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>Victim of stabbing uncooperative, police say

A Dartmouth Avenue man was being treated in Erie County Medical Center Wednesday evening after he was stabbed in the back on Weston Avenue, Buffalo police said.

The victim was stabbed by unknown assailants about 5:30 p.m. on the left side of his back. He was taken by ambulance to ECMC.

The victim was uncooperative with police, according to reports. When asked by police about the details of the stabbing, the victim reportedly told officers: "What's it matter? You ain't gonna catch him anyway."


>Driver in guarded condition after collision with semi

PAVILION -- A two-vehicle crash, about three miles from where four members of a Batavia family died nine days earlier, seriously injured a Wyoming man, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

William R. Sikes, 43, who was freed from his vehicle, was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he was listed in guarded condition Wednesday.

The crash occurred about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday at Route 63 and Transit Road. Deputies said Sikes was southbound on Transit and failed to yield at a stop sign to a tractor-trailer headed northwest on Route 63.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Ronald P. Dixon, 51, of Batavia, was not injured.

Sheriff's officials said the crash occurred about three miles from the Route 63 crash in the Town of Bethany that killed Peter and Connie Boyce and their two young sons on the morning of Nov. 11.


>Idling pickup stolen from Bailey Ave. home

A man who had left his pickup truck idling in his driveway Wednesday morning returned to find it had been stolen, police said.

The white Chevrolet pickup was taken at about 2:20 a.m. from the 1000 block of Bailey Avenue, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

Officer Ralph Skinner spotted the pickup about 40 minutes later, but the driver jumped out, ran away and still was being sought by police.

Officers said they recovered the vehicle. Its front and driver's side door had been slightly damaged.


>Assailants stab 2 men in attempted robbery

Two Buffalo men were stabbed during an attempted robbery Tuesday night in a park near Mortimer and Spring streets, police said.

Reginald S. Poole, 22, of Stanton Street, and Ramon R. Poole, 21, of Watson Street, were treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.

Central District police said the men were in the park at about 10 p.m. when they were confronted by two other men.

Police said that one of the men initially asked Reginald Poole for a cigarette and then said, "Give me your money."

When he refused to hand over his money, the man retaliated by pulling out a knife and stabbing Reginald Poole in his upper right leg, according to police.

The man also stabbed Ramon Poole in his wrist, police said.

Nothing was stolen, police said, and the two assailants fled north on Spring.


>Attack on witness leads to prison term

A Buffalo man who admitted retaliating against a government witness was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in prison in U.S. District Court.

Judge Richard J. Arcara also imposed two years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

Buffalo police had arrested Randy Krysztov, 23, March 22, 2006, after a woman complained he and others had punched and kicked her.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration then charged Krysztov because he had threatened the woman, who had been a witness in one of their cases.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Krysztov pleaded guilty April 2.


>Firefighter is injured battling East Side blaze

A Buffalo firefighter suffered a minor leg injury Wednesday morning while battling a blaze at a vacant house that spread to three neighboring houses, authorities reported.

Fire officials said flames erupted at 100 Barthel St. at about 3:40 a.m., causing about $20,000 in damage to the structure.

The flames also spread to 92 Barthel, which collapsed, as well as 104 Barthel and 90 Barthel.

The damage estimates for those three houses were not released, and it was unclear whether any of them was occupied.

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