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7-year-old girl praised for calm in call to 911

A 7-year-old Grand Island girl kept her cool Friday afternoon when she dialed 911 to seek help for her mother, who had became ill and lost consciousness in their East River Road home, the Grand Island Fire Company said.

The girl told the dispatcher that her mother had "passed out on the floor," said an official in a statement. Mary Rolend, 25, had regained consciousness by the time paramedics arrived at about 2 p.m., was treated at the scene for minor injuries from her fall and then was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, for additional medical attention, the official said.


Traffic stop results in two drug arrests

Two people were arrested Friday in Springville for alleged heroin possession after Erie County sheriff's deputies stopped a car after receiving a report of an erratic driver in the village's business district.

The deputies charged the occupants of the car -- Lloyd Baribeau III, 30, of Limestone, and Mary Bradley, 25, of Bradford, Pa. -- with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. The arrest occurred at about 3:15 p.m. on South Cascade Street.


Buffalo man, 24, charged after threatening police

A Berkshire Avenue man who narrowly escaped gunfire faces several charges after pulling a pair of handguns on Buffalo police officers late Thursday afternoon, Buffalo police said.

Terrance J. Breaux, 24, is accused of getting out of a car during a traffic stop on Martha Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. and brandishing a handgun in each hand, raising them at police.
Northeast District Officer Jason Mayhook fired four shots at Breaux, and at least one struck his clothing, authorities said.

None of the shots hit Breaux, but he was forced to the ground and taken into custody, according to reports.

Breaux was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of menacing a police officer and one count each of criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana.


Warrant issued for woman who stole purses in church

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Sandra M. Abrams, who became notorious for stealing purses during Buffalo church services last fall, after she walked away from an inpatient drug treatment program Monday, authorities said.

Abrams, 36, of North Street, had pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to grand larceny and was sent to the state's Madonna House treatment facility in Lockport. Abrams' lawyer, Andrew C. LoTempio, told State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns that he has "no knowledge of her whereabouts."

Abrams is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on her guilty plea to felony grand larceny for stealing purses, containing a total of about $22 in cash and credit cards from four Buffalo churches in November. She had been in custody until entering the drug program March 1.


Man faces extra charges after impersonating brother

Cheektowaga police said a Lackawanna man pretended he was his brother when he was arrested on drug charges earlier this week.

As a result, charges have been dropped against Shokey Albaneh, 28, of Wilkesbarre Street, but Taher A. Albaneh, 26, also of Wilkesbarre, has been charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance plus criminal impersonation.

Taher Albaneh was arrested at about 9 p.m. Tuesday on Marion Court for vehicle and traffic violations. Police said the arresting officer saw him put khat, a stimulant popular in the Middle East, into his mouth.


Deputies arrest two in separate DWI cases

Erie County sheriff's deputies charged two people with aggravated driving while intoxicated early Friday after both recorded blood-alcohol levels of 0.18 percent in separate incidents in Grand Island and Clarence.

Suzzette Sage, 36, also was charged with failure to maintain lane of travel, police said. Deputy Dan Milbrandt stopped her on Grand Island Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m.

Joseph Robb, 24, of Getzville, was charged after Deputy Dennis Orlowski stopped him about 2:45 a.m. on Transit Road, Clarence.

Robb also was ticketed for driving without headlights and failure to keep right.

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