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SALAMANCA -- A fire about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday destroyed the house at 131 Crawford St.

City firefighters were trying to determine a cause of the blaze. The house was owned by Wanda Quattrone, authorities said.

Kill Buck volunteer firefighters provided mutual aid during the fire.

S. Dayton woman arrested on DWI and traffic charges

DAYTON -- Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies have arrested a South Dayton woman on a charge of driving while intoxicated, saying her vehicle was weaving along the road and nearly ran into a ditch.

Joanne Ludlow, 36, of Rice Road, was arrested Wednesday on County Road 2 by deputies who said she failed several roadside sobriety tests.

Ludlow is to appear in Dayton Town Court on March 1 to face charges of driving while intoxicated, failing to keep right and making an unsafe left turn.

Batavia man, 40, is accused of dogs' neglect as one dies

BATAVIA -- A Batavia man was charged Tuesday with failing to care for two dogs police say he had abandoned. One of the animals apparently ate cloth to try to survive, authorities said.

Makeen Ithna-Asheri, 40, was charged with failure to provide proper sustenance to an animal. He will appear Feb. 27 in City Court.

Ithna-Asheri moved from his apartment Feb. 1 and left the two young dogs behind, said Officer John Zola. Neighbors' complaints about barking by the dogs led to the investigation. Police found the dogs in the cellar, where there was no food or water, Zola said.

One dog was already dead. The other was alive but emaciated and was put under the care of a veterinarian.

A necropsy found no digested food in the dog that died but 10 ounces of cloth, police said.

Five arrested on counts of unlawful drug possession

CAMBRIA -- Five people, including three juveniles, were pulled over and arrested late Tuesday when they were found with a small quantity of suspected marijuana in their possession, Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Brian D. Grear said.

Matthew A. Corraine of Applewood Drive in the Town of Lockport, and Marcus R. Huttenmaier of Shawenee Road, both 18, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana shortly before 9 p.m. on Lower Mountain Road, Grear said.

The juveniles, including a 15-year-old girl, will face charges of unlawful possession of marijuana in Niagara County Family Court, Grear said.

Man drives car into channel in aftermath of hit-run crash

A Buffalo man drove his car into the Black Rock Channel about 2 a.m. Wednesday after fleeing an accident scene, authorities said.

John Bouton, 35, of Putnam Street, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

"While attempting to get on Route 198, he lost control and went airborne over the guardrail and ended up the creek," Lt. Larry J. Baehre said. "The car was partially submerged."

Bouton was admitted to Erie County Medical Center, where his condition was not available.

Northwest District Officers Derrick Ferrell and David Rambino arrested Bouton, who they said was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Niagara and Amherst streets.

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