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Crash in Sheldon yields arrest for felony DWI

SHELDON -- A Delevan man has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated after crashing his car in the Town of Sheldon Saturday.

Joshua P. Kite, 28, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, state police said.

About 10:25 p.m. Friday, Kite crashed his car into a culvert and stop sign at Perry and Bartz roads, police said. Kite was convicted of driving while intoxicated previously.

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Orchard Park man faces charges in chase, crash

A driver led Orchard Park police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of more than 100 mph before crashing into a pond early Saturday.

The driver was traveling more than 100 mph during the 10-minute chase.

The chase started at about 4 a.m., when Jeffrey M. Munro, 33, of Orchard Park fled from Officer Jason Schiedel on Old Transit Road during an attempted traffic stop, police said.

When Officer Patrick Fitzgerald deployed stop sticks in front of the vehicle, deflating the tires, Munro then drove off road through private property in East Aurora and crashed into a pond, police said.

Munro was charged with driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police vehicle, reckless endangerment and 20 vehicle and traffic violations, police said. East Aurora police are expected to lodge additional charges, officials said.

About an hour later, Lt. E. Joseph Wehrfritz responded to the report of a vehicle stopped in traffic on West Quaker Street.

Walter J. Wisniewski III, of North Tonawanda, was allegedly passed out behind the wheel. He also was charged with drunken driving, as well as operating outside of restrictions and unlawful stopping on a highway, police said.

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Tonawanda motorcyclist critically hurt in crash

A City of Tonawanda motorcyclist charged with driving while intoxicated was listed in critical condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center following an overnight accident in Amherst, police said.

David A. Massaro, 55, was found unresponsive, several feet from his motorcycle in the 1700 block of Tonawanda Creek Road, police said. Investigators believe Massaro hit something in the road and crashed.

Massaro was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

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Rounds Avenue woman tied to apartment attack

A Rounds Avenue woman facing assault and weapons charges is accused of stabbing a woman in the left arm with kitchen knives when they argued early Wednesday in her apartment.

Latosha Richardson, 39, was arrested by Officers Paul Fitzpatrick and Dawn Lopez about 15 minutes after the 2 a.m. confrontation and charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Officers reported finding one knife used in the incident in the kitchen sink and the other under a mattress in an upstairs bedroom. The victim was treated in Erie County Medical Center, police said.

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Fraud probes launched in pair of Falls cases

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police on Friday investigated two cases of fraud.

Police said they were contacted by a South Avenue woman whose personal information was used to run up about $1,200 in charges with her cable TV provider. The woman told police that when she went to get her cable service restored, she was told she owed money on three separate accounts -- none based in Niagara County.

Meanwhile, a Cudaback Avenue woman learned from her bank that a $1,985 check she had cashed was fake, and she would be responsible for reimbursing the money to the bank.

The woman recently received an email inviting her to participate in a "secret shopper" program, and was sent the check with instructions to spend the money, police said. The woman spent the money at a local Walmart before learning that the check was fraudulent.

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70 at concert charged with underage drinking

DARIEN -- Ten people were arrested and more than 80 were given summonses during the Drake concert Friday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

Charges included public lewdness, disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest.

Of the 84 tickets that were issued, 70 were for underage drinking.