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NFTA releases copy of pursuit policy to Two On Your Side

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Just days after a fatal crash followed an NFTA police officer pursuit of a vehicle, the NFTA has responded to a 2 On Your Side Freedom of Information Request, asking for the NFTA's policy when it comes to vehicle pursuits.

The policy states officers should take a number of factors into account, including: whether a violent felony has occurred or is about to occur, whether the pursuit would go through a residential neighborhood, the likelihood of injures to innocent third parties and whether a suspect could be successfully apprehended by other means.

The NFTA has been conducting an internal investigation into the pursuit that took place early Saturday in Buffalo.

According to Buffalo police, Kevin Wayne Brown was drag racing with another car on Main Street early Saturday morning when he almost hit an NFTA police officer at Main and Utica. Once that happened, the officer took off in pursuit

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MQA Students Collect Products for South Buffalo Community Table

MQA Students Collect Products for South Buffalo Community Table


Universal Pre-K students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga recently completed a service project to benefit the South Buffalo Community Table, an organization that provides food and fellowship to the hungry and less fortunate members of our community.

With the help of family and MQA students and staff, the youngsters collected a wide variety of paper products for the nonprofit organization. Spearheading the project was UPK teacher Mary Teresa McCarthy.

Buffalo Police, D.A. Investigating Horrific 33 Crash

BUFFALO, NY- It was a horrific scene early Saturday morning after a car driven by Kevin Wayne Brown, 47, of Buffalo crashed through a barrier on Humboldt Parkway and on to the 33 and exploded.

Police say it started at about 1:30 a.m. when two cars appeared to be drag racing north on Main Street. Once they came to Utica Street one of the cars nearly hit an NFTA police officer.

According to the NFTA, the officer took off in pursuit of Brown's car.

"That officer followed that car and it took a circuitous route ultimately ending up on Woodlawn Avenue going in the wrong direction," Doug Hartmayer, NFTA spokesman said.

Scott Brown: "Was the officer traveling the wrong way down Woodlawn?"

NFTA Officer Had Initially Pursued Driver Before Crash

BUFFALO – Shortly before his car tumbled through a guardrail and burst into flames on the Kensington Expressway, the driver who died in an early-morning crash Saturday had been initially involved in a chase with a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officer, a spokesperson confirmed.

NFTA spokesperson Doug Hartmayer said two of the agency's officers first observed two cars "proceeding at a very high rate of speed" near the intersection of Main and Utica streets, forcing the officers to split into two and each follow one of the speeding vehicles in individual police cars.

The driver, identified by Buffalo Police Monday morning as Kevin Wayne Brown, 47, then began driving in the wrong direction on Woodlawn Avenue.

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Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues on April 26

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues on April 26


The popular Winter Market at Horsefeathers will continue its successful run on Saturday, April 26. The indoor market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and occupies portions of the first floor and lower level of the Horsefeathers Market & Residences, located at 346 Connecticut St. on Buffalo’s West Side. 

Occupying the market’s community table this Saturday will be representatives of Backyard Orchards.

At Least One Dead In Fiery 33 Expressway Crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. - At least one person is dead after a horrific early-morning crash in Buffalo Saturday.

Police say it appears two vehicles were racing on Main Street, and one of the vehicles turned onto Woodlawn Avenue going in the wrong direction. That vehicle crashed through the guardrail, plunged onto the Kensington Expressway, rolled onto its roof and burst into flames.

Emergency crews tried to get the victim, a male in his late 40's, out of the vehicle, but he died on scene, according to police.

Investigators say the other car involved in the race also crashed. Officers are questioning that driver.

Dave Mangus with Rural Metro pulled up to the scene when the heat and flames became too intense for his crew to withstand.
They attempted to get the man out of the vehicle for about two minutes.

Woman Charged with DWI After Driving Car into Houses

BUFFALO, NY- Buffalo police have charged a woman with DWI and speeding after they say she drove into a a pair of houses on Fillmore Avenue Friday morning.

A police investigator says Dorthea Aughtry, 49, was traveling southbound on Fillmore when she crashed into the two houses while attempting to make a left turn onto A Street.

There were people inside the houses at the time of the accident, but police say no injuries were reported.

According to police both of the houses received structural damage.