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Man accused of attacking mother, brother, woman

An East Utica Street man was charged with multiple counts of assault after he allegedly beat up his mother, broke his brother's left hand and hit a pregnant family friend on the back with an aluminum bat during a domestic dispute

Kashan R. Dunston, 18, also was charged by Officers Marcus Fears and James Whitaker with child endangerment for administering the assaults in front of his 4-year-old sister, Buffalo police said.

Dunston began arguing with his mother just after midnight Tuesday in their home in the 600 block of East Utica and started repeatedly punching her, according to a police report. When his brother and the pregnant female family friend ran to the aid of the mother, Dunston allegedly turned on them with a baseball bat. He also is accused of breaking a front door window in the house, police said. He faces three counts of assault, as well as harassment, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

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SUV driver faces DWI in tractor-trailer collision

The driver of a sport utility vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer at Stony Road and Genesee Street in Lancaster early this week faces a felony drunken driving charge, Lancaster police said Wednesday.

Joshua Gilley, 29, of Lancaster, was ejected from his vehicle when he allegedly failed to stop at the intersection about 10 p.m. Sunday. He was drunk, police said, and because of prior convictions was charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

Gilley's SUV struck a tractor-trailer being driven on Genesee by a 63-year-old Delevan man. Both vehicles left the intersection and ended up in a nearby woods. Police said Gilley was treated at Erie County Medical Center and released. The truck driver was unhurt.

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Suspect in knife attack pleads to reduced charge

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court in connection with a Feb. 18 stabbing in Niagara Falls.

Josh P. Czamara, 20, of Westchester Boulevard, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. He was scheduled for sentencing July 3 by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who could send him to prison for as long as four years. Czamara, who was living in the Falls at the time, pulled a knife on another man during a fight at a party on 85th Street. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said the 18-year-old victim was stabbed in "the right liver-lung-chest area."

A friend told police the stabbing victim, who had a one-inch wound, tried to drive away after the assault, but crashed his car into a pole.

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Man accused of stealing car, crashing into house

A Mills Street man is being held on numerous charges for allegedly stealing a Buffalo woman's car Tuesday and then crashing into an Ericson Avenue house four hours later while being chased by police.

Derrick Betts, 24, fled the accident scene on foot but was unable to outrun Police Officers Robert Salamone and John Beyer and was arrested about 6:45 p.m.

Betts is being held on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property, a number of traffic violations and criminal possession of a weapon, a .44-caliber handgun.

Police said officers spotted Betts in the stolen car on Bailey Avenue and gave chase. He drove onto Wecker Street and then Ericson, skidding across several front lawns before "slamming into the side of a house in the first block of Ericson."

As he fled on foot, officers saw him toss a black handgun on the ground in the first block of Wecker before he was captured. According to a computer check, Betts' driver's license was suspended in November 2010 in an earlier case.

In addition to the criminal charges, Betts also was charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, illegally passing a stop sign, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to signal.

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Niagara Thruway car chase ends in arrest of 2 men

A Buffalo man was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer after a high-speed chase Tuesday on the Niagara Thruway, state police reported.

The chase ended when Andre Tucker, 22, crashed the car he was driving on Austin Street after leaving the Niagara Thruway. Following the crash, Tucker fled on foot but was quickly caught, troopers said.

Troopers said they also located the owner of the vehicle, Dwain Walker Jr., 21, who was in possession of crack cocaine and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Sentencing in '09 slaying adjourned until April 23

Adrian L. Traylor's manslaughter sentencing in State Surpeme Court for the fatal shooting of Larry Crosland on Aug. 12, 2009, was adjourned for a third time.

Traylor now will be sentenced in federal court April 23, and then the following day in County Court.

He faces up to 25 years in prison for shooting Crosland, who Traylor said was an unintended victim killed by bullets fired a block away that were intended as a warning to others involved in a dispute with him.