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TRACTOR-TRAILER GOES OFF ROAD, HITS CULVERT, KILLING DRIVER

BYRON -- A tractor-trailer accident killed a 26-year-old Ontario man early this morning, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

Gordon W. Varcoe, of Braidwood Lake Road in Brampton, was eastbound on Route 262, near Transit Road, at about 5:35 a.m. when the tractor-trailer went off the road's south shoulder into a ditch, sheriff's officials said.

The tractor-trailer then came back onto the road, went off the north shoulder, struck a culvert and rolled over onto its passenger side, sheriff's deputies said. Varcoe was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the accident still is under investigation.

2 Woodlawn men charged
in Lakeshore Road arson

Town of Hamburg police arrested two Woodlawn men on arson charges early today following a fire that started in a storage shed behind the former Dickie's Donuts shop at 3333 Lakeshore Road.

Flames spread to a car dealer's lot, where two vehicles were destroyed, but the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company kept the fire from the former doughnut shop.

Detective Glenn Zawierucha and Officer Pete Dienes charged Michael Bannister, 21, and Nicholas Breidenstein, 20, with arson, following the fire, which was reported at 5:43 a.m., according to Lt. Steve Mikac.

Police had to close some lanes on Lakeshore Road, but they reopened in time for the bulk of the morning rush hour.

Officer hurt as car hits
cruiser; driver charged

A Buffalo police officer was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center Monday night after his patrol car was rammed by a driver who was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Officer Isaac Johnson was en route to pick up his partner to respond to a shots-fired call when the passenger side of the patrol car was struck by a southbound vehicle at Genesee and Moselle streets, according to police reports. Johnson was driving west on Genesee when the accident occurred, shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Officers charged David C. Mobley, 24, of Donovan Drive, with DWI, driving with a revoked license and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Johnson had his overhead lights activated while responding to the call, police said.

Mobley also was treated and released from ECMC.

Newspaper carrier robbed
at gunpoint; two arrested

A newspaper carrier was pushed to the ground and robbed at gunpoint late Monday afternoon in Buffalo, according to Ferry-Fillmore District officers.

The mother of the 13-year-old victim reported that the robbery occurred just before 6 p.m. at Doat Street and Briscoe Avenue. The carrier was pushed to the ground and placed in a choke hold, then a gun was put to his head and his pockets were rifled, reports state.

The robbers also took a newspaper, officers were told.

Two suspects were arrested on Keystone Street, where a gun also was recovered. Charged with robbery and criminal use of a firearm were Jeffrey White, 16, of Keystone Street, and Dajon R. Norman, 15, of St. Mary's Road.

Two cats are missing
after LaSalle Ave. break-in

Buffalo police are investigating a home break-in involving a possible cat thief -- not a cat burglar.

It wasn't a roof or upper-level entry but a simple kicked-in rear door Monday at a Lasalle Avenue home, where someone ransacked the house.

Missing are two cats, described only as one orange and one brown.

Motorcyclist, 36, killed
in Niagara Falls, Ont., crash

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 36-year-old man died Monday morning in a motorcycle accident, Niagara Regional Police said.

The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was traveling north on Aintree Drive at 10:55 a.m. when he lost control of the cycle and fell to the ground, police said. He was pronounced dead in Greater Niagara General Hospital.

Police said speed apparently was not a factor in the accident, which caused only minor damage to the victim's motorcycle.

Gun, drugs found in car
after stop-sign violation

A vehicle's alleged failure to stop at a stop sign on the Lower West Side Monday led Central District police to arrest five people and confiscate a .22-caliber automatic pistol.

Police also recovered some crack cocaine and a bag of marijuana during the traffic stop at Prospect Avenue and Hudson Street shortly after midnight, they said.

Officers Kevin Biggs and Patrick O'Rourke charged all five occupants with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. They were identified as Nichelle Womack, 32, of East Eagle Street and Sandra John, 18, Jevon Gary, 27, Victor Ramos, 22, and Edwin Escobar, 22, whose addresses were unavailable.

Police also filed drug and vehicle and traffic violation charges against some of the suspects.

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