Share this article

print logo

POLICE & COURTS

Amherst man, 21, suffers critical injuries in crash

A 21-year-old Amherst man suffered critical injuries Saturday morning when his car struck a tree on Red Oak Drive, Amherst police said.

Louis Callari was eastbound on Red Oak at about 1:44 a.m. when he lost control of his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree.

Getzville firefighters extricated Callari from his car. He was initially transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital before he was transferred to Erie County Medical Center.

The Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit was probing the crash.

***

Four peacocks perish in Clarence Center fire

Four peacocks were killed when a Clarence Center trailer caught fire in Saturday's bitter cold weather, fire officials said.

Satnam Basra had heated the snowmobile-type trailer with a couple of light bulbs to keep the peacocks warm, Chief Michael Rogowski of the Clarence Center Fire Company reported.

Heat from the bulbs ignited the trailer, which also had hay inside.

Firefighters, called at around 3:45 p.m., were able to contain the flames before they seriously damaged the house at 5685 Shimerville Road. Rogowski estimated the loss at $30,000.

***

New Gowanda restaurant is destroyed by fire

GOWANDA -- A Gowanda restaurant was destroyed by in a fire that broke out about 3 a.m., Saturday.

The fire destroyed 31 Atmosphere at 31 Jamestown St., a restaurant that had recently opened for business, authorities said. Route 62 was closed as firefighters battled the fire.

***

Man shot in the face in Fruit Belt encounter

A man was shot in the face Friday evening in the Fruit Belt district, police said.

The victim was in the 100 block of Lemon Street at about 6 p.m. when he was approached from behind by someone who fired a small-caliber weapon at him.

The bullet struck the victim in the right side of the face and exited through his right eye. The condition of the victim, in Erie County Medical Center, was unavailable.

***

Wellsville man identified as victim of apartment fire

WELLSVILLE -- Authorities identified a man killed Friday in a fire at a village apartment as Richard Dinger, 70.

In addition, Allegany County Fire Service and Wellsville police officials said that Georganna Payne, 68, was rescued from the East Dyke Street apartment.

She was in the intensive care unit at Jones Memorial Hospital Saturday. The cause remains under investigation.

***

Eight robbed by gunmen in violent home invasion

Eight people were the victims of a home invasion and robbery overnight in South Buffalo, police said.

At about 1 a.m., a man with a handgun forced his way into a home in the 300 block of Mystic Street. A man who was inside the house began struggling with the gunman.

Then a second robber, also armed with a handgun, came into the house and demanded everyone inside to put their cell phones, purses and wallets on the table and to get down on the floor face down.

During the course of the robbery, one man was pistol-whipped and a second was struck in the right eye.

In addition to the cell phones and money, the robbers took hunting rifles that belonged to one of the victims, but they were later recovered in the driveway. The robbers fled in a black car headed north on Hopkins Street.

***

Fortune frowns on suspect arrested on lesser charge

Things went from bad to worse for a Buffalo man, who was accused of drug possession after he was taken into custody last week on an unrelated charge.

Timothy Love, 50, of Loring Avenue, was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on a petit larceny charge lodged in Buffalo, according to the Sheriff's Office. While there, suspected heroin was found on the back of a credit card in Love's wallet, authorities said.

As a result, Love was charged with misdemeanor counts of introducing contraband into a prison and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

***

Residents seek cover as bullets pepper home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Residents scrambled for cover early Saturday when a Centre Avenue home was riddled with gunfire, police said.

No one was injured, though police counted 11 bullet holes in walls, doors and windows of the home, recovering eight .40-caliber handgun shells in the street outside and two in the home.

The residents told police they heard the gunfire just after 6 a.m., and a front storm door window was shattered. A man sleeping in a first-floor bedroom told police he had to dive to the floor as six bullets ripped into the wall.

Another bullet narrowly missed a man in an upstairs bedroom, police added,

Police were unsure of the motive for the shooting.