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Woman found passed out in car charged with DWI

A Lawtons woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after a near-collision at Milestrip and Brant Reservation roads, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Michael Lesinski said he found Gail M. Schindler, 40, of Mileblock Road passed out in her car, and also found open alcohol containers in the vehicle after the incident, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The woman refused to take a blood test, deputies said.


Driver charged after crash leaves passenger critical

SHELDON -- State police charged a Wyoming County man with vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated after a crash early Saturday left his passenger in critical condition in a Buffalo hospital.

Police said Matthew John Gober's Nissan Pathfinder went off Route 20A in Sheldon, hit a guardrail and flipped at about 2 a.m.

Gwendolyn A. Taylor, 33, of Cotton Hill Road, Attica, suffered severe head injuries and was flown by a Mercy Flight helicopter to Erie County Medical Center. She was listed in critical condition.

Police said Gober, 26, whose last known address is on Stevens Road in Warsaw, was arraigned in Sheldon Town Court and placed in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.


Mail carrier charged in sale of stolen goods

A Buffalo mail carrier was arrested Saturday morning and accused of selling stolen musical instruments while wearing her postal uniform.

Amherst Police and postal inspectors arrested Rachel Walker, 33, of Dodge Road, Amherst, at her workplace, the East Side Postal Service station on Monsignor Valente Drive off William Street.

Walker is accused of selling stolen musical instruments to a Cheektowaga music store on several occasions in August and September. Police said the instruments included bass fiddles, cellos and violins stolen in a July burglary in Amherst.

According to police, Walker was wearing her postal carrier's uniform when she sold the items.

Both Walker and her boyfriend, Matthew Bixby, 25, of Lamarck Drive, Snyder, are accused of felony counts of possession of stolen property. Police said both defendants allegedly have substance abuse problems.

Amherst Detectives Herb Leising and Matt Gould worked on the case with agents from the Postal Service office of inspector general.


Batavia man accused of growing marijuana

BATAVIA -- Genesee County deputies investigating a report of an argument said they found several marijuana plants in a Town of Batavia home.

Ian J. Blake, 20, of West Main Street Road, faces a misdemeanor count of growing cannabis.


Woman freed from car is flown to hospital

ELLICOTTVILLE -- A woman identified by police as Linda Phiansouri was injured Saturday morning when the car she was driving failed to negotiate a curve and rolled over.

The victim, who was pinned inside the car, was rescued by Ellicottville and West Valley volunteer firefighters after the 8 a.m. crash on Beaver Meadows Road, Ellicottville Town Police said.

Police said the Mercy Flight helicopter took Phiansouri to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. Officers on duty Saturday night had no further information about her condition, age or home address.


Distress flare spurs hunt for river boater

The Coast Guard and several police agencies searched the Niagara River near the north Grand Island Bridge on Saturday night after receiving an unconfirmed report that a boater was in trouble.

Coast Guard searchers used a boat and helicopter to search the area after receiving a report that an emergency flare was seen over the river at about 4:30 p.m., Petty Officer Ryan Langley said.

No evidence of a stranded boater was found, and the search was suspended at 8:30 p.m., pending further developments.

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