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Toddler removed; parents accused of endangerment

A toddler has been removed from a Gatchell Street apartment where he lived with his parents in what Buffalo police described as "extremely dirty" conditions.

The boy's parents were charged with child endangerment Tuesday.

Ferry-Fillmore District officers said they arrested the couple early Tuesday afternoon in the upper apartment of 52 Gatchell St. Police reported finding dog and cat feces all over the apartment, as well as the absence of food and a bed or crib mattress for the boy, who is 20 months old.

The police report also said the boy previously was removed from the home by Erie County Child Protective Services. The couple had planned to move to another apartment in the 100 block of Central Avenue on Dec. 1, according to the report.

Jessica A. Gielowski, 21, and Phillip A. Stanton, 23, each were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Collins resident charged with having drug shipment

An estimated four ounces of cocaine heading from New York City to Western New York was intercepted Tuesday in the Town of Yorkshire, authorities reported.

Elvis F. Gomez, 40, of Route 438 in Collins, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest and seizure followed an investigation led by Arcade police, who were assisted by state police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $12,000, authorities said, and $800 cash also was seized.

Following arraignment before Yorkshire Town Justice Charles Weidinger, Gomez was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Yorkshire Town Court on Dec. 5.

Authorities said additional charges are pending.

Masked bandit robs store on Genesee St. at gunpoint

Ferry-Fillmore District officers are looking for a man who robbed an East Side convenience store at gunpoint early this morning.

Police said the man walked into the Exxon Express convenience store at 1055 Genesee St. at 12:25 a.m. wearing a dark hood, threatened the store clerk with a revolver and demanded cash out of the register. The thief fled with an unknown amount of money, running south on Fillmore Avenue toward Peterson Street.

Youth, 17, is arrested on attempted-abortion count

A 17-year-old youth was charged Tuesday with second-degree abortion and first-degree reckless endangerment after he allegedly tried to abort his 16-year-old girlfriend's unborn child.

Central District police said the couple were at his apartment in the 200 block of East Eagle Street on Nov. 23 when he attempted an abortion, causing the victim to bleed.

A police report said the act endangered "the life the complainant and her unborn child."

The girl is 10 weeks pregnant, police said.

The defendant, who cannot be identified under young offender status, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at an address in the 1000 block of Main Street.

Loss pegged at $7,630 in Rose Street burglary

A Rose Street man returned home from work Tuesday night to find that someone had entered his home through a side window and stolen items worth $7,630, authorities said.

Central District police said the man returned to his home in the 100 block of Rose at 9:30 p.m. and found his belongings missing and his home in disarray.

The stolen items included a diamond ring and gold jewelry worth $6,300, two DVD players and a VCR worth $450, a $500 stereo, two gold watches and a piece of satellite equipment worth $250.

Woman charged with failing to provide care for animals

FILLMORE -- State police on Monday charged Renee Wahl, of Fillmore, with more than 30 counts of failing to provide sustenance for her animals.

Troopers and Mary Ann Wehlage, an investigator for the SPCA, had served a warrant on Wahl's Glinderman Road property in Caneadea last week.

Troopers from the Wellsville barracks said that Wahl was not on the property when they arrived Tuesday and that they confiscated 20 dogs, four cats, two horses, three rabbits, three chickens and a duck.

The animals were turned over to the SPCA for care, troopers said.

Troopers said Wehlage had seen the animals go untended for several days before seeking the warrant.

Troopers handed Wahl appearance tickets Monday directing her to answer the charges in Caneadea Town Court next Wednesday.

Church's deposit snatched from man, 85, entering bank

A man told police a church's bank deposit was snatched from his hand as he entered a West Side bank Tuesday, Buffalo police said.

The theft happened late Tuesday morning as the 85-year-old man was walking into a bank on West Utica Street to make a deposit on behalf of Greater Emanuel Baptist Church on Richmond Avenue, police said.

The man told officers that two men jumped out of a car and grabbed a deposit bag containing an estimated $300 cash.

The two men then got back into the car, driven by a third man, and fled east on West Utica Street, officers were told.

Boy, 16, accused of having 36 bags of crack, marijuana

A 16-year-old Moselle Street boy was charged this morning with two felony drug counts after he reportedly was found with 36 bags of crack cocaine and marijuana at a Seventh Street address.

Central District police said they found the youth trespassing in a hallway at a building in the 400 block of Seventh Street at 12:30 a.m.

The youth, who as a young offender cannot be identified, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal trespassing.

Officer's sport utility vehicle stolen at mall parking lot

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- The sport utility vehicle of a Buffalo police officer was stolen late Monday from the Prime Outlets Mall parking lot, 1900 Military Road, town police said.

Detective Johnnie A. Fritz said he parked his 1998 Land Rover at about 7 p.m. and found it missing when he returned for it at 9, police said.

Two teens hospitalized in car-pickup truck accident

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two Lewiston teenagers were admitted to area hospitals late Monday following a car-pickup truck accident at Rainbow and John Daly boulevards, Traffic Capt. Andrew Viglucci said.

Brian Baxter, 17, of North 5th Street, the driver of the car, was listed in fair condition today in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with broken ribs, a punctured lung, lacerations and other injuries, a hospital official said.

One of his passengers, Matthew Galbraith, 15, of Hillside Drive, was listed in stable condition in Children's Hospital in Buffalo with two fractured legs, a hospital official said. A second passenger, Jonathan Hatfield, 16, no address available, was released after treatment in Mount St. Mary's Hospital for neck and back pain, a hospital official said.

The accident occurred at 8:54 p.m. when Baxter apparently drove through a red light on John Daly Boulevard at Rainbow Boulevard and was hit by a pickup truck driven by David DiaPaolo, 51, of Youngstown, police said. The truck's operator was not injured, Officer Franco Tallarico said.

The accident is under investigation by police crash management officers Tallarico, Michael Kachurek and Walter Nichols. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday night.

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