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Clarence man charged with aggravated DWI

A Clarence man faces charges for driving on Main Street early Sunday with his blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, according to Erie County sheriff's officials.

Kevin D. Cronan, 28, was stopped by Deputy Timothy Cannan at 2:30 a.m., after Cannan noticed Cronan's vehicle twice cross over the center line of Main Street in Clarence, officials said.

After Cronan failed roadside sobriety tests, a Breathalyzer test found his BAC to be 0.23 percent, officials said.

Cronan was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and released on appearance tickets to return to Clarence Town Court at a later date.

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Fire in Amherst garage burns three minivans

Three minivans were burned in an Amherst garage fire Sunday morning that caused more than $100,000 damage.

The fire, at 9 Cascade Drive, was called in at 10:22 a.m. Ellicott Creek Fire Company volunteers responded, with assistance from the Getzville and Brighton fire companies.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Amherst Fire Inspector's Office and Amherst police.

Damage was estimated at $40,000 to the garage and its contents, $59,500 to the vehicles and $10,000 in exposure damage to a nearby home. Two of the minivans were parked in the garage at the time of the fire and the third was in the driveway.

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Fire in vacant house damages two others

Three houses were damaged, and one person suffered facial burns when a vacant East Side house caught fire early Sunday, according to Buffalo fire officials.

A vacant two-story house at 65 Hill St. caught fire at 6:50 a.m., fire officials said, causing damage to the homes on each side of it.

Those homes, at 63 Hill and 67 Hill, were occupied by four adults and one child, all of whom escaped. One adult at 63 Hill suffered minor facial burns, officials said. Officials from the American Red Cross were assisting the residents.

Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the vacant home, $45,000 to 63 Hill and $25,000 to 67 Hill. The cause of the fire remained under investigation late Sunday.

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Arrest made in sale of prescription drugs

A Warsaw man is charged with selling prescription drugs to undercover officers, state police said.

Troopers and State Police narcotics officers arrested Nathan W. Campbell, 31, Friday and charged him with two counts each of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

Campbell is accused of selling Ritalin and clonazepam to undercover officers, troopers said. He was indicted by a Wyoming County grand jury and ordered held on $10,000 bail by County Judge Mark Dadd.

Warsaw village police assisted troopers with the investigation and arrest.

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Falls police investigate new round of car break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police investigated nearly a half-dozen car break-ins in a 24-hour period ending Sunday afternoon, continuing a growing trend in the city.

At least two of the cars had been entered by means of "punching" a door lock, police said. The technique disables the lock and allows easy entry to the vehicle. In the other incidents, car windows were smashed out to gain entry.

Four of the five break-ins occurred in the vicinity of local businesses or in the business lots, including one at the Wendy's restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard and one at the Como restaurant. Both those incidents occurred between noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. An Ontario resident lost a global positioning system, other electronics and a bag containing $300 worth of recently purchased clothing in the Wendy's theft, police said. Also stolen was a custom plastic dental mouth guard valued at $500. An Ohio woman lost a purse with a debit card and a camera bag in the Como break-in.

Other break-ins occurred at the Ollie's store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, where a Wisconsin man reported losing tools and golf clubs in a theft that occurred between 2 and 3 p.m.; and outside the Sheesha Lounge on Pine Avenue, where a Walnut Avenue woman lost a wallet containing $160 and a debit card.

The final incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday outside a Park Place residence. A laptop valued at $500 was stolen out of a briefcase after a car window was smashed to gain entry.

Police Chief John Chella has identified car break-ins as a major concern in the city in recent days amid growing numbers of incidents citywide. He urged visitors and residents to not leave valuables inside their vehicles while unattended.

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Swerving vehicle leads to DWI charge in Fredonia

A Fredonia man was charged with drunken driving early Saturday after police found his blood-alcohol content to be more than twice the legal limit, Chautauqua County deputies said.

Robert N. Krzyzanowicz, 41, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after his BAC was measured at more than 0.18 percent.