Cheektowaga police officers apprehended two young men late Thursday night, one in a nearby garage and the other on a garage roof, after two masked bandits armed with a handgun robbed the Wilson Farms store at 1055 Walden Ave.
The two thieves fled on foot at about 11:15 p.m. after taking an undetermined amount of money and some lottery tickets. Cheektowaga Police Officer David Filipski spotted the men at Doat and Randolph streets in Buffalo.
Filipski, with the help of Officers Joseph Crean, Terrence Griffin and Christopher Chojnacki, apprehended one man in a Euclid Avenue garage. Then Filipski, Officers David Robida and Donald Strozyk and Detective Gary Edenhofer seized the second person on the roof of another Euclid Avenue garage.
The officers charged Kevin Bell, 19, and Lionel Jones, 18, both of Rapin Place, Buffalo, with robbery, menacing, weapons possession, resisting arrest and criminal use of a firearm, police said.
, Police accuse man, 25,
of assaulting parole officer
A West Utica Street man was arrested Thursday evening in the assault of a state parole officer in his home, authorities said.
Ferry-Fillmore District officers and detectives charged Douglas Williams, 25, of the 300 block of West Utica, with second-degree assault.
He was accused of pushing and shoving Parole Officer Judy Stroud, who suffered a twisted knee, according to Officer David O'Brien.
Williams, arrested at his house at 6:40 p.m., allegedly gave the officers a false name and was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and escape.
Landlord discovers theft
from city rental property
A West Seneca landlord told Buffalo police early today he discovered a number of items stolen from his vacant city rental property on Bush Street, authorities said.
Andrew Andruszko said the front and back doors to his house in the 100 block of Bush had been forced open; missing were two beds, 70 square feet of linoleum and various power tools.
Northwest District officers were continuing an investigation.
Man accused of selling
crack on school grounds
An East Delavan Avenue man was arrested Thursday and charged with selling crack cocaine on the grounds of School 53, at Roehrer and Glenwood avenues.
Eugene Rogers, 28, fought with officers and had to be forcibly subdued, according to the Ferry-Fillmore District police report. He was charged with felony sale of illegal drugs.
Vandals strike two urns
at Iron Island entrance
Vandals have tipped over and damaged two huge flower urns that flanked the welcome sign to the Lovejoy neighborhood known as Iron Island.
The damage at William and North Ogden streets was discovered Thursday, and police are investigating. One urn is damaged beyond repair; the other is cracked.
The urns, worth $600 each, were placed there four years ago by the Iron Island Preservation Society, which had previously stationed them at nearby Hennepin Park.
"The society has planted the urns and had the flowers taken care of for the past few years, making for a beautiful entranceway to the Lovejoy neighborhood," said Marge Thielman Hastreiter, vice president.
Crime doesn't pay enough,
so robber bicycles away
A young woman on a bicycle held up a man on Humboldt Parkway but returned his $1 bill and cell phone, firing a shot in apparent disgust as she pedaled off, police reported Thursday.
David Troutman of Woodlawn Avenue told Fillmore-Ferry District officers that the teenager stopped her bike at Humboldt and Riley Street at 8 p.m., pointing a black handgun at him. He said he handed over his cellular phone and $1.
"Is that all what you got?" she said before handing them back to him and riding her bicycle north on Humboldt toward Landon Street, firing a shot in the air.
The young woman was described as 17 or 18 years old, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 150 pounds and wearing a blue hoodie and black pants. She had covered her face with a beige scarf.
Youth arrested on charge
of possessing a handgun
An Emslie Street teenager was arrested on a charge of possession of a .22-caliber handgun late Thursday, authorities said.
Broadway Annex Officers Mark Tripp and Patrick McDonald had responded to a call of a group of individuals congregating at Broadway and Smith Street at 11:45 p.m.
An investigation by the officers determined that Samuel Malik, 17, of the 100 block of Emslie, was armed. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a handgun.