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West Seneca woman killed when hit by car

A 46-year-old West Seneca woman was pronounced dead early this morning in Mercy Hospital after being struck by a car on Southwestern Boulevard, just east of Angle Road, West Seneca police reported.

Police have not released the name of the woman, who lived in a West Seneca motel, as they attempt to contact relatives.

West Seneca Officer Ken May said no charges have been filed against the driver, Mark Diaddario, 47, of Hamburg, who told police that he didn't see the woman as he drove west on Southwestern, shortly after 1 a.m.
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Car passenger, 17, dies in Niagara Thruway crash

A 17-year-old Town of Tonawanda girl was killed Sunday when the car she was riding in lost control on the Niagara Thruway.

Jennifer Kubanek of Parker Boulevard was pronounced dead at the scene on the Niagara Thruway, just south of the Louisiana Street exit, according to state troopers.

The southbound vehicle was in the passing lane when it bounced twice off the center median at about 5 p.m., said Sgt. Craig Powell of the State Police. The victim suffered a head injury.

The driver, Lacey Lynn Adinolfi, 17, of Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with minor injuries. Also taken there were passengers Matthew Iglesias, 20, of Edgewood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, with arm and face injuries; and Adam Steffans, 23, of Philadelphia Street, who was treated and released.

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Psychiatric Center evacuated in fire

The Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Ave., was evacuated this morning after a small fire started on the second floor, fire officials said.

Authorities said a blaze ignited on the window frame in Building Four just after 3:30 a.m.

The fire caused an estimated $5,000 damage to the building and $500 to the contents.

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Homeowner robbed by three with shotgun

A Parkridge Avenue man was robbed in his home by three men brandishing a shotgun, Northeast District officers reported on Sunday. The trio took a cell phone, necklace, wedding band and pinky ring shortly after midnight.

An hour later, two men with a shotgun robbed a North Buffalo man as he was entering his vehicle at Glenwood and Jefferson avenues, according to Ferry-Fillmore District officers. The men struck him in the face with the shotgun and took $30 and his cell phone.

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After keys are lost, car is stolen, house looted

A South Buffalo man who lost his keys Saturday night returned home Sunday afternoon to find his house burglarized and his car gone.

Missing from his house on Sirret Street, near Hopkins Street, were 20 CDs, $500 in cash from under the mattress and a 17-week-old male Chihuahua. The stolen car is a tan 1989 Toyota Tercel. Police said the man had lost his keys near his girlfriend's house on Abbott Road near Midland Street.

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Son threatened, woman robbed of casino winnings

A 9-year-old Buffalo boy was threatened and his 27-year-old mother was robbed of $1,000 Sunday morning on the city's West Side, police said.

She had just won a portion of the cash, $700, at the casino, officers said.

Central District police said the victim was driving with her 9-year-old son when she pulled over at 14th and Vermont streets at about 3:30 a.m. because she saw a man she knew.

Police said the man jumped into her vehicle and began poking her son in the side with a knife when she refused to hand over her purse. Then the man wrapped his arms around the boy's neck, pulled out a gun and struck the woman several times.

The woman then tossed her purse, containing the $1,000, her cell phone and identification, and the robber ran away with it.

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Woman beaten, robbed in College Street home

A Buffalo woman was beaten with a high-heeled shoe by another woman who broke into her home in the 100 block of College Street on Saturday morning, police said.

The victim suffered serious injuries to the right side of her head and was treated in Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Central District police said the woman was sleeping at about 8 a.m. when a woman used a key to enter her home and attacked her.

The assailant stole the woman's purse, containing keys, personal papers, a cell phone and credit cards, and fled. No arrest has been made, but the victim is acquainted with the assailant, police said.

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