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>Cheektowaga motorcyclist killed in Orchard Park

A Cheektowaga man was killed Wednesday after his motorcycle crashed into a parked vehicle on California Road, Orchard Park police said.

The crash occurred about 4 p.m., when Dennis J. Cavanaugh, 19, of Mildred Drive was northbound in the 3500 block of California. Cavanaugh, who suffered internal injuries, was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center and died shortly before 6:30 p.m., police said.

Orchard Park Detective John Payne and Officers John Mariano and Joseph Cullen are investigating.

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>Day care center closed by state until August

A Grant Street day care center that was suspended earlier this month when a 5-year-old boy was found with heroin will remain closed until at least August, officials from the state Office of Children and Family Services said Wednesday.

The YWCA Early Childhood Center at the Schoolhouse Commons at 1005 Grant St. has been closed since June 12, when the boy and at least two other children ingested heroin he passed out in the day care facility. Six children treated in Women and Children's Hospital did not become seriously ill, authorities said.

A hearing on the day care center was initially scheduled with state officials for Monday but was adjourned until Aug. 1, according to Brian Marchetti, a spokesman for the state agency.

The day care center, which obtained its license in June 2000, was cited for 17 safety violations of state regulations between November 2005 and April 2006, according to state records. All of those were subsequently corrected. Buffalo police continued to investigate the source of the heroin Wednesday.

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>2 fire victims still in ECMC burn unit

Two people seriously burned in the fatal house fire on Croydon Drive in Cheektowaga early Tuesday remain hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center, authorities said Wednesday.

Ruth Ann Jackson remains in critical condition in the Burn Intensive Care Unit, where her boyfriend, John Drysdale, was listed in serious condition.

The fire killed Drysdale's mother, Angeline, 78. The home was owned by John Drysdale.

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of the blaze, which broke out in the first-floor living room. Careless smoking is one possibility being considered by investigators.

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>Sub order is prelude to stickup, arrest

An Amherst man faces robbery and other charges after he allegedly ordered a submarine sandwich from a South Park Avenue pizzeria and then proceeded to rob it while the order was being filled, Buffalo police reported.

Carl E. Canterbury, 36, of Niagara Falls Boulevard entered Big Fat Paulie's Pizzeria at 1775 South Park Ave. about 8 p.m. and ordered a ham sub, police reported. While the order was being filled, Canterbury allegedly pulled a revolver out of his waistband and placed it on the counter.

He told an employee to "open the drawer, give me the money and nobody gets hurt."

Canterbury allegedly reached into the drawer, took some money, complained "this is all you got?" and then fled. He was apprehended in a backyard on Southside Parkway by South District Officers John Messina and Kevin Kennedy.

Besides robbery, Canterbury also was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and criminal use of a firearm.

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>Firing at neighbor's car results in prison term

A Monticello Place man Wednesday was sentenced to seven years in prison for trying to shoot a neighbor.

Roosevelt Appleton, 30, had been found guilty Jan. 8 by a State Supreme Court jury of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and weapons counts. He fired five shots at the neighbor's car at Olympic and Warwick avenues about 2 a.m. April 16, 2006.

Prosecutor James F. Bargnesi said the neighbor, who was not named at the request of prosecutors, identified Appleton during the trial. A month before the shooting incident, the neighbor had beaten Appleton, who has a long history of weapons arrests, because Appleton had twice allegedly burglarized his home, stealing several items, including video games, prosecutors said.

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>Police arrive, interrupt robbery on West Side

A street robbery on the city's West Side was interrupted early Wednesday when officers arrived on the scene and the robbers ran through nearby yards, police said.

The victim was at Hampshire and Grant streets at about 12:15 a.m. when five men surrounded him in a threatening manner, Central District officers said.

One of the five men pulled a gold ring off the victim's hand, police said.

The assailants then stole his wallet, which contained his identification and Social Security card.

Police said one of the men was trying to pull the victim's watch off his wrist, but when officers arrived at the scene, they all fled.

Police said the victim did not know the robbers. No arrests have been made.

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