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N. Tonawanda teen dies after fiery crash

A North Tonawanda teenager died early Saturday when the car he was driving left a road in Amherst, struck a tree and another vehicle, and burst into flames.

Amherst Police identified the victim as Eugene Berg III, 19, and said he was driving eastbound on South Ellicott Creek Road shortly after 3 a.m. when his car crossed into the westbound lane and left the road.

The car struck a tree and a Hummer occupied by three people. The two vehicles caught on fire, as did the front of a residence at 570 S. Ellicott Creek Road, police said.

The people in the Hummer escaped the burning vehicle, but witnesses, residents and responding police officers were unable to put out the fire to rescue Berg.

Firefighters from the Ellicott Creek Fire Company extinguished the blaze, but police said Berg died at the scene.

The residence sustained minor fire damage, said police, who are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

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Man allegedly cut girlfriend's neck

A Buffalo man faces assault charges after he allegedly cut the neck of his girlfriend with a pocket knife, city police said.

Robert L. Rivers, 55, left a seven-inch cut in the neck of Leandra Coleman at the couple's Moselle Avenue residence, said police, who also said the woman refused medical treatment.

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5 motorists arrested at DWI checkpoint

A State Police crackdown on drunken driving resulted in the arrests of five area motorists Friday evening and Saturday morning.

All of the arrests were made at a checkpoint at the Depew exit of the New York State Thruway in Cheektowaga, between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.

Charged with driving while intoxicated were: Juan D. Torres, 33, of Buffalo; Thomas R. Lanham, 42, of Boston; Matthew Schelter, 22, of Buffalo; Richard Crandall, 21, of Lake View; and Ryan M. Syms, 22, of Orchard Park.

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Gun and drugs seized as two are arrested

Two Buffalo men face charges after struggling with police Saturday morning while they were being arrested following a 911 call regarding a man with a gun, according to reports.

Eric J. Gardner, 33, was inside a car on East Delavan Avenue, and Floyd M. Maynard, 34, was standing outside the car when police arrived. As officers reached inside the vehicle to stop Gardner from grabbing a handgun hidden in an air vent, Gardner put the car in reverse and tried to leave, police said.

Officers were able to restrain Gardner and forcibly remove him from the vehicle. They said they found him with a bag that contained cocaine and marijuana.

Police said they also found a plastic bag in plain view in a nearby vehicle that contained more than an ounce of cocaine that allegedly belonged to Maynard.

While at the E District station, Maynard tried to break the interview room window and door with his head, police said. He also refused to leave the patrol car when officers brought him to the Erie County Holding Center, reports said.

Gardner spit blood in the face of one officer, police said, and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.

Maynard was charged with obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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