Bar manager charged in severe beating of Falls airman
The manager of a popular college pub in Buffalo has been charged with throwing a New York Air National Guard member down a flight of stairs, leaving him with a severe brain injury.
Jeffrey Basil, 35, pleaded not guilty Sunday morning to first-degree assault for the attack that left 28-year-old Tech. Sgt. William Sager Jr. of Silver Creek near death.
Judge Joseph Fiorella set bail at $250,000. Basil was returned to the Erie County jail.
The prosecutor argued against bail, saying it could become a homicide case.
Basil is manager of Molly's Pub where the attack happened a week ago.
Two off-duty Buffalo police officers who were at the pub have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
Car break-in suspect caught in the act
Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to Smokin Joes, 2293 Saunders Settlement Road, about 1:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a man in custody who was caught entering a car.
When deputies arrived, the owner of the vehicle told them they were watching their car from a window of the business, due to a suspicious person in the area, when they noticed one of the vehicle's doors open. When they went outside, they found the suspicious person inside the vehicle going through items inside.
The owner grabbed the suspect and he said, "I'm just looking." He then turned over a $5 GPS unit and pleaded with the owner not to call police, stating, "My mom is right there."
The man, who was not fully identified in the report, was taken into custody for petit larceny. Deputies noted he appeared to be under the influence of drugs as well. He told deputies he was on pain medications.
• INCIDENT: A Skylark Lane resident reported a rock hit their sliding glass door about 8 p.m. Saturday, breaking the window. The resident believes a neighbor mowing their lawn may be responsible. Neither the resident or the deputy was able to speak with the resident.