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Girl rescued from creek is in critical condition

A 13-year-old girl was listed in critical condition late Monday in Women & Children's Hospital after nearly drowning in Cazenovia Creek, Buffalo police reported.

Police said the girl slipped into the water near the Cazenovia Street bridge at about 4:30 p.m. A man and others went into the water and pulled her out, authorities said.

Emergency responders treated her at the scene and rushed her to Mercy Hospital. She was later taken to Women & Children's Hospital, police said.

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Buffalo man, 19, charged in D.C. shooting rampage

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was charged with second-degree murder in Washington, D.C., after police said he killed a man and wounded three other people in a shooting rampage Saturday near Howard University.

Terry Jimenez appeared before a Washington, D.C., judge Monday afternoon and was remanded to jail without bail.

Jimenez allegedly shot and killed 43-year-old Robert Foster Jr. at about 5 p.m. Saturday, not far from a Caribbean Festival parade, according to the Washington Post. Two women and another man were injured.

The parade had passed when the gunfire started, and police told the Post that the shooting had no connection to the festival or the university.

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'Wife Swap' couple convicted of crimes

An Amherst couple who appeared on the ABC reality TV show "Wife Swap" were sentenced on federal charges Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge William J. Skretny.

Ralph S. Guastaferro Jr., 64, was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $100,000 after he was convicted of money laundering.

Karen Guastaferro, 56, was sentenced to three years' probation, including six months house arrest. She was convicted of failing to collect and pay taxes. She also was ordered to pay $56,670 in restitution to the IRS.

Ralph S. Guastaferro, who owned and operated Eclipse Processing, admitted laundering $1.2 million in illegal proceeds for a Canadian telemarketing scheme. Karen Guastaferro admitted failing to declare wages for half her workers at the glass tinting shop the couple owned in Clarence.

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Ex-security employee gets six-month term

A former Brinks security employee was sentenced Monday to six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

DeJason Moore, 34, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in February to stealing $40,000 while working for the company. Moore admitted taking the money while working in the emergency cash bin vault area, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

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Role in insurance fraud brings 1 1/2 to 3 years

A Concord man was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 to three years in prison for helping a woman dump her car in a lake to try to collect insurance.

Brett Whalen, 23, pleaded guilty Sept. 17 to the scam attempt. Prosecutor Justin T. Wallens said Whalen and former bank worker Roseanne Baglio, 46, of Springville, both pleaded guilty last September to fourth-degree insurance fraud in her failed attempt to get rid of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt on which she owed more than $14,000.

Whalen helped Baglio dump her car into Red House Lake in Allegany State Park on March 13, 2010, and she immediately filed an insurance claim. However, a man walking his dog the next day saw the car and called authorities, the prosecutor said.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang fined Whalen $375 while imposing the prison term.

Six months ago, Wolfgang placed Baglio on probation on her plea.

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Motorcyclist accused in road-rage incident

A motorcyclist accused of throwing a rock at another vehicle during a road-rage incident later was clocked at 131 mph while fleeing Orchard Park police Sunday night.

Police received a report about 8:20 p.m. about a vehicle hit by the rock at Route 20A and Abbott Road. Officer Brian Gehring spotted the motorcycle on Armor Duells Road, but when he tried to stop it, it sped away.

Lt. Mark Pacholec, heading west on Armor Duells, clocked the eastbound motorcycle at 131 mph. It then went into a driveway on Chestnut Ridge Road, up a hill and into the woods, where it became bogged down in the mud.

Pacholec said he chased down Jeffrey M. Dorenzo, 29, of Hamburg, on foot and arrested him. Dorenzo was charged with more than 20 criminal and traffic violations.

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Toronto man, 82, killed in collision

OAKFIELD -- A Toronto man was killed shortly before noon Monday in a two-car crash on Route 63 here, according to state police.

Gerhard Zeyfang, 82, was northbound when he crossed the center line and entered the southbound lane. Zeyfang's vehicle was then struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Michael Zakes, 69, of Williamsville, who was unable to avoid the collision.

Zeyfang was pronounced dead at the scene. Zakes and his wife, Dianne, were taken to United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. He was treated for minor contusions and abrasions, and she was treated for a fractured wrist.