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Man suffers injuries after teen rear-ends car

CHAUTAUQUA -- A Chautauqua man was injured when his vehicle was rear-ended while attempting to turn into his driveway off Route 394 about 2:18 p.m. Saturday.

George Redfern, 69, was treated for minor injuries in WCA Hospital, Jamestown.

Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said Redfern's vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Nicholas Caruso, 18, of Bemus Point. Deputies said Caruso was southbound on Route 394 and in the process of passing two other vehicles when the collision occurred. Redfern's vehicle ended up on its roof.

Caruso was charged with unsafe passing, deputies said.

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Goodyear Ave. woman killed in S-curves crash

Police have released the name of a Buffalo woman who was killed Friday in a five-car pileup on the Delaware Avenue S-curves north of Forest Avenue.

Tajanae Davis, 22, of Goodyear Avenue, was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center after the car in which she was a passenger crossed the median shortly before 6 p.m. and struck two vehicles. Quentin D. McNeill, also 22, of East Utica Street was driving that car, said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

DeGeorge said investigators were trying to determine whether speeding was a factor in the crash.

Martha G. Lamanna, an Illinois resident who was in Buffalo visiting her father, was injured after McNeill's vehicle struck hers. No information was available on her injuries.

DeGeorge said the driver of the second vehicle struck by McNeill's car suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment. Two other vehicles were unable to avoid the crash, police said.

The accident closed the northbound S-curves for about five hours, DeGeorge said.

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Credit card theft sends ex-con back to prison

Jeffrey Schlau, who spent about seven years in prison for trying to kill his parents in 1996 after they refused to give him money to feed his drug habit, will return to prison because of his conviction in a credit card theft.

Schlau, 32, was convicted of stolen property and drug charges following two hours of deliberations before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. Schlau testified that he found two credit cards and planned to return them to the woman whose car was vandalized at Lincoln Street and Columbia Avenue in Depew.

Prosecutor Aaron F. Glazer said that when Schlau was arrested shortly after the car break-in, he had both credit cards and some crack cocaine.

Glazer said he will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark to recommend that Schlau, who was imprisoned until August 2003 for the Mother's Day attack on his parents, get the maximum four-year prison term when he is sentenced July 19.

On Dec. 2, 1996, State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns ordered Schlau, then 21, to serve a prison term of up to 11 years for stabbing his mother and father in their Marrano Drive home.

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Roofing shingles stolen from home's front yard

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three men stole roofing shingles valued at $1,000 from the front yard of a Niagara Avenue home in the 2200 block Friday evening, police said. Neighbors told police the three pulled up in a vehicle shortly before 7 p.m.

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