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Three cars in collision; one driver badly hurt

The driver of a southbound car on Transit Road near Como Park Boulevard was in serious condition in at Erie County Medical Center on Monday night, hours after his car and two other vehicles were involved in a chain of collisions at about 1 p.m.

Cheektowaga police said two cars heading north on Transit were involved in a minor crash that sent one of the cars across the center median into oncoming southbound traffic, crashing head-on with the seriously injured man's car.

The crashes remained under investigation late Monday.


Shooting of man in car still under investigation

Buffalo police Monday evening continued to investigate the shooting of William Matthews, 26, at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at East Amherst and Hill streets.

Northeast District detectives said Matthews, a Buffalo resident, was in a vehicle when shot. He was in fair condition Monday night in Erie County Medical Center.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tip call line at 847-2255 or email the information by visiting and clicking on "Report a Tip."


Facebook wants Ceglia to pay $42,000 more

Facebook wants another $42,000 in attorney fees from the Allegany County man who claims to own half of the social networking giant.

The new attorney fees are the latest request made by Facebook as part of the court-ordered sanctions against Paul Ceglia of Wellsville, the man suing the company in federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio has already ordered Ceglia to pay $75,766 of Facebook's legal fees plus a $5,000 fine for failure to comply with a previous court order.

At the core of Ceglia's suit is the contention that he and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003 that gives him a stake in the company.

Facebook contends the contract is a fraud.


Woman is charged in man's stabbing

A Buffalo woman was charged with second-degree assault and weapons counts for allegedly stabbing a man with a steak knife during a heated domestic argument in her house Sunday morning.

Buffalo police said Janell R. Edwards, 35, of Cornwall Avenue, stabbed the man in the left side of his abdomen at about 10 a.m.

The man drove himself to Erie County Medical Center for treatment, according to a police report.


Emaciated pit bull puppy found in man's apartment

A Harmonia Street man initially under suspicion in a Buffalo robbery was jailed Sunday afternoon after city police reported they found an emaciated pit bull puppy in his apartment.

Dacian Jemison, 32, was taken into custody at about 1 p.m. and charged with cruelty to animals and false personation.

Jemison initially refused to give officers his real name as he was being questioned about a Buffalo robbery, police said. Officers reported finding the emaciated puppy, which Jemison claimed he hadn't fed in a while because he didn't have any dog food.

The puppy was taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County in the Town of Tonawanda, and Jemison was taken into police custody.


Woman who struck greeter defended by new lawyer

The new lawyer for a Batavia woman insisted Monday she was only defending herself when she struck a 70-year-old Walmart greeter on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor said the case will go to a grand jury for indictment if a plea deal cannot be worked out.

Jacquetta Simmons, 26, appeared in Batavia Town Court represented by E. Earl Key, a Buffalo criminal defense lawyer. After the brief court session, Key insisted he does not believe that his client intended to hurt Grace Suozzi. He stressed that Suozzi told police she had grabbed Simmons to stop her from leaving the store before she was punched, and he noted Simmons was not accused of shoplifting.

Simmons is one of the state's first defendants charged under the so-called Granny Law assault statute, making it a felony to assault a person 65 year of age or older, Genesee County Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini said.

"My client is an upstanding citizen," Key said in a statement. "She's bright, she's young, she's a college student, she has no criminal history, [and] of course she regrets it."

Simmons is scheduled to return to court March 26.


Man arrested in break-in at home of neighbor

A 57-year-old Buffalo man was charged with second-degree burglary and harassment after he allegedly broke into a Dewey Avenue neighbor's home and yelled at her as she called police at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

Alfred Mack was arrested outside the woman's home in the 200 block of Dewey by Officers David O'Brien and Dawn Lopez. Mack is accused of using a screwdriver to open a window of the woman's home to get inside.