Two officers from the Northwest District reported they fought Saturday night with a suspect who had illegal drugs on Forest Avenue. Officer Pat Panaro said he saw Michael Torres, aged 20, of Maryland Street, smoking marijuana. He said Torres pushed him and ran. In the chase that followed, Torres punched Officer Panaro several times and had to be forcibly subdued and handcuffed. The police said Panaro broke his hand in the struggle. Torres was charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of government administration and criminal possession of marijuana.
A man from Lockport was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo with a fractured leg on Sunday after his motorcycle struck a parked car on Bayview Station. Frederick Bishop, 54, lost control after setting off just after 6 a.m. Details of his condition were still unavailable on Sunday morning but he is believed to be recovering well.
Six aliens attempting to enter the United States unofficially will appear in the federal court today after they were seized on freight trains in two separate incidents over the weekend. A 26-year-old man from Brazil was found hidden in a freight train on the American side of the International Railroad Bridge near Squaw Island at about 10 p.m. on Friday. At the same location at 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, Customs and Border Protection officers found five citizens of Costa Rica hidden in another freight train during a routine inspection.
Police said that four men in a stolen car attempted to ram a Buffalo man’s vehicle early Sunday in a bold theft attempt. The man told the police that he was on Dickersonville Road at about 2:30 a.m. when a passing vehicle suddenly turned around and accelerated toward his car. The man told the police the other driver tried to rear-end him several times after he turned onto Lower Mountain Road. The offenders haven’t been traced yet.
adapted from Financial Times, 2004

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