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Driver, 19, accused of speeding on I-86

RANDOLPH -- A young man from Vestal has been charged with driving 96 mph on Interstate 86, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday.

Jamal A. Krolowitz, 19, was charged with two counts each of speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Deputies said Krolowitz was arrested at about 5 p.m. Friday on allegations of speeding in the towns of Randolph and Cold Spring. He was held in Cattaraugus County Jail on $500 bail.

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Wellsville man accused of puncturing car tire

WELLSVILLE -- Village police charged Nicholas A. Jonas, 19, of Wellsville, with fourth-degree criminal mischief Saturday night.

Police said they are accusing Jonas of using a screwdriver to puncture a tire on a car parked at the Brookhaven Apartments on Trapping Brook Road.

He was arraigned in Village Court and committed to Allegany County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. Police said Jonas is due back in Village Court on Tuesday.

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Request to obtain DNA from deceased is rejected

BELMONT -- Surrogate Judge Thomas P. Brown has turned back a woman's bid to get a DNA sample from a funeral home to prove that a dead man was her father.

Brown on Friday denied a motion made by the woman's lawyer, Raymond Bulson of Portville, to have the funeral home take the samples before the man is buried.

Brown said that nothing in his order would preclude her from seeking to prove paternity later, without biological evidence, said Brown's law clerk, Warren M. Emerson.

The man died without a will, and proving paternity would give the woman a share in his estate, Emerson said. Her petition was challenged by the man's three adult children, who asked Friday why the petitioner had waited until their father's death to attempt to prove he was her father, too. The identities of the parties were withheld.

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Woman accused of stabbing Bolivar man in the arm

BOLIVAR -- Bolivar police charged a woman with first-degree assault and a weapons count Saturday night after the man she lives with was stabbed.

Police said Melissa A. Heckler, 26, stabbed Basil C. White, 39, in the arm at about 8:30 p.m. White was released after treatment in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, police said.

Heckler was arraigned on the assault charge and one count of fourth-degree criminal weapon possession in Bolivar Village Court. Police said she was in Allegany County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, with a return to court scheduled for Thursday.

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Drivers hospitalized after head-on collision

DEWITTVILLE -- Two drivers were hospitalized Saturday after a fiery head-on collision on Meadows Road, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported.

Kristine M. Campbell, 36, of Mayville, was flown by Starflight to Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., while Daniel P. Foy, 49, of Brocton, was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

Deputies said Foy was northbound on Meadows at about 3:15 p.m. when, Campbell's southbound vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck his. Moments after Foy helped Campbell from her vehicle, it caught fire and burned the front end of his vehicle. Deputies issued Campbell traffic tickets accusing her of failing to keep right and not using a seat belt.

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Police identify man, 18, shot to death Friday

A Buffalo police official Saturday identified the young man who was fatally shot on the city's East Side late Friday and offered new details in the slaying.

Terrence B. Smith, 18, of Kosciuszko Avenue, was shot to death on Sussex Street near Deerfield Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

Smith was part of a group that had gathered on Sussex, near Erie County Medical Center, for a planned party, DeGeorge said.

But the party apparently was canceled at the last minute, prompting an argument, he said. At some point during the argument, someone pulled out a gun and shot Smith.

Smith was declared dead at the scene. No weapon has been recovered, DeGeorge said.

"Police are canvassing the area looking for witnesses and have some people they will be taking down [to Police Headquarters] for further questioning," Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said Friday night.

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Pedestrian shot in back is in critical condition

A West Side man was listed in critical condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center's trauma intensive care unit after he was shot once in the back Saturday night at Breckenridge and Grant streets.

Northwest District police said Deandre Gates, 28, of Herkimer Street, was walking east on Breckenridge just before 10 p.m. when an assailant came up behind him and shot him.

A Rural/Metro ambulance transported Gates to the hospital. Northwest District detectives are continuing their investigation.

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