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TWO FLORIDA RUNAWAYS SEIZED IN ORCHARD PARK

Two runaway boys from Florida, ages 15 and 16, were apprehended in two chases in Orchard Park early this morning after being accused of stealing a total of three vehicles in Blasdell, Buffalo and Orchard Park overnight.

Orchard Park police were called at about 4 a.m. to investigate a report of teens going through some cars on Falcon Crest Drive. After a short foot chase, officers apprehended one of the boys, but his companion was accused of stealing another vehicle; he was caught in another chase.

Police believe the boys stole one vehicle in Buffalo before dumping it in Blasdell, where they stole the car they drove to Orchard Park.

Officers Joseph Ray and Joseph Cullen, assisted by West Seneca police and the Erie County Sheriff's Department, charged Galvin J. Williams, 16, of Fort Lauderdale with criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and some traffic violations. The 15-year-old was petitioned to Family Court.

Felony charges considered
in beating of two infants

An Erie County grand jury will consider felony charges against a Langfield Drive man accused of brutally beating his girlfriend's two infant children.

Byron Eugene Morris, 19, who has been jailed since his arrest a day after the two infants were injured Dec. 17, was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail after City Judge Margaret A. Murphy said Morris would not challenge the legality of the impending grand jury investigation.

One of the children is living with a foster family; the other remains hospitalized.

Store manager knocked out,
two steal box with $1,430

Amherst police are looking for two bandits who reportedly knocked out a sales manager by striking him with a blunt object before stealing a metal box containing about $1,430 in cash from Bedtime Products, 7660 Transit Road, at 8:35 p.m. Thursday.

The 24-year-old victim told police he was struck in the right side of the face with a blunt, round object, leaving him with a bump and cut on his face. When he woke up, the thieves had left with the cash.

Police are looking for two white males. One was described as about 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, possibly in his late 20s, with dark hair and a mustache. The other, described as about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, wore a fraternity-type sweat shirt with Greek lettering on it.

Neighbor alerts firefighters
to blaze in Town of Wales

Four volunteer fire companies battled a house fire at 5143 Hunters Creek Road in the Town of Wales this morning after a neighbor across the street reported seeing smoke coming out of the windows.

Volunteers from Wales Center, East Aurora, Strykersville and Marilla responded to an alarm at about 7 a.m., East Aurora police said.

No injuries were reported, and authorities said they believed no one was in the house by the time firefighters reached the scene.

11 illegal aliens who worked
in Lancaster are seized

Eleven illegal aliens, including two juveniles, were taken into custody Thursday at a Depew motel after a labor union tipped off Immigration and Naturalization Service officials about possible illegal employment, the INS reported.

They included 10 Mexicans and one Colombian, officials said.

An investigation began after the United Iron Workers union supplied information about aliens assembling storage containers at a Walden Avenue location in Lancaster. The undocumented workers were employed by Coast to Coast Installations of Fort Lee, N.J., and were paid about $8 an hour, officials said.

The workers told officials they had been working there about a month.

The juveniles will be returned to their families through their respective consulates, officials said. The nine others will be detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, pending further proceedings.

The penalty for knowingly hiring an undocumented alien ranges from $250 to $2,500 per person, and fines range from $100 to $1,000 for failing to complete proper documentation for employees.

Missing man's body is found
in lake off Port Dalhousie

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- The body of a man who had been missing since last fall was recovered from the water off Port Dalhousie, Niagara Regional Police said.

A man walking Wednesday afternoon near Haywood Generating Station saw a body floating in the water and called police. The body appeared to have been in the water for some time, police said.

The body was identified as that of David Steinmann, 31, a developmentally disabled St. Catharines resident who had been missing since late November. Foul play is not suspected, police said.

Buffalo residents charged
with theft after 8-mile chase

LOCKPORT -- Three Buffalo residents caught driving a stolen pickup truck and suspected of stealing property from about a dozen other vehicles were arrested early Thursday after an eight-mile car chase, state police said.

Joshua L. Maxwell, 21, of Hawley Street; Joshual L. Scroggins, 16, of Grote Street; and David J. Giomundo, 16, of Grace Street, were charged with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. The chase began shortly after 4 a.m. on Dewhirst Road in Royalton and ended about 20 minutes later when the pickup crashed into a snowbank on East Avenue near Lockport Town and County Club. The suspects ran away but were in custody by 11 a.m., said State Police Investigator Gary Kopacz.

Kopacz said property stolen from at least a dozen cars in eastern Niagara County early Thursday was found in the pickup and further charges are pending.

The three suspects pleaded innocent to the charges before Royalton Town Justice Raymond Schilling.

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