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Two killed, one hurt at Westfield rail crossing

WESTFIELD -- Authorities said two people are dead and a third person seriously injured after being struck by a freight train on tracks in Westfield.

A dispatcher with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said the three were hit at a crossing near North Gale Street. The victims were described only as pedestrians.

The person who was seriously injured was transported to Erie County Medical Center.

Dispatcher Chris Norberg said no other information was immediately available.


Teller handed note in Pavilion robbery

PAVILION -- Genesee County sheriff's deputies are investigating the Friday holdup of the Five Star Bank on Cato Street.

About 3:30 p.m., a man who implied he had a gun handed a teller a note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a pickup. The bandit was described as a black male, 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, wearing a red baseball hat, blue and white button-down shirt, blue jeans and reflective sunglasses.


Guilty plea entered in theft from 401(k) plan

The owner of a defunct Lockport industrial design company pleaded guilty Friday to a federal embezzlement charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Thomas J. Barnes of Buffalo admitted taking money from a 401(k) plan for Franbilt, the company he bought in 2005 and later closed, and converting it to his own personal use. Barnes, a lawyer, admitted stealing $69,894, money that was intended for the plan.


Grand larceny charge lodged in theft of jewelry

BATAVIA -- An Oak Street man was arrested Friday and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny in the theft of jewelry valued at $1,300 from a Byron acquaintance, then selling it at a City of Batavia store, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said.

Zachary J. Ayres, 18, was issued an appearance ticket and ordered to appear for further proceedings scheduled for Byron Town Court at 5 p.m. April 23.

The Sheriff's Office said the jewelry was stolen from the acquaintance's Cook Road home in Byron about noon on Feb. 16.


10th conviction means jail for 'serial drunk driver

A Williamsville man denounced as "a serial drunk driver" for his 10th DWI conviction was sentenced Friday to a year in jail.

John Haberman, 66, of Highland Avenue, was scolded by Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski, for having "escaped punishment for all these years." Piotrowski also revoked Haberman's driver's license and told him he will have to seek court permission to get a new license after emerging from jail.

Haberman, who will likely spend the next eight months in custody under the state sentencing provisions, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated a month ago for his arrest by Cheektowaga police on Beach Road about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Haberman had posted a blood-alcohol reading of 0.18 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit.


East Side shooting victim is in critical condition

Jason L. Hawkins, 32, the man shot in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue Friday morning, remained in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center as of last evening.

Buffalo homicide squad detectives were called to investigate the incident, which occurred near Foster's Bar, 694 Jefferson Ave. shortly after 4 a.m. Hawkins was shot in the chest by an unknown suspect. Call the confidential TIPCALL number 847-2255, text-a-tip to 716.847-2255, or use the department's website --


Police arrest suspect in Elmwood Village attack

A Town of Tonawanda man was arrested in the stabbing of a man outside Jim's Steakout on Elmwood Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, police said.

Ronald Mellerson, 41, was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Police were called shortly before 5 a.m. to the crime scene.

The victim, identified only as a 23-year-old man, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.


Four young men charged in paintball attacks

Four men are accused of firing paintball guns at pedestrians from a car in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood early Thursday, injuring one person.

Terry L. Williams, 21, his brother, Julian Williams, 19; Martin Boyd, 20 and Andre R. Tucker, 24, are charged with second-degree assault, criminal mischief, weapons possession and reckless endangerment.

One of their victims was shot in the face, head and body at Main and Riley streets, police said. The shootings occurred between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 12:45 a.m. Thursday, police added.

The suspects were arrested in the 1500 block of Main Street about 1 a.m. Thursday, police said.