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Homicide detectives canvassed a North Buffalo neighborhood Sunday in an attempt to find a suspect and motive in the early morning shooting of a young Rommel Avenue man.

Christopher Wheeler, 18, was shot in the head in the driveway of 34 Fairfield Ave. at about 1:30 a.m., homicide Detective Ray Masecchia said.

Wheeler was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition today.

"We're still interviewing neighbors and other people at the scene, including his brother, who was with him at the time," Masecchia said. "We're trying to determine exactly what happened and what (the two brothers) were doing in that area that late at night."

Damen Wheeler, 20, told police he did not know his brother's assailant, Masecchia said.

"We're hoping to talk to the victim," he added.

"He may have known the shooter."

Car burned in Lackawanna
was stolen in Amherst

A car stolen in Amherst was burned Saturday night in Lackawanna, police in Lackawanna said Sunday.

The 1990 auto was engulfed in flames when Lackawanna firefighters and police arrived at the scene at 400 Ingham Ave. shortly after 11:20 p.m., Lackawanna police said.

Buffalo Brake Beam Co. is located at the Ingham Avenue address.

Amherst police were notified of the fire and were contacting the owner of the stolen vehicle, Lackawanna police said.

Girl, 16, held in robbery,
slashing with a razor

A 16-year-old East Amherst Street girl has been charged with robbery, assault and several other crimes after being accused of cutting one girl with a razor and striking another juvenile over the weekend, Buffalo police reported today.

Northeast District officers charged Twiala Johnson with first-degree robbery, assault, weapons possession and obstructing governmental administration following an incident late Saturday night on Elmwood Avenue.

She is accused of ripping several gold chains off one juvenile's neck, in addition to the two assaults.

Officers in the Central Booking Bureau said the Johnson girl became belligerent and uncooperative and had to be subdued.

Man accused of selling
marijuana to a child

RANDOLPH -- A Napoli man was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on Sunday facing charges of selling marijuana to a child.

Michael G. Wheeler, 42, of Jamestown Road was arrested shortly before 4 p.m. by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

Deputies received a complaint that the sale was made to a person younger than 17.

Wheeler was arraigned by Randolph Town Justice Brian Clinger and sent to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Car, other items stolen,
but armed robbery fails

TUSCARORA INDIAN RESERVATION -- After stealing a car and other items, two armed bandits attempted to hold up Smokin' Joe's gasoline retail complex early Sunday but fled empty-handed, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Sgt. Kevin Mack said the episode began with a vehicle break-in on Ridge Road in Ransomville. Two jackets, a sweat shirt and cellular telephone were stolen.

About the same time, a car was stolen from a Ridge Road driveway, then found abandoned -- but with the engine still running -- on a dirt road off Chew Road, Mack said.

The car, deputies said, was used in the robbery attempt at Smokin' Joe's, and two masks used in the robbery also were found at the scene, Mack said.

The two jackets stolen from the car in Ransomville were found a short distance away, deputies said.

Deputies said the two bandits were armed with shotguns.

Driver swerves to avoid
collision and hits a house

NIAGARA FALLS -- A driver who swerved Saturday evening to avoid hitting another car that ran a stop sign ended up striking a house at 568 Walnut Ave., police said.

Officer Daniel Dobrasz said Shavana Hamilton was westbound on Walnut Avenue just before 6 p.m. when the accident occurred.

She was treated for minor injuries in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and released.

Burt man, 42, arrested
in Newfane on DWI charge

NEWFANE -- A Burt man was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday after deputies said he repeatedly crossed the center line on West Creek Road near Wilson-Burt Road.

William C. Henderson, 42, of Wilson-Burt Road was arrested at 3:29 a.m. by Deputy Brian Harrer.

He also was charged with failure to use a designated lane.

Henderson, who police said registered a 0.17 reading on a Breathalyzer test, was due to answer the charge Oct. 3 in Newfane Town Court.

Underage drinking party
leads to arrest of four

HUMPHREY -- Four Allegany-area teenagers face charges after, authorities said, they fled an underage drinking party on Button Road when police showed up.

Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said the four tried to escape into the woods.

Each was charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Those charged are Michael L. Card, 17, of Five Mile Road; Kyla J. Lebranz, 18, of Button Road; Nicholas E. Wilber, 18, of Five Mile Road, also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (a knife) and possession of marijuana; and Allen W. Weatherly, 20, of Cooper Hill Road, also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Two break-ins on street
in Wheatfield probed

WHEATFIELD -- Police were investigating two break-ins of Driftwood Drive homes late Saturday.

Jewelry valued at more than $4,000 was stolen from one of the homes, and cash and a ring were stolen from the other, police said.

Driver arrested at tollbooth
accused of eluding police

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police say they cornered a driver who had refused to stop Sunday for a patrol car and charged him with driving while impaired.

Michael L. Tandoi, 20, of Rochester was stopped at the North Grand Island Bridge tollbooth just before 2 a.m. Sunday.

In addition to the driving-while-impaired charge, he faces a felony count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and another charge of failing to surrender his license.

He was held without bail pending arraignment in City Court.

Basom man faces charge
of felony drunken driving

A 59-year-old Basom man was arrested on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated early Sunday in the Village of Akron, state police at Clarence said.

Donald G. Sundown of Meadville Road in Basom also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after his arrest at John and Cedar streets, police said.

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