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>Rig jettisons debris in Route 5 rollover

A tractor-trailer rolled, spilling its load at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Route 5 near Bayview Road in the Town of Hamburg.

Rural/Metro Medical Services was dispatched to the scene, but there appeared be no serious injuries.

The westbound lane of Route 5 remained reduced to one lane late into the evening while Hamburg police investigated the crash and collected debris. It was expected to be reopened by this morning.


>Police investigating shooting on West Side

A 21-year-old woman shot on the city's West Side was being treated in Erie County Medical Center late Tuesday for serious injuries, Buffalo police said.

The shooting occurred at about 6:15 p.m. near Fargo and Porter avenues. The woman, whose name was not released, was listed in serious but stable condition.

Witnesses told authorities they heard several gunshots. Detectives believe the victim had just emerged from a vehicle when she was shot, possibly by someone in another vehicle.

The southwest corner of the intersection and part of Fargo Avenue were cordoned off with yellow crime tape. Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tip line at 847-2255 or by e-mailing the information to and clicking on the "Report a Tip" tab near the top of the home page.


>Two from Corfu accused in Alden home invasion

Two Corfu residents are facing burglary and other charges after an alleged home invasion Sunday in Alden, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Noah Z. Hammond, 28, and Ariane E. Muller, 19, were arraigned in Alden Village Court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center in connection with the 11:30 p.m. incident on Kellogg Street.

Sheriff's officials responded to a 911 call from the home reporting that an uninvited man and woman entered the home. The man had brandished a shotgun, according to authorities. When a struggle ensued with an occupant of the home, the woman pulled out a knife.

Both eventually fled the scene. Hammond and Muller were arrested following an investigation into the incident. Besides burglary, Hammond was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and felony menacing. Muller was charged with misdemeanor menacing.

Sheriff's officials said the occupants of the home may have had a past association with one of the suspects, which led to Sunday's incident.


>Four arrested, 53 ticketed after Sabres playoff game

State troopers stepped up their game Monday following the Buffalo Sabres' home playoff game by placing extra patrols on area highways that led to 53 tickets as well as four arrests, state police said.

Troopers charged Thomas J. Shriver, 33, of Alden, with felony driving while intoxicated after he was stopped on Bullis Road in Marilla on Monday night and found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent. Shriver was released pending an appearance in Marilla Town Court.

Troopers made another DWI arrest on Bullis Road in Elma on Monday night when Charles Urmanec, 54, of Elma was charged with driving with a 0.09 percent blood alcohol level.

Two other arrests were made for unlawful possession of marijuana following a pair of traffic stops on Routes 20A and 16 in the towns of Wales and Holland, respectively. David C. Bick, 47, and Steven J. Cracchiola, 20, were each issued tickets to appear in court.


>M&T Bank branch robbed by woman in sunglasses

A woman robbed the M&T Bank branch at 1877 Main St. near East Delavan Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police said.

Detectives said the robber handed the teller a note demanding money, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. The woman fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The bandit was described as white, about 5-foot-7, wearing "2011" sunglasses, a hoodie and dark-colored sweat pants. Call the confidential tip line at 847-2255 or text a tip at (716) 847-2255 or e-mail the department at and click the "Report a Tip" tab near the top of the home page.


>Jail sentence suspended in animal cruelty case

NEWFANE -- A Newfane woman who faced 19 charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment charges in September admitted she let things get out of hand when sentenced in Newfane Town Court on Tuesday.

Town Justice Scott Boudeman suspended an 89-day jail sentence, giving Patricia Rubin, 56, a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. All but two animal cruelty charges were dismissed. Rubin pleaded guilty Feb. 15. Authorities on Sept. 9 found four dogs and 15 cats in Rubin's garbage-strewn mobile home on Lockport-Olcott Road. Niagara County sheriff's deputies said her 7-month-old grandchild was living in the trailer with her and the child's mother, Danielle Rubin, 20, of Newfane.

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