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Fast-talking con artist sought by Amherst police

Amherst police are looking for a quick-talking con artist who has collected hundreds of dollars in cash register money by fast-talking cashiers at town stores after making a small purchase and using a large denomination bill.

The con artist presses the clerks for various denominations in an effort to confuse them and ends up pocketing more money than he started with.

Police said the "person of interest" they seek is a black male between 30 to 35, about 5-foot-7 and 200 pounds. The man has targeted stores on Transit Road near North French Road in East Amherst, along with stores on the other side of town in the University Plaza. He also may have pulled the same con in Niagara County.

An image on the Amherst Police Facebook page shows the man wearing a pinstripe New York Yankees hat and shirt.

Anyone who has been swindled in such an instance or has more information about the man to call the Amherst Police Detective Bureau at 689-1385 or 689-1339.


Hit-run crash results in multiple charges

A hit-and-run crash on Broadway in the Village of Alden late Sunday led to the arrest of a 47-year-old Lockport man on a pair of felony counts, state police at Clarence reported Monday.

A vehicle driven by a 56-year-old woman was struck from behind, causing significant damage to both vehicles, at about 9:50 p.m., troopers said. The other driver fled east on Broadway without stopping.

About 15 minutes later, troopers found the vehicle on Route 20 in the Town of Darien, Genesee County, where they arrested Xzavier A. Davis and charged him with driving while intoxicated.

Further investigation revealed that Davis had a prior conviction for DWI and had his license suspended, troopers said.

He was charged with felony DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation, along with leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, according to police reports.


Suspicious fire damages adjoining vacant houses

Buffalo firefighters early Monday battled a suspicious blaze that left a total of $4,000 damage to two vacant houses on Goodyear Avenue in the city's East Ferry-Genesee area.

Firefighters responded to a 2:26 a.m. call at 580 and 582 Goodyear.

The cause of the fire officially remained under investigation late Monday.


2 arrested in sale of drugs to undercover officers

CASTILE -- Two village residents are being held in the Wyoming County Jail following their arrests Monday on a grand jury indictment that accuses them of selling drugs to undercover officers over several months.

Terry D. Williams, 50, and Connie S. Mulcahy, 57, each were charged with second- and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy, state troopers based in Warsaw said.

State police did not say what type of drugs the two allegedly sold.

County Judge Mark Dadd ordered Williams, who had been free on bail in an Erie County weapons case, held in lieu of $50,000. Mulcahy was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Their arrests came in a continuing probe of Wyoming County drug trafficking being conducted by investigators from the State Police, Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Wyoming County Drug Task Force.


Driver injured in crash charged with felony DWI

GENESEE FALLS -- A Rushford woman was charged with felony drunken driving after she crashed her vehicle late Sunday at Routes 436 and 19A, Wyoming County sheriff's deputies said.

Stacy Alger, 39, suffered a broken collar bone and a broken hip during the crash, which deputies said happened at about 11 a.m. after Alger apparently fell asleep behind the wheel, crossed the center line and crashed her car into a guardrail on the west side of Route 19A.

She was charged with felony DWI because of a 2006 DWI conviction, deputies said. She was also issued tickets for failure to keep right, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, not wearing a seat belt and having an open container in her vehicle.


Tip leads to arrest of man on DWI charge

ALEXANDER -- A tip to police that a man who appeared drunk when he stopped at a store to buy beer led to the arrest of the man on drunken driving charges over the weekend.

Daniel E. Plath, 62, of Old Creek Road, Alexander, was arrested at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday while on his way home from his girlfriend's house in Batavia, Genesee County sheriff's officials said Monday.

Plath was charged on felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, as well as driving without a license, driving with an open container of alcohol and driving with an obstructed view, deputies said.

He is scheduled to appear June 5 in Town Court.