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>Silver Creek man faces illegal burning claim

SILVER CREEK -- Complaints by neighbors about black smoke and noxious odors led Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies to arrest a Silver Creek man Sunday on charges of unlawful burning.

Reginald A. Kohler II, 18, of Maple Place, was issued a ticket to appear at a later date at the County Health Department.

Deputies said they found an unattended fire at about 2 p.m. on Andrus Street and called the Silver Creek Fire Department to put it out. They said that Kohler admitted burning a variety of household items, including rugs, rug pads, a mattress and upholstered chairs.

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>Driver fleeing police narrowly misses baby

A driver fleeing Buffalo police Sunday morning nearly struck a 3-month-old baby in a carriage, police said in a report.

Officers investigating a report of suspicious activity said the driver sped away from 143 Walden Ave. They followed the car east and then north on Roetzer Street, where it narrowly missed the baby carriage. The driver got out of the car in front of 123 Rohr St.

He tossed an assault weapon in the backyard and climbed a tree at 107 Rohr, police said.

Police reported finding a bag containing more than 25 grams of marijuana in the car, a rented 2007 Ford.

Philip Purdue, 28, of Allenhurst Road, Amherst, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle, obstructing governmental administration and four traffic violations.

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