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Bodies of 2 kayakers who went missing found

JAMESTOWN -- The bodies of the two missing Jamestown kayakers, Jonathan Miller, 23, and Jacob Maynard, 32, were separately recovered in Southern Tier waters Friday morning, authorities confirmed.

Miller's remains were found near the Webs Ferry area of the Kinzua Reservoir at about 8 a.m., according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Miller, who went missing Sunday, was reportedly found by State Parks police.

Police in the Town of Conewango confirmed that they recovered the body of the second missing kayaker, Jacob Maynard, 32, at about 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Maynard's body was found in the Allegheny River where he had been reported missing last Saturday.

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Bicyclist hurt in collision after crossing against light

A bicyclist was injured Friday afternoon when police said he tried to cross Delaware Avenue against a red light and crashed into a Rural Metro ambulance.

According to police reports the ambulance was southbound on Delaware at Nottingham Terrace and had the green light. But the bicyclist, apparently trying to cut across Delaware, crashed into the front driver's side of the ambulance and had to be taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Police would not disclose the name of the injured cyclist but reported that he was listed in stable condition at the hospital. The incident remains under investigation.

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Amherst pharmacy robbery leads to arrest of two

Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery late Thursday at an Amherst pharmacy, police reported. The robbery occurred shortly after 9 p.m. at Walgreens, 2970 Niagara Falls Blvd.

A person whose appearance was concealed by sunglasses, a hat and scarf demanded narcotics from the pharmacist, then grabbed some drugs -- the nature of which was not disclosed -- and fled the store, police said.

Witnesses gave police a description of a vehicle, driven by a woman, in which the robber left the area.

A vehicle matching that description was found on Glenhaven Drive.

Officers made contact with the suspected getaway driver, Emily R. Bromley, 19. Also inside was Alexander J. Nemmer, 23, who required medical attention for a condition suffered before police arrived.

Nemmer and Bromley each were charged with felony counts of robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and grand larceny.

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N. Tonawanda driver faces felony DWI charge

A North Tonawanda man was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated after he nearly crashed into an Erie County sheriff's deputy's patrol car late Wednesday night in Amherst, officials said.

Deputy Chris Soluri saw a Dodge pickup driven by Jeffery Keitel, 35, leaving Ellicott Creek Park shortly before midnight. The vehicle ran a red light before almost striking the deputy's car.

Soluri pulled Keitel over, and he failed several field sobriety tests, officials said.

As Keitel was being put into custody, he became combative and swung at the deputy, the Sheriff's Office reported. The deputy then used pepper spray on Keitel.

Keitel refused to submit to a breath test. He was charged with felony DWI because of a prior drunken driving conviction. He was also charged with obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

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Falls man pleads guilty to drug, weapons charges

Melvin L. Calhoun, 23, of Niagara Falls, has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm while an unlawful user of a controlled substance. He faces a possible maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Calhoun's residence in Niagara Falls in October 2010 and found him in possession of a .38 caliber pistol, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati. Quantities of marijuana also were recovered from Calhoun's bedroom.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara will sentence Calhoun in August.

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Two indicted, arraigned in robbery of UB students

Two men were indicted and arraigned this week for the armed robbery of two University at Buffalo students in a Winspear Avenue apartment in March.

Donovan Haigler, 24, and Lance Minton Jr., 22, both of Buffalo, were indicted on two counts each of robbery, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. They were arraigned Thursday.

The two had visited the young women's apartment previously because they were acquainted with a third roommate, authorities said. When Haigler and Minton stopped by March 28 -- ostensibly looking for the third roommate, a rifle was pulled from a bag that one carried and the victims were robbed at gunpoint of a small amount of cash.

Afterward, the victims -- who knew a partial name for one of the men -- made phone calls and used social media to identify the thieves, who were quickly taken into custody at their Tyler Street home by Buffalo police.