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PORTER -- A Ransomville woman was killed early Saturday when her pickup truck flipped over on Braley Road and crashed into a utility pole that snapped in two, Niagara County Coroner Steven A. Gerhardt said.

Jennifer Rhue, 26, of Langdon Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy done in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center showed she died from internal bleeding of the head and abdomen, Gerhardt said.

The crash occurred at 5:57 a.m., when Rhue apparently lost control of her westbound truck on a curve, said Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Cipollitti.

Site to open for brush, debris disposal

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Corporation Yard, 1785 New Road, will reopen Monday for residents to dispose of brush and household debris, Public Works and Parks Director Paul G. Colangelo announced Friday.

No construction or remodeling waste will be allowed, nor will organic material be accepted. However, free permits to dispose of such material at Modern Landfill in Lewiston will be available.

Hours at the Corporation Yard are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Woman accused of burglarizing home

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls woman accused of burglarizing a Bacon Street home has been arrested on a second-degree burglary charge, Detective Edward J. Hackett said Saturday.

Angela M. Berardi, 28, is accused of the Sept. 15 break-in and of stealing $3,700 in jewelry, a portable stereo and some change, Hackett said.

Burglars hit Falls School Board offices

NIAGARA FALLS More than $1,500 in educational equipment and a $100 space heater were stolen late last week during a burglary of Niagara Falls Board of Education offices at 606 Sixth St., Officer John Petrishin said Saturday.

School district officials said the items, including a $475 test kit and a $458 tape recorder for blind students, were removed from a second-floor office that was locked. There was no sign of forced entry, Petrishin said.

Man killed when SUV slams into tree

A fiery crash at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday in Brant killed one man and sent another to the hospital with burns over 50 percent of his body.

Erie County sheriff's deputies said Jose Cruz, 43, of Seneca Road, Lawtons, was driving a sport utility vehicle east on Route 438 and lost control while passing a pickup truck at a high speed. Deputies said the vehicle slid across a lawn and burst into flames after striking a tree. A passenger, Thomas Silverheels, 45, of Gowanda, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cruz was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition Saturday night. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without a license and speeding, according to the sheriff's report.

Firemen 'pass boot' for terror victims

Firefighters from all 10 Amherst fire stations were posted at major intersections Saturday, "passing the boot" to collect money to benefit the victims of the recent terrorist attacks.

The Day of Caring fund-raiser was organized in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. All fire stations in the town will accept further donations. Checks may be made payable to the Amherst Firefighters UFA Fund.

More than 300 firefighters are still missing in the collapsed twin towers. Donations will benefit the New York City Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows and Children's Fund.

Woman's impersonation trial postponed

The nonjury trial that was set to start Thursday for a Wheatfield woman accused of pretending to be the wife of Supervisor Timothy E. Demler in an attempt to get copies of his medical and credit records has been postponed.

A Cheektowaga Town Court spokesman said attorneys for Patricia Ann Meisenberg, 53, of Shawnee Road, requested the adjournment because of illness. No other details were available.

A new court date has not been set but is expected to be scheduled next week, she said. Meisenberg turned herself in July 26 on a warrant that charged her with the misdemeanor count of criminal impersonation in connection with a May 17 incident at Creditors Interchange at AppleTree Business Park in Cheektowaga.

Cheektowaga Detective Ray Nowicki said Meisenberg, a political gadfly who frequently challenges Demler at Town Board meetings, went to the credit agency to obtain a copy of the credit report, which contained medical-related information by claiming she was Demler's wife. Court officials said Meisenberg was released in July on her own recognizance after she pleaded innocent.

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