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Man seriously injured in two-vehicle collision

An Athol Street man was fighting for his life today after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle, went airborne, hit a pole and flipped onto its roof late Wednesday afternoon on North Legion Drive in South Buffalo, Buffalo police said.

Thomas J. Meegan, 25, was traveling south on North Legion when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Edward R. Gelster, 23, of Normal Avenue, at about 5 p.m. at North Legion Drive and Unger Avenue, police said.

Meegan had to be extricated. He was listed in critical condition today in Erie County Medical Center. His passenger, Mark Jones, 22, no address listed, was treated at ECMC and released.

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2004 double-murder case ends with plea deal

Josue D. Ortiz, on the eve of his double-murder trial, Wednesday accepted a prosecution plea deal in the shotgun killings of restaurant cook Nelson Camacho and his partially blind brother, Miguel, in their Niagara Street home two years ago.

Arrested a week after the Nov. 11, 2004, incident on the 800 block of Niagara Street, Ortiz, 25, did not comment as he accepted the plea deal to two counts of first-degree manslaughter before Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico.

The judge, who was to preside at Ortiz's double murder trial next week, told Ortiz he faces a 25-year prison term at his June 16 sentencing.

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Man, 25, arrested on drug, gun charges

A 25-year-old man was charged with possessing six bags of crack cocaine and a loaded .357-caliber revolver Wednesday night after officers tried to disperse a group of four men hanging out in front of a vacant building on East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

Dameon L. Martin, of Doat Street, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.

Northeast District police said officers were dispersing the group at about 8:50 p.m. from in front of 1477 E. Delavan when Officer Jason Mayhook approached Martin and asked him his name. Martin ran but was promptly caught.

Police said they found the crack cocaine in his right boot and the loaded gun in a yard on Freund Street.

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Fast-food restaurant on Elmwood robbed

Two men armed with a shotgun, robbed a fast-food restaurant on Elmwood Avenue on Wednesday night, police said.

Central District police said the men entered the KFC at 448 Elmwood Ave. at about 9 p.m. confronted two female employees.

Police said one of the men held a shotgun to one employee's neck and told her to open the safe.

The robbers made off with an unknown amount of rolled coins from the safe and about $1,000 from the cash register.

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Man, 78, injured trying to fend off armed robber

A 78-year-old Buffalo man was injured when he tried to fend off an armed man during an attempted robbery Wednesday night on Genesee Street. The man struggled with gunman, fell to the ground when his knees gave out and was beaten in the head, police said.

The victim was treated in Buffalo General Hospital for cuts and swelling.

Ferry-Fillmore District police reported that the victim was about to get into his car at about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Genesee when a man pointed a revolver at him and said, "Pops, don't make me do it."

The victim began to struggle with the gunman, trying to grab the gun, when he fell to the ground. The gunman fled empty-handed.

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Armed intruders bind two, loot house

Buffalo police are searching for two robbers, armed with a long-barreled gun, who barged into a 16th Street home early today, forced the occupants to the floor and tied their hands with duct tape.

Central District police said a handyman was performing some work inside the home at 61 16th St. when there was a knock at the door at about 12:20 a.m.

The handyman opened the door and two men confronted the handyman and a woman who lives at the home, police reported.

The robbers stole about 30 DVDs, a DVD player, a flat-screen television, cash, a gold chain, two gold watches and a diamond bracelet before fleeing. Major Crimes Unit detectives responded to the scene.

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Homes burglarized on 14th Street

At least three homes in the 300 block of 14th Street were burglarized this week, police said.

Sometime between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a burglar broke into an apartment at 394 14th St. The burglar stole a computer, laptop, two PlayStation consoles, PlayStation games, two television sets and a radio.

Two of the burglaries happened at the same home -- 393 14th St. -- in the lower apartment and then in the upper apartment.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, a burglar entered the lower apartment and made off with two lovebirds and an array of jewelry. The upper apartment at the same home was broken into between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The residents said a surround-sound system, DVD player, TV, DVD and PlayStation games were taken.

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