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Man, 18, fatally shot in field near his home

An 18-year-old man is dead after he was shot Wednesday evening on Rickert Avenue, police said.

The victim, whose identity is being withheld until his family is notified, was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center.

Police said the victim was shot in a field near his home shortly after 8 p.m.


Woman found dead in park on East Side was shot

Homicide detectives have determined the identity of a woman found shot to death Wednesday morning on a picnic bench in Masten Park.

The body of Madelyn Rodriguez, 29, of Eaton Street, was discovered by a person exercising in the park at about 8:20 a.m. She was found partially clothed in the park, near Masten Avenue and Best Street, just north of the basketball courts.

Detectives believe she was killed about four hours before her body was discovered. Police said the park has been used on occasion for late-night narcotics transactions and sexual encounters.


Ex-snack bar helper pleads guilty in thefts

A former helper at the Erie County Hall snack bar pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted petit larceny and was granted a conditional discharge in the case.

Frank Bezlobanko, 52, of Harding Avenue, took the plea before City Judge Diane Y. Devlin on advice from his lawyers in the Buffalo public defender's office.

Bezlobanko declined to comment, but prosecutor Robert Richardson said "arrangements have been made" with Rich Simpson, owner-operator of J.R.'s Snax on the ground floor of County Hall at 92 Franklin St., to have him pay the court-ordered total restitution of $230.

Bezlobanko, who used to help stock the stand on weekends, was arrested June 15 on petit larceny charges. He was accused of stealing money between May 1 and June 12.


Man rowing in river says shots were fired

Two shots were fired in the direction of a Buffalo man while he was rowing on the Niagara River on Wednesday night, police said. He was not injured.

Central District police said shots rang out at about 5:45 p.m., when Alan Lockwood was in the water near Niagara and West Ferry streets.


Youth, 17, shot in his arm while sitting in car

A 17-year-old Haven Street youth was shot Wednesday afternoon as he sat in a car at Herman and Sycamore streets, police said.

Melvin Dixon was struck in his left elbow and left arm, and fragments possibly entered the left side of his chest. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said Dixon was in the front seat of a green car at 2 p.m. when a gunman approached him and fired about five shots through the window. Dixon was dropped off at the hospital in a private vehicle.

Officers recovered several .380-caliber casings in the parking lot.


Woman stabbed in back while visiting home

A Buffalo woman was listed in fair condition today after she was stabbed Tuesday night while visiting a Westminster Avenue home, police said.

Michelle Wilson, of Shirley Avenue, was stabbed in the back, causing her lung to collapse. She was being treated in Erie County Medical Center.


Girl beaten at Bennett; classmate is arrested

A West Side girl was taken to Women and Children's Hospital after being beaten Wednesday by a classmate in Bennett High School.

Northeast District officers said the youth punched the girl in the face shortly after 11:30 a.m., then slammed her to the floor, causing a head injury.

Officers Barbara Lark and Leona Flowers arrested Brandon Addison, 16, at about noon at his Rounds Avenue home on charges of harassment and assault with intent to cause physical injury.


After foot chase, man accused of having gun

Buffalo police chased a man who reportedly had a gun Wednesday evening and said they found a loaded 9 mm Luger hidden in the foundation of a house on Interpark Avenue.

Marquis D. Adams, 26, of Beaumaris Place, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Officers responding to a report of a man with a gun at Interpark and North Fillmore Avenue said Adams led them on a chase through back yards.

Lt. Thomas Leatherbarrow said Adams fled when officers arrived shortly before 7 p.m. Officers Pascal Panaro and Dwayne Luchey said they chased him over several fences to Rickert Avenue and Sidney Street, where Leatherbarrow captured him.

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