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Cambria man pinned under car dies of injuries

CAMBRIA -- A 52-year-old man died Monday morning after being pinned beneath a car.

Rick Hand was working on the vehicle in the driveway of his Ridge Road home when it rolled off the ramps just after 11 a.m., Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies helped family members in freeing Hand from beneath the vehicle, and he was flown via Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigators said that Hand suffered massive chest trauma when the car landed on top of him.


No foul play suspected in theme park drowning

BATAVIA -- An autopsy performed on the body of a Pennsylvania man who drowned over the weekend at Darien Lake Theme Park revealed no sign of foul play, a Genesee County sheriff's official said Monday.

The autopsy on the body of William Sutherland, 33, of Bradford, Pa., was conducted by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, said Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Walker. Deputies still are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which could take several weeks to come back, he said.

Sutherland's body was found by divers at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Sunshine Lake, a small body of water near a parking area within Darien Lake. He attended a concert there Friday night and became separated from friends, who spent several hours looking for him. They returned to Pennsylvania, but came back Saturday and reported him missing.


Steaks, dream-catcher stolen in burglary

A South Buffalo woman has been victimized by a thief with an apparent appetite for red meat and afflicted by bad dreams, Buffalo police report.

The woman said someone entered her apartment, on Germania Street off South Park Avenue, between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

The burglar stole 15 steaks, some pictures and a dream-catcher -- a Native American object believed to have the ability to trap bad dreams and to let only good dreams through.


Amherst man faces felony DWI charge

A 48-year-old Amherst man is facing a felony charge of driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop late Sunday in Clarence, the state police said.

Trooper Troy A. Bullard pulled over a vehicle at about 11 p.m. on Transit Road, near Stahley Road, because the driver appeared to be speeding and driving to the left of the pavement markings.

The driver, Morgan M. Moroczko, was arrested and processed at the State Police barracks in Clarence, where he refused to consent to a blood-alcohol test.

The felony DWI charge is an indication that Moroczko has a prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years.


2 men carjack minivan at gunpoint in city

A May Street man was carjacked at gunpoint by two men early Monday on the city's East Side, according to a Buffalo police report.

The victim told Ferry-Fillmore District officers that he was getting into his Chevrolet Astro minivan, parked on Sumner Place off Walden Avenue, at 12:20 a.m. when two men approached him.

Both men were hiding their faces and one pointed a handgun at the victim and asked, "Do you know what this is?"

The pair took the victim into a nearby yard and stole $300, his cell phone and the keys to his vehicle. They drove north on Sumner to Walden before the victim lost sight of them.


2 Lewis St. men robbed in home invasion

Two men were tied up with duct tape and robbed at gunpoint in a home invasion late Sunday on Lewis Street, Buffalo police said.

The men told Ferry-Fillmore District officers that three men, including one they knew by the nickname "Country," came into their home near Gus Franczyk Park at 9:30 p.m.

One of the robbers was armed with a shotgun, and the three ordered the two residents to the floor, restrained them with tape and demanded to know where the marijuana was kept.

The intruders ransacked the place before stealing $480, a wallet and a cell phone.


Cheektowaga man beaten at Bailey and Genesee

A Cheektowaga man told Buffalo police that five men jumped and beat him at about 4 a.m. Monday at Bailey Avenue and Genesee Street on the city's East Side. He said he planned to seek medical attention on his own.


Stabbing victim listed in fair condition

Amanuel Adugnae, 28, of Buffalo, who was stabbed early Sunday near Genesee and May streets, was listed in fair condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center.

His attacker, identified as Rashawn Young, 26, was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Buffalo police reports.

The stabbing occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Ferry-Fillmore District police said they arrested Young on Sunday after they found him hiding in a home on St. Joseph Avenue.

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