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Matt Gryta covers city police and crime for The Buffalo News.


A tractor-trailer driver died when his rig veered off the westbound I-90 near the Milestrip Road exit in the Town of Hamburg about 7:52 p.m. Sunday, according to State Police. The rig crashed into a house at 4377 Highland Parkway, but no one in the house was reported injured. According to a State Police report, the rig was loaded and  struck a utility pole after vee…

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Several Buffalo Fire Department crews were sent to deal with a heavy fire that engulfed a two-and-a-half-story frame house at 894 Kensington Ave. Sunday night. The fire department was called in at 8:33 p.m. and, with the flames extending from the first floor to the second floor and attic space, all firefighters were ordered out of the unoccupied house at 8:50 p.m. On…

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A tractor-trailer driver died when his rig veered off the I-90 westbound Thruway near Exit 56 in the Town of Hamburg about 7:52 p.m. Sunday, according to State Police. The rig crashed into a house at 4377 Highland Pkwy., but no one in the house was reportedly injured. According to a State Police report, the rig was loaded and struck a utility pole after veering off the …

Crime

Buffalo police early Sunday evening were investigating the shooting of a male teenager that happened near the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Castle Place at about 1 p.m. According to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo Police spokesman, the shooting victim was initially driven to Sisters Hospital with a gunshot wound. The unidentified victim was taken from there by ambulanc…

Nicholas C. Simon, 19, of South Haven, Mich., was arrested by Buffalo Police at the Peace Bridge Saturday night on weapons and drug charges. Simon was detained about 11:55 p.m. by border security officers while attempting to travel into Canada after the officers reported finding 91 rifle rounds, an empty AR-15 magazine, about 22 grams of marijuana, some hash and five M…

Kyle Wallum, 25, of West Seneca, was arrested at his home Saturday night and turned over to the Orchard Park Police for allegedly claiming there was a bomb in the Union Road pizzeria where he worked. The bomb threat was reported to police by a manager of the Little Caesars Pizza on Union Road about 7:43 p.m. Saturday and the Erie County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was quickly …

Serina A. Wolfe, 22, of Buffalo, was arrested on felony charges by City of Tonawanda police early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing the wallet of a man she had just met at a Main Street bar there. Wolfe was found by officers several blocks from the bar about 4 a.m., shortly after the victim called police. He said she had apparently stolen his wallet containing cash …

Frank Schupp, 46, was taken into custody by Town of Lancaster police at his Harmony Lane home in Cheektowaga a short time after he allegedly staged an armed robbery at the Tops Express convenience store at 6363 Transit Road at 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Based on information provided by witnesses and the license plate number of the car used by the robber – who wore pantyhose …

A Highgate Avenue man in his mid-30s is being sought by Buffalo police for allegedly violently punching a 17-year-old Cheektowaga girl during an after-school program at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, at 2257 Main St., officials reported Saturday. The girl's mother just told police about the incident that allegedly happened at the school a month ago. She said the man re…

A black man and a white woman, both in their 20s and wearing black hoodies, are suspects in a knifepoint robbery that happened early Saturday, according to Buffalo police. A driver told officers that, when he gave the couple a lift, they used a knife to force him to pull over on Delaware Avenue near Allen Street about 12:20 a.m. Saturday. The man said they both punched…

Buffalo police were looking Saturday for a man and a woman who allegedly mugged a man and stole his wallet during an early morning incident on Richmond Avenue. The victim claimed he was mugged on Richmond near North Street at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by a thin-built black man standing about 6 feet tall and an overweight black woman standing about 5 feet, 6 inches tal…

The theft of nearly $3,000 in computer and video game devices and cash from a home on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Kenmore Avenue remained under investigation by Buffalo police Saturday night. The home owner reported that someone broke the front window of his home to enter before early Friday evening. He said he had no idea how many people took part in the burglary, bu…

Adam Strug, 30, of Fougeron Street was arrested on Ryan Street off Seneca and Mineral Springs Road late Friday afternoon shortly after allegedly stealing  a car. A Ryan Street woman told officers Strug got into her house in the first block of Ryan through an unlocked window and took her car keys out of a purse. She said as she tried to take her car keys, Strug grabbed …

LITTLE VALLEY -- Jaron Anthony Ball, 21, of Salamanca was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz last week to a state prison term of two and one-third to seven years for his convictions on disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree and sexual misconduct. The incidents, including forced sexual intercourse, happened in the Town of Great Val…

Obituaries

May 26, 1921 -- May 27, 2017 Raymond F. Wardynski was born into the family business, grew up working alongside his father and turned a small local meat market into one of the best-loved names in local foods, known by the jingle "Don't give me that baloney, I want Wardynski's!" Mr. Wardynski was born two years after his father opened the Frank Wardynski & Sons sau…