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>Sheriff's deputies arrest eight on DWI charges

The Erie County Sheriff's Department reported eight arrests on charges of driving while intoxicated Friday and Saturday. They included:

* Deborah I. Sedita, 43, of Tonawanda Creek Road, Lockport, at 1:55 p.m. Friday on Goodrich Road, Clarence.

* Frederick J. Shaw, 54, of Short Road, West Falls, at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Route 240, Town of Aurora. He also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child in his vehicle.

* Donald F. Wilke, 42, of Sandrock Road, Eden, at 10:15 p.m. Friday at School Street and Jennings Road, North Collins, after his vehicle collided with a Village of North Collins police car.

* Janet L. Pruett, 51, of Church Street, Springville, at 11:40 p.m. Friday on Waverly Street in Springville.

* Jerome D. Dudziak, 28, of Creekside Drive, Alden, at 1:50 a.m. Saturday on Route 20A, Town of Wales. He also was charged with speeding.

* Chad A. Atkinson, 26, of Losson Road, Depew, at 4:30 a.m. Saturday after his vehicle hit a deer on Route 400, Elma.

* William A. Walters, 36, of Windcrest Drive, Cheektowaga, at 5 a.m. Saturday after he drove his car into a ditch on Abbott Road, Concord.

* Jerry N. Gates, 21, of Orchard Meadow, Irving, at 10 a.m. Saturday on Old Lake Shore Road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. He also was charged with disorderly conduct.


>North Tonawanda woman missing after nightly walk

NORTH TONAWANDA -- North Tonawanda police are looking for a woman who never returned home Friday from her nightly walk.

Therese M. Kilmer, 46, of Nash Road, was last seen near the McDonald's restaurant on Meadow Drive. Officer Mike DeMart said her husband reported her missing at 9:17 p.m. Friday, and police are "concerned for her safety." Police say Kilmer may be in Buffalo's University District area, where witnesses reported seeing her over the weekend.

Kilmer, who also may use her maiden name, Therese Donahue, is described as 5-foot-2, about 120 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair with strawberry-blond streaks. She was wearing a light blue down-filled jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should call North Tonawanda police at 692-4111.


>Siren, light help kayaker who got lost in the fog

POINT ABINO, Ont. -- A kayaker from Fort Erie got lost in the fog Sunday afternoon but found his way to shore thanks to a fire siren and lights.

"I was paying more attention to the fishing, and then with all the fog I just got lost," said Christopher Larocque, 29. "I could tell that the water was getting deeper and the wind was picking up, and the waves started."

Larocque, whose two companions paddled back with no trouble, said he was lost for 45 minutes to an hour.

"We went down and put on a siren and lights, and he successfully made his way back to shore," said Sgt. William Schoenhals of the Niagara Regional Police.

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