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26-year-old man found fatally shot in building

Responding to a call about a "dead body" early Thursday, Buffalo police discovered a man who had been fatally shot in an upper apartment in the 100 block of Mills Street.

The 26-year-old victim's identity has been withheld pending notification of his family, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman.

Police received the call just after 3 a.m., and homicide detectives were sent to the scene. An autopsy by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound, DeGeorge said.


Head-on collision takes life of Batavia man, 37

BATAVIA -- For the second time in two months, a straight stretch of Route 5 west of Batavia has been the scene of a fatal head-on collision.

Genesee County sheriff's deputies are investigating the latest crash, which occurred Wednesday and took the life of Jonathan M. Colby, 37, of Batavia. A passenger, Angelo A. Merica III, 27, of Pavilion, was seriously injured.

In February, Delores Opuku-Boateng, 19, a student at Genesee Community College, was ejected from the passenger seat and died at the scene.

In both cases, the fatalities occurred in eastbound lanes on West Main Street Road, less than two miles from each other. Both were morning rush hour head-on crashes where a vehicle swerved "for an unknown reason," the reports state.


Trucker gets two years for smuggling marijuana

A trucker from Brampton, Ont., was sentenced to two years in federal prison Thursday for smuggling marijuana over the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in November 2009.

Harjinder Dhugga, 47, was arrested after U.S. Border Patrol officers conducted a secondary check of his truck and found more than 240 pounds of marijuana hidden, Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Gillmeister said.

Agents from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement also investigated the case, which led to a felony conviction before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.


Jury convicts Newfane man of DWI; sentence pending

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Newfane man convicted of driving while intoxicated by a Cattaraugus County Court jury faces sentencing July 25.

Thomas Lodwick, 51, of West Avenue, also was found guilty of failure to keep right. He was arrested April 16, 2010, in the Town of Lyndon. The verdict was reached this week after a weeklong trial before Judge Larry M. Himelein.


Driving with someone on hood leads to charges

EAST OTTO -- A Bowen Road man was arrested for reckless endangerment, for driving while someone was on the hood of his vehicle and failing to stop to allow that person to get off, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Mark D. Dudley, 34, was charged April 13 with second-degree reckless endangerment and driving without a license.


Man, 42, shot in face inside East Side store

A Buffalo man was shot while inside a store on East Delavan Avenue shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Leroy Gregory, 42, was listed in fair condition Thursday in Erie County Medical Center.

Buffalo police, who said the victim was shot in Hobby Boyz, 800 block of East Delavan, believe the gunman may have fired from outside the store. Gregory was struck in the face, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or by using the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website.


Victim of box cutter in serious condition

A 24-year-old Blasdell man remained in serious condition Thursday after his friend slashed him in the neck and stomach Wednesday with a box cutter on Main Street near the Main Place Mall, Buffalo and transit police said.

Hugh Hogan, 30, of Eden, was charged with first-degree assault for attacking Patrick D. Slisz, 24, during a dispute the two were having near the former AM&A's building in the 300 block of Main Street at about 4 p.m. Slisz is being treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Hogan, who fled on foot, was apprehended a short time later by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police near the City Campus of Erie Community College. He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.


Suspicious activity probed by West Seneca police

West Seneca police are seeking information about suspicious activity this week near the town's western border.

Mailboxes and vehicle mirrors were damaged Wednesday night in the Seneca Street-Harlem Road area, police said. Some residents told police that youths were knocking on doors after midnight this week. Those complaints may be related, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Seneca police at 674-2280 or the anonymous tip line at 675-8423.

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