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Suspect flees custody still wearing handcuffs

Buffalo police are searching for a 58-year-old man who escaped from custody late Tuesday afternoon while still in handcuffs.

The suspect, John Caesar of Schmarbeck Street, was allegedly involved in a larceny from the Anchor Bar restaurant on Main Street at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, police officials said. Employees chased down Caesar and helped apprehend him a short distance from the restaurant. Caesar was taken to the Central District station at Tupper and Main streets, but at some point escaped, officials said.


Child pornography case has link to New Hampshire

An Elma teenager has been charged in connection with a child pornography case that stretches from Erie County to New Hampshire.

Authorities from Keene, N.H. contacted Erie County sheriff's investigators in September about child pornography that was being sent from a computer in Elma, officials said Tuesday.

A search warrant for the suspect's computer found hundreds of images of young children, authorities said.

Erie County sheriff's officials would not release the name of the suspect, because of his age at the time of the alleged crime.

The Elma teen, who is now 19, was arrested Monday night and charged with promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, a Class D felony, and possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child, a Class E felony.


Fourth case surfaces against HIV sex suspect

A fourth woman has come forward in the case against, Darryl Fortner, the Buffalo man accused of failing to tell his sexual partners he was infected with HIV.

Fortner, 20, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment on April 20 in connection with the first incident. Buffalo's Sex Offense Squad added more charges, after two other women came forward this past weekend.

Late Monday night, police filed a fourth charge of reckless endangerment, when a fourth victim came forward.

Fortner was ordered held in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $15,000 bail for the first offense.


Man tries to hang self with cord of pay phone

A Buffalo man tried to hang himself with a pay phone cord Sunday shortly after being dropped off at the Erie County Holding Center for booking in a domestic incident, authorities said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old man was acting oddly at the downtown jail and was placed in an area to be monitored, officers said.

While under observation, he grabbed hold of a pay phone cord, wrapped it around his throat and attempted to slide down a wall.

Holding Center officials contacted Northwest District police, who returned at about 8:20 p.m. and transported the man to Erie County Medical Center, where he was placed under psychiatric observation.

Officers first encountered the man at about 6 p.m. when responding to a domestic dispute on the first block of Sunnyside Place.

He was charged with obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.


Man, 30, pleads guilty in aggravated DWI crash

A Perry Street man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated drunken driving with a child for an early morning crash on North Bailey Avenue in Amherst last month.

Timothy Jenkins, 30, pleaded guilty to the highest count lodged against him as he was being arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski.

Robin J. Deubler, a prosecutor in the Erie County District Attorney's Vehicular Crimes Bureau, said Jenkins was arrested when he crashed his car into a parked vehicle on North Bailey near Oxford Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. March 6 with a 12-year-old nephew in his car.

Deubler said there were no injuries in the crash.

Jenkins posted a blood-alcohol reading of 0.25 percent -- more than three times the state's legal limit for driving.

He was allowed to remain free on bail pending his June 8 sentencing.


Police 'Move Over' detail results in 104 tickets

State police in Clarence and Boston issued 104 tickets on the Youngmann Highway and Route 219 while conducting a "Move Over" detail over the past couple of days.

Troopers issued 43 "Move Over" law tickets, 48 radar tickets and 13 other traffic tickets during two days of the detail, state police said Tuesday.

That law, which took effect Jan. 1, requires that drivers use "due care" to change lanes and/or slow down when they see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road.

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