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>City man dies after car crashes on Kensington

A Buffalo man died after a one-car crash on the outbound Kensington Expressway early Friday morning.

Jerome A. Blackmon, 44, of Phyllis Avenue, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he later died, Buffalo police said.

An autopsy revealed cardiac arrest was the cause of death. Authorities are trying to determine whether Blackmon was stricken before his vehicle crashed. Witnesses said the vehicle struck guardrails and burst into flames about 3:20 a.m., on the eastbound Kensington between Olympic and Bailey avenues.


>Newstead woman faces felony DWI charge

Erie County sheriff's deputies charged a Newstead woman with felony driving while intoxicated after they said her vehicle went into a ditch off Dye Road in the Town of Newstead on Friday, shortly after midnight.

Karen A. Jozwiak, 55, of McNeeley Road, failed several sobriety tests, sheriff's officials said. She faces a felony drunken-driving charge because of a previous DWI conviction in 2004, police said.


>Guilty verdict issued in Amherst break-in

An Amherst man was convicted Friday in the March 5 break-in at an Amherst home.

At the close of a nonjury trial, State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns found Evan Nix, 21, of Lawnwood Drive guilty of second-degree burglary.

Nix was arrested at about 1:15 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Grandview Drive.

He previously served several months in jail after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and burglary in the fatal shooting of Kahlid Ali, 18, at about 2:15 p.m. Feb. 12, 2005, during a teen drinking party on Ivanhoe Road in Cheektowaga.

Cheektowaga police said Nix brought the shotgun to the party, where a 15-year-old girl accidentally shot Ali in the head.

Prosecutor Brian K. Parker said Nix admitted that he and friends had planned to rob other party-goers, but the shooting aborted that plan.


>Main Street bank robbed by bandit armed with note

The First Niagara Bank branch at Main Street and Jewett Avenue was robbed at about 12:45 p.m. Friday of an undetermined amount of cash.

The holdup was the second at a First Niagara branch in as many days. Police, however, do not believe the robberies are related.

During Friday's robbery, a male bandit entered the bank at 2421 Main St. and demanded money from a teller. No weapon was displayed.

About 11:15 a.m. Thursday, the First Niagara branch on Connecticut Street was robbed by a female who handed a note to a teller demanding money.


>National Grid cuts power to free worker after mishap

About 870 homes and businesses in South Buffalo lost power temporarily Friday morning, after a crane cab apparently became entangled with electrical wires, snapping two utility poles on Southside Parkway.

National Grid workers and rescue crews freed the worker following the incident shortly before 7 a.m. on Southside, a few blocks south of Abbott Road. The incident didn't directly knock out power.

"For him to be safely extricated, we had to kill the circuit," National Grid spokesman Stephen F. Brady said.


>Baseball-bat attack puts man in hospital

A Mariner Street man remained in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center late Friday after being beaten in the forehead with a baseball bat inside an Allentown bar early in the morning, authorities said.

Brandon Yanchulas, 28, was attacked at about 2 a.m. in the Allen Street Hardware Cafe, Central District police said.


>Two students accused of marijuana possession

Two Clarence High School students were given appearance tickets for possession of a small amount of marijuana after drug-sniffing dogs searched the campus Friday.

The students also were suspended. Dogs searching the high school and middle school zeroed in on cars in the parking lot, Superintendent Thomas Coseo said.

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