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Evans police to resume search for woman, 18

The search will resume this morning for an 18-year-old Angola woman missing since Tuesday, Evans police reported late Thursday.

Police found Angel Leverenz's car along South Creek Road on Thursday and looked for her nearby but called off the search because of darkness.

Evans police, local volunteer fire companies and K-9 units from area police agencies are expected to attend a 7 a.m. briefing today and then resume their search.

Police said there was no evidence of foul play. Anyone with information is asked to call Evans Police at 549-3600.

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Drug overdose death on Grand Island probed

The Wednesday morning death of a Grand Island man from a drug overdose may be tied to the dangerous form of heroin that has been making its way through the region, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said his office was investigating the death of the 19-year-old.

Howard said sheriff's officials "strongly encourage" anyone suffering from an addiction to seek help through a doctor or clinic and asked anyone with information about illegal narcotics activity in Erie County to contact CrimeStoppers at 867-6161 or the Narcotics Tipline at 858-7755.

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Sardinia collision kills one man, injures another

An elderly driver died and another motorist suffered serious injuries after a head-on crash on Route 16 in the Town of Sardinia just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, state police said.

Troopers said Jerome P. Kawalerski, 81, of Buffalo, was northbound on Route 16 when he veered into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Karl Buresch, 52, of Chaffee.

Kawalerski suffered massive internal injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital.

Buresch also suffered internal injuries and was being treated in Erie County Medical Center. Investigators said his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Investigators are awaiting results of an autopsy to determine whether Kawalerski suffered a medical problem.

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Jury finds alleged pimp not guilty of weapons charge

An Erie County Court jury found alleged pimp Michael Abdallah innocent on a weapons charge Thursday after a four-day trial.

Jailed since his arrest Feb. 5, Abdallah, 27, still faces charges of prostitution promotion, rape, criminal sexual act (sodomy), false statement and child endangerment involving four girls age 13 to 17 through late December 2009.

Abdallah was indicted last March after a 13-year-old girl testified that he kept her at his house on Thomas Street as a sex slave for several months before she escaped on Dec. 19, 2009.

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Corrections officers attacked at Wende

An inmate at Wende Correctional Facility attacked two corrections officers Wednesday night before he could be subdued, a union official said.

Phillip Moreno, 35, who is serving eight to 10 years for weapon and drug possession, was being frisked shortly before 6:30 p.m. when he allegedly put the officer in a headlock and assaulted him in the head and face.

Another officer came to assist, and Moreno allegedly turned on him as well, breaking the officer's nose in two places. Other officers came to their assistance and subdued the inmate. The officer who was put in a headlock was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Later Wednesday night, another inmate attacked a guard, and Thursday morning, there was another attack after which officers found a makeshift weapon, the union official said.

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Double shooting probed in city's Fruit Belt

Homicide detectives are investigating a double shooting early Wednesday in the city's Fruit Belt.

According to police reports, a gunman opened fire on a parked car at about 12:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Cherry Street, striking two people sitting in the front seat.

A 25-year-old Buffalo man was listed in fair condition late Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center. A 32-year-old Buffalo man was treated and later released from ECMC.

A back-seat passenger was not struck by gunfire and was being interviewed by detectives.

Buffalo police did not release the names of the victims. Motive for the shooting was unclear late Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255.

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Man accused of selling marijuana in library

A man selling marijuana in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo was booked on possession and sale of pot Wednesday.

Tyrone Borden made the initial mistake of approaching a library security guard at about 4:30 p.m. and asking him if he was interested in buying some marijuana, according to Central District police.

Borden, 33, of Grote Street, was taken to the security office where he was found to have 16 purple bags containing marijuana, according to Police Officer Shelly Strobele-Lillis, who made the arrest.

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