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Father charged as infant suffers internal injuries

An 8-week-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition Monday with internal injuries, and Buffalo police have charged his 22-year-old father with assaulting him.

The father, Mark Bridenbaker, of Indian Church Road, took the boy to Women & Children's Hospital with injuries that led hospital officials to call police at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

After being questioned by homicide detectives, Bridenbaker was charged with first-degree assault and reckless assault of a child. Police also said the boy was being treated for a head injury.

"There were indications that the child suffered physical injuries previously," Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards stated in an email to news media. Homicide Squad Detective Sgt. James P. Lonergan and Detectives Patrick J. Judge and Mario T. Pratts investigated the incident and made the arrest.


Man shot in buttocks on Buffalo's East Side

A Buffalo man was in serious condition after he was shot at 12:39 p.m. Monday on Montana Avenue near East Ferry Street.

Anthony Banks, 32, was shot in the buttocks, Buffalo police reported. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Homicide detectives were investigating the incident.


Victim of shooting dies of his wounds

The young man critically wounded when a gunman fired into a large crowd outside a party Saturday night on Kilhoffer Street has died, Buffalo police said Monday.

Justin G. Miller, 24, of Buffalo, was one of two people struck by bullets at about 10:10 p.m. on Kilhoffer near East Ferry Street, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Miller died in Erie County Medical Center.

A 28-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was treated in ECMC and later released.

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


Arrest made in break-ins of vehicles in Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga police said they recovered a large amount of stolen property in arresting a Buffalo man early Monday for his role in motor vehicle burglaries in the Dick Road area.

Andre Thomas, 18, of Hirshbeck Street, was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglar tools. Police said they also are seeking an accomplice.

A Harris Court resident called 911 at about 5 a.m. and reported scaring off someone who was going through his vehicle in the driveway of his residence. Police said Officer Michael Curtis rushed to the area and stopped a car driven by Thomas and occupied by a second man.

Curtis reported finding electronic equipment, including GPS devices, and rubber gloves and flashlights in the back seat of the vehicle. While the officer was removing Thomas from the car, the passenger fled on foot, Curtis said.

Police were able to locate four victims who had property stolen from their unlocked vehicles recently.

Officers stressed to all town residents the need to keep their vehicles locked overnight and to keep valuables out of sight.


High-speed chase results in reckless-driving charge

BENNINGTON -- An East Aurora man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Sunday has been charged with reckless driving.

Daniel F. Lewalski Jr., 22, of Hunters Creek Road, was arrested following the pursuit which police said reached speeds of close to 90 mph.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy Michael A. Bentham said Lewalski was speeding east on Route 354 at about 8:30 p.m. and chased him onto Burrough Road. The chase stopped briefly at Burrough and Schoellkopf roads, and State Trooper Eric Lunser joined the pursuit.

Lewalski was charged with unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, speed over 55 mph, reckless driving and failure to comply with police.


ATV operator injured, charged with DWI

A Holland man injured in an ATV crash late Sunday afternoon was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center and later charged with driving while intoxicated, state police in Holland reported.

Gerard M. Krajewski, 53, lost control of his ATV on Partridge Road in Colden at about 5:30 p.m. Found underneath the vehicle in a culvert, he was taken to ECMC, where he was in serious condition Monday. A blood sample taken at the hospital led to the DWI charge, troopers said.


Arrest made in firing of shots into parked car

A Rano Street man is accused of firing eight shots from a handgun into the parked car of another man on Dearborn Street, Buffalo police said.

Mateo K. Wimberly, 26, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and obstructing governmental administration.