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8 to 10 arrests made at Macker tournament

Buffalo police reported eight to 10 arrests but no serious incidents at the Gus Macker basketball tournament downtown Saturday and Sunday. Most of the arrests involved charges of disorderly conduct.

The tournament attracted 875 teams and more than 3,600 players, making it the largest Gus Macker competition in the nation. Streets closed for the tournament since Friday, including a stretch of Delaware Avenue, were reopened at 9 p.m. Sunday.


Jetliner with malfunction makes safe landing

A Southwest Airlines plane with a malfunctioning flap and 113 passengers and crew members aboard landed safely late Sunday afternoon after circling Buffalo Niagara International Airport for about an hour while jettisoning fuel.

The flap, used to slow the plane upon landing, caused the plane to land faster than usual and led to smoking tires but no more-serious problems, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, director of public affairs for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Flight 1916 originated in Baltimore and landed in Buffalo at about 6:10 p.m. The airport's crash fire rescue unit was stationed along the runway as a precaution. Hartmayer said deployment of the rescue unit "is not infrequent" as a precautionary measure.


Two arrested in stabbing in City of Tonawanda bar

A 34-year-old Amherst man was taken to Erie County Medical Center after being stabbed at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the Dome Stadium, a bar at 200 Main St., City of Tonawanda.

City police arrested two Buffalo men in connection with the stabbing and an earlier assault.

Samuel M. Nappo, 32, of Tonawanda Street, was charged with first-degree felony assault, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police charged Shane M. Toms, 22, of Rosedale Street, in connection with an earlier attack on the stabbing victim's 38-year-old brother. He was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police did not explain where or when the first assault happened. Neither victim's name was released.


Armed men rob couple in mobile home, flee

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Two masked men, one brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle and the other a semi-automatic handgun, fled on foot after robbing a couple in their Expressway Village mobile home late Saturday.

Town Police Sgt. Jeffrey Spears said the two men walked into the home at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday and at gunpoint robbed a male and female resident of an undetermined amount of cash before leaving. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the investigation.


Three rescued in river after canoe capsizes

A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel rescued three people in the Buffalo River at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday after their canoe capsized about 200 yards from Lake Erie.

The canoeists were wearing life vests and were uninjured. The canoe was not recovered.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary consists of trained volunteers who assist officers in promoting boating safety and supporting security on waterways. The auxiliary vessel happened to be in the vicinity at the time of the incident.


911 call brings arrest of 3, discovery of guns

A 911 call early Sunday regarding a person with a gun in the street led to the discovery of two weapons and the arrests of three Buffalo men.

Charged with third-degree criminal weapons possession were William A. Guilford Jr., 24, of Eggert Road; Ruben Rosario Jr., 21, of Woodette Place; and Dennis J. Staples Jr., 22, no address provided.

Officers said Guilford continued walking on Congress Street shortly after midnight despite police orders telling him to stay where he was.

Guilford was apprehended a short time later along with Rosario and Staples. Officers said they found a Ruger .357 revolver and a Ruger .22 caliber.

Guilford also was charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.


Stop at Main and Delavan results in DWI arrest

A traffic stop Saturday near West Delavan Avenue and Main Street led to the arrest of a Victoria Avenue man on a drunken-driving charge.

In a breath test, Rene M. Edwards, 35, blew a 0.25 blood-alcohol content -- more than three times the legal limit. Edwards was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and driving without a license.


Man shooting at raccoon charged with cruelty

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18-year-old was charged with cruelty to animals late Saturday after police said he was shooting at a raccoon from his third-floor balcony on Rainbow Boulevard.

Ryan R. Thomason was arrested at 10:29 p.m. after neighbors reported someone shooting a BB gun at cars in the nearby Hampton Inn parking lot. Thomason reportedly told police he was shooting at the animal because it kept getting into his garbage.