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Police say dead woman suffered 2 types of injuries

NORTH TONAWANDA – A city homicide victim died from a combination of blunt- and sharp-force trauma to the head and neck, city police revealed Monday.

Police also said they still are looking for the car belonging to 34-year-old Heather M. Rylowicz, whose body was found in her Lincoln Avenue home Wednesday.

Authorities aren't saying what weapon or weapons they believe were used in the killing.

"There were two different types of injuries," Police Chief Randy Szukala said. "Either one could have been the cause of death. They couldn't pinpoint the exact cause of death."

Police have charged Brian C. Lowry, 32, with second-degree murder. He has been described as an acquaintance of Rylowicz's.

Anyone with information about her car, a green 2008 Ford Taurus station wagon, is asked to call North Tonawanda Police at 692-4312.

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Injured driver charged
 with DWI in rollover crash

@Body copy rag:NEWFANE – A driver critically injured in a rollover crash on Ridge Road on Saturday was identified by the Niagara Sheriff's Office and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Joshua S. Jackson, 23, of Waterport – whose friends said he was the designated driver during a night out in a Buffalo bar district – remained in critical condition in the trauma unit at Erie County Medical Center late Monday. Jackson was thrown from his car just after 5 a.m. Saturday at Ridge and Day roads. He was found face down in the grass near a tree in a yard in the 7000 block of Ridge Road.

Jackson's two passengers, Morris Taylor III and Moses Taylor, both 22 and of Albion, were able to climb out of the vehicle before emergency responders arrived. Both were evaluated at the scene and signed off on medical care.

The men told deputies they had driven to Buffalo in their sister's car, with Jackson driving. Moses Taylor told deputies that Jackson was their designated driver. Taylor said he bought Jackson two drinks but did not see Jackson drinking. Both men said they left Buffalo at about 4 a.m. and fell asleep but were awakened by the crash.

After a preliminary investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Accident Investigation Unit, Jackson was charged with DWI in Erie County Medical Center. Further charges are pending following consultation with the District Attorney's Office, deputies said.

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Falls man charged with DWI in crash that killed woman

@Body copy rag:CUBA – A 71-year-old Rushford woman was killed when the car she was a passenger in was struck by an allegedly drunken driver over the weekend, Cuba Police Chief Dustin Burch said Monday.

Police arrested William Felicetti, 46, of Niagara Falls, on charges of failure to yield and driving while intoxicated.

Investigators said that at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Felicetti failed to yield at a yield sign and crashed head-on into a car driven by Kenneth McElheny, 50, of Rushford.

A woman who was in McElheny's vehicle was flown to Erie County Medical Center, where she died of her injuries. Police did not release her name.

Felicetti and McElheny were taken to Olean General Hospital, where they were released after treatment.

Burch said more charges are pending against Felicetti.

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Police investigate gunshots, find man face-down in lot

NIAGARA FALLS – City police found a man face-down in a parking lot after a shooting late Sunday.

The victim's name and the extent of his injuries were not released Monday.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 11 p.m. in the 3400 block of Ninth Street. At the scene, they found a wounded 23-year-old man surrounded by a crowd of people. Police said not a single person in the crowd surrounding the man said they knew anything or saw anything related to the shooting.

A witness with an apartment facing the parking lot said she heard four gunshots.

The victim was able to speak to police as he was being treated at the scene and said he saw a black, four-door vehicle leave the scene, but he didn't know who shot him. Police found a 9 mm projectile and a cellphone at the scene that did not belong to the victim. The shooting remains under investigation.

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Fire destroys 1 school bus, damages 2 more in Ken-Ton

A Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school bus was destroyed and two others damaged in an early morning fire Monday at the school bus lot on Military Road, Town of Tonawanda police reported.

Volunteer firefighters from the Sheridan Park Fire Company responded to a 1 a.m. alarm at the fenced-in lot at 1680 Military Road, police said.

The blaze destroyed Bus 380 and left smoke and heat damage to Buses 379 and 381.
Authorities are eyeing a possible electrical cause, Town of Tonawanda Police Lt. Nicholas A. Bado said.