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>Three intruders assault woman, 81, ransack home

An 81-year-old woman was assaulted by three intruders who invaded her home at Monroe and Brown streets late Tuesday afternoon.

Officers of the Major Crimes Unit said a man came to the woman's door at about 3 p.m. and said he was a victim of a carjacking and assault and needed help. He entered the house, with another man and a woman following, police said.

Police said the three stayed for about two hours. They ransacked the house, taking many of the woman's personal belongings, including food from the refrigerator. After the woman called police, she was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment, police said.

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>Tanker truck driver cited for tarlike leak

LIMESTONE -- A Limestone truck driver was cited by deputies for allowing a sticky tar substance to leak from his tanker Tuesday, damaging several vehicles on Route 219.

The heated paraffin-based tar leaked onto the road early in the morning from the state line in Limestone to Ellicottville, where the truck was stopped at 5:50 a.m. by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department.

The tanker, owned by Crossett Inc. of Warren, Pa., was operated by Leyo Griffin, 63, who was heading from Bradford, Pa., to Buffalo, according to deputies. They cited him for failure to secure the cover of the tanker and for a log-book violation.

Several vehicles were forced to stop after driving through the tarlike substance, which stuck to the tires and accumulated under the fenders. The substance is not toxic, deputies said, and small spots can be cleaned with mineral spirits. State environmental authorities were notified, and the cleanup of the roadway was completed.

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>Pickup truck hits tree, injuring driver, 61

PERRYSBURG -- A 61-year-old North Collins man was injured Monday when snow on the roadway caused his pickup truck to veer off and strike a tree, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department said.

Dale S. Young, of Shirley Road, suffered a cut on the left side of his head. He was treated in Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Gowanda, and released.

Deputies said Young was northbound on West Perrysburg Road at about 11:30 a.m. when he struck a driveway culvert, spun out of control and hit a tree.

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