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Four injured in crash of SUV on E. Ferry Street

Four people were taken to Erie County Medical Center on Friday night after a crash involving a sport utility vehicle, car and pedestrian on East Ferry Street near Masten Avenue.

Authorities said the SUV was eastbound on East Ferry about 9 p.m. when it struck a car at Masten Avenue, hit a pole and rolled, striking a pedestrian and another parked car. The SUV stopped rolling near Chester Street.

Two people inside the SUV suffered serious injuries and were taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services to ECMC, according to Jay Smith, spokesman for Rural/Metro. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and a person in the car initially hit also was injured. Both were taken to ECMC, Smith said.

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Sex offender accused of residency violation

A registered sex offender from Cheektowaga who moved to Geary Street in South Buffalo was arrested Friday, Buffalo police said.

Peter P. Golwitzer Jr., 36, is accused of violating a city law designed to keep sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of schools and other places where children congregate -- in this case, Hillery Park. The ordinance targets offenders 18 and older who are convicted of a sexual offense on a child 16 or younger.

Golwitzer, a Level 3 sex offender, served 6 1/2 years in prison for sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in Niagara County. He was released from prison in June 2005 and initially registered as a sexual offender with his address on George Urban Boulevard in Cheektowaga.

Geary Street neighbors publicly protested his presence on the street last month, and Golwitzer registered as a Geary Street resident at the South District police station.

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Smuggling scheme nets two-year probation

A Buffalo woman was sentenced Friday to two years of probation with six months to be served in home detention for conspiring to smuggle Irish aliens into the United States at the Peace Bridge, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn reported.

Shannon Lee, a former employee at Campbell's Pub on Niagara Street, was convicted of felony conspiracy to engage in a smuggling scheme on Oct. 20, 2006.

She admitted to agreeing to drive Irish aliens into the United States from Canada and said she helped coach them to get past the routine questioning at the border, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala.

Lee and the bar's owner, Bridget Campbell, were involved in a smuggling operation run from the pub in 2004. Authorities said illegal aliens from Ireland flew to Canada. They were then driven into Buffalo over the Peace Bridge.

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Car break-ins reported at Corporate Challenge

Buffalo police are investigating several car break-ins near Delaware Park during the Corporate Challenge on Thursday evening.

According to police reports, officers took reports of cars being broken into on Nottingham Terrace around the time the event was taking place.

In one report, two women -- one from Elma, the other from Alden -- reported to police that an unknown person broke the passenger side front window of their California-registered 2006 Ford Mustang while it was parked on Nottingham. Purses were taken that contained cellular telephones, money, credit cards, a passport, payroll checks and a digital cameras.

A Grand Island woman also reported that her purse was stolen from the trunk of her 1998 Dodge. Stolen were credit cards, a checkbook and a satellite radio. She was parked at Nottingham and Elmwood Avenue, according to reports.

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Angola man charged with felony DWI

An Angola man faces a felony DWI charge after Erie County sheriff's deputies early Friday accused him of driving off the road and onto the left shoulder of the Niagara Thruway on Grand Island.

Deputy Gene Nati observed the vehicle weaving in and out of traffic before it went off the the road onto the shoulder at about 2:05 a.m., sheriff's officials said.

Nati charged Joseph D. Wieczorek, 26, of Grant Avenue, Angola, with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to maintain a proper lane.

Deputies said Wieczorek was charged with felony DWI because of a previous drunken-driving conviction in the Town of Evans last year.

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