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Motorcyclist loses control, is critically injured

A 50-year-old West Seneca man who lost control of his motorcycle heading north on Fuhrmann Boulevard near Tifft Street on Thursday evening was taken to Erie County Medical Center in critical condition with multiple injuries, Buffalo police reported.

The man, whose identity was not disclosed, was injured at about 5:30 when thrown off his motorcycle.

Police accident investigators were trying to determine if excessive speed was a factor in the crash.


Two pedestrians struck by car in City of Tonawanda

Two pedestrians were injured Thursday night by the same speeding motorist on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda.

The motorist struck one of the pedestrians in front of city Police Headquarters and the second a block away at 9:30 p.m., then drove off and abandoned the car in Cheektowaga.

Police said those struck were taken for medical treatment.

An investigation continued late Thursday.


Public's help urged in probe of man found dead in park

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The body of a 22-year-old man was found in a city park, and police are looking for help as they investigate.

David C. Brandl, of Lockport, was found dead late Friday morning in Mayor's Park, off Sweeney Street. Police said an autopsy was performed, but the results are pending.

Anyone with knowledge of Brandl's whereabouts between last Thursday and Friday is asked to call North Tonawanda police at 692-4312.


Car's plunge into lake from ferry kills driver

STOW -- A 64-year-old man died Thursday morning after his station wagon plunged into Chautauqua Lake at the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry Launch, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported.

Authorities received a report at 5:43 a.m. about a vehicle that had driven into the lake. It was found approximately 40 feet beyond the ferry, submerged in about 4 feet of water, deputies said.

Its driver, Mark T. Swanson, of Stow, was taken to WCA Hospital, Jamestown, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies said it appears that Swanson was driving east on Stow Ferry Road when he drove through a barrier, onto the ferry and into the lake. It's believed he may have suffered a medical condition before the accident.

Firefighters from Ashville and Bemus Point, as well as the county's Water Emergency Team, responded to the scene. An investigation continues.


Buffalo man, 25, accused in home invasion, burglary

A Buffalo man was arrested by Cheektowaga detectives Tuesday night on first-degree burglary charges for his alleged role in a Joseph Street home invasion on April 4.

Douglas D. Williams, 25, of Beverly Drive, is accused of being one of four people who broke into the home and tied up four family members before ransacking the house and stealing an undetermined amount of cash and jewelry, police said.

Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul L. Piotrowski on Wednesday ordered Williams jailed in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

An investigation into the home invasion is continuing.


Three men, woman arrested in midmorning drug raid

Three men and a woman were charged with drug counts after the seizure of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia during a midmorning raid Thursday at an Armbruster Street home.

According to Buffalo police, charged with counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia are: Joseph Anderson, 47, and Tania Harzynski, 53, both of the Armbruster Street address where the raid occurred; James Campagna, 46, of Longnecker Street; and Kenneth Brown, 49, of St. Louis Street.

Armed with a search warrant signed by Buffalo City Judge Patrick M. Carney, narcotics detectives led by Lts. Michael Flowers and Paul R. Delano Jr. raided the rear address at 86 Armbruster at about 10:10 a.m. and seized a rock of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including glass crack pipes, police said.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, tied the raid to the Narcotics Squad's continuing efforts to respond to complaints from citizens throughout the city. Such complaints can be made through the anonymous police tip line at 847-2255 or by calling 311.


DWI charge follows traffic stop by troopers

A traffic stop early Thursday in Cheektowaga led to the arrest of a Buffalo man suspected of driving drunk, state police reported.

Charles Robinson, 37, was pulled over at about 4:20 a.m. on Genesee Street for failure to keep right and having an inoperable brake lamp, troopers said.

Robinson failed sobriety tests and was taken into custody, troopers said. After refusing to take a breath test at the Clarence barracks, he was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Robinson was released on tickets to appear in Cheektowaga Town Court.