erie County Medical Center and had to be sedated three times. Further information was unavailable.

She was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.


Mail carrier charged in sale of stolen goods

A Buffalo mail carrier was arrested Saturday morning and accused of selling stolen musical instruments while wearing her postal uniform.

Amherst Police and postal inspectors arrested Rachel Walker, 33, of Dodge Road, Amherst, at her workplace, the East Side Postal Service station on Monsignor Valente Drive off William Street.

Walker is accused of selling stolen musical instruments to a Cheektowaga music store on several occasions in August and September. Police said the instruments included bass fiddles, cellos and violins stolen in a July burglary in Amherst.

According to police, Walker was wearing her postal carrier's uniform when she sold the items.

Both Walker and her boyfriend, Matthew Bixby, 25, of Lamarck Drive, Snyder, are accused of felony counts of possession of stolen property. Police said both defendants allegedly have substance abuse problems.


E. Side house fire causes $35,000 damage

A fire caused an estimated $35,000 damage about 8 p.m. Saturday to a vacant home at 50 Houghton St. City fire marshals are attempting to determine the cause, officials said.


Armed robber takes cash from Walgreens

A man armed with a handgun robbed the Walgreens drugstore at 650 Delaware Ave. at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

A clerk told police the man placed a box of chocolate Santas on the counter and said, "Give me the money." When the clerk didn't immediately comply, he pulled out a handgun and repeated the order.

The robber fled with an undetermined amount of money.

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