Two drivers injured in SUV-car crash in Depew
A Depew woman was listed in critical condition after her car collided with an SUV that crossed the center line of Walden Avenue at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Depew police said.
A Ford Explorer driven by Kristen Ryan of Snyder was westbound on Walden Avenue, east of Dick Road, when it crossed into the eastbound lane and hit an Oldsmobile driven by Wendiann Reichmuth of Depew, police said.
Reichmuth was listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center late Wednesday. Ryan, who was listed in stable condition in ECMC, was issued a summons for failure to stay in lane, and additional charges are pending, police said.
Man who escaped custody corraled early Wednesday
Buffalo police early Wednesday arrested a Schmarbeck Street man who escaped from custody late Tuesday afternoon while still in handcuffs.
John Caesar, 58, and still partially handcuffed, was caught at 7:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Broadway, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.
Caesar is accused of a larceny at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Anchor Bar restaurant on Main Street. Employees, police said, chased him down near the restaurant. Although taken to the Central District station at Tupper and Main streets, he escaped out a back door, officials said.
Aide to 'Dr. Feelgood' named in painkiller sweep
The former office manager for the Niagara Falls physician nicknamed "Dr. Feelgood" is among nine people named in federal indictments involving fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Wednesday.
Dawn Figurelli, 48, of Niagara Falls, and her daughter, Shannon, 26, were charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and health care fraud, since the prescriptions were paid for by Medicaid. Figurelli worked for Dr. Pravin V. Mehta before he was arrested in January and he closed his practice at 550-552 Main St.
Two other former Mehta employees -- Chantal Stypick, 32, of Niagara Falls, and Teresa Gansworth, 25, of Sanborn -- were indicted. Also named were James Respress, 53; Bari McHugh, 37; Ashley Fose, 27; and Robert Bradley, 30, all of Niagara Falls; and Darlene Printup, 29, of Lewiston.
All were charged with obtaining controlled substances, primarily opana and oxycontin, by using fraudulent prescriptions. Printup, Gansworth and Fose also were charged with possession with intent to distribute. McHugh, Stypick, Gansworth and Fose also were charged with health care fraud for using their Medicaid accounts to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions.
Damage placed at $25,000 in Riverside home fire
A vacant home in Riverside caught fire Wednesday, according to Buffalo fire officials.
The home, in the 1700 block of Royal Avenue, started on fire at about 5 p.m., officials said. The blaze started in the attic of the 2 1/2 -story structure. Damage was estimated at $25,000, and the cause was still under investigation, officials said.
Downtown pedestrian is robbed at gunpoint
A man walking between Lafayette and Niagara squares in downtown Buffalo was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday evening, Buffalo police said.
The man said he was at Pearl and Court streets at 4:30 p.m. when he felt an arm grab his shoulder and spin him around into a building. The man said he felt a gun pressed against his back as the thief reached into his rear pants pocket and took his wallet.
Jury finds man guilty of felony weapons charge
A Bertha Street man was convicted Wednesday of a felony weapons charge that could send him to prison for 15 years.
Lamario Cotto, 23, threatened an ex-girlfriend who had obtained an order of protection, on Feb. 9, 2010. Arrested after a foot chase, Cotto was found guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon -- a loaded 22-caliber semiautomatic pistol seized from him on Montana Street.
Before his arrest, Cotto had telephoned the victim and asked her to meet him on Goodyear Avenue near East Ferry Street. The victim, meanwhile, contacted police.
The jury deliberated about an hour following a three-day trial before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. Cotto will be sentenced June 7.
The jury found Cotto not guilty of a second charge of first-degree criminal contempt for violating the court order of protection. Joseph J. Terranova, Cotto's attorney, said the conviction will be appealed.
Island man, 57, facing aggravated DWI charge
A Grand Island man man arrested for drunken driving Wednesday afternoon on Grand Island posted a blood-alcohol content of three times the legal limit, Erie County sheriff's officials said.
Deputies said they arrested David R. Ziehm, 57, after responding at 3:30 p.m. to the report of a suspicious person at Love and Glen Avon roads. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.