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Elma man, 83, killed by tree he was cutting

An Elma man was fatally injured Thursday when a tree he was cutting toppled onto him.

Morgan Heusaler, 83, died of his injuries in Mercy Hospital, where he was transported shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. His death was ruled accidental.

Orchard Park Police and Fire departments responded to the scene.


Six arrested in raid on drug, gun charges

Buffalo police Wednesday raided a West Delavan Avenue home and arrested six people on drug possession and firearms charges.

Police said they discovered 19 bags of crack cocaine as well as individual rocks of the drug in the bathroom and living room of the house during the operation at about 6:30 p.m.

The suspects were identified as Michelle D. Frazier, 45, of Clay Street; Marvin L. Richardson, 29, of Hamlin Road; Andre D. Dinkins, 19, of Delavan Avenue; Lawrence Russell Jr., 29,of Westminster Road; Earl L. Harris, 42, of Perry Street; and Deandre C. Grayson, 16, of Potomac Avenue.


Giambra son, 17, pleads to reduced DWI count

Nicholas Giambra, the oldest son of County Executive Joel Giambra, pleaded guilty in Tonawanda Town Court last month to a reduced charge of driving while impaired by alcohol.

Giambra, 17, of Woodland Drive in the town, was charged with driving while intoxicated by town police at 1:52 a.m. March 11, according to an arrest report.

Officers said a caller alerted them to a possible drunken driver who had bumped into a curb on West Grimsby Road near Highland Avenue. Town police said there was no accident or injury and said Giambra refused to take a Breathalyzer exam.

Court officials said Giambra, accompanied by attorney Joel L. Daniels, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge on March 19 before Justice John J. Flynn.

Giambra was fined $380, his license was revoked for a year, and he was ordered to attend the state's Drinking Driver Program and a victim impact program.


Intruder accused of making gun threat

Buffalo police are looking for a 37-year-old man who broke into the home of an acquaintance Thursday morning, punching him in the face and threatening him with a gun.

Northeast District police said the victim was inside his lower apartment in the 300 block of Dewey Avenue about 6 a.m. when a man kicked in the door after being refused entrance.

After threatening to kill the victim, the attacker ran out of the house.


12 computers stolen from alternative school

Twelve notebook computers valued at about $24,000 were stolen from Buffalo's alternative high school for troubled students, police said.

The vice principal of the school told Ferry-Fillmore District police Thursday that the 12 laptop computers, IBM ThinkPads, are missing from the school, also known as Academy School 44, 1369 Broadway.

Police believe the theft occurred between 9 a.m. March 23 and 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The computers are assigned to students.


Court battle postponed on Lowry Middle School

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The legal battle over whether equipment removed from the old Lowry Middle School belongs to the North Tonawanda School District or Kevin Gersh, the building's new owner, has been postponed to May 3 in State Supreme Court, Niagara Falls.

District officials say the school was used for storage and that equipment was removed when Gersh purchased the building because it was earmarked for use in other district schools and was not part of the purchase agreement.

Gersh said the materials were supposed to go to his Gersh Academy, a college for students with neurobiological problems, as part of the $700,000 purchase price.

The case was to be heard for the first time Thursday but was postponed at the request of the school district.

School Superintendent Vincent J. Vecchiarella said the case was delayed because the School Board has hired a Buffalo law firm -- Bond, Schoeneck and King -- to handle the litigation.

He said James Rooney, a company lawyer handling the matter, needed the time to review the case, gather information and prepare to the district's legal arguments.


Sexual abuse of 2 girls charged after probe

A City of Tonawanda man facing multiple charges is accused of sexually abusing two girls.

Donald Filer, 45, of Freemont Street, was charged in Tonawanda City Court with three counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said they were contacted by the mother of a 5-year-old girl after she left the girl in Filer's care while she ran errands. A later investigation, they said, revealed that Filer also abused the victim's 10-year-old sister.

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