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Ultralight plane lands on lake, causing a stir

Landing on Green Lake may or may not be a crime, but the ultralight seaplane sure surprised a few people Sunday in the Village of Orchard Park.

Orchard Park Police Lt. Bruce Dearborn said the plane landed on the small lake off North Lake Road -- not far from the center of the village -- shortly before noon.

"From what witnesses told us, the plane landed on the water, taxied around for a few minutes and took off again," Dearborn said. "It was one of those small, ultralight planes built for one person."

Authorities said they were checking further.


Driver killed in crash while overtaking sister

GAINES -- A young Albion woman was fatally injured early Saturday when her car crashed into a tree on Brown Road, a mile south of Route 104, Orleans County sheriff's deputies said.

Jennifer L. Quackenbush, 18, was pronounced dead in Medina Memorial Hospital.

Deputies said the victim lost control of her northbound car just moments after passing a car driven by her sister, Morgan, 17, at about 1:10 a.m. Police say both sisters were heading home at the time.

Deputies said they believe excessive speed contributed to the crash.


$34,000 in goods, cash taken in home burglary

RANSOMVILLE -- Nearly $34,000 worth of goods and cash was stolen Saturday in a burglary of an in-home business, police said.

A deadbolt was left unlocked overnight, allowing someone to enter a shop located inside the garage of a New Road home. The burglary was discovered at 10:30 a.m.

According to sheriff's deputies, two desktop computers, along with a laptop, were stolen from the business. Also stolen were an estimated $12,000 worth of computer programs, and a safe containing various pieces of jewelry and $10,000 in cash.

Also missing were three Dale Earnhardt "rookie cards," including a "gem, mint" autographed card valued at $2,500.


Unlocked door allows burglar access to home

PENDLETON -- A burglar took advantage of an unlocked door to break into a Dunnigan Road home Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

The elderly homeowner told police that a door was left unlocked overnight, and that someone entered and rifled through a pair of bedroom dressers. A checkbook and $50 in cash was reported missing.

The homeowner reported that his daughter's bedroom was also entered, and that a jewelry box containing costume jewelry was stolen.


Cleanup of fuel spill diverts traffic

LOCKPORT -- Northbound traffic on portions of South Transit Road was diverted Saturday evening while crews cleaned up a large spill of diesel fuel from the roadway.

An anonymous caller reported the spill just after 6 p.m., and sheriff's deputies found the spill in the 6000 block of South Transit. The source of the spill was not known.

Crews from the South Lockport Fire Company were called to clean up the mess. No injuries were reported.


Traffic stop ends in multiple charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- A routine traffic stop became a drug bust about 11 p.m. Friday when a police dog sniffed out marijuana concealed in the cab of a pickup truck, police said.

Nicholas A. Mallory, 21, of Cleveland Avenue was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, unlicensed operation, and having no registration or insurance.

Officers stopped the pickup in the 1000 block of South Avenue. More than four ounces of marijuana were concealed in a boot, inside a pair of jeans, police said.


Running of stop sign brings 3 drug arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- Felony and misdemeanor drug charges were lodged against three people Saturday night after their car was stopped for running a stop sign, police said.

The car was pulled over at 22nd Street and Forest Avenue just after 9 p.m. Police, receiving consent to search the vehicle and a woman's purse, ended up confiscating quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and hydrocodone tablets, along with a pair of crack pipes.

Arrested were the driver, 40-year-old Alice N. Butler of 38th Street; Michael R. Rolle, 44, of Eighth Street; and Wilford T. Boans, 48, of Seventh Street.

Each faces various drug charges, and Butler was also charged with unlicensed operation and passing a stop sign.


Woman robbed of $25 in store parking lot

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said a woman reported being robbed in a convenience store parking lot at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

The woman told police she was in the parking lot of a convenience store at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue when a woman approached, grabbed her purse and removed $25 before fleeing.

The victim was not hurt in the incident, police reported.

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