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>McKinley crashes kill motorcyclist, injure 4

Separate accidents Saturday on McKinley Parkway left a motorcyclist dead and four people injured, one seriously, Hamburg police reported.

The motorcyclist, Michael W. Crawford, 44, of Nelson Avenue, hit the side of a minivan at about 2 p.m. south of McKinley's intersection with Big Tree Road and Southwestern Boulevard. He was pronounced dead in Mercy Hospital.

The driver of the van, Charlene M. Crissman, 27, of Hamburg, was not injured. Her passenger, Cynthia Green, 54, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a head injury and later released.

A two-car accident at about 9:45 p.m. at McKinley and Bayview Road resulted in three injuries, police said.

Police said Desiree Wolfanger, 22, of North Cohocton, was turning left when her vehicle collided with a sport utility vehicle driven by Robert Matla, 34, of Hamburg.

Wolfanger's passenger, Sarah Korman, was taken by Mercy Flight to the medical center, where she was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit. Wolfanger and Matla were treated in the hospital's emergency room and released. Wolfanger was charged with failure to yield on a left turn.

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>Man abducted, beaten, shot at during ordeal

A Porter Avenue man was abducted at gunpoint, stripped of his clothing, beaten and shot at during a 45-minute ordeal on Sunday night.

The man was not struck by the bullets but suffered swelling on his body from the assault.

Northwest District police said the victim was at his home at about 9:55 p.m. when he was confronted by several men in a dark-colored minivan.

One of the men pulled out a silver handgun and chased the victim several blocks before he was forced into their vehicle.

While inside the minivan, the man was forced to lie face down, stripped of his clothing and beaten. The assailants also stole his wallet, $200, three gold chains, a cell phone and the key to his car, police said.

The men drove him around in their minivan, and finally let him out near Tonawanda and Amherst streets at about 10:40 p.m. The men fired a few shots at the victim before fleeing.

At some point during the incident, the man's car was stolen. Officers later recovered it on Dewitt Street, where it had been set on fire. No arrests have been made.

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>Woman in van thwarts holdup try by three

A Clarence motorist frustrated three young robbers Sunday evening outside a Noco Express gas station at 2121 South Park Ave., South District officers report.

The woman's van was approached at 7:20 p.m. by three teens, one of whom asked for her change. He then pulled a silver handgun and told her: "Give me your purse, too. I'm serious."

The woman put her van into reverse and drove off. She said the two black males and a white female with them were all between 15 and 17 years old. Police were checking the Noco station's videotape.

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>Arrest made in robbery as victim spots suspect

South District officers have charged a 24-year-old Zittel Street man with robbing a juvenile late Saturday night.

Officer Kevin Kennedy said he was flagged down at Seneca and Buffum streets by a youth who said he had been robbed by a man wearing a red goatee and a baseball uniform.

Kennedy said he and the boy spotted a suspect entering a liquor store at Seneca and Edson Avenue. Kennedy and Lt. James Curtin escorted Derrick Sodaro outside, seized $38 from him as evidence and charged him with felony robbery and possession of stolen property.

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>Mattress fire damages the Maryner Towers

A mattress fire on the fifth floor of the Maryner Towers caused $15,000 damage to the building and $4,000 damage to the contents Sunday afternoon, according to the Buffalo Fire Department.

Fire investigators said the fire at Mariner and Virginia streets, reported at 4:25 p.m., was caused by a light that had been left on a mattress. The occupant was away at the time.

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>Arrest made in incident outside Elmwood bank

A Southampton Street man is facing attempted robbery and weapons charges after he allegedly demanded cash from a Williamsville man just moments after he left the HSBC Bank at 529 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo police aid.

Central District police say David A. Iverson, 42, held a BB gun to the head of a man who had just used the ATM and walked out of the bank just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

"Give me all you have -- give me your money," Iverson ordered, according to Officer Anthony Lapiana.

The victim fought with Iverson until police arrived and arrested him, police said. No money was stolen.

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>Bar patron reports assault by bouncers

A 29-year-old Buffalo man told police he was beaten by two bouncers in the Chippewa District early Sunday after he was escorted outside of a bar.

Central District police said Mansour G. Mansour was escorted from Liars, 47 W. Chippewa, by one bouncer.

Mansour said two other bouncers -- wearing black security-type shirts -- then began hitting him in his face and head.

Rural/Metro Medical Services paramedics treated the victim at the scene but he declined to go to the hospital.

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