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>No students on board during bus-car crash

JAMESTOWN -- No one was injured just after 7 a.m. Wednesday when a school bus and a car collided at Blackstone and Tiffany avenues.

Jamestown police said the car, operated by Cody Sischo of Cherry Creek, stopped on Blackstone Avenue for the stop sign at Tiffany Avenue when the bus, operated by Frederick Keifer of Jamestown, turned onto Blackstone and struck Sischo's car.

Keifer told police he was blinded by the sun. There were no students on the bus, police said.

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>Chautauqua sheriff warns of lottery scam

MAYVILLE -- The Criminal Investigation Division of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating three complaints from residents concerning a lottery scam.

Officials said three people received letters in the mail advising them that they had won a sum of money, and that an enclosed check was partial payment of those winnings. They instructed the "winner" to call a claims representative, who asks the caller for personal information, including bank account numbers.

The sheriff's office said these letters are bogus, and anyone receiving them should contact law enforcement right away. The checks usually show an account in the United States, but they are fictitious accounts originating in Canada or overseas.

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>Sheriff's deputy cleared in line-of-duty shooting

An Erie County grand jury voted Wednesday to clear Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Benjamin Pisa of criminal liability in the fatal shooting of Roger S. Duchnik, a mentally ill Springville man, last Dec. 31.

Duchnik, 52, was threatening residents of a North Buffalo Street apartment complex with a hunting knife. He was shot while lunging at Pisa and Deputy James Mirusso near his mother's home on Springville-Boston Road in Concord.

Mirusso had backed up and fell down a 15-foot embankment after Duchnik swiped near his midsection. Pisa fired at least three rounds from his handgun, sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said Duchnik had stopped taking anti-psychotic medication.

Pisa had been with the Sheriff's Office for six months prior to the shooting.

Prosecutors declined to comment. Neither Pisa, 25, who testified before the grand jury June 13, nor his lawyers could be reached to comment.

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>Two-year prison term set for misusing postal service

A Jamestown man will spend two years in federal prison for using the postal service to have deliveries of crystal methamphetamine sent to him from California.

Gregory Figueria, 46, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Figueria pleaded guilty to using a communication facility to commit a felony drug crime.

Figueria was arrested in 2005 by agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Clare Kane said he had crystal meth sent to him and then distributed it to others.

Agents found methamphetamine pipes, marijuana pipes, drug scales and other drug equipment during a raid at Figueria's home, Kane said.

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>Lightning ignites fire in Orchard Park home

A lightning strike ignited a house fire in Orchard Park during the rash of thunderstorms that struck the region Tuesday evening, Orchard Park police reported Wednesday.

The lightning hit, reported at 6:14 p.m., blew some shingles off the roof and left smoke coming from the hole in the roof at 70 Alexander Way, police.

The Windom Volunteer Fire Company quickly doused the fire, which caused an estimated $20,000 damage, authorities said.

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