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Youth jailed, accused of stalking, sexual abuse

An Alden teenager was arrested Saturday on charges of sexually harassing a female classmate while at school, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

The 16-year-old boy is accused of following the girl around Alden High School and, on several occasions, grabbing her breasts, buttocks or groin region, deputies said. The victim reported being injured during one incident, when the boy grabbed her wrist and forced her to touch him, deputies said.

The female student filed a report, and deputies arrested the teenager Saturday morning, said Deputy Kenneth J. Stevens, one of the arresting deputies.

The 16-year-old was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree stalking, both felonies, Stevens said. He also was charged with two counts of third-degree assault involving another female student who tried to intervene when the boy grabbed the victim's wrist, Stevens said.

The boy's name was not released because of his age, deputies said. He was arraigned in the Village of Alden Court Saturday in front of Judge Robert Woods, who sent the teenager to the Erie County Holding Center on $25,000 bail.


Motorcyclist killed in minivan collision

One person died and four others were injured in two separate accidents on McKinley Parkway in Hamburg Saturday.

A motorcycle and minivan crashed at about 2 p.m. on McKinley Parkway, south of the Seven Corners intersection, Hamburg police said.

The operator of the motorcycle was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities didn't release his name Saturday night.

A passenger in the minivan was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a head injury, and later released.

At about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, a two-car accident occurred at McKinley Parkway and Bayview Road, police said. Drivers of both vehicles were taken to ECMC by ambulance, while a passenger was taken by Mercy Flight with head and arm injuries.

That accident remained under investigation late Saturday.


Two fishermen survive falling through the ice

A fisherman was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after falling through the ice in the Buffalo Small Boat Harbor, authorities said.

Buffalo police and fire departments, Rural/Metro Medical Services and the Coast Guard were called to the harbor at about 4 p.m. Saturday on a report of two people in the water.

One of the men apparently was fishing on the ice Saturday -- when temperatures warmed up into the 50s -- and fell through, Coast Guard officials said. The man was in the water for about 10 minutes, Coast Guard officials said. Another fisherman spotted him and tried to throw him a rope, but apparently fell in himself, according to reports.

The men were out of the water and wrapped in blankets by the time emergency crews arrived, so it was unclear exactly how they got out of the water, officials said.

One of the men was treated and released at the scene, while the other was taken to Erie County Medical Center to be treated for exposure to the cold, Rural Metro spokesman Steve Beauchamp said.


Officer, 2 others hurt in North Collins crash

An accident involving a North Collins police officer injured three people, including the officer.

The collision occurred 9:42 p.m. Friday in the Town of North Collins.

Officer Joseph LaRosa was traveling west on School Street when he collided with a vehicle driven by Donald E. Wilke Jr., 41, of Eden, who was northbound on Jennings Road.

Wilke's passenger, Karen E. Ford, 36, of Angola was treated for a possible concussion and was being evaluated Saturday in Lake Shore Hospital.

LaRosa was treated and released with a sore shoulder, police said.

Wilke was treated and released with cuts to the face, and was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Driving conditions at the time were hazardous due to a thick fog, officers said.


Suspect in bar break-in tried to get drinks

A Rochester man was charged with burglary early Saturday at the Steer Bar and Grill on Main Street.

Peter Sweeney, 20, of Peck Street, Rochester, entered the bar about 5:15 a.m. Saturday through a rear door and attempted to pour himself drinks, according to Buffalo police.

Sweeney also was charged with petit larceny.


Man with gun steals car on York Street

A 26-year-old Buffalo man had his SUV stolen at gunpoint early Saturday on the West Side.

A man with a gun confronted the victim just before 1 a.m. as he got out of his vehicle on York Street, according to Buffalo police reports. Witnesses reported seeing the gunman pick up the keys and drive off in the 2003 Buick Rendezvous.

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