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Bodies of 2 kayakers who went missing found

JAMESTOWN -- The bodies of the two missing Jamestown kayakers, Jonathan Miller, 23, and Jacob Maynard, 32, were separately recovered in Southern Tier waters Friday morning, authorities confirmed.

Miller's remains were found near the Webs Ferry area of the Kinzua Reservoir at about 8 a.m., according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Miller, who went missing Sunday, was reportedly found by State Parks police.

Police in the Town of Conewango confirmed that they recovered the body of the second missing kayaker, Jacob Maynard, 32, at about 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Maynard's body was found in the Allegheny River where he had been reported missing last Saturday.


Bicyclist hurt in collision after crossing against light

A bicyclist was injured Friday afternoon when police said he tried to cross Delaware Avenue against a red light and crashed into a Rural Metro ambulance.

According to police reports the ambulance was southbound on Delaware at Nottingham Terrace and had the green light. But the bicyclist, apparently trying to cut across Delaware, crashed into the front driver's side of the ambulance and had to be taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Police would not disclose the name of the injured cyclist but reported that he was listed in stable condition at the hospital. No charges have been filed, but the incident remains under investigation, police said.


Amherst pharmacy robbery leads to arrest of two

Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery late Thursday at an Amherst pharmacy, police reported.

The robbery occurred shortly after 9 p.m. at Walgreens, 2970 Niagara Falls Blvd.

A person whose appearance was concealed by sunglasses, a hat and scarf demanded narcotics from the pharmacist, then grabbed some drugs -- the nature of which was not disclosed -- and fled the store, police said.

Witnesses gave police a description of a vehicle, driven by a woman, in which the robber left the area.

A vehicle matching that description was found at a residence on Glenhaven Drive by Detective Lt. JoAnn DiNoto.

Officers made contact with the suspected getaway driver, Emily R. Bromley, 19. Also inside was Alexander J. Nemmer, 23, who required medical attention for a condition suffered before police arrived.

Nemmer and Bromley each were charged with felony counts of robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and grand larceny.


Parolee admits possessing quantity of cocaine

A parolee pleaded guilty this week in State Supreme Court to having almost nine ounces of cocaine in his Buffalo apartment in March.

Angel Escalera, 32, admitted that he possessed the cocaine in his Bailey Avenue home on March 11.

He pleaded guilty, as charged, to first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sentencing by Justice Penny M. Wolfgang is scheduled for July 25; the maximum penalty is 15 to 30 years in prison.

Escalera is on parole after serving 11 years in state prison for a July 1997 robbery in Delaware Park. He had brought a gun to the park and, along with two others, robbed and shot a man who was sitting, with a companion, on the stage used by Shakespeare in the Park.

The shooting victim was left paralyzed from the waist down.


Two indicted, arraigned in robbery of UB students

Two men were indicted and arraigned this week for the armed robbery of two University at Buffalo students in a Winspear Avenue apartment in March.

Donovan Haigler, 24, and Lance Minton Jr., 22, both of Buffalo, were indicted on two counts each of robbery, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. They were arraigned Thursday.

The two had visited the young women's apartment previously because they were acquainted with a third roommate, authorities said. When Haigler and Minton stopped by March 28 -- ostensibly looking for the third roommate, a rifle was pulled from a bag that one carried and the victims were robbed at gunpoint of a small amount of cash.

Afterward, the victims -- who knew a partial name for one of the men -- made phone calls and used social media to identify the thieves, who were quickly taken into custody at their Tyler Street home by Buffalo police.


Railroad officer arrests pair accused in bid to steal metal

Two Buffalo men were arrested by Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Officer William Abbot while allegedly trying to steal more than $3,000 worth of scrap metal from the railroad's yard at Selkirk Street this week.

Nathanial Velazquez Jr., 21, of Sears Street, and Miguel A. Quinones, 23, of Essex Street, were charged by Buffalo Police Officers Sean McCabe and Sean Zoll with attempted grand larceny, criminal trespass and possession of burglar's tools after the railroad policeman stopped them about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. Both were given appearance tickets for Buffalo City Court arraignments next week.