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>DWI, speeding and use of cell phone charged

LOCKPORT -- An Orchard Park man probably didn't give sufficient thought to his answer after a sheriff's deputy tapped on his car window early Saturday, asking why the man hadn't pulled over for him.

The driver reportedly told the deputy that he hadn't seen the flashing lights because he was too busy talking on his cell phone, police said.
Jeffrey A. Delio, 43, who was arrested after stopping for a red light on South Transit Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone.

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>Amherst man escapes fire caused by space heater

An Amherst man escaped injury Sunday morning in a fire caused by an overheated wall unit space heater, authorities said.

Amherst Fire Control said the man, a homeowner at 105 Campus Drive North, was awakened just after 3 a.m. by his smoke detector and found flames in the wall near the space heater. The man left the house safely.

The Snyder Fire Department, assisted by Getzville Fire Company, reported seeing flames bursting through the roof and brought the fire under control about 30 minutes later.

Fire officials said the fire ignited in the wall unit space heater in a laundry room and spread upwards through the wall and into the attic.

Damage was estimated by officials at $25,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.

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>Drug suspect captured after fleeing from police

A 26-year-old drug suspect fled in handcuffs from police officers Sunday but was captured after running through several yards on Fillmore Avenue.

While looking for a car involved in a shooting, Ferry-Fillmore District officers stopped a vehicle at Fillmore and Winslow Avenue at 3:35 a.m. Officers Brendan Kiefer and James Kaska said they arrested the driver on possession of a bag containing large rocks of crack cocaine.

Daryl Cates of Urban Street was charged with felony drug possession, escaping and obstructing governmental administration.

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>Driving too slowly leads to DWI charge

WHEATFIELD -- A Niagara County sheriff's deputy was among many motorists impeded by the slow-moving vehicle of a Plaza Drive resident at about 3 a.m. Sunday, deputies said.
Deputies said Elmer L. Lemus, 35, was driving 10 mph along a stretch of Williams Road that has a speed limit of 45 mph. Lemus, deputies said, continued the pace after turning onto Cayuga Drive and onto Plaza Drive.

Lemus, who measured a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving too slowly/impeding traffic.

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>Fire victim is listed in critical condition

A resident of 14 Northumberland Ave. was listed in critical condition Sunday after fire struck his home over the weekend.

Harold Hunter was taken to Erie County Medical Center shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters said the second-floor fire is under investigation. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to the house and $5,000 to its contents.

A fire at 211 Parkdale Ave. at 8 p.m. Sunday was confined to the attic. Damage was also $20,000 to the house and $5,000 to the contents.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross found housing for four adults and five children after a fire started in the kitchen of their home at 487 Hinman Ave. on Saturday. Firefighters said the family was awakened by a daughter and escaped without injury. Damage was $20,000 to the house and $10,000 to its contents.

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>Arena fight defendant released on $15,000 bond

After a night in jail, Shane Buczek was released from custody Friday afternoon after his parents purchased a $15,000 bail bond.

Buczek, 35, was jailed Thursday by City Judge Sharon M. LoVallo after prosecutors told her he had given a fake Florida address at his trial on charges of harassing a security guard at a Buffalo Sabres game last Dec. 26.

Buczek and his father, Daniel Buczek, 56, of Derby, were found guilty Thursday of criminal impersonation and harassment for fighting with arena security officer Edward M. Cotter and falsely claiming that the younger Buczek was a federal agent. The incident escalated after the Buczeks tried to use Liberty coins to buy beer and were denied by workers at a concession stand.

After LoVallo refused to lower the $15,000 bail, the bond was posted by his parents. James Ostrowski, trial attorney for both Buczeks, said the younger man, who has been living in Florida, is planning to live with his parents until both men are sentenced March 20.

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>Electronics valued at $2,600 stolen

NIAGARA FALLS -- An estimated $2,600 worth of electronics were stolen during a burglary Saturday at a Centre Court apartment, police said.
The burglar entered the home through a window between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m., police said, and made off with a flat-screen TV, video game system and a dozen game cartridges.

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