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HEIGHTENED SECURITY ALERT BACKS UP TRAFFIC IN CANADA

The heightened terror alert led to massive backups Wednesday of commercial truck traffic on Canadian highways leading to U.S. border crossings in Fort Erie and Queenston, Ont., Ontario Provincial Police said.

Police said commercial truck traffic was routed off Queen Elizabeth Way and into designated marshaling yards Wednesday afternoon after traffic headed toward the Peace Bridge backed up about five miles, beyond the Gilmore Road exit.

Police also said truck traffic on Highway 405 in Queenston was stacked up beyond Stanley Avenue, more than three miles west of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Earlier this year, Ontario government mapped plans to direct truck traffic off highways to prevent cars from crashing into the rear of trucks on the roadways.

Computer program will help
police find missing children

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department is installing a computer program which will help find missing children by sending information to other police agencies and printing posters.

The Lost Child Alert Technology Resource -- or LOCATER -- allows police to scan images and transmit information. It was developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The new program will be used in conjunction with an existing program tracking lost children now in use at the department.

The new program can also be used to produce posters for missing adults, wanted persons, stolen vehicles and crime alerts.

Three Napoli men charged
in $30,000 vandalism spree

GREAT VALLEY -- Three Napoli men were arrested on charges in vandalism spree that caused more than $30,000 in damage to vehicles from Salamanca to as far north as Erie County.

Charles Chamberlain, 23, Brandon Darcy, 20, and Victor Spinler, 18, were arrested about 1 p.m. Wednesday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies. Each was charged with five counts of criminal mischief.

On April 26, deputies investigated several complaints about smashed windows in vehicles. Deputies said they got a big lead when a car used in the spree showed up in a store surveillance tape.

The three were arraigned in Franklinville Town Court and were also to appear in Great Valley Town Court to answer to the charges.

Deputies charge Collins man
with driving while intoxicated

A 24-year-old Town of Collins man was arrested Tuesday night on felony drunken driving charges after deputies said they found a partially empty bottle of bourbon in the front of the vehicle he was driving, the Erie County Sheriff's Department reported.

In addition to driving while intoxicated, Ryan S. Stapleton, of Route 39, was charged with resisting arrest, violating restricted use of a license and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Investigating a report that an intoxicated man had driven off with an open bottle of whiskey, Deputies William Cooley, Thomas Dudek and Eric Kaderli stopped the vehicle at about 9:55 p.m. on West Main Street in Springville.

Police said Stapleton had a previous driving while intoxicated conviction.

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