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Man and woman rob Kenmore Cab driver

A male and female robbed a Kenmore Cab driver at gunpoint late Sunday at Amherst and Bridgeman streets, according to Buffalo police reports.

The female cab driver told police she picked up the two on Kenmore Avenue at about 11 p.m. They asked to be taken to a gas station for cigarettes and then to the corner of Amherst and Bridgeman.

There, the man, in his mid-20s, grabbed the cabbie by the mouth and stuck what appeared to be a gun to her neck and demanded money. The two stole $40 cash and fled south on Bridgeman.


Six charged with DWI on, near the Thruway

Six people were arrested over the weekend for driving while intoxicated on or near the Thruway in the Buffalo area, state police reported Monday.

One of the incidents involved a crash, according to reports.

Renee A. Ciminelli, 22, of Williamsville, was involved in a crash at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Williamsville Toll Barrier. She was charged with DWI.

Also charged with DWI in separate incidents where they were pulled over for a vehicle and traffic infractions included Laurie M. Munzert, 29, of Granger Place, Buffalo, and Miranda J. Harder, 20, of Lancaster, both on Saturday; as well as Steven P. Bourgoine, 38, of Rochester, and Mark G. Blake, 21, of Dundee Street, Buffalo, both on Sunday.

Martin Deceilio, 40, of Dunkirk, was charged with DWI after he drove his vehicle off the Thruway in Pembroke about 7:50 p.m. Saturday.


Man accused of providing alcohol to girl, 17

An Amherst man was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child over the weekend after allegedly providing alcohol to a 17-year-old girl, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Brandon J. Raczkowski, 21, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sheriff's officials were called to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, to speak with the parent of the girl who was being treated for intoxication.

Deputy Dan Brinkerhoff determined that Raczkowski allegedly provided the alcohol to the girl on Main Street in Clarence.

Raczkowski was released on tickets to appear in Clarence Town Court.


Choking incident brings 6-month term, probation

A Grand Island man was jailed Monday for six months for choking his former girlfriend into unconsciousness at his home a day after his mother died last year.

William J. DeGlopper, 39, a former architect most recently working as a parking lot attendant, will serve the jail term and five years of probation for the attack last July 7.

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruska also ordered DeGlopper -- who has bipolar disorder -- to continue taking medication, remain employed after he's released from jail and report for supervision to both mental health and domestic violence programs.

At the request of prosecutor Rachel L. Newton, the judge also ordered DeGlopper to stay away from the victim.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault, the prosecutor said.


Reckless behavior charged in Clarence vehicle incident

Two area men were charged early Monday in connection with alleged reckless behavior in a motor vehicle on Harris Hill Road in the Town of Clarence, sheriff's deputies reported.

Patrick R. Moore, 18, was charged with reckless endangerment. Moore was allegedly driving a vehicle south on Harris Hill at about 3:45 a.m. with a passenger, Taylor J. Olmstead, 19, of Buffalo hanging out of the sunroof of the vehicle.

Olmstead was charged with disorderly conduct and creating a hazardous condition for no purpose.

Both were given tickets to appear in Clarence Town Court.

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