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Drug charges lodged against driver in crash

MAYVILLE -- A Mayville man escaped injury shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday after his vehicle jumped the curb at the railroad depot on Water Street, hit a picnic table and rolled down an embankment, stopping at the edge of Chautauqua Lake.

Michael J. Monroe, 34, of Morris Street, didn't escape the scrutiny of police, who said they caught him trying to hide drugs. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, traveling at an unreasonable speed and failure to keep right.

Chautauqua police were assisted by the Mayville and Chautauqua fire departments. A court date has yet to be scheduled.


Dump truck overturns, snarls Youngmann traffic

A dump truck carrying hot asphalt smacked into a guardrail and overturned on the Youngmann Highway at Niagara Falls Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, snarling traffic in the westbound lanes for about two hours, Amherst police said.

The driver, Russell P. Cirino, 52, of Cheektowaga, was freed from the cab of the dump truck by Ellicott Creek firefighters and was being treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center late Saturday.

Debris from the accident blew out the windshield and damaged the hood of a 2003 Nissan following the truck, police said. The driver of that vehicle was not hurt, police added.

Investigators Kevin Murphy and Carl Fischer of the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit are attempting to determine what triggered the crash.

The dump truck is owned by Michael Serafini Inc. of Cheektowaga, police said.


Car fire halts traffic at Lackawanna toll barrier

Eastbound traffic on the Thruway came to a halt for about an hour Saturday morning at the Lackawanna toll barrier when a car caught fire.

The incident began at about 6:30 a.m., when a car within the toll plaza lanes caught fire.

Though westbound traffic was able to move through the plaza through two lanes, eastbound traffic was held up.

The tollbooths received heat damage, a spokeswoman for the Thruway said.


SUV crashes into building, critically injuring driver

A Buffalo man was listed in critical condition after crashing his SUV into a building at 1198 Jefferson Ave. at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said.

Timothy Borden, 23, of Eden Street, was driving a 2008 Blazer that crashed at about 1:45 a.m., a block from a Fire Department station house. Firefighters heard the crash and rushed to the scene to assist Borden, the only person in the vehicle. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.


Police locate two dogs that killed smaller one

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. -- Two dogs taken from a Port Colborne animal shelter last month were located at a Port Colborne residence Friday, Niagara Regional Police said.

The dogs -- both lab/boxer mixes -- were brought to the animal shelter after they attacked and killed a small dog in Port Colborne on Aug. 26, authorities said. The dogs were owned by Gary Beaulieu and were seized and quarantined by the Humane Society, officials said.

Beaulieu was charged in connection with the attack.

The dogs disappeared after a break-in at the animal shelter Sept. 30.

Police found then Friday and returned them to the Humane Society, pending a court disposition.

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