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POLICE SAY CAR IN CHANNEL WAS FLEEING ACCIDENT SCENE

A Buffalo man drove his car into Black Rock Channel early today after fleeing an accident scene, authorities said.

John Bouton, 35, of Putnam Street was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident at 2 a.m.

"While attempting to get on Route 198, he lost control and went airborne over the guardrail and ended up the creek," Lt. Larry J. Baehre said.

Bouton was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was admitted later this morning. His condition was unavailable. Northwest District Officers Derrick Ferrell and David Rambino arrested Bouton.

They said Bouton was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Niagara and Amherst streets.

Boy, 13, is charged
with assaulting girl on bus

A 13-year-old Doat Street boy has been charged with misdemeanor assault in the attack of a girl on a school bus.

Northeast District officers Tuesday announced the arrest of the boy in the incident on bus No. 944, which was taking children home from School 38 Friday afternoon. Police responded to a complaint from the mother of the girl.

Burglars go for cupboards,
but the police intervene

Two burglars were caught trying to remove the kitchen cupboards from a house on Clare Street on Tuesday, police said.

Alerted by a neighbor on James Street, Officers Pamela Gorski and Jerry Stover of the Ferry-Fillmore District drove to the house and found the front door pried open.

The officers said they arrested George W. Dingeldey, 38, of Metcalfe Street and John Gach, 45, of Tennessee Street. They said Dingeldey initially gave a false first name. Both were charged with felony burglary, petit larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.

Several suspects arrested
in unrelated car thefts

Buffalo police reported the arrest of several suspects Tuesday in unrelated car thefts around the city. All the vehicles were recovered.

South District Officers Charmaine Grabowski and Patrina Montgomery arrested Billy J. Hallman, 21, of Zittel Street and recovered a damaged 1989 Oldsmobile Delta. Officers said Hallman drove the car around the park at Navajo and Seminole parkways and sideswiped a retaining wall. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools, felony possession of stolen property and felony criminal mischief.

A Lackawanna man was charged with taking a red GMC Jimmy 4x4 vehicle. Ali A. Dhazai, 28, of Eagan Drive is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony possession of a vehicle identification plate, with additional charges pending.

Officers Kevin Kennedy and Thomas McCarthy of the Broadway Annex said they found Dhazai with the vehicle at Sycamore Street near Woltz Avenue. The 1991 two-door vehicle was missing both license plates, and its vehicle identification number had been removed.

Officers Douglas Kopp and Christopher Kochersberger, from the same district, arrested David J. Miller, 35, of Wheelock Street and recovered a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina van on Sweet Street. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The van had been taken from Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew. Charged with possession of stolen property -- the van keys -- was Anthony L. Gray, 26, for whom no address was available.

Kevin Dogan, 16, of Reed Street was arrested, and a 1988 Mercury Topaz was recovered on Schmarbeck Avenue. Broadway Annex Officers James Reese and Christopher Kessler said they had stopped Dogan for ignoring a stop sign at Memorial Drive and Broadway. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, auto stripping, possession of burglary tools, failing to obey a stop sign and driving without a license.

Former carpenter awarded
$340,000 in work accident

A State Supreme Court jury Tuesday ordered insurance carriers for a Utica contractor to pay $340,000 to a Buffalo carpenter who was injured four years ago when a 9-pound cinder block fell onto his hard helmet at a Rochester-area supermarket job.

Gerald W. Schaffer Jr., attorney for Donald Buckley, now 31 and employed locally as a construction supervisor, said carriers for F.G. Rayburn Contractors have agreed to pay his client the jury award within several weeks.

Buckley was walking under scaffolding when Rayburn workers lost control of a cinder block, which fell about 20 feet onto his head and knocked him to the ground during construction of a Wegmans supermarket in Pittsford.

Man accused of sexual abuse
of 16-year-old girl

LYNDONVILLE -- A Ward Road man was charged Monday night with sexually abusing a 16-year-old Orleans County girl, state police in Batavia said.

After an investigation by Investigator Michael J. Curran, John P. Sample, 41, was charged Monday with several counts of rape, second-degree sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Sample, a laborer at a Medina manufacturing facility, was arraigned in Carlton Town Court and is being held in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond, Curran said.

Officer is trapped in car
in crash during call response

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A police officer was injured and his cruiser was damaged beyond repair Tuesday in a collision with another car on Welland Avenue.

Constable Glen Futers of the Niagara Regional Police was responding to a call, his flashing lights and siren operating, when his cruiser collided with another westbound car at the intersection of Beecher Street.

The police cruiser then struck a tree.

Futers was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital with arm, leg and back injuries and a cut chin.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

After gunshots strike car,
two people are arrested

LEWISTON -- Two people were arrested early Tuesday after several gunshots struck a car backing out of a Mount Hope Road driveway.

Evelyn Printup, 37, of Mount Hope Road and Crandall T. Johnson Jr., 35, of Upper Mountain Road were charged with first-degree reckless endangerment.

Niagara County sheriff's investigators said Johnson told them Printup came at him with a rifle as he dropped off a propane tank at her home. Investigators said Johnson told them he got into his car, then she started shooting.

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