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Crash into abandoned car kills driver

A Buffalo teacher was fatally injured early Saturday when his car slammed into an abandoned vehicle on the inbound Kensington Expressway, authorities said.

Kevin J. Shea, 44, of Marine Drive, died from internal bleeding in the 12:15 a.m. collision on the expressway near the East Utica Street overpass, according to Accident Investigator Vincent J. Felicetta.

"The abandoned car he hit might not have been parked entirely on the shoulder. It might have been 90 percent on the shoulder and 10 percent on the roadway," Felicetta said.

Shea taught at Riverside High School, police said. The investigation continues.

Two-alarm fire damages apartments

A two-alarm fire Saturday night caused $50,000 damage to a 2 1/2 -story apartment building at 1081 E. Ferry St. and left two firefighters with minor injuries.

The fire broke out shortly after 7 p.m. City firefighters said the fire was started by a combustible item located too close to a heat source on the first floor.

AmeriCorps project aids St. Luke's

For their annual "Make a Difference Day" project, Western New York AmeriCorps members worked Saturday to refurbish and renovate three houses and two classrooms for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on Walden Avenue.

Their efforts were part of a national day of community service. The mission serves drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless and mentally ill people, providing them with food, support and shelter.

Woman accused of trying to drown son

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 27-year-old Niagara Falls woman is accused of trying to drown her 6-year-old son in the bathtub of their Eastwood Crescent home.

Niagara Regional Police said the attack occurred Friday night when the woman, whose name is being withheld, also telephoned family members, who discovered the injured boy. The woman's 3-year-old daughter was in the home at the time of the attack, police said.

The boy was listed in fair condition in St. Catharines General Hospital, where he was being treated for cuts, scrapes, and water in his lungs.

Unknown powder at NU harmless

LEWISTON -- A powdery substance of unknown origin found in a Niagara University student's room early Saturday turned out to be harmless, authorities said.

Hazardous-materials response teams and the FBI were summoned to the Lewiston campus, and Seton Hall was sealed for several hours until it was determined there was no credible threat, according to the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, the university's executive vice president.

Man is denied bail in father's death

A Clarence man accused of strangling his elderly father was ordered to remain jailed without bail after he pleaded innocent to a two-count second-degree murder indictment Friday before Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico.

District Attorney Frank J. Clark said Neal G. Taylor, 55, is accused of killing his father, Nicholas Szabo, 87, as the two men fought in the ranch home they shared on Hirschwood Drive late Sept. 12.

Buffalo man indicted in strangulation

Dennis W. Wurthmann has been indicted in the strangulation and robbery last summer of a Town of Tonawanda man.

Jailed since his arrest Aug. 27, Wurthmann, 31, of Taunton Place, was ordered Friday to remain jailed without bail after he pleaded innocent before Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico to second-degree murder, robbery and weapons charges in the July 1 killing of Paul R. Winkler, 48.

Clinton plans visit to WNY on Monday

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend several events during a Buffalo visit Monday.

According to a schedule released by her office, the senator will begin her day attending a Computers for Children event sponsored by Adelphia Communications at the Adam's Mark Hotel at 9:15 a.m.

At 10:15 she is scheduled for a Save the Music event at School 45, 118 Hoyt St. She is then scheduled for a noon fund-raising luncheon at the Mansion on Delaware Avenue for Jeff Swiatek, Democratic candidate for Erie County comptroller.

Stolen lottery tickets lead to arrests

The case of an Elma gas station burglary was solved after someone tried cashing in lottery tickets stolen from the business, Erie County sheriff's deputies announced Friday.

The burglary occurred early Thursday at D&D Mobil, 661 Jamison Road. Stolen were 27 cartons of cigarettes and almost $1,500 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. Surrounding police agencies and state lottery officials were notified by Detective Roger Dearmyer.

Later Thursday, Detective Leon Robak of the Town of Lancaster police arrested two young men trying to cash some of the stolen lottery tickets. Erick J. Meir, 21, of Alden, and Richard Healy, 17, of Marilla, were charged with possession of stolen property and released on bail.

The Sheriff's Department subsequently determined the burglary was committed by Meir and a juvenile accomplice, deputies said. Meir was charged with burglary and, following arraignment before Elma Town Justice Joseph Sakowski, was sent to the county holding center in lieu of $10,000 bail. The juvenile will be petitioned to Family Court, deputies said.

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