Two members of pit crew injured at demolition derby
A man and woman working in the pits between heats at the Erie County Fair's demolition derby suffered injuries Sunday afternoon, when a towed vehicle broke away from a truck and collided with other vehicles.
Rural/Metro Medical Services transported both to Erie County Medical Center. The man had a head injury and the woman had leg pain. An Erie Country Fair spokeswoman said the injuries were considered minor and state police were investigating.
Assault rifle, cash stolen in Glor St. home invasion
An assault rifle and $8,000 cash were stolen during a home invasion early Sunday on Glor Street in Buffalo, Northwest District police report.
A resident reported that four men kicked in a door to enter her home shortly after 4 a.m. One of the men held a handgun to her head and also hit her on the head with his hand, the victim told police; no serious injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, the three other intruders searched the house, stealing the cash, rifle and a laptop computer.
Several injuries reported in separate fights at bars
Four people reported injuries from two separate incidents early Sunday at two Buffalo bars, police report.
A man reported that he was slashed in the abdomen with a beer bottle in an establishment in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue shortly before 3:30 a.m. The assailant reportedly was a woman. The victim told Central District officers that he didn't want to prosecute. The victim was treated in Millard Fillmore Hospital.
The other incident occurred in the 2100 block of Seneca Street, at about 3:40 a.m. Three victims told South District officers that they were attacked by two assailants -- at least one with a knife.
One victim was stabbed in the left forearm, the second was slashed on the right elbow and the third was hit on the head with a bar stool, officers were told. The three refused medical treatment.
Carjackers steal vehicle, wallet, phone on East Side
Two people were the victims of a carjacking early Sunday at the intersection of East Delavan Avenue and Chelsea Place in Buffalo, according to Northeast District officers.
The victims said two men bearing black automatic handguns approached the car at about 4 a.m., as it was stopped at the intersection, and ordered them out. In addition to the car -- a gray 2004 Ford Taurus with license plates FBP 3562 -- the robbers also took a wallet and a cellphone.
Fire crew rescues dog from sweltering car
NIAGARA FALLS -- Police and fire personnel rescued a distressed dog from a locked car at the height of Saturday afternoon's heat after the animal had been inside the sweltering vehicle for at least an hour.
Crews were called to the 300 block of Second Street at 1 p.m. to check out a dog in distress inside a car bearing California plates. Fire crews were able to open the vehicle without damage and remove the animal, which was turned over to the Niagara County SPCA. A note was left for the operator, telling of the dog's whereabouts.
Woman visiting jail accused of bringing pot, cigarettes
MAYVILLE -- A Celoron woman who came to visit an inmate in the Chautauqua County Jail wound up behind bars Sunday afternoon after she was found with contraband, sheriff's deputies report.
Officers said they discovered Andrea Mckoon, 19, of West Chadakoin Street, with cigarettes, matches and a small quantity of marijuana. She was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and sent to the County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Partygoer reports robbery at gunpoint in Brocton
BROCTON -- A Brocton man was accused of a gunpoint robbery that occurred during a party at a Brocton residence, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported Sunday.
Deputies on patrol in the village were flagged down Saturday by a man who said he was the victim of a crime at a party. The victim said a fellow partygoer led him to an upper apartment, where he was held against his will and robbed at gunpoint.
Chad J. Lynden, 21, who was tracked down at his East Main Street home, where he reportedly slammed the door on deputies and a brief struggle followed.
Lynden was charged with felony counts of robbery and unlawful imprisonment, plus misdemeanor counts of menacing and resisting arrest.
$20,000 in property stolen while man is in hospital
NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Avenue man told police that roughly $20,000 worth of his property was stolen recently, after neighbors reported seeing several trucks pull up to the home, load items and drive off.
The thefts reportedly occurred Wednesday while the victim was in the hospital, police said. Officers contacted the owner of the property, who told them he thought the residence had been abandoned and that he had the man's belongings moved onto the porch. Items stolen included grills, dressers, a vise and other tools.