Jail inmate 'critical' after suicide attempt
A Buffalo robbery suspect was in critical condition after an Erie County sheriff's deputy said he discovered the man trying to hang himself Friday in his cell at the Erie County Holding Center.
Sheriff's officials, who did not release the inmate's name, credited Deputy David Napora and the jail staff with saving the man's life.
"I have no doubt that their quick response and the hours upon hours of training they receive have contributed to saving this man's life," Sheriff Timothy Howard said.
Napora said that, while on his rounds at 5:15 p.m. Friday, he saw the inmate with a towel around his head standing between the sink and toilet. Opening the cell door, Napora found a shoelace around the man's neck.
A medical response team was able to resuscitate the inmate, who is now in the intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital.
NFTA police arrested the man downtown at 5 a.m. Thursday after a woman said he stole her purse. Police said they found a crack pipe when they searched him. The man was on parole for an earlier robbery conviction in Monroe County.
Slaying suspect found guilty on weapons count
A Young Street man on probation for a 2004 drug conviction was found not guilty Saturday in the shooting death of a Holland Place man outside Palace Night Club in February.
However, Derrick Floyd, 20, was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony, and faces up to five to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year, Erie County prosecutors said.
The jury verdict was reached after almost nine hours of deliberation following a two-week trial before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.
Curtis Holloway, 21, was shot in the torso, buttocks and foot about 3 a.m. Feb. 19 while trying to run back into the club at Main and Balcom streets as gunfire erupted. He was found dead near the doorway, and police found 20 bullet casings outside the establishment.
More than 100 people who were attending a private party had been ordered to leave the nightclub because of a fight in which pepper spray was used; the gunfire followed.
Floyd took the stand Thursday and Friday and insisted he was in his home when the crime occurred. His lawyer, Joseph J. Terranova, pointed to conflicting testimony from prosecution eyewitnesses who picked out Floyd's police photo but disagreed about what he was wearing, the height of the shooter and the color of the murder weapon.
Terranova also said police ballistics evidence showed two guns were fired outside the nightclub, saying authorities "got the wrong guy."
Prosecutors pointed out that the manager of the now-closed club testified he saw Floyd there at the time of the shooting.
Pizza deliveryman robbed at knifepoint
A Domino's pizza deliveryman told Buffalo police he was robbed at knifepoint early Saturday after being sent to what turned out to be a phony address in the University District.
The robbery victim said three men flagged him down at Dunlop and Comstock avenues, saying the delivery was for them. One of the men pulled a knife and robbed the deliveryman of three pizzas, his wallet and $2.
Irate customers smash drive-through window
NIAGARA FALLS -- Some "ignorant" drive-through customers smashed a fold-out window at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday after being asked to leave the McDonald's restaurant in the City Market, police said.
Employees told police that a passenger threw rocks at the glass, breaking an 8-by-8-inch section valued at $100.