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Bones in old beer cooler target of investigation

Pedestrians walking by a taped-up beer cooler left in an old parking lot on Kenmore Avenue made a grisly discovery Friday evening.

Police said that the pedestrians, who found the cooler in the 1700 block of Kenmore, opened the container and found what appeared to be bones. It was not known whether the bones were human, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene. The Medical Examiner's office will investigate the bones this morning.


Albion mayor accused of stealing July 4 funds

ALBION -- State police arrested the mayor of Albion on Friday on charges that he stole money from a fundraiser meant to defray the cost of the village's Fourth of July fireworks display.

Mayor Michael A. Hadick surrendered to state police Friday and was charged with petit larceny and official misconduct, both misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in Village Court on Wednesday.

Investigators said state police had been looking into the finances of both the village and the mayor when they discovered evidence that Hadick failed to hand over money from the fundraiser.

State police said less than $1,000 was involved in the alleged incident.

Hadick could not be reached to comment Friday night.


Police make arrest in summer robbery

Police arrested a Tennessee Street man in a robbery in North Buffalo during the summer.

Kyle Kocholopoulus, 23, was charged with first-degree robbery.

Police said Kocholopoulus and another unidentified man targeted a Hartwell Road apartment on the night of June 8. The victim, acquainted several years with the suspect, according to police, said a knife was held to his throat and his apartment was ransacked. The robbers made off with between $300 and $400 in cash and some change, police said.


W. Seneca man charged with injuring toddler

A West Seneca man was arrested Friday for striking a Buffalo toddler, leaving the boy with severe bruising, police said.

The victim, a 19-month-old boy, suffered injuries to his head, body, legs and groin. He was treated in Women and Children's Hospital.

Justin Premonics of Norwood Avenue, whose age was unavailable, was arrested Friday afternoon by Detectives Natalie Perez and Deborah Buyers of the Buffalo Police Sex Offense Squad, which handles special-victim cases.

Premonics was charged with second- and third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.


Man gets time served, will be deported

A former Corfu man was sentenced to time served on Friday after pleading guilty to possession of counterfeit U.S. immigration documents.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Shahid Butt, 40, to the five months he served in jail after his January arrest by state police.

A traffic stop in the New York City area led to finding two counterfeit immigration employment authorization cards, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents assisted on the case.

Butt, a native of Pakistan, will be deported, said Lev Kubiak, a supervisor of investigations for the immigration agency.


Buffalo man faces drunken-driving charge

A Buffalo man was charged with driving while intoxicated after deputies pulled over a vehicle that was weaving along a Grand Island road, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported this morning.

The traffic stop was made shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday on South State Parkway. Eliseo Davila, 46, was arrested after failing roadside sobriety tests, deputies said .

Davila refused to submit to a further test back at the substation, the sheriff said. He was released on appearance tickets, pending arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.

A passenger in the vehicle, Ramon Negron, 46, of Buffalo, was charged with possession of marijuana and also was released on an appearance ticket.


Blood-alcohol level of 0.24 leads to arrest

Erie County sheriff's deputies early today arrested a 35-year-old man on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated, after accusing him of registering a 0.24 percent blood-alcohol level.

Joseph J. Shivers was stopped on Transit Road in Clarence shortly before 3 a.m., after Deputy Daniel Brinkerhoff spotted his vehicle speeding and weaving from lane to lane, according to reports.


Break-in reported at Gasport tavern

GASPORT -- A jukebox was damaged and an empty cash register tampered with during a break-in at Boyer's Tavern on Ridge Road after it closed Wednesday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

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