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>Autopsy shows man died of injuries from fall

A 59-year-old Buffalo man died from injuries suffered in a fall down stairs at a West Chippewa Street building March 17, according to an autopsy performed over the weekend, police said.

Daniel Sewastynowicz, of Edson Street, was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center on March 17. Based on an autopsy Saturday, police believe the fall was accidental.

Lt. Kenneth Bienko, commander of the Homicide Squad, said a night watchman found Sewastynowicz at about 10:30 p.m., lying unconscious at the bottom of stairs at 47. W. Chippewa. The building, the old Chippewa Hotel, now operates more like a boarding house.

Bienko said there is no indication that Sewastynowicz was drunk, and investigators are awaiting toxicology tests. The results are expected within several weeks.


>Knifing suspect arrested in attack on boy, 15

A 54-year-old Buffalo man was charged with stabbing a 15-year-old boy with a steak knife Monday night on Stewart Street, police said.

The boy suffered a puncture wound on his left arm. He was being treated in Women and Children's Hospital.

Alonzo Banks, who lives several houses away on Stewart Street, was charged with second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon.


>Police officer faces prison, fine in drug case

A former North Tonawanda police officer faces four years in prison and a $250,000 fine after he pleaded guilty in federal court to using a telephone in a drug trafficking felony, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn reported Monday.

Patrick J. Daly, 44, of Medina, will be sentenced July 13 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Daly used his cellular telephone to place telephone calls and text messages to purchase powder cocaine from other individuals, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser.

Daly was arrested May 17, 2005, after FBI agents followed him from his Medina home to a City of Tonawanda location where he bought cocaine. He was found with two eighth-ounce quantities of cocaine, authorities said.

Daly later gave agents a statement in which he admitted he had been a regular buyer and user of cocaine for two years. He was fired by the Police Department about a month after his arrest.


>Woman robbed at knifepoint in Elmwood Avenue laundry

A Granger Place woman was held up at knifepoint inside an Elmwood Avenue laundromat Monday afternoon, Buffalo police reported.

The victim told police a man in his 20s wearing a white coat sneaked up behind her and put a knife to her throat at about 2:30 p.m. while she was in the laundromat at 1068 Elmwood.

The robber made off with the victim's change purse that had her house keys attached to it. No money was taken.


>Girl beaten with a bat in attack by five adults

A juvenile girl was beaten with a baseball bat in a weekend attack by three women and two men in the 400 block of South Park Avenue, police said.

The girl was being treated in Women and Children's Hospital for bruising, swelling and pain.

South District police said the attackers got out of a purple car and jumped her at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

The attackers hit her in the face with the bat and punched and kicked her several times in the face and body. The victim's mother took her to the hospital.


>Cell phone taken from man at bus stop

A Buffalo man, described as developmentally disabled, was robbed over the weekend as he waited at the bus stop at Grant Street and Forest Avenue.

Northwest District Police reported that the victim was at the bus stop at about 10 p.m. Sunday when a man grabbed his cell phone from his hand and ran away.


>Man in Falls, Ont., accused with trafficking in cocaine

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A Niagara Falls, Ont., man was charged Monday with possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking after Niagara Regional Police raided a Niagara Falls house, according to reports.

Paul Colbourne, 52, is accused of trafficking in cocaine.

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