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Officer aiding disabled rig on Hertel Ave. injures ankle

A Northwest District police officer may have broken his ankle Thursday after he apparently slipped and fell while assisting at the scene of a disabled tractor-trailer along Hertel Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. at Hertel and Foundry Street when the officer, who was not identified by police late Thursday, responded to the report of the rig being stuck under a viaduct there.

"He was assisting and somehow he slipped and fell," said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. The officer was taken by another police cruiser to Erie County Medical Center.


Thruway lanes closed after semi, car collide

PEMBROKE -- Both westbound lanes of the Thruway were closed for about 80 minutes Thursday morning following a collision between a tractor-trailer and a car, State Police report.

The accident occurred at about 5:50 a.m. in the Town of Pembroke between Exits 48 and 48A. One of the two westbound lanes reopened at 7:10 a.m., while the other was reopened at about 8:05 a.m.

Troopers said by Alan C. Shadders, 48, of Batavia, passed a truck, but was struck by the truck when he attempted to return to the driver's lane. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed and struck the guardrail.

Shadders was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, after police said he complained of rib, leg and elbow pain. Police ticketed him for unreasonable speed.


Massachusetts man accused of dodging Thruway toll

A Worcester, Mass., man who refused to pay a Thruway toll of $27.35 late Wednesday night was arrested on a petit larceny charge -- and forced to post $250 bail for his release, State Police reported Thursday.

At about 11:30 p.m., Yousif I. Lambi drove away from the Williamsville toll barrier after refusing to pay the toll, troopers said. State Police patrols were notified, and they stopped his vehicle.

Lambi was given an appearance ticket to return to Amherst Town Court on Wednesday.


Man stabbed fighting off attackers outside bar

A Fisher Street man was stabbed in the side early Thursday as he left a bar in the 1300 block of Jefferson Avenue, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

Keyonte Edwards, 35, said three strangers approached him at about 1:30 a.m. outside Mike's Lounge and attacked him for unknown reasons. After fighting them off, he told police, he was able to drive himself to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.


Man, 18, is arrested in two robberies

A Mulberry Street teen faces two counts of robbery in connection with two holdups that occurred within about 45 minutes of each other Thursday afternoon, Buffalo police report.

Victor J. Williams, 18, allegedly entered the NAPA Auto Parts store at 681 Michigan Ave. armed with a black BB gun at about 12:45 p.m. According to reports, he showed a clerk the handle of a black handgun and told him, "Don't have me have to shoot you."

Then, at about 1:30 p.m., Williams allegedly held up the Elk Provision Co. at 1260 Clinton St. There he bought some hot dogs before reaching into the register. When a clerk asked what he was doing, Williams allegedly told her, "Back up or I'll hurt you."

He fled down Gilbert Street with a sum of cash and was apprehended a short distance away.


3 women fight in City Court; responding officers injured

Three women fought Wednesday afternoon in Buffalo City Court, authorities said, and the officers who broke it up needed medical attention.

By the time court officers and Buffalo police broke up the fight in Judge Betty Calvo-Torres' courtroom, one officer was bitten on the left hand and another had suffered a shoulder injury, according to Central District police.

Yolanda S. Lloyd, 26, of Martha Avenue, attacked Pia Harris before Harris could testify against her, authorities said. Outside the courtroom, Lloyd fought with Patricia Pryor, police said.

When it was all sorted out, Lloyd was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, aggravated criminal contempt, resisting arrest and intimidating a witness.

Pryor, 19, of Masten Avenue, was charged with assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Harris, 24, of Kamper Avenue, was charged with three counts of disorderly conduct.

Court Officer Paul Wisniewski went to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of the bite wound and a back injury. Others assisting in the arrests were Central District Officers Lonnie Laska and Donna Benitez and Court Officer Douglas Vrooman, who suffered shoulder and neck injuries.

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