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Teen charged with operating hurricane donations scam

MEDINA -- A teenager who said he was collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina was pocketing the money for himself, Medina police said.

Robert Vary, 17, of Medina, is charged with criminal impersonation, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Vary, a high school dropout, targeted wealthy communities and told residents he was with a track team collecting money for hurricane victims, police said Monday.

Authorities said neighbors became suspicious when they realized Vary was collecting money when he should have been in school.

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Driver in serious condition after crash in Clarence

An Akron woman was listed in serious condition Tuesday in the intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center following a car crash shortly after midnight in Clarence, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Ramona Fromwiller, 45, who was wearing her seat belt, had to be freed from her car before being flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC. She suffered head and internal injuries.

Deputies said Fromwiller was heading north on Salt Road when she lost control of the car, which went into a drainage ditch, flipped end over end, struck a parked car and then sheared off a tree before ending up in a field.

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