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>One driver killed, one held after crash in Newstead

One person was killed, two were injured and a man was in custody following a fatal accident Saturday evening in the Town of Newstead.

The accident happened at about 6 p.m. on Bloomingdale Road, according to police sources. The driver of one vehicle was killed and two passengers were hurt.

A Genesee County coroner pronounced the driver dead at the scene; the accident occurred near the Erie-Genesee county line.

The man driving another vehicle involved in the accident ran from the scene but was taken into custody, according to State Police, who are investigating the crash.

Further information was unavailable late Saturday.

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>Passenger in car that struck, killed bicyclist tips police

A passenger in the vehicle that fled after hitting a bicyclist late Friday in Brant led deputies to the driver, Erie County sheriff's deputies said Saturday.

Crystal Stonemetz, 39, of Brant, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly before midnight Friday on Route 5.

A passenger in the vehicle that hit Stonemetz tipped off deputies to the driver's identity. Deputies said they later arrested Lyle Logan, 39, of Alleghany Road, Silver Creek, on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

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>Gowanda man charged in crash fatal to girl

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said they had arrested a Gowanda man in connection with the accident that led to the death of 16-year-old Ellie Pierce of Salamanca.

Frederick M. Freeman, 52, of Bagdad Road, faces charges of reckless driving, unsafe passing, passing in a no-passing zone and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Deputies said the accident, which occurred June 13 on Route 353 in New Albion, involved a car and a truck. Freeman, who was arrested Friday, was to appear in a New Albion court at a later date.

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>Seven arrested, face drug, weapon charges

Seven people were arrested Thursday night when police mobile response units confiscated several weapons, as well as varying amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana, during multiple drug raids in Buffalo.

Brandon J. Middlebrooks, 20, was arrested at his East Morris Avenue home on several drug-related charges, according to police reports.

In a Jewett Avenue raid, police arrested Michael D. Gandy, 18, of Jewett Avenue; Lakisha S. Neil, 25, of Kenmore Avenue; and a 16-year-old Jewett Avenue resident on weapons and drug-related charges. More than four ounces of marijuana, a large bag of crack cocaine and a loaded, sawed-off rifle were seized, police said.

At a Donovan Drive address, police arrested Danny K. Morgan, 52, on drug- and weapon-related charges. Police said they recovered a loaded rifle and handgun, as well as marijuana and crack cocaine.

And on Schuele Street, a father and son were taken into custody. Kenneth McGhee Sr., 46, and Kenneth McGhee Jr., 22, both face drug charges. The elder McGhee also was charged with possession of a weapon, which police identified as a loaded shotgun.

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>Buffalo woman stabbed during dispute in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A dispute over a missing wallet led to the stabbing of a Buffalo woman Saturday morning, police said.

Police said Altheria Johnson, 44, and two other women arrived at a Fourth Street home just before noon. Despite prior arrangements for the return of a wallet, a dispute erupted, police said.

A woman in the home threw hot water at the three visitors, who were then chased from the house by a woman brandishing a kitchen knife, police said. Outside, Johnson was stabbed in the upper right arm. She was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where the small puncture wound required two staples, according to reports.

After finding Calandra Payne, 27, inside the home, Officers Shawn Arndt and Thomas Volk charged the Fourth Street resident with second-degree assault and menacing.

Her sister, Casey Payne, 26, of 19th Street, who was accused of interfering in the investigation, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, police said.

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>Woman admits being at wheel during shooting

LOCKPORT -- A woman who was at the wheel in a drive-by shooting in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Friday.

Selena Washington, 32, of Cedar Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to fourth-degree criminal facilitation and was scheduled for sentencing July 20 by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

She drove the car from which her brother Christopher R. Miller, 24, shot and wounded Wilbert Hayes III, 22, on Nov. 6. The younger Miller is serving 7 1/2 years in prison for the shooting.

Selena Washington and Adrienne Jones, 33, of Centre Avenue, still face charges in connection with a Nov. 13 home invasion on Linwood Avenue in which they allegedly intended to beat up a woman with a stick, but the target escaped unhurt.

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