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MAN, 42, IS SHORT-TIMER ON CHAUTAUQUA WANTED LIST

MAYVILLE -- A Lakewood man added to the Chautauqua County Wanted List Monday didn't spend much time on it.

Sheriff's officers report that Steven J. Thayer, 45, last known of Chautauqua Avenue, was arrested by Lakewood-Busti police Monday morning. He was arraigned and released pending a court appearance on a Family Court support warrant, police said.

A Dunkirk man, also wanted on a Family Court support warrant, turned himself in Monday morning. Officers said Norman I. Geddis, 31, last known of Townsend Road, appeared in Family Court, and the warrant was withdrawn.

Car driver hospitalized
after hitting school van

A 36-year-old Buffalo man was hospitalized Monday after police said his car ran a red light and collided with a Laidlaw Transit school van filled with pupils at Bailey and Minnesota avenues.

Paul E. Berry III of Paige Avenue reportedly was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after the crash at 8 a.m. He also was ticketed for a red-light violation, Police Officer John Sanak said.

Berry told police he was driving south on Bailey Avenue and failed to see the red light in time. He slammed on the brakes but failed to avoid the school van.

The driver of the van, Priscilla A. Wright, another adult on the bus and six elementary-age pupils all avoided serious injury, police said. None had to be hospitalized.

House fire on Winslow
causes $65,000 damage

The Red Cross was called to assist five adults after a fire that left $65,000 damage to a 2 1/2 -story house at 205 Winslow Ave. Monday.

Firefighters responded to a 6:22 a.m. alarm. The cause remains under investigation.

Burglaries at school,
two businesses probed

South District police are investigating three nonresidential burglaries discovered Monday, one in a school, one in a tire service store and another in an auto parts store.

Officials with South Buffalo Charter School, 2219 South Park Ave., said someone entered the school over the weekend and took an IBM "Thinkpad" computer worth about $2,000. Entry may have been made through a basement window.

Burglars who put a blanket over the top of a barbed-wire fence took some tools and damaged the locks of storage holders from four vehicles at a tire service store at 772 Elk St., police said.

South District police also reported the theft of two oxygen tanks used for welding worth about $2,000. They were taken from Bob and Don's Auto Parts at 49 Hopkins St., police said.

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