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Man hit, killed by train in North Tonawanda

A North Tonawanda man was killed when he was hit by a CSX freight train at about 3 p.m. Friday on tracks near River Road in North Tonawanda.

The victim was identified as David J. Treichler, 29, of Oliver Street.

North Tonawanda Police Patrol Captain Roger Zgolak said the fatal incident remains under investigation by police and CSX officials.


Amherst man sentenced for attack on girlfriend

An Amherst man was sentenced to 51 months in prison Friday for his role in an assault on his girlfriend.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Ryan Amatuzio, 25, on an unlawful possession of a firearm charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola said Amatuzio physically assaulted his girlfriend at his Amherst home and held her captive for several hours before letting her go last year.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Amherst Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Airplane reports trouble but able to land safely

Buffalo Niagara International Airport had a plane in trouble just before 3 p.m. Friday, with the pilot reporting a possible landing gear problem.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police at the airport said the plane did a fly over and was found to have good landing gear and landed "just fine." The airline involved was not disclosed.


Aggravated DWI charges lodged against 2 drivers

Two motorists were charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated in separate arrests overnight Friday, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported.

Deputy Rich O'Neil was dispatched to investigate a report of a truck that left the road and rolled over into the front yard of home on Two Rod Road in the Town of Alden at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. After Michael L. Fassell, 29, of Alden, was evaluated by medical personnel, he failed several sobriety tests and was taken into custody, deputies said.

Fassell was taken to the Elma substation, where a breath test indicated a blood-alcohol content of .18. He was released to a third party on tickets to return to Alden Town Court on a future date.

At about 4:30 a.m. Friday, Deputy John Szczepanski arrested Grant A. Fiegl, 22, of Hamburg, after a traffic stop on Route 400 in the Town of Elma. Fiegl also was taken to the Elma substation, where a breath test yielded a BAC of .18.

Fiegl also was released to a third party, pending an appearance in Alden Town Court.


3 hurt when welding crew hits natural gas pocket

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Three workers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a welding crew hit a natural gas pocket in the Ontario Power Generation's water diversion tunnel project under the city about 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Ontario Ministry of Labour reported.

One man suffered leg burns, one suffered a shoulder injury and the third was treated for shock.

Ministry of Labour spokesmen said the workers hit a natural gas pocket while welding through the tunnel lining, causing an explosion. The spokesman said the accident occurred about 4 miles from the tunnel's outlet portal.


Deputies arrest 3 drivers on drunken driving charges

Two men and a woman were all charged with driving while intoxicated in Marilla, Concord and Newstead by Erie County sheriff's deputies Wednesday evening, the department announced.

Erin M. McGrath, 25, of East Aurora, was charged with DWI and traffic infractions after a personal injury auto accident on Two Rod Road. A female passenger in her car was taken for treatment of minor injuries after the mid-evening accident. McGrath was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 percent, sheriff's officials said.

Miles H. Kester, 54, of West Valley, was charged in Concord Wednesday night with DWI and traffic infractions after his vehicle was stopped for erratic operation on Genesee Road, deputies said. A breath test revealed Kester had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.11 percent, according to sheriff's officials.

Eric T. Gervase, 28, of Lackawanna, was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle due to a suspended license, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and traffic infractions after a mid-evening accident on Rapids Road in Newstead.

Gervase was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for an assortment of injuries that did not appear life-threatening, deputies said.


Pair arrested in attempt to steal bath tubs, fridge

Two Buffalo men are being held for allegedly trying to steal two cast iron bathtubs and a refrigerator during a noontime break-in Thursday on Wohlers Avenue.

Jason I. Jones, 26, and Darien Ball, 23, were arrested at the house in the 200 block of Wohlers by Officer Patrick Baggott. Both are charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools for allegedly breaking a window on the south side of the house to enter it.