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Driver of pickup killed, 4 others hurt in collision

CAMBRIA -- The driver of a pickup truck who apparently lost control late Friday night on Route 31 near Comstock Road was killed and four people in a car he struck have been hospitalized with head injuries, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.

The pickup driver was eastbound shortly before 11 p.m. when he veered into the oncoming lane, striking a passenger car.

Two of the surviving victims were airlifted to Erie County Medical Center and the two others were taken to Niagara County medical facilities.

The Sheriff's Office, which has not released the names of the victims, is still investigating the accident.

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NFTA officer disarms man with knife on Metro Bus

A Johnson Park man who allegedly threatened other passengers on a Metro Bus with a knife late Friday afternoon was arrested by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Officer Vinni Mancino.

Roland O. Coles, 52, was arrested as he got off the city bus at Main and Utica streets at about 5:50 p.m. He is being held on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the three-inch knife he allegedly used to threaten other passengers.

Coles, facing a Buffalo City Court arraignment this morning, also is charged with second-degree menacing and disorderly conduct.

Mancino responded to a radio call about people fighting on the bus and quickly disarmed Coles.

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Slashing attack leads to a number of charges

A Town of Collins man is being held on charges linked to a violent domestic incident at his ex-wife's home in which another man was slashed with broken glass. He also faces drunken driving charges after he fled the scene early Friday morning, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

Nicholas C. Enser, 28, is being held on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, criminal mischief, weapons possession, harassment, child endangerment, drunken driving and traffic infractions.

A man Enser allegedly slashed shortly after midnight Friday during a confrontation on Collins Center Zoar Road was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville for treatment of a severe hand injury, allegedly cause when Enser slashed him with a piece of glass.

After attacking the man and breaking a window, Enser reportedly fled in his car, but Deputy Don Hoelscher, assisted by Deputies Neil Held, Ben Pisa and Shawn Young, stopped him on Woodside Road near Rich Road in Collins.

The sheriff said Enser took a breath test that indicated he had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent, almost two times the state's legal limit.

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Former area woman admits tax evasion, embezzling

A former local woman has admitted evading taxes and embezzling money from an Amherst medical practice she once oversaw.

Joan Dispenza, 55, now of Henderson, Nev., pleaded guilty to tax evasion as part of a plea deal in which she admitted stealing $62,022 from the Ambulatory Service Center on Sheridan Drive.

Dispenza, who was an administrator with the practice, admitted writing unauthorized checks to herself from her employer's account.

She faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a requirement that she pay $99,457 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and $62,022 to the practice.

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Buffalo man jailed in false report of fire

A Buffalo man is being held on charges of criminal contempt and falsely reporting fire at the Grant Street home of an estranged woman friend who got a court order of protection against him last year and wouldn't let him into her house late Thursday.

Jerald L. Tyner, 48, no address listed, was arrested by Officers Angela Yeates and Kevin Paul at the intersection of Grant and Arkansas streets about 11 p.m. Thursday after he falsely called 911 and claimed he saw "smoke and fire" in the nearby home of the woman.

Tyner was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident for the phony fire call and first-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.

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Drug raid in Jamestown bags 3 Buffalo suspects

JAMESTOWN -- Three Buffalo men, including one who is a state parole violator, were arrested as Jamestown police raided a home on Newland Avenue Thursday afternoon and recovered 22 grams of alleged crack cocaine.

An investigation continues into a possible Buffalo-to-Jamestown drug ring.

Earl L. Stone, 20; Allen B. Burnell, 21; and Terry J. Amerson, 18, were charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A police spokesman said Stone had been the subject of an investigation by the state Parole Division, which had alerted law enforcement agencies statewide that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

More arrests are expected, police officials said.