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Man and woman robbed in University District

A woman and man were robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday in the city's University District.

Northeast District police said the two were walking near the corner of Minnesota and Cordova avenues at about 1:55 a.m. when they were confronted by three men, described as in their late teens. The woman lives in the neighborhood, while the man was visiting.

One of the assailants pointed a silver handgun at them, police said, and ordered them to hand over their money.

The man handed over his cell phone. The woman gave them her wallet, containing her credit card, debit card, health insurance card and driver's license.


Amherst collision leaves woman in serious condition

A 75-year-old Williamsville woman remained in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center late Tuesday after being injured in a two-vehicle accident at Maple and Sweet Home roads Monday afternoon.

Ingrid Niemczyk had to be extricated from her vehicle by the North Bailey Fire Company after the crash, which occurred at about 2:40 p.m. Monday.

Amherst police said witnesses stated that the 1994 Ford driven by Niemczyk went through a red light and struck a vehicle driven by Michelle Munyan, 44, of Liverpool. Munyan and one of her four children in the vehicle were taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, complaining of chest pain, police said.

Capt. Patrick McKenna of the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit said all the occupants of both vehicles were properly restrained by their seat belts or in their child restraint seats.


10-year-old girl rescued from lake

A 10-year-old East Aurora girl who had only a faint pulse when she was pulled from Lake Erie off Woodlawn Beach Monday afternoon has been transferred to Women & Children's Hospital, authorities said.

Bethany R. Morgan was rushed to Mercy Hospital after a lifeguard and a citizen rescued her from lake waters shortly after 3:45 p.m. Monday, Town of Hamburg police said.

The girl was not breathing, but emergency crews performed CPR on her before she was taken to the hospital, police Lt. Jim Koch said. A Kaleida Health spokesman was not authorized to provide a condition for the girl at Women & Children's.

According to police reports, a relative told authorities that Bethany was knocked down by a wave and did not resurface while swimming in the lake.

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