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Twin brothers from Depew die in Tennessee rig crash

Identical twin brothers from Depew who drove a commercial tractor-trailer together died early June 22 in a crash on I-40 in western Tennessee, authorities said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the tractor-trailer occupied by Donald G. Cousins and Daniel J. Cousins, both 62, crashed and burned just before 6 a.m., about six miles west of Sugar Tree, Tenn. Trooper Jason Mounts, who investigated the crash, said authorities were unable to determine which brother was driving. Police said the rig, which was carrying baked goods and bread, ran into the median and struck a berm before crashing over a bridge barrier and catching fire.


Man ambushed by two robbed, shot on Byrd Way

A man was ambushed by two men who robbed and shot him early Wednesday morning as he was entering a residence on Byrd Way, between Jefferson Avenue and Hickory Street, according to Central District police.

After taking the victim's shorts, cash and cell phone at about 2:30 a.m., one of the robbers fired a shotgun, striking the man in the left and right calves, police said. The victim was treated in Erie County Medical Center, then released, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

Just four hours later, police were called to a nearby apartment on Byrd Way for the report of a man who was beaten with a handgun by three men who used a key to enter the apartment he shares with his mother, according to police reports.

The assailants stole $485 in cash, a cell phone and bank card from his mother. They also cut the health monitoring cord to the woman's breathing machine.


Strong-arm bandit steals cash on Elmwood Avenue

An Ashland Avenue man was robbed early Wednesday morning near the We Never Close store at Bird and Elmwood avenues, according to Buffalo police reports.

The victim told police an unknown male stole cash from him in the strong-arm robbery and fled south on Elmwood Avenue in a car.


Body of man discovered in river near Porter Ave.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office on the body of a man found floating in the Niagara River on Wednesday near the foot of Porter Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

Rescue personnel responded to a call at about 1 p.m. Police said the victim may have been in the water for a few days.


Man linked to McCray gets prison for gun conviction

A Buffalo man linked to convicted City Grill shooter Riccardo McCray was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison in connection with a 2007 gun case, federal officials said Wednesday.

Steven A. "Red" Talley, 26, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm when Buffalo police searched a home in March 2007 and found a loaded .22-caliber long rifle and loaded 9 mm pistol, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard P. Maigret said.

Talley, who was photographed with McCray in City Grill before last August's massacre that left four people dead and four others injured, refused to testify in McCray's trial. Talley, who faces three years of supervised release, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.


Alden man arrested with 0.30 DWI reading

An Alden man was arrested for driving while intoxicated Tuesday after a breath test determined his blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit, Erie County deputies said.

Patrick Zon, 43, who registered a 0.30 percent reading, was stopped at 9:30 a.m. on Walden Avenue in the Town of Alden, deputies said.


Buffalo man spared jail in Leandra's Law arrest

Timothy Jenkins was fined $2,020 but spared a jail term Wednesday on his latest drunken-driving conviction, which occurred with a minor in the vehicle.

Prosecutor Robin J. Deubler said Jenkins had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.25 percent, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked car on North Bailey Avenue near Oxford Avenue in Amherst at about 1:45 a.m. March 6. Neither Jenkins, 30, of Perry Street, nor his 12-year-old nephew was injured.

Jenkins also was placed on probation for the next five years on his guilty plea to aggravated drunken driving with a child under the state's so-called Leandra's Law. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski also barred him from driving for the next year without court permission and ordered him to install an ignition interlock system on any car he owns for the next five years.


Buffalo lawyer indicted in income disclosure case

A Buffalo attorney was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false tax returns, failing to disclose more than $25,000 in income from 2005-07, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Lisa M. Yaeger, 48, failed to report "substantial amounts of income" she received from her private practice, federal prosecutors said.