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>Hamburg man, 18, shot in both arms in Buffalo

An 18-year-old Hamburg man was shot in both arms on the city's West Side on Monday night.

Keith Alamo, of Linview Terrace, was walking off the porch of a home on Massachusetts Avenue, just north of West Utica Street, at about 9:45 p.m. when a male on a bicycle fired two or three shots at him, according to a police report.

Alamo was being treated in Erie County Medical Center.

The assailant fled east on Massachusetts, the report said.


>Driver fleeing police crashes into house

A Buffalo woman who was talking on her cell phone as she ran a stop sign about 4:50 p.m. Monday got into more trouble when she fled from police and her vehicle struck a house and several other objects, Lackawanna police said.

Traffic Enforcement Officer David Joyce tried to stop the vehicle driven by Laurie L. Sanchez, 23, of Marilla Street, at Nasson Parkway and Electric Avenue. Sanchez, however, took off, crossed the yellow line and went through a red light at Electric and Ridge Road, before striking a house, fence, stop sign and a fire hydrant, police said.

Sanchez's 6-year-old nephew was in the car at the time, police said, adding that Sanchez identified herself as her sister.

Police charged Sanchez with unlawfully fleeing from police, obstruction of governmental administration, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal impersonation, reckless driving and three drug counts. She also was charged with grand larceny on a Buffalo arrest warrant.


>Driver charged in crash will face grand jury action

A Depew woman waived an evidence hearing in Amherst Town Court Tuesday, and the case involving a fatal crash two months ago was forwarded to an Erie County grand jury.

Patricia Ware, 58, of Muskingum Street, was allowed to remain free pending grand jury action in the death of Ismail Ergonec, 88, of Amherst. Police said Ware ran a red light at North Forest and Maple roads about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 1.

Amherst police charged Ware with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, speeding and three traffic violations. Ergonec, a back-seat passenger in one of four vehicles involved in the crash, was pronounced dead in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.

Prosecutors Yvonne Vertlieb and Michael Kooshoian said the case will be heard by a grand jury within the next 45 days.


>Teen found dead in car had high carbon-monoxide level

The 17-year-old Lancaster youth found dead in his parked car Sunday morning had an extremely high carbon-monoxide level in his system, an autopsy has revealed.

The body of Kyle T. Stablewski, of Broadway, was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. inside his car, with the engine running.

Lancaster police are seeking a state inspection of the car, a 1992 GMC product, for a possible carbon-monoxide leak. Detectives believe Kyle left a party on Gale Drive at about 1 or 2 a.m. and walked to his car, parked a few doors away.

"The car was running, with the heat on high," Capt. Timothy R. Murphy said Tuesday. "It looks like he might have just dozed off."

Detectives are continuing to interview several people who attended the party, to see how much drinking there was and whether there was any drug activity.


>Postal fraud suspect confined to his home

A local businessman will be confined to his home with an electronic monitoring device on his ankle while awaiting trial in a federal fraud case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott ruled that William Toth, 41, of Elma, can be released on $250,000 bail but must be confined to his home with tight restrictions.

Toth was indicted earlier this month on 34 counts of fraud, money laundering and making false statements. He is accused of running a complex series of schemes that cheated the U.S. Postal Service out of $350,000 in postage fees. He denies the allegations.

During a detention hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala told Scott that Toth would present a danger to the public if not detained in jail.

Toth has had two recent driving-while-intoxicated convictions, and he also committed crimes while on probation after a 2002 conviction in another federal fraud case, Wylegala said.

Toth's indictment Oct. 10 resulted from a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division.


>Federal credit union in Cheektowaga robbed

A man robbed the Crossroads Community Federal Credit Union in Cheektowaga at about 1:23 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The robber passed a note to a teller in the William Street credit union demanding money, police said. No weapon was displayed. The robber, who received an undisclosed amount of money, fled west before getting into a car parked in a business lot on Cayuga Creek Road.

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