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Police continue search for suspect in homicide

Buffalo homicide detectives Monday continued to search for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a city man on East Ferry Street between Fillmore Avenue and Kehr Street at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hassan Jabbar, 25, was taken to Erie County Medical Center but died shortly after arriving, said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. The suspect in the shooting was described only as a black male with red hair and wearing a blue shirt. Police believe the victim knew his attacker.


Body of Niagara Falls man recovered from Erie Canal

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The body of a Niagara Falls man who did not know how to swim and jumped into the Erie Canal off Sweeney Street on Sunday night has been recovered.

Jeffrey Banks, 26, was boating with friends at about 8 p.m. A group of adults, who were on a small power craft, began yelling that someone had gone into the water and had not resurfaced, said a waitress at the Dockside Inn.

The young man had been on the boat's side ladder, the waitress said. Several of his fellow boaters jumped in the water to try and locate him but were not successful, the waitress said.

Banks was told the water was shallow enough and he would have no problem getting back onshore, police said.

When Banks failed to surface, friends searched that section of the canal until rescue crews arrived. His body was recovered by City of Tonawanda police and divers late Sunday.

North Tonawanda police and fire units, as well as the Coast Guard, assisted in the search.

North Tonawanda police noted swimming is barred in the canal.


CPR skills a lifesaver in Alden near-drowning

An Alden mother trained in CPR saved her 6-year-old daughter Sunday evening after the little girl was pulled out of the family's backyard pool unresponsive and not breathing, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies and emergency crews responded to the family's Sandridge Road home shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, after being told that the girl had been underwater for some time before she was pulled out.

Her mother performed CPR, and after about a dozen breaths, the child began breathing on her own and regained consciousness, according to sheriff's reports. She later was taken to Women & Children's Hospital for precautionary reasons.


Guilty plea entered in pot distribution case

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty in Buffalo federal court Monday to conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said David North Sr., 43, conspired with Derek Frank as part of a drug-distribution network in Buffalo.

She said the defendant was paid to drive a pickup truck with marijuana hidden inside from Phoenix to Buffalo.

North is the latest defendant to be plead guilty in a case that already has netted a federal security officer, a Buffalo City Hall employee and a US Airways workers. Frank, the ring leader of the group, also has pleaded guilty.


Man linked to abuse case accused of torching car

PORTER -- A Niagara Falls man is accused of sexually abusing two girls and setting fire to a car with one of the girls inside it.

State Police say Christopher Pakosigan, 31, was charged with arson, criminal sexual act, and driving while intoxicated after officers responded to a report of a car fire Sunday afternoon on the Robert Moses Parkway near Niagara Falls.

Police said Pakosigan had crashed the Mercedes Benz into a stop sign, then set it on fire with one of his two female passengers still inside. She got out safely.


Man, three boys connected to major bulldozer damage

A Williamsville man and three teenage boys are accused of causing several thousand dollars damage to a bulldozer at a lot in the 700 block of Ohio Street early Sunday evening.

Bryant C. Faison, 22, and the three boys were charged with third-degree criminal mischief and criminal trespass, police said. They were arrested in a Furhmann Boulevard bar shortly after the incident, police said.


Driver linked to mayhem at ECMC emergency room

A Perry Street man is accused of risking the lives of a woman and a 10-year-old child in a traffic incident on the driveway to Erie County Medical Center's emergency room late Sunday.

Lawrence C. Satcher, 42, is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless endangerment to property, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. Satcher as arrested at gunpoint by ECMC officers when he emerged from silver Chrysler Sebring at about 11 p.m.

As Satcher drove up the driveway to the emergency room, police said, a woman in the vehicle was "screaming for help," and as he drove down the ramp, the woman and a 10-year-old child jumped out of the vehicle.

Satcher initially refused to get out of the vehicle, which narrowly missed ramming six emergency vehicles, police said.