Share this article

print logo


Motive in fatal shooting of tow-truck driver unclear

Buffalo police Sunday had little new information to report on their probe into Saturday's fatal shooting of a tow-truck operator on the city's East Side.

Detectives were still trying to develop a motive for the slaying of Corddaryl Henley, 25, of Buffalo, who was shot shortly before 1:40 p.m. at Walden Avenue and Latour Street, just east of Martin Luther King Park, after dropping off a vehicle at Latour Auto, police said.

Investigators also are awaiting the results of the autopsy by the Erie County medical examiner, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Sunday.

Henley was still inside his truck when a silver or gray vehicle pulled up and a gunman fired multiple shots at him. He drove the tow truck south on Latour, where he struck a parked car, a fire hydrant and a second vehicle traveling westbound on Walden, before crashing into the front porch of a home on Walden.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit the information via the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website,


Troopers arrest 5 drivers on alcohol-related charges

Five drivers ranging in age from 18 to 72 were charged with drunken driving or driving while ability impaired during weekend arrests by state police in Erie and Wyoming counties.

Charged on Sunday were Andrew Pohlman, 18, of Orchard Park, and Tabitha H. Dixon, 26, of Cheektowaga.

Pohlman was on Route 219 when his car became disabled. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.07 percent, and he was charged with driving while ability impaired.

Dixon was stopped for an unsafe lane change on Seneca Street in Elma. She was charged with DWI after her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent, troopers said.

Edward J. Wojtowicz, 72, of Lancaster, was charged with DWI on Friday evening following a speeding stop on Girdle Road on Elma.

Charged with DWI early Saturday were Hunter B. Lyle, 18, of Silver Springs, who was stopped on Route 20A in Warsaw, and Jessica R. Mucha, 23, of East Aurora. Mucha initially was stopped for speeding on Seneca Street in Elma, troopers said.

Lyle also was charged with violating Leandra's Law because a 14-year-old passenger was in the car with him.


Cabbie robbed at gunpoint in University District

A Liberty Cab operator was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday in the city's University District, according to Buffalo police.

The cabbie told Northeast District officers that two men, one armed with a black handgun, robbed him of $100 cash at 1:40 a.m. while his taxi was on Camelot Court, which runs between LaSalle Avenue and McCarthy Park. He was not injured in the incident.

It wasn't clear from a police report whether the cabbie was robbed when he picked up the fares or after he had driven them to their destination.

Officers recovered from the cab a baseball cap belonging to one of the suspected robbers.


Man accosted by two is shot in the leg

Violence broke out on Peace Street early Sunday, when a man was shot in the leg by an assailant moments after another man grabbed his arm and told him, "Don't go nowhere," Buffalo police reported.

The two men accosted the victim between midnight and 12:30 a.m. on the sidewalk outside a home on Peace Street, between Doat and Genesee streets in the city's Schiller Park neighborhood.

After the first man grabbed the victim, the second man fired off five or six shots, striking the victim once in the right leg and damaging a nearby rental car. Ferry-Fillmore District officers recovered one shell casing at the scene. The victim's condition was unavailable later Sunday.


Appliances, fixtures worth $12,000 stolen from home

A landlord reported Sunday that someone stole $12,000 worth of appliances and fixtures from a house in the the University Heights neighborhood, according to Buffalo police.

The burglars made off with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, bathroom vanity, two hot-water tanks and two furnaces.

The owner of the home on Stockbridge Avenue, at Comstock Avenue, told Northeast District officers that some ex-tenants may be responsible for the theft. No arrests have been made in the case.


2 in critical condition after head-on crash

Two drivers were flown by Mercy Flight helicopter to Erie County Medical Center on Sunday afternoon after a head-on crash on Hartland Road in the Town of Hartland.

Norman R. Blumreich, 72, of Barker, was operating a blue Ford at about 4:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a car driven by Robin L. McGirr, 49, of Olcott, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A passenger in McGirr's car, Robert McGirr, 44, of Olcott, was taken by ambulance to ECMC with unknown injuries.

Blumreich and Robin McGirr were both listed in critical condition.