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Bandits force employees of McDonald's into freezer

Police were searching for two men who held up the McDonald's restaurant at 1338 Main St. just after 9:30 p.m Saturday.

The bandits, believed to be armed, forced employees into a walk-in freezer before making off with an undisclosed sum of cash.

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Dump truck overturns, snarls Youngmann traffic

A dump truck carrying hot asphalt smacked into a guardrail and overturned on the Youngmann Highway at Niagara Falls Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, snarling traffic in the westbound lanes for about two hours, Amherst police said.

The driver, Russell P. Cirino, 52, of Cheektowaga, was freed from the cab of the dump truck by Ellicott Creek firefighters and was being treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center late Saturday.

Debris from the accident blew out the windshield and damaged the hood of a 2003 Nissan following the truck, police said. The driver of that vehicle was not hurt, police added.

Investigators Kevin Murphy and Carl Fischer of the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit are attempting to determine what triggered the crash.

The dump truck is owned by Michael Serafini Inc. of Cheektowaga, police said.

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Bones in discarded cooler ruled those of an animal

Bones found Friday in a discarded beer cooler on Kenmore Avenue are those of an animal, not a person, the Erie County medical examiner determined Saturday. Pedestrians found the cooler in a parking lot on the 1700 block of Kenmore, on the city line.

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Landon Street man shot near Best and Pershing

A Landon Street man was being treated late Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after he was shot just after 3:30 p.m. near Best Street and Pershing Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Daniel Bowman, 21, was walking when one person approached him and said, "What's up?" and pulled out a handgun and shot him.

Bowman was shot in the wrist and once in the leg. Police said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. His condition was unavailable.

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PAL chief's purse taken from office in City Hall

A purse belonging to Susan M. Gonzalez, the executive director of the Police Athletic League, was stolen Friday afternoon from her office on the 21st floor of City Hall, Buffalo police said.

Police said the purse, stolen at about 4:25 p.m., contained credit cards, cash, three City Hall swipe cards and electronic devices used to access city gas and the mayor's garage.

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Woman charged with DWI in crash injuring 3

An Eggertsville woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after a crash at about 11 a.m. Saturday at Longmeadow Road and Bailey Avenue that injured three people, Amherst police said.

Margaret Medige, 46, was driving a car that rear-ended another vehicle occupied by a couple, sending that vehicle into a house, police said.

Medige and the two others, who were not identified, were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their conditions were unavailable late Saturday.

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Fire in vacant house confined to bedroom

Damage was estimated at $15,000 after a vacant house at 646 Northumberland Ave. caught fire at about 7:40 p.m. Friday, fire officials said.

The blaze was confined to a bedroom, department officials said. The cause has yet to be determined.

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SUV crashes into building, critically injuring driver

A Buffalo man was listed in critical condition after crashing his SUV into a building at 1198 Jefferson Ave. at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said.

Timothy Borden, 23, of Eden Street, was driving a 2008 Blazer that crashed at about 1:45 a.m., a block from a Fire Department station house. Firefighters heard the crash and rushed to the scene to assist Borden, the only person in the vehicle. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

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Person ejected from vehicle and killed in Busti

BUSTI -- An unidentified person died Saturday morning when ejected from a vehicle in the Chautauqua County Town of Busti.

The driver was speeding along Forest Avenue about 6:20 a.m. when the vehicle crashed into a ditch, Lakewood-Busti police said. The driver was declared dead at the scene.

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