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MURRAY – A two-car crash Saturday afternoon sent one car careening into a garage along Route 104 in the Town of Murray.Ashlee Rae Putnam, 20, of Brockport, was driving west on Route 104 at about 4 p.m. when her Crysler sedan drifted into the east lane and collided with a Buick sedan driven Joanne T. Meyers, 75, of Holley, according to an Orleans County sheriff’s report.T…

CARLTON – An Albion man’s ear was partially severed Saturday afternoon during an offroad “mud bogging” competition in the Town of Carlton.Joel Barczak-Garcia, 23, rear-seat passenger in a 1995 Jeep that was part of the Lake Alice Mud Bogging Event on Waterport Road, struck his head on a metal protrusion inside the Jeep, resulting in his ear being partially torn off.The mot…

NIAGARA FALLS– A 50-year-old man was jumped by three men and robbed late Friday as he walked through the parking lot of the Jefferson Apartments on Rainbow Boulevard, police said.The victim was attacked shortly before midnight when the three emerged from behind a dumpster and punched and kicked him before taking his cellphone, cigarettes, lighter, casino identification ba…

NIAGARA FALLS – Several people playing cards inside an Elm Court residence were sent diving to the floor early Saturday when a gunshot ripped through the wall, police said.The bullet entered the residence near a kitchen window about 12:30 a.m., police said. Investigators found a spent shell casing on the ground outside the home, but no one saw a gunman or shot coming fr…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Beach Ridge Road man was charge with driving while intoxicated early Friday after Niagara County sheriff’s deputies noticed his vehicle was heavily damaged and missing a rear tire while on the Lockport Bypass.Thomas J. Deville Jr., 30, was pulled over at 1 a.m. and also charged with no headlights and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident. …

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Four convenience store clerks were arrested overnight Thursday as part of an underage drinking operation conducted jointly by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, state police and the state Liquor Authority.Underage operatives were used to attempt to purchase alcohol at convenience stores throughout the county, with 20 locations checked in total. Succes…

Smokers who enjoy a cigarette in the great outdoors can hack a sigh of relief.A state judge in Albany on Friday ordered state parks officials to stop enforcing their recent ban on outdoor smoking in state parks, agreeing with a smokers’ rights group that the state exceeded its authority in imposing the ban.State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia Jr. ruled that the regul…

SHERMAN – Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies said a motorist distracted while using a cellphone crashed into a utility pole on West Main Street in the village shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.Tara D. VanVolkenburg, 21, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in her 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving west, deputies said, VanVol…

CHARLOTTE – A Forestville man was injured when his SUV crashed about 11:50 a.m. Saturday on Route 60, Chautauqua County sheriffd’s deputies said.Joshua L. Schulze, 18, of Bennett Road, was northbound when his vehicle veered off the road, struck a telephone pole, overturned, then hit a tree, deputies said. The driver was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, for treat…

Firefighters battled three house fires Saturday morning on the East Side.A fire at 37 Miller Ave. caused an estimated $30,000 damage. A fire that broke out at 59 Cortland Ave. resulted in $50,000 damage there and $50,000 to the house next-door at 57 Cortland. The causes remain under investigation.

A 40-year-old Brooklyn man described as a violent felon was arrested by the Erie County sheriff’s narcotics detectives Friday night allegedly bringing about 33 pounds of marijuana into Amherst. Mihn Chi Huynh, a native of Vietnam who reportedly has been in the United State for about 20 years on a temporary” visa, was stopped by detectives at about 7 p.m. He allegedly threw…

With the front door barricaded, Joe Hollywood’s girlfriend pleaded with a police dispatcher to send help to her Fries Road home. Then she noticed the fire.“Oh my God, he’s got the house on fire,” the woman screamed in a 911 call recording.“Where, ma’am?” asked the dispatcher.“He’s burning the house up,” she yelled. “I don’t know. He’s burning the house up.”Town of Tonawand…

LOCKPORT – Four employees at Niagara County convenience stores were arrested Friday for allegedly selling alcoholic beverages to underage persons. Sheriff James R. Voutour said the four were the only ones charged after an undercover investigation using underage operatives at 20 convenience that was conducted along with the State Liquor Authority.Charged with unlawfully dea…

Police are looking for a man who used a long-barreled revolver to pull off a $500 robbery shortly after 2 a.m. Friday at Jim’s Steakout at 938 Elmwood Ave.A restaurant employee described the robber as a white man in his mid-20s to early-30s, wearing glasses and a black ski mask and gray hoodie. The bandit demanded the money after threatening several patrons with his revolv…

A 43-year-old Town of Tonawanda man has been arrested in connection with a robbery just before 4 p.m. Thursday at the M&T Bank branch at 1205 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.Todd Evchich was arrested by Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Dave Coffey on Treadwell Avenue shortly after the incident.Evchich is being held on first-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny charge…