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Vehicle containing 2 bodies pulled from Niagara River

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A vehicle containing two bodies was pulled from the Niagara River in Fort Erie on Sunday, a day after it apparently missed a stop sign and hit a boat ramp before entering the river, police said.

Niagara Regional Police were called to the Niagara River Parkway at Netherby Road at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday by a passer-by who reported that the boat ramp there had been severely damaged.

Responding officers theorized the vehicle had run through the stop sign, hit the ramp and entered the river. Authorities then called in the police dive and marine units, which were assisted by the Erie County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

The vehicle was located in water a little more than 200 yards north of the boat dock at about 5 p.m. Saturday. It was recovered Sunday with the two bodies inside.

Police did not release any information about the victims pending notification of relatives. The investigation is continuing, and police ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.

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North Harmony man accused of growing pot

NORTH HARMONY -- A Ramsey Road man is awaiting a court appearance on a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully growing marijuana, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday.

Officers said Michael R. Sullivan, 20, was arrested last week after they were called to his home to investigate an alleged disturbance. During the investigation, deputies said, they discovered "a small marijuana growing operation" in his home.

He is to appear in North Harmony Town Court.

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Domestic incident brings charges for Oakfield man

OAKFIELD -- A Maple Avenue man was arrested early Sunday on three charges in an alleged domestic dispute, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Officers said Joel D. Prouty, 25, was arraigned in Oakfield Town Court on charges of first-degree felony criminal contempt, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth degree criminal mischief.

Prouty was sent to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, and he is to return to court at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators said they went to a Maple Avenue home at about 6 a.m. because Prouty allegedly violated an order of protection by slamming a woman who is seven months' pregnant into a doorway and threatening to punch her in the stomach.

Deputies reported that Prouty allegedly smashed the woman's cellphone while she was trying to call 911, "and wouldn't let her leave to get help, restraining her against her will."

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Crash after avoiding deer leads to DWI charge

ELLERY -- A driver who swerved to avoid a deer ended up damaging a house in the Chautauqua County Town of Ellery early Sunday and landing herself a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Sheriff's deputies said Kathleen S. Anderson, 27, of Bemus Point, swerved to avoid the deer but then lost control of her auto. It crossed the road and hit a vehicle parked in a driveway. That vehicle then struck the house at 3041 Dutch Hollow Road, causing extensive damage just before 3 a.m., deputies said.

Anderson, who left the scene, was later found and charged with failure to keep right, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving while intoxicated, deputies said. She was ticketed to appear in Ellery Town Court.

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Fight in vehicle leads to crash in Portland

PORTLAND -- A man and woman fighting inside a vehicle led to an accident on Route 20 in the Chautauqua County Town of Portland just before midnight Friday, deputies said.

James D. Robbins, 41, of Canadaway Street, Fredonia, was engaged in a physical altercation with the woman while driving east, deputies reported. For some reason, deputies said, Robbins jerked the steering wheel, spun off the road and snapped off a utility pole. A dog was ejected from the vehicle at the same time.

Only Robbins appeared hurt. He was released from Westfield Memorial Hospital after being evaluated. He also was charged with driving while intoxicated and ticketed for failure to keep right, crossing over hazard markings and driving with an open container of alcohol, deputies said.

He was given tickets to appear in Portland Town Court at a later date.

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ATV driver still critical after accident in Fort Erie

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A Fort Erie man remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday with life-threatening injuries after flipping his all-terrain vehicle.

Niagara Regional Police said the 48-year-old man, whom they did not identify, was driving the ATV north on Grandview Road without a helmet when it flipped on top of him at around 5 p.m. Saturday. He was flown to Hamilton General Hospital.

Witnesses are asked to contact investigators at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.