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JAMESTOWN -- A Town of Ellicott police officer escaped serious injury after his patrol car was struck by an oncoming car Tuesday morning.

City police said the cruiser, driven by Officer Steven Cybart, was westbound on Allen Street at 7:39 a.m. when an oncoming car went out of control on an "S" curve near Buffalo Street.

The car, driven by Sandra Baker, 50, of Corry, Pa., crossed the center line and struck the patrol car on the driver's side, police said.

Cybart was treated in WCA Hospital and released. Baker, who escaped injury, was charged with using speed not reasonable and prudent, and failure to keep right.

One dead, four injured
in Chautauqua County crash

A 31-year-old Stockton man was killed Monday in a two-vehicle crash that sent four other Stockton residents to area hospitals, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department reported.

William C. Keech died in the emergency room of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk at 6:12 p.m. Monday, more than an hour after the accident on Barnes Road in the Town of Stockton, deputies said.

Keech was a passenger in a northbound vehicle driven by Melissa A. Rose, 25, that turned into the southbound lane while attempting to enter a driveway at 4:53 p.m., deputies said. The vehicle collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Justin L. Horton, 16.

Horton was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Tuesday. Rose also was taken to ECMC, where she was treated and released.

Two passengers in Horton's vehicle were treated at Brooks Memorial and released.

Charges are pending in the ongoing investigation, sheriff's deputies said.

Damage placed at $50,000
in blaze on Grant Street

A fire on the second floor of a three-story brick building on Grant Street early Tuesday caused $50,000 damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 5:35 a.m. on the 400 block of Grant. A cause has not been determined. One firefighter suffered minor injuries but was able to remain on duty.

No one reported injured
in 2 suspicious house fires

Buffalo fire officials were continuing to investigate two house fires early Tuesday that were described as suspicious, authorities said.

The first fire, at 12:30 a.m. on the first block of Ross Avenue, caused $15,000 damage in a 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame house. The fire started in a second-floor hallway, authorities said.

The second fire, at 1:53 a.m., caused $17,000 damage in a vacant 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame house on the first block of Colorado Avenue. No injuries were reported in either blaze.

Armed pair invades home,
binds, robs two victims

Two armed robbers forced their way into a Richmond Avenue apartment early Tuesday, bound the two occupants with electrical cord and duct tape, and ransacked the residence.

Central District Officers Joseph Gramaglia and Michael DeLong said the thieves damaged a water bed and slashed tenant Scott W. Murray in the left hand in the 1 a.m. incident on the first block of Richmond.

Murray and Dave Soucia told police the intruders also threatened them with a silver handgun. The robbers stole two telephones and several hundred dollars.

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