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THREE TREATED AND RELEASED AFTER SALAMANCA CAR CRASH

SALAMANCA -- Three people suffered minor injuries as a vehicle overturned on Broad Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday just as schools were being dismissed.

Salamanca police said the accident on Broad Street occurred near Iroquois Drive, which leads to Salamanca Central High School.

Jean Haines, 71, of Jefferson Street, was headed east in a van on Broad Street when a vehicle driven by Amber Gray, 16, of Great Valley, pulled into her path from Iroquois Drive and on impact overturned, authorities said.

Gray and her two passengers -- Kristen LaCroix, 16, of Salamanca, and Lacey Prey, 16, of Kill Buck -- are students at the school.

Haines, Amber and Lacey were treated at Olean General Hospital and released.

Man faces menacing charge after grocery store incident

DUNKIRK -- Police arrested Richie Mercado, 36, of Maple Avenue, at noon Tuesday and charged him with menacing in an incident at the Quality Market on Fourth and Main streets.

Police said a guard for Armored Motor Service told him a man fitting Mercado's description had asked for money that was being transferred into the store.

Police arrested Mercado in the 100 block of Maple Avenue. He was arraigned before City Court Judge Walter Drag and sent to Chautauqua County Jail with bail set at $600 cash or $1,200 property bond.

12-year-old is charged with setting Dunkirk fire

DUNKIRK -- A 12-year-old has been charged with setting a fire at 35 E. Sixth St. on Monday afternoon and will be petitioned to Family Court, police said.

Lt. David Ortolano and Officer Kenneth Sikorski said the fire was set at the rear of the house, beneath a milk delivery box. The Dunkirk Fire Department extinguished the blaze, which caused minimal damage.

Police ticket offenders in safety-belt sweep

FREDONIA -- Seven police agencies in Chautauqua County staffed 27 checkpoints during the "Buckle Up New York" sweep held Sept. 8 to 17.

Police issued 574 safety-belt tickets, 16 child-restraint tickets and 1,082 vehicle and traffic summonses. Another 314 safety-belt tickets were also issued by police patrols, announced Fredonia Police Chief Bradley Meyers.

Police agencies involved included the New York State Police; the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department; Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti police departments; and the State University Police at Fredonia.

Man wandering school halls arrested after injury to aide

A 19-year-old man spotted wandering the halls of Kensington High School on Tuesday morning was charged with trespassing after a teacher's aide was accidentally injured, police said.

"A school security officer was escorting the suspect to the office when he broke loose and ran from the guard and knocked down a 53-year-old female aide," said Lt. Larry J. Baehre, Police Department spokesman.

Fred Wagstaff, the security officer, apprehended Bashar N. Brown of Roma Avenue and detained him until Police Officer Avery Nelson arrived and took Brown into custody.

The woman, whose name was unavailable, was taken to Sisters Hospital for treatment of facial injuries and a possible broken arm.

During a search at the Central Booking Bureau in Buffalo Police Headquarters, a small amount of marijuana was found on Brown, said Nelson, who also charged him with marijuana possession.

Man is killed when fire destroys camping trailer

FREWSBURG -- A local man living in a large camping trailer off Frew Run Road died early Tuesday morning when the trailer was destroyed by fire.

Chautauqua County Fire investigators late Tuesday identified the victim as Robert A. Davis, 58. Frewsburg Fire Chief Thomas Moore said his department was called to the scene near the intersection with Oak Hill Road just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. "This structure sat back off the road. It was fully involved when we arrived," Moore said, adding that once the fire was out the body was found just inside the doorway on the floor. The body was taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for an autopsy.

The Sheriff's Department reported that Davis apparently was using a kerosene heater to keep the camper warm.

The fire remains under investigation.

Two men face charges in theft of radiators

JAMESTOWN -- Two Jamestown men are charged with petty larceny after allegedly stealing a pair of radiators from Valeo Engine Cooling Co. early Tuesday morning.

According to Ellicott town police, James E. Murphy, 31, and Jeffrey R. McIntosh, 22, both of Grant Street, were arrested after an officer spotted their van next to a holding bin at the Allen Street Extension plant.

Police said both admitted to taking radiators one other time as well, and selling them to scrap yards for the aluminum. Murphy and McIntosh were issued appearance tickets for town court.

Hospital employee charged with fake prescription

Lancaster police arrested a Millard Fillmore Hospital employee Monday on charges of passing a forged prescription for painkillers.

Anna Frederick, 33, of Michael Anthony Lane, Lancaster, was arrested at 1 p.m. in the Eckerd Drug store at 4937 Transit Road after a pharmacist reported a woman probably would be coming to pick up a forged prescription for Lortab 750.

The pharmacist told police a woman came to the drive-through days before with a prescription that bore the signature of a doctor at Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates, 5305 Main St., Williamsville. Unable to verify it with the doctor at that time, the pharmacist administered a three-day supply and told the woman the remainder could be picked up on Monday. The pharmacist felt there was something wrong in the manner the prescription was written, so she checked with the doctor.

When she did, an employee there said she received a similar call from a Wegmans pharmacist for the same name about a month ago.

When Frederick arrived to pick up the prescription Monday, two police officers identified themselves and told her they wanted to speak about a prescription form. Police said Frederick told them she got the forms from under a counter at work in a nursing unit.

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