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Arrest made in attack with hatchet on two

A Guernsey Street man faces felony and misdemeanor charges of assault after allegedly attacking a man and a woman with a hatchet early Tuesday, according to Buffalo police reports.

Scott M. Maracle, 47, allegedly attacked the woman using the butt end of the hatchet to strike her in the top of the head at about 1:15 a.m. Maracle allegedly then punched her in the jaw and kicked her in the forehead.

A Hartman Place man was then attacked by Maracle and struck in the back of the head with the hatchet, causing severe bleeding, according to police reports. The man was rushed to Erie County Medical Center by Rural/Metro Medical Services. His condition was not known.


Six face drug charges after West Side arrests

Six men are facing felony drug charges after a large quantity of heroin and marijuana was seized by Buffalo police responding to a shots-fired call on the West Side late Monday.

Police said they were called to 14th and Vermont streets at about 9:30 p.m. and were directed by a witness to the 200 block of Vermont. At an address there, police found the half-dozen men inside playing dominoes.

Also, there was more than a pound of marijuana in a large bag, police reported, along with 159 envelopes of heroin and packaging material.

Arrested were Jose Escalera, 36; Pedro L. Quinones, 23; Heriberto Vazquez-Ayala, 23; Fermanin Rivera, 33; Carl G. Valdes-Sanchez, 33; and Indaleccio Rodriguez, 22.

Police reported they also found 59 more envelopes of heroin in the back seat of a patrol vehicle while taking Escalera and Quinones to the Erie County Holding Center.

Police said more than $5,000 cash was seized from the arrested suspects.

All of the men were charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a narcotic drug and criminal possession of marijuana along with a misdemeanor charge of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Quinones and Escalera were each charged with an additional count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.


$10,000 bail set for man facing DWI charges

LOCKPORT -- Bail was set at $10,000 Tuesday for a Clarence man facing drunken driving charges in Niagara County Court.

Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set the bail after Michael Mosher, 38, pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to keep right. The indictment resulted from his June 7 arrest in North Tonawanda.


Woman, young passenger injured in car crash

A 22-year-old driver and an 11-year-old male passenger were injured early Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on Middle Road in the Town of Concord, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported.

Police said Kristen Meyer was traveling east on Middle Road when her Pontiac Grand Am slid sideways off the road about 12:45 p.m. and struck some trees before coming to rest in a small creek.

Volunteer rescue crews from the East Concord and Springville fire companies feverishly fought creek water trying to free Meyer from the vehicle. Using the Jaws of Life, crews finally extricated her after about 90 minutes.

The young male passenger was taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services to Women & Children's Hospital, where he was listed in good condition late Tuesday.

Meyer also was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance. She was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center with severe leg injuries, deputies said.


Delevan woman arrested on charges in forgery

A Delevan woman working as a personal care aide who was allegedly fraudulently writing and cashing checks was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Michelle L. Perrington, 22, was charged with felony forgery and possession of a forged instrument as well as petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Perrington is accused of writing the checks and cashing them without permission of a victim.

Officials from Cattaraugus County Bank in Springville called sheriff's officials Tuesday to report Perrington was trying to cash a check on an account that had been closed by the victim.

Perrington was taken into custody. She was arraigned in Concord Town Court and conditionally released on her own recognizance.


Woman killed in collision in Hamburg was from Iowa

An Iowa woman was identified as the victim in a two-vehicle crash Friday evening at Southwestern Boulevard and McKinley Parkway, Hamburg town police reported Tuesday.

Dolores Pruisner, 79, of Cedar Falls, was killed in the 8 p.m. crash. Pruisner was rushed to Mercy Hospital, where she died. Two others, who remained unidentified by Hamburg police Tuesday, were injured and taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their conditions were not known. Two more people were evaluated at either Mercy or ECMC and later released.

Hamburg police accident investigators asked witnesses to contact police at 648-5111, Ext. 2640.