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Bank breach scheme dispelled by authorities

Authorities are warning Newstead residents about a scam to get credit and debit card information from people.

Akron police and state police in Clarence are investigating reports from residents in Newstead and Akron who have been receiving calls from an automated telephone system claiming to represent the Bank of Akron.

The message claims there has been a security breach of accounts and asks customers to enter their credit or debit card information.

Police on Saturday were making residents aware of the scheme.

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DWI arrest follows Boston hit-run accident

A Boston woman was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after a hit-and-run accident Friday on Boston State Road.

The owner of the vehicle that was struck followed the hit-and-run driver to Parkside Drive in Boston and called authorities. After an investigation, Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Grube placed Cheryl Brunner, 53, under arrest.

Brunner, who reportedly registered a blood-alcohol content of .24 percent, was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment.

She was charged with a felony because of a previous drunken-driving conviction.

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Armed bandits tie up 4, steal cash, car on East Side

Three men -- one armed with a gun -- forced their way into a residence on Humboldt Parkway on Saturday and tied up four people before getting away with cash and a car.

One of the victims told police he was approached by the three shortly after 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Humboldt while he was loading garbage into a Dumpster, Buffalo police said.

The bandits ordered the man and three others into the basement, where they pistol-whipped him and tied the four up with extension cord and duct tape.

"You know what this is," the gunman said. "We want $200,000, or we'll kill your son."

Another victim was driven around in his own car in the Humboldt, Best and Masten neighborhoods of the city, while the bandits demanded drugs and cash, police said. This victim was pushed out of the vehicle at Jefferson Avenue and Best Street, after the three took his wallet and $1,500 in cash.

The car was later recovered on Herman Street.

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Police break up parties where alcohol was served

Northeast District police broke up two University District parties where alcohol was being served to minors.

At 11:40 p.m. Friday, officers observed a party on West Northrup Place, where they found 23 bags of marijuana and two blunts. One person was arrested but the name of the suspect was not available.

About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a noise complaint in the 3100 block of Main Street, where they observed alcohol being served to minors. It was unclear if alcohol was being served at a commercial address or in an apartment.

Arrested were Edwin V. Schantz, 20, of Syosset, a University at Buffalo student, according to the school Web site, and Ryan McCormack, 21, who lives in an apartment at the address where the alcohol was being served. Both were charged with violating state liquor laws and unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree.

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Both drivers in collision face DWI charges

Two drivers were charged with driving while intoxicated as the result of a collision Friday night in the Town of Boston that killed a dog in one of the vehicles, state police said.

Frank Rich, 46, of Springville, was traveling south on Boston State Road at about 10:45 p.m. when his pickup veered into the northbound lane and struck a van driven by George R. Bea-ler, 43, of Boston, state police said.

Rich was treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken to the Boston State Police Barracks, where Trooper James Krawczyk charged him with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.

Rich refused to submit to a breath test and was later released on a ticket directing him to appear Feb. 23 in Boston Town Court.

Bealer was not injured, but a German shepherd in the front passenger seat suffered an apparent broken back and later died at a nearby veterinary clinic.

Trooper Matt Nichalski charged Bealer with felony DWI based on a blood-alcohol reading of .11 percent and a previous DWI conviction. Bealer was also charged with driving with a suspended license.

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