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Janice L. Habuda


A father and son rushed through a crowd of onlookers Friday afternoon to pull two young men and a woman through the windows of a burning car in the City of Tonawanda."If these two guys wouldn't have stopped and pulled them out of the car, they wouldn't be here today," said city police Lt. Jim Litz. "These kids can thank their lucky stars."Kenneth Mercer, 48, and Kenneth Me…

A robbery victim raced after the men who allegedly held him up before turning the search over to police, who made three arrests within a couple of hours Wednesday evening.The victim noticed two men and two children in a car, its motor running, as he stepped out of the B-Kwik market at 740 Tonawanda St., said Detective Sgt. Joseph T. Ransford of the Burglary Task Force. A t…

A robbery victim raced after the men who allegedly held him up before turning the search over to police, who made three arrests within a couple of hours Wednesday evening.The victim noticed two men and two children in a car, its motor running, as he stepped out of the B-Kwik market at 740 Tonawanda St., said Detective Sgt. Joseph T. Ransford of the Burglary Task Force. A t…

Suspects in a theft at a Depew store leapt out of a car being pursued by officers Monday evening during a chase that at times exceeded 100 mph along Broadway, police said.One of the suspects reportedly suffered cuts and bruises when she jumped out of the car on Titus Avenue in Buffalo.Depew Police Officer Frank Fusani said police were called at 7:20 p.m. about a car that w…

Officials scrambled late Friday to correct an apparent oversight that would have left police almost powerless in dealing with parking violations over the weekend.A state-mandated surcharge that boosts parking fines by $5 kicks in today. But city police had been ordered to surrender their old ticket books by midnight Friday and await distribution of the new ones sometime M…

A treacherous undertow continues claiming lives on Lake Erie, but new technology at least made rescue and recovery operations safer for those who searched for the body of the latest victim -- a Buffalo mother of two.Mary Faso drowned Wednesday afternoon while trying to save her daughter, Elizabeth, 12, and another girl from the strong undertow off a private beach at this e…

A Buffalo woman drowned Wednesday afternoon while trying to save her daughter and another girl from the swirling currents and wind-churned waters of Lake Erie off Point Abino, Ont.The girls and another woman who swam out to aid them were helped to safety by other people, Niagara regional police said.The body of Mary Faso, 36, of Oakland Place was found about two hours afte…

A purse-snatching suspect got more than he bargained for Tuesday afternoon when good Samaritans chased him through downtown streets and eventually into the hands of police.People in two cars and a van followed the man, with pedestrians pointing the way when it appeared he had given them the slip, said David Butterini of Buffalo, one of the motorists."I think that anybody…

A Buffalo police officer claims his gun accidentally fired Sunday when he was knocked off balance by a fleeing car.The man driving the car says it was no accident.Officer Martin Dwyer was suspended without pay Sunday when he reported to duty at the Kensington Station, Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart said Monday.The officer is accused of firing his personal handgun …

A delivery employee who was fired after he allegedly stole a watch from a package was arrested Thursday after he went back for the gold, Buffalo police said.Jacob Bell, 34, of Northampton Street, reportedly was fired early Thursday from his job as a loader for United Parcel Service in connection with the theft of a $350 Gucci watch.He returned later in the morning to the…

The freezer at an East Side food pantry was cleaned out during a break-in last week. Wednesday, one week later, the refrigerator disappeared.The burglaries in the Saints Outreach Center at Kane and Sycamore streets first curtailed, then canceled the weekly food distribution to about 30 to 40 families in the neighborhood."Both times, they took food," said Velton Peabody, v…

Police were looking today for a third suspect in two kidnappings believed to be related to cocaine trafficking in Buffalo.Two suspects were picked up Monday, including a cousin of Donald "Sly" Green, a reputed Buffalo drug lord who is serving a life prison sentence on a murder conviction.In the first case, the kidnappers abducted their victim as he sat in his car at the c…

An Alden man who hit the ground during a bungee jump stunt Wednesday apparently isn't letting the accident get in the way of his dream of being a professional stunt jumper.David Ramsey, 25, of Old Tree Road was in serious condition this morningin Erie County Medical Center. His injuries included a cracked pelvis, bruised bladder, concussion and broken wrist and elbow.Yet, …

The support framework below the roof that collapsed at a North Campus construction site at the University at Buffalo is the focus of a federal investigation, officials said Wednesday.Investigators are reviewing building plans and specifications for the Natural Science Center to determine if the shoring system conformed to regulations, said Bob Szymanski, supervisor of the …

The roof of a building under construction at University at Buffalo's North Campus in Amherst collapsed Monday afternoon, spilling several construction workers to the floor 12 feet below.A man who was caught in the cascade of spilling concrete and buried up to his waist appeared to be the most seriously injured of the nine persons reportedly taken to local hospitals. He w…