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5 hurt, 2 seriously, in head-on crash

A two-car crash in Hamburg Friday night sent five people to the hospital, two in serious condition, officials said.

The head-on collision occurred at the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and Route 20 shortly after 8 p.m.

Police did not release the names of the victims or any other details Friday evening.


Emaciated pit bull, 2 pups turned over to SPCA

The SPCA pulled an emaciated pit bull and her two four-month-old puppies from a home in the city's Grant-Ferry neighborhood Friday afternoon.

Buffalo police contacted the SPCA Serving Erie County at about 12:15 p.m. Friday while executing an eviction notice at 138 Herkimer St., said Michael Armatys, chief investigator with the SPCA.

SPCA officers found the adult female in the attic and her two puppies closed up in a bedroom closet, Armatys said.

"The adult dog was emaciated, and the puppies were very thin, but they're going to be OK, I believe," Armatys said.

Their owner, Marvin Green, was charged with three counts of torturing and injuring animals, a misdemeanor, Armatys said. Green was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 29 in Buffalo City Court, Armatys said.

SPCA staff named the male puppy "Christmas" and the female "Eve."


Body of male found in Sears Street lot

The body of a male in his late teens was discovered in a vacant lot on the first block of Sears Street on Friday afternoon in the Ferry-Fillmore District, but it is unknown if foul play was involved, police said.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene after a passerby spotted the remains, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have asked that anyone with information call the confidential tip line at 847-2255 or text a tip at 847-2255.


Robber takes cash from M&T Bank branch

A man walked into the M&T Bank branch on the 400 block of William Street Friday morning, grabbed the security guard and demanded cash.

The crook, who may have been armed with a gun, fled shortly before 10 a.m. with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Central District officers conducted an extensive search of the nearby neighborhood and have appealed to the public for assistance. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's tip line at 847-2255 or text-a-tip at 847-2255.


Girl, 15, struck by car undergoes third surgery

A 15-year-old Bennett High School student was scheduled to undergo a third surgery Monday at Women & Children's Hospital for injuries she suffered Thursday when hit by a car on her way to school, her mother said.

Adaeze Walker, a Bennett freshman, was crossing Bailey Avenue at the intersection of Andover Avenue to catch a bus at 7:10 a.m. when a vehicle driven by Charles Butera, 28, of Lancaster, hit the teenager, Northeast District police said.

"My daughter's pelvis, right leg and left hand were broken and her orbit bone under her right eye was broken," said Nedra Mattox, her mother. "The driver said he didn't see her and police are investigating."

Adaeze, the mother added, already underwent surgery to place a rod in her right leg and a plate in her left hand. The teenager's condition was listed as stable.


2 Grand Island men accused of robbery, assault with ax

Two 22-year-old Grand Island men have been apprehended for a violent robbery involving an ax attack earlier this week in Black Rock, according to Northwest District police.

Justin D. McClendon of the 2000 block of Whitehaven Road and Fred C. Korhummel of the 1600 block of Whitehaven allegedly entered Neft Connor's upstairs apartment on the 100 block of Eckhert Street at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

During the robbery, the men beat Connor with the ax, causing bruises and cuts that required stitches, while a second individual, Sonael Connor, was beaten with a flashlight, police said.

McClendon and Korhummel have been charged with assault, robbery, burglary and petit larceny. Two other accomplices, police said, have not yet been caught. Taken in the robbery were electronic game equipment and a cellphone.


Woman, 30, hit by car in Riverside hospitalized

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Friday while attempting to cross Tonawanda and Ontario streets in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. The 30-year-old pedestrian, Jasmine Spencer, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, the police spokesman. Her condition was not available.

The driver, whose name was not released, was issued a summons for driving without a license.