East Side beating victim dies of injuries in ECMC
A 43-year-old man who was beaten badly in his home in the city's East Utica-Jefferson area early Monday morning has died in Erie County Medical Center.
Charles E. Brackett, of Landon Street, died Tuesday in the trauma intensive care unit at ECMC, where he had been in critical condition after being beaten in the head and body, authorities said.
The beating happened at about 1 a.m. Monday in Brackett's home on Landon between Roehrer and Wohlers avenues. Brackett was driven from his home to the hospital in a taxi, according to a police report.
Police say mother left her son, 3, home alone
A Kensington Avenue woman faces child endangerment charges after she allegedly left her 3-year-old son at home alone for about three hours, Buffalo police said.
Dareisha A. Hunter, 25, was arrested after her son left the family home and walked to a nearby deli at about 3:30 p.m., police said.
Woman injured after car hits wall, overturns
An Albany-area woman driving south on the Niagara Thruway near the Scajaquada Expressway at about 6 p.m. Wednesday suffered an apparent diabetic reaction, causing her car to crash into a cement wall and overturn, state police said.
Irene K. Ropelewski, 59, of Clifton Park, suffered neck pain and was taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services to Erie County Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, state police said. No charges were filed.
Police arrest man accused of knife attack
A Marion Street man faces attempted murder charges in the stabbing of a woman outside Main Place Mall on the 300 block of Main Street at about noon Wednesday, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police said.
The victim, Jean Cox, no age or address listed, was stabbed several times in the chest and was taken to Erie County Medical Center with wounds not considered life-threatening, according to authorities.
Jeffrey Pearson, 49, who was arrested a short time later, is accused of grabbing Cox by the head and stabbing her several times with a 6-inch steak knife, police said. Pearson allegedly violated an order of protection issued in late January.
Pearson also was charged with felony first-degree assault, felony aggravated criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon.
Wilson Farms customer robs store on Parkside
A robber purchased candy from the Wilson Farms at 281 Parkside Ave. early Wednesday before robbing the store, Buffalo police said.
The bandit bought candy before forcing a clerk to surrender cash from the register at about 6:45 a.m., police said. Although the bandit said he had a gun, he didn't display one, police said.
The robber was described as white, 5-foot-9, thin, clean-shaven with a pale complexion, dark hair and an earring and wearing a dark blue Buffalo Sabres hooded sweat shirt with a tan and blue Starter jacket and jeans. He fled south on Parkside Avenue toward Jewett Parkway.
Police said a package of cupcakes touched by the suspect is being examined for evidence. Call Northwest District police at 851-4413.
Wood-burning stove sparks house fire on Elmwood
An overheated wood-burning stove caused a house fire at 115 Elmwood Ave. early Wednesday, Buffalo fire officials said.
The blaze started at about 1 a.m., and no injuries were reported in the 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame structure, according to firefighters. Damage was set at $10,000.
Buffalo woman charged with assault in stabbing
An assault involving two Buffalo women ended with one of them stabbing the other in the back about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, city police said.
Makia A. Jones, 34, of the 900 block of East Ferry Street, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing Sharda Goodman, 28, who was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center.