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>Son accused of killing cancer-stricken father

A Kensington Village man was indicted Tuesday on second-degree murder and weapons charges in the slaying of his cancer-stricken father, whose body was found beneath a blanket in their West Cleveland Drive flat three weeks after he was killed.

David Erhardt, 26, pleaded not guilty and was ordered to remain in custody without bail after his arraignment today before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. He is accused in the fatal beating Jan. 8 of his father, Thomas Erhardt, 57, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Police said Erhardt told them he acted out of concern for his dying father after they received an eviction notice for the Kensington Village flat.

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>Wiretap issue not active among Lackawanna Six

Members of the Lackawanna Six are not currently involved in any legal effort to overturn the plea deals they accepted in 2003, two defense attorneys said Tuesday.

Attorney James P. Harrington was reacting to a Washington Post report that the convictions were in jeopardy because of legal challenges to President Bush's secret wiretapping program.

Harrington said defense attorneys have never found out whether federal agents used secret, nonjudicially approved wiretaps in the Lackawanna investigation.

"At this point, our clients do not intend to pursue this issue," Harrington said. "We do not know whether any National Security Agency wiretaps were used in the case. This does not preclude us from some further action in the future."

Authorities said they used the powers of the USA Patriot Act in building the case against the six Lackawanna men who visited training camps of the al-Qaida terrorist network in Afghanistan. All six men are in federal prison.

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>Pizza deliveryman robbed of food, $400, cell phone

A 25-year-old pizza deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night while making a delivery in the 400 block of Dodge Street, police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said the man was trying to deliver a pizza and 50 wings just after 10 p.m. when he was approached by four men.

At least two of the men pulled out guns and stole the food, $400 and the victim's cell phone.

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>19-year-old beaten with bat by men on South Division

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat by a group of men Tuesday afternoon at South Division Street downtown, police reported.

Deon R. Anderson suffered pain and swelling on his head. South District police said Anderson was walking near the intersection when five or six men jumped him. Anderson told police he would seek treatment at a local hospital.

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>Buffalo State student reports being raped

A 22-year-old Buffalo State College student told campus police Tuesday that she was drugged, raped and videotaped while she was visiting Fort Lauderdale, Fla., two months ago, authorities said.

The woman reported the incident to campus police sometime after midnight Tuesday, said Nanette Tramont, the college's director of news services.

The woman said the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. Jan 6.

"She is alleging that she was somehow drugged -- possibly in a drink -- and then raped," Tramont said. "We took her complaint and have offered her assistance, but we have no jurisdiction in Fort Lauderdale. Our police are assisting the Fort Lauderdale police with their investigation."

No further details were released.

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>Falls, Ont., accident proves fatal to man, 82

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- An 82-year-old Niagara Falls man died Monday after he was struck on Dorchester Road north of O'Neil Street, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of family, was struck at about 8 p.m. by a minivan driven by a 56-year-old Niagara Falls woman traveling north. The roads were wet at the time, police said.

The victim was in the middle of the road when he was hit by the front left corner of the van. He died in Greater Niagara General Hospital shortly before 11 p.m. The minivan driver was not injured.

Witnesses are asked to call the Niagara Regional Police at (905) 688-4111.

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>Man robs HSBC branch at 529 Elmwood Ave.

A man claiming to have a gun robbed the HSBC Bank at 529 Elmwood Ave. just after noon Tuesday, Buffalo police said.

A bank representative told police that the man handed a note to a teller stating, "Give me 50s and 20s. I have a gun. Don't make me use it."

The robber then told the teller to "hurry up" and fled with the money.

He was described as 5-foot-9, 230 pounds, with dark hair, brown eyes and a large build. He wore a dark cap and coat, a white shirt and tie.

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>200-year-old bell stolen from cemetery

PENDLETON -- A 200-year-old bronze and brass bell valued at $10,000 was stolen from Acacia Park Cemetery, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Patricia Young, director of family services at the cemetery, told deputies that the bell was donated to the cemetery and was in a storage shed. She said it was stolen between Jan. 10 and Feb. 25.

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