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A 36-year-old Buffalo man was hospitalized today after police said his car ran a red light and collided with a Laidlaw Transit school van carrying six pupils at Bailey and Minnesota avenues. None of the pupils on the school van had to be taken to the hospital.

Paul E. Berry III of Paige Avenue reportedly was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst following the 8 a.m. accident. He also was charged with a red-light violation, Officer John Sanak stated.

Berry told police he was driving south on Bailey Avenue and failed to see the red light in time. He slammed on the brakes but could not avoid the school van.

The driver of the van, Priscilla A. Wright, another adult on the bus and six elementary-age children all avoided serious injury, police said.

Winslow Avenue house fire
leaves five adults homeless

The Red Cross was called to assist five adults after a fire this morning left $65,000 damage to a 2 1/2 -story house at 205 Winslow Ave.

Firefighters responded to a 6:22 a.m. alarm. No injuries were reported in the blaze, and the cause remained under investigation.

Charter school, 2 firms
fall prey to burglars

South District police were investigating three non-residential burglaries discovered this morning, one in a school and two in stores.

Officials with the South Buffalo Charter School, at 2219 South Park Ave., reported that someone entered the school over the weekend and took an IBM notebook computer worth about $2,000. Entry may have been made through a basement window. The building has an alarm, but police did not know if it was set.

Burglars who put a blanket over the top of a barbed-wire fence damaged locks of storage holders on four vehicles and took tools at a tire-service store at 772 Elk St., police reported.

South District police also reported the theft of two oxygen tanks used for welding and worth about $2,000. They were taken from Bob and Don's Auto Parts at 49 Hopkins St., police said.

Voorhees Ave. man arrested
following theft of book bag

Police arrested a man early Sunday after a woman said he took her book bag after grabbing her arm and forcing her to the ground on North Street.

Central District officers were called to the scene at 4:25 a.m. after the man fled south on College Street, disposing of the bag at College and Arlington Place.

Police arrested Rhamel Dunston, 38, of Voorhees Avenue and charged him with assault, felony robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment.

Laptop computer stolen
from Falls High student

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police were investigating the theft of a $1,500 laptop computer of a Niagara Falls High School student.

The student told police Sunday that the school-issued computer was stolen from her North Avenue home within the past week.

Head-on crash with truck
kills mother, two daughters

GRAND VALLEY, Pa. -- A Warren County mother and two of her children were killed Saturday in a head-on crash on Route 27 in Eldred Township.

Pennsylvania state police at Warren said Patches Erwin, 29, of Grand Valley was westbound when she lost control of her car on the icy roadway and collided with an eastbound pickup truck driven by David B. Scott, 30, of Garland.

Police said the mother and her four children were thrown from the car, which broke into three parts. They were not wearing seat belts.

Two of her children, Cody Tucker, 8, and Karli Tucker, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene. Erwin later died in Pittsburgh's Presbyterian Hospital.

Chelsea Tucker, 7, and Camika Tucker, 4, were listed in good and critical condition, respectively, in Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital.

38 bags of crack seized;
two men are arrested

Central District officers seized 38 bags of crack cocaine over the weekend and arrested two Connecticut Street men, police said.

Investigating the report of an assault, police went to the 100 block of 17th Street, where they said they saw one of the men smoking marijuana. After obtaining permission to search the premises, police said, they found crack cocaine packaged for sale, 4 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, drug-packaging material and a stolen .22-caliber pistol loaded with eight rounds.

Angel Abelo, 23, and Daniel Aguilar, 20, were charged with felony drug possession, felony possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Lottery tickets, cash cards
stolen from gas station

More than $3,800 in lottery tickets and cash cards were reported stolen Sunday morning from the Sunoco A-Plus station at 2075 Delaware Ave., at Amherst Street.

Northwest District officers said Richard Karnyski told them seven books of lottery tickets, valued at $2,750, and 43 cash cards worth $1,075 had been taken from a locked safe overnight.

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