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Visiting police officer hits house, is charged with DWI

An off-duty police officer fromMobile, Ala., was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday after his marked patrol vehicle struck a house in Newstead, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Officer Donnel McKean, 36, who was in Western New York for K-9 training, lost control of his cruiser while turning from Route 5 to Crittenden Road shortly after midnight. McKean struck a house at 13655 Main, damaging a gas meter, the side of the home and a brick chimney there.

McKean was uninjured. He was found a short time later by deputies and charged with DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

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Two sought in robbery of fast-food restaurant

Amherst police are looking for two robbers who stole roughly $1,000 from a Wendy's restaurant on Transit Road early Tuesday morning.

The two thieves walked in through an unlocked kitchen door of the Wendy's at 6940 Transit, at Wehrle Drive, at about 12:30 a.m., after the restaurant had closed. One of the robbers grabbed the night manager and spun her around before stealing the money.

Amherst detectives are interviewing the five employees who were inside the restaurant at the time of the robbery. One of the thieves was described as wearing a white hooded jacket, purple latex gloves and a mask.

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Complaint issued on missing city files

A formal complaint alleging the theft of six new construction project files from the city's Department of Economic Development, Permit and Inspection Services at City Hall was filed Tuesday, according to Buffalo police reports.

Richard Tobe, the director of the department, told police that after conducting a thorough inventory of the department's files, the six files for new construction projects remained missing from its offices in Room 312 at City Hall.

A full search failed to locate the files, which were taken between March 11 and April 11, Tobe reported to police.

The missing files mostly involve rehabilitation projects. None of the files, however, involves projects connected to developer Rocco R. Termini.

Tobe said last week that those files were sent to the FBI in March after an investigation was launched into the city's handling of the Webb Building rehabilitation project on Pearl Street. Controversy over that project has been swirling since a 24-year-old construction worker fell there and died March 20.

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Bail cut to $40,000 in HSBC Arena fracas

The bail of jailed Shane Buczek was reduced Tuesday by the judge who will sentence him and his father, Daniel, 56, next month.

City Judge Sharon M. LoVallo warned Shane Buczek, 37, that should he be able to post the reduced bail of $40,000 prior to the May 29 sentencings, he will face a rejailing should he once again leave Erie County before the criminal case is resolved.

He was accused of making several trips to Florida after his conviction by a jury of criminal impersonation and harassment for a Dec. 26 fight with HSBC Arena security officer Edward M. Cotter after allegedly trying to use privately minted currency to make a purchase.

Shane Buczek also reportedly identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

After the judge adjourned the sentencings because the Buczeks have yet to supply the Erie County Probation Department with all the documents needed for their case, Daniel and Deborah Buczek, who run a Derby business, and their son's lawyer, Mark A. Worrell, all declined comment on the possibility of posting the reduced bail.

Shane Buczek has been jailed since March 13 in lieu of $100,000 bail set by LoVallo.

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Fatal dispute over cards brings 10-year sentence

An apologetic Wilford "Bug" Daniels has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing a close friend in a dispute over a card game.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio sentenced Daniels, 37, for stabbing Maurice "Jimayl" Brown, 28, in the back after accusing Brown of cheating during a card game in Daniels' home Nov. 9, 2005.

"I wish I could take all of that back, what happened," Daniels said of the stabbing.

After Jeffrey Brown, the victim's father, told the judge on Monday that he has yet to reach the point where he can forgive Daniels, DiTullio bemoaned the increase of violence in society, calling it "a senseless argument" that "could have been settled far short of a killing."

Daniels pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter as his murder trial was about to have started.

Prosecutors Kenneth F. Case and James F. Bargnesi said Daniels and Brown got into a fist fight at about 1 a.m. when Daniels accused Brown of cheating him out of $2 during the card game they and other friends were playing.

The fight moved outside, and after Brown, of Dartmouth Avenue, punched Daniels, the defendant stabbed him once in the back.

The knife struck his heart and he was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center.

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