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Gunfire kills 1, wounds 1, misses intended victim

One man was killed and another was wounded when at least 20 gunshots were fired shortly after 1 a.m. Monday at Jefferson Avenue and East North Street. The gunfire was aimed at an intended victim who escaped unharmed, Buffalo police reported.

Mark Anderson, 28, was found on the street with multiple wounds to the head, upper body and lower body. He died a short time later.

Michael Anderson, 39, was found in a backyard on nearby Earl Place after being struck in the upper right thigh, according to police reports. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.

Officers recovered 20 spent shell casings at the scene.

The shooting came after the slaying Saturday afternoon of city tow-truck operator Corddaryl Henley, 25, and a shooting Sunday in which several shots were fired into a vehicle at Jefferson Avenue and Best Street.

In the latter case, the driver, 25-year-old Brandon Dobbs, was shot in the upper left arm. He drove himself to Buffalo General Medical Center and later was transferred to ECMC, where he was in fair condition Monday night.

Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tip line at 847-2255, or send the information via the "Report a Tip" function at


Woman in head-on crash dies of her injuries

HARTLAND -- An Olcott woman has died of injuries suffered when her car was struck in a head-on collision Sunday on Hartland Road, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

Robin Mcgirr, 49, suffered both internal and leg injuries in the 5 p.m. crash in the 2400 block of Hartland Road. She was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where she later died.

Mcgirr, the driver of a Buick, was struck by a blue Ford operated by Norman R. Blumreich, 72, of Barker, which crossed the center line, the Sheriff's Office said. Blumreich suffered arm, leg and internal injuries. He also was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC on Sunday. He remained in critical condition Monday.

Robert Mcgirr, 44, a passenger in Mcgirr's car, was also injured in the crash and was transported to ECMC by Barker Fire Department ambulance with unknown injuries. He was in fair condition Monday.


Hamburg man arrested in ex-girlfriend's assault

A 22-year-old Hamburg man has been arrested on multiple charges after being accused of pushing his ex-girlfriend to the ground and stomping on her hand over the weekend, state police at Boston reported.

Nathaniel S. Rivera showed up, uninvited, at the woman's Town of Boston residence at noon Saturday, in violation of a stay-away order of protection, according to police reports. The two began to argue, and police say Rivera refused her request to leave before he assaulted her.

Rivera drove the woman to the Mercy Ambulatory Center in Orchard Park, where she asked the staff to call police. Troopers Ronald Wolf and Timothy Roof responded and found Rivera in the parking lot, where he was arrested.

Criminal contempt, third-degree assault and criminal mischief are among the charges lodged against Rivera, police said.


Alden man, 25, arraigned in home invasion, rape

An Alden man was arraigned Monday on charges he raped and sodomized a 22-year-old woman during a Dec. 15, 2011, home invasion in the town.

Samuel Muscarella, 25, of Seabrook Drive, is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of burglary and six counts of aggravated harassment, said Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

If convicted on all counts, Muscarella faces up to 50 years to life in prison, Sedita said.


Hamburg police probing graffiti incidents

Hamburg town police announced Monday an investigation of the graffiti criminals who inscribed their tag -- "Blank," with pictures of a crown -- during a series of incidents late Sunday and early Monday in the Lake Shore area.

St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, the Wanakah Pharmacy, Cloverbank Elementary School and Bible Fellowship Church all were tagged, officials said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Detective Scott Kashino at 648-5118, Ext. 2672, or the Town of Hamburg Police Confidential Tip Line at 648-5118, Ext. 2847.


Buffalo man sentenced to 10 years in heroin case

A Buffalo man convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison and three years of supervised released by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Leonard Allen Jr., 50, was arrested in August 2010 by Erie County sheriff's narcotics detectives after they observed the exchange of money for a quantity of heroin in the Kensington-Fillmore area of the city, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz.

Allen's girlfriend and a 7-year-old child also were present during the sale.