LEWISTON -- A Buffalo man was killed and his wife seriously injured Thursday evening when their vehicle crashed off Saunders Settlement Road in the Town of Lewiston, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.
Edwin Rojek, 34, of Crestwood Avenue was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he died shortly before 9 p.m., authorities said today.
His wife, Theresa, 28, was listed in serious condition today in ECMC.
The accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. near 1226 Saunders Settlement Road. Deputies said the vehicle, being driven by Rojek, was heading west when it went off the road into a ditch. It continued westbound for about 200 feet in the ditch before hitting an embankment.
The vehicle became airborne, snapped a utility pole and landed upside down in the ditch, deputies said. Mrs. Rojek was thrown from the vehicle, and Rojek had to be cut from the wreckage, deputies said.
Both were airlifted to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. Two ambulances from Upper Mountain Fire Company responded to the scene.
Bart Simpson figurine
on bison vandalized again
Bart Simpson was knocked off his skateboard again in downtown Buffalo overnight, and police aren't happy about it.
The Bart Simpson figurine on the "Herd About Buffalo" fiberglass bison on Niagara Square was knocked off by vandals between 11 p.m. Thursday and 2:45 a.m. today.
The figurine was found later at 73 Delaware Ave., and officials expected the buffalo to be back on the street again after some major surgery.
"This is the second time that this buffalo has been damaged," said Larry J. Baehre, spokesman for the Buffalo police. "When any of them are damaged, it's quite disturbing."
The 4 1/2 -foot sculpture of the popular television cartoon character on his skateboard was stolen late in July but recovered and remounted.
Police, who emphasized that only a handful of the more than 150 bison have been vandalized, reminded the public that damaging these sculptures is a serious matter.
Culprits can be charged with felony criminal mischief if the damage exceeds $250, and prosecutors have vowed to ask judges to order full restitution and long hours of community service at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for any convicted vandals. Roswell Park is one of the beneficiaries of the charitable public art project.
No charges are expected
in bull's fatal attack on man
CLYMER -- Authorities expect to file no charges in the death of Richard A. Jude, 59, an employee at the Wassink farm in Clymer who was killed when he was attacked by a bull Wednesday.
Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies had said charges were pending under the state's Agriculture & Markets Law. But further investigation determined that no violation of that law had occurred, because the bull was in a fenced-in area, as required.
Jude was found on the ground in a barnyard at about 3:15 p.m. with about a dozen Holstein cows and a Holstein bull. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner P. Michael Nielson, who said after examination in WCA Hospital, Jamestown, that the cause of death was a massive chest injury.
Attempted rape in dorm
at Canisius investigated
Buffalo police are investigating an attempted rape early Thursday morning in a Canisius College dormitory.
A young woman told Northeast District police that an unknown young man attempted to have non-consensual sex with her inside her Canisius dorm. The woman, who was treated in Children's Hospital, told police that the man may live in the same dorm.
Passenger in stolen car
arrested, police report
West Seneca police arrested John T. Palmer, 20, of 1942 South Park Ave. early Tuesday after they said he was riding in a stolen vehicle. The car's driver is still being sought.
Palmer, who was on probation, is being held in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,500 bail, according to West Seneca Police Chief John Miskovski, on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.
According to police, officers saw a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am at a stop sign at Old French Road and Clinton Street.
The driver waited for the patrol car to leave the area before it headed west on Clinton, then turned right, across three lanes, and headed north on Harlem Road.
Police said that they tried to pull the car over but that the driver continued north and made a right on Creekside Drive, pulled into a driveway and fled.
The West Seneca K-9 unit and Cheektowaga police were brought in to look for the driver.
Police summoned to probe
theft of Pokemon cards
The Town of Tonawanda police Juvenile Bureau has been called in to probe a theft of Pokemon trading cards.
Police said a Hawthorn Street resident brought his two small sons to headquarters Thursday to report the theft of 40 of the highly prized trading cards earlier in the day, when several boys were playing at another child's home.
Police managed to recover eight of the cards from one of the boys and got the name of a second boy who is believed to have taken the other cards to his home.
Police say three students
were smoking marijuana
Three Kenmore West High School students were caught sharing a sociable smoke near the high school at 10:15 a.m. Thursday -- but Town of Tonawanda police said their pipe was filled with marijuana instead of tobacco.
Police were called by school security officers who said the three teenagers were smoking near the school. Police found them a few blocks away at Delaware Road and Deerhurst Park Boulevard. They arrested John Mooney, 18, on a charge of possession of marijuana and escorted a 17-year-old youth and 16-year-old girl back to morning classes.