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Winter parking ban begins Thursday in Depew

Depew police are reminding village residents that the annual winter parking ban begins Thursday and runs until March 15.

Capt. Mark Mediak issued an advisory reminding residents that any vehicle parked on village streets between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. during this period will be ticketed.


City's 48th homicide being probed by police

Homicide detectives late Monday were still piecing together the city's 48th homicide of 2007 at about 8 p.m. at Walden Avenue and Academy Road.

A male was shot at the corner and collapsed outside 20 Academy Road, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were still trying to identify him late Monday.

There were no suspects or motive in the shooting.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Buffalo police Confidential Tipline at 847-2255.


Traffic stop leads to two arrests

Two Buffalo men were arrested after they allegedly ran a stop sign shortly after leaving a known Lackawanna drug house, Lackawanna police reported.

Mitchell J. Woodruff, 20, of Hewitt Street, the driver, faces two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and loitering for the purpose of selling narcotics. Woodruff was found with 36 bags of crack cocaine in his pants, police said.

A passenger, 16-year-old Donald Applewhite of Kensington Avenue, was arrested on a juvenile delinquent warrant and also charged with loitering and weapons possession after police say they found him with a switchblade knife.

The two were tracked down at about 9:30 p.m. by Lackawanna police Lt. Joseph Leo and Officers Chuck Jaworski, Phil Fraterrigo and Daniel Wilson. The house they were visiting has been under police surveillance for drug activity.


Man, woman hurt in crash; neither admits being driver

NEWFANE -- A man and woman were hospitalized with multiple injuries Monday after their vehicle hit a tree and rolled over, but authorities don't know which one was driving because neither would admit being behind the wheel.

The two, of Newfane, were taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, after the crash. Leona Heigl-Gilbert, 58, was listed in stable condition, and Mark Gilbert, 46, was in fair condition, a hospital spokesman said. Their relationship was not immediately known.

The vehicle was traveling south on Checkered Tavern Road when it left the road, struck a tree, rolled over and came to rest in a field just after midnight, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Both people denied driving, deputies said. An assistant district attorney was called, and blood was drawn from both victims to determine if drugs or alcohol was involved, deputies said.


Woman says girl forced her to drive to West Side

An Orchard Park woman told Buffalo police that she was kidnapped Sunday night by a teenage girl who forced her to drive her to a West Side neighborhood.

The woman was not injured, but she told police that her kidnapper used an object to hit her in her head.

The woman told South District police that she left the Family Dollar, 670 S. Ogden St., at about 6:45 p.m. and was approached by a teenage girl, described as 14 to 16 years old.

The girl tried to make conversation with her, but when the woman got into her car and started the ignition, the girl opened a rear car door and jumped into the back seat, police reported.

The girl hit the woman on the head and said, "Go or I will shoot you." No weapon was displayed.

Police said the girl then told the woman to drive onto the Niagara Thruway and get off at Niagara Street. The woman complied and dropped the girl off in the area of 10th Street on the city's West Side at about 7 p.m.


Arrest made in slashing of man with box cutter

A 22-year-old Buffalo man was charged Monday with using a box cutter to slash a man before trying to hit him with a 19-inch television set, police reported.

Richard Parker, 29, suffered a 3-inch wound on his left triceps.

Police say Parker was assaulted by Allen R. Maxwell, who is his girlfriend's brother. Maxwell and the couple live in the same house on East Utica Street -- Maxwell lives in a lower apartment, while his sister and her boyfriend live in the upper apartment.

The two men became embroiled in an argument in the upper apartment at about 1:50 a.m., when Maxwell attacked Parker, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

Maxwell is also accused of punching a hole in a wall and breaking a mirror, bedroom closet door and VCR tapes, and gouging an 18-inch hole in the living room wall.

Officers Molly Costantino and Steve Sierk arrested Maxwell at the home. They charged him with assault, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.

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