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Driver in critical condition after crash in Clarence

A 45-year-old Akron woman was listed in critical condition late this morning, following a one-car crash a few minutes after midnight in the Town of Clarence, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Ramona Fromwiller, who was wearing her seat belt, had to be extricated from her car before being flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center. She suffered head and internal injuries.

Deputies said Fromwiller's car was heading north on Salt Road when she lost control of the vehicle. It went into a drainage ditch, flipped end over end, struck a parked car and then sheared off a tree before coming to rest in a field.


Drowning victim's body recovered from river

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Police on Monday recovered the body of an 18-year-old Niagara Falls, N.Y., man who had been missing since last week.

Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the State Parks Police said one of his men spotted the body at 7:30 a.m. on the Canadian shoreline of the Lower Niagara River, directly across from Whirlpool State Park.

They notified Ontario Parks Police, and Canadian officers recovered the body of John G. Onofrio. The body was transported to Hamilton General Hospital and identified by Coroner A.M. Velji, police said.

Onofrio was reported missing Wednesday evening after he went swimming under the Whirlpool Bridge with three friends.

Police said the area where Onofrio disappeared is a section of the river in New York that has been used by generations as a swimming hole, even though it is illegal to swim there.


Police seek information in vehicle break-ins

Cheektowaga police want to know if there were any more petit-larceny victims, following the arrest of two 16-year-old boys accused of breaking into cars on Woodridge Avenue and Roycroft Drive over the weekend.

Police responded to the area late Saturday night, alerted by an owner who heard his car door slam shut as he sat inside his house on Woodridge. As officers searched the area, they were approached by a resident on Roycroft Drive who also stated his car had been broken into.

During the search for the thieves, an NFTA patrol unit in the area spotted two youths who ran as soon as the patrol car turned around. One of the teens dropped his wallet, which was found by police, leading to his arrest at his home. The other suspect was found in the Cleveland Drive area a short time later.

Officers David Filipski and Dana Cadwallader charged both 16-year-old boys with petit larceny. Police did not release their names because they could be granted youthful-offender status.

Anyone else victimized in that area over the weekend is asked to call Cheektowaga police at 686-3510.


Man jailed in drugging of boy, 4, in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- The man accused of allowing a 4-year-old boy to eat a mixture of cocaine and heroin is in Chautauqua County Jail.

Raymond Medina, 25, was arraigned Sunday on two counts of reckless endangerment and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is due to return to City Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Police said Medina was walking with the child, his girlfriend's son, when the boy took what he thought was candy out of Medina's pants pocket and ate it.

When the boy lost consciousness, Medina rushed him back to his home on West 14th Street, police said.

The child was transported by paramedics to WCA Hospital's emergency room, where he was revived. He later was transferred to Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo.

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