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Victim of shooting remains in critical condition

A man shot Friday morning on Jefferson Avenue remained in critical condition Sunday night in Erie County Medical Center.

Buffalo police said Jason L. Hawkins, 32, was shot in the chest shortly after 4 a.m. by an unknown suspect near Foster's Bar on Jefferson Avenue.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the confidential TIPCALL number 847-2255 or visit


Red Cross assists 5 in Buffalo house fire

Five adults were assisted by the Red Cross after an early morning house fire Sunday on Shirley Avenue, according to Buffalo fire dispatchers.

The fire, which started on the first floor of 431 Shirley, was reported at 12:48 a.m., dispatchers said. The cause remained under investigation late Sunday. Damages of $35,000 to the building and $20,000 to its contents were reported.


Driver pulled from vehicle in crash is hospitalized

A driver was extricated from her vehicle early Sunday after a crash at Doat Street and Rapin Place, Rural/Metro Medical Services reported.

Buffalo police said a vehicle traveling on Doat spun out of control and struck a building just before 4 a.m. The crash sent the driver and one passenger to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. The driver, a 23-year-old female, was in stable condition Sunday evening.

Their identities were not released, and the crash remained under investigation late Sunday.


Survivor in train incident still in serious condition

The lone survivor of Friday night's apparent dare-gone-wrong on a Westfield train track remained in serious condition Sunday night in an Erie, Pa., hospital.

Benjamin L. Reed, 26, of Westfield, was flown to Hamot Medical Center after his younger brother and half-brother were pronounced dead at the scene. The bodies of Brian W. Reed, 25, and Justin Halpainy-Livermore, 20, of Jamestown, were transported to Erie County Medical Center for autopsies.

Authorities said the men were struck by a westbound Norfolk Southern freight train at about 6:30 p.m. Friday while trying to run from a bridge between North Portage and North Gale streets.

Westfield Village Police Sgt. Brent Burgess told the Erie Times-News that witnesses told police the men tried outrunning the train. Burgess said the tracks run over a deep gorge and the brothers couldn't jump.

The incident remains under investigation.


Man in subway rescue still in serious condition

John Ciszek, pulled to safety by a stranger after falling onto subway tracks, remained in serious but stable condition for a second straight day in Erie County Medical Center, a hospital official said Sunday.

The 59-year-old Ciszek collapsed and fell from the Utica Street subway platform Thursday afternoon. Steven Love hopped down onto the tracks and lifted the unconscious Ciszek to safety as a train approached.

The train operator had begun to slow the train as he approached the station and stopped about 50 feet from where the man had fallen onto the tracks.


Man with prior convictions again held on DWI charge

A 31-year-old Buffalo man with two prior DWI convictions was arrested again Sunday on a drunken driving charge.

Pablo O. Alicea, convicted of DWI in 2009 and aggravated DWI in 2010, drew a Town of Tonawanda officer's attention on Niagara Street, where the officer saw a 1994 Ford stopped with smoke coming from the engine. The officer said Alicea switched from the driver's seat to the passenger's side when the squad car pulled up.

Alicea told the officer he hadn't been driving and refused to exit the vehicle right away, according to a police report. Alicea then allegedly failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test.

He was charged with multiple alcohol-related driving offenses, including aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI with a suspended or revoked license.


Sheriff's Office reports 3 unrelated DWI arrests

The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported three alcohol-related traffic arrests Sunday.

Deputies Simon Biegasiewicz and Joseph Cottone stopped Mark Fitzgerald, of Amherst, near Buffalo Niagara International Airport and charged him with DWI and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

While leaving the lab where they dropped off Fitzgerald's marijuana for processing, Biegasiewicz and Cottone saw a car speeding the wrong way on Elm Street downtown. The driver, Deshawn Jackson of Buffalo, was stopped and charged with DWI.

Also arrested was Leah M. Wideman, 22, of Buffalo. A 911 call reported that Wideman was unresponsive behind the wheel of an idling vehicle with heavy front-end damage in the middle of Buffalo Street near Main Street in the Village of Akron. She was arrested after a chemical test showed her blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, deputies said.